Set Sail for Dumplings at Dusk Aboard the Hiawatha River Boat

image001LEWISBURG (September 7, 2016) – River enthusiasts with a refined taste for handcrafted Pennsylvania apple dumplings and home-made cinnamon ice cream are invited to witness the sun set upon the West Branch of the Susquehanna River from the deck of the Hiawatha River Boat while enjoying a delectable Bissinger’s dessert with your Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper during a one-hour riverboat cruise departing from Williamsport on Saturday, October 15 at 6PM.

“Please join us for the evening as we enjoy a sweet treat, watch the sunset, and share information about the work being done to make the Susquehanna River swimmable, drinkable, and fishable,” encourages Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan.

Everyone is welcome and reservations are required. To reserve your spot at the rail and a dumpling on your plate, please send a check for $25 per person to: Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Inc., PO Box 252, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Please include guest names and contact information.

For more information, please contact Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan at 570-768-6300 or midsusriver@gmail.com.

River of the Year Susquehanna Sojourn

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Photo Credit: Chuck Haupt

June 17-19, 2016 Shickshinny to Sunbury, PA

Register by June 1, 2016

It’s time to break out your paddles, tent, and campfire tales and join the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in exploring 46 miles of the Susquehanna River.

Whether you want to camp with all nights, or simply paddle with during the day – there is something for everyone. This trip is popular with families, friends, scouts, and paddlers of all abilities.

This 3-day educational canoe/kayak trip is the final leg in a three-part series taking place this summer to celebrate the Susquehanna as PA’s 2016 River of the Year. This is your last chance, don’t miss it!

Along the way local experts will give exclusive access to the area’s history, abundant wildlife, and conservation efforts.

Full Sojourn registration includes:

  • Professional river guide service from Canoe Susquehanna
  • Campsites
  • All meals
  • Safety and insurance
  • Sojourn t-shirt
  • Scheduled programs and entertainment

Full registration is $195 for adults and $99 for kids 12 and under. Partial registration is $65/day for adults and $33/day for kids 12 and under.

Find registration forms here.

Northeast PA Regional Watershed Workshop

Please join the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for a gathering of watershed groups within the Northeast PA Region to share resource information, learn techniques to help build membership and network with other watershed organizations in your region. PEC is convening meetings across the state in every PA Department of Environmental Protection Region to help build capacity and identify technical resource needs. Invited guests include PA DEP staff, County Conservation District Watershed Specialists and those working in watershed conservation field.

We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, April 6 from 10am to 2pm at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority facility in Scranton.  The $10.00 registration fee includes lunch.

For more information, please contact Susan Myerov, Watersheds Program Director – Pennsylvania Environmental Council at  smyerov@pecpa.org  or 267-479-6102.

Program Link: www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-pa-regional-watershed-workshop-tickets-21726943874

Program Information: Invitation and Agenda

This project is being funded in part by a PA DEP Growing Greener Grant

Please feel free to bring photos, maps or other printed materials about your watershed organization to share with others.

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Where: Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority – 213 South 7th Avenue, Scranton, PA 18505

Registration is Now Open for the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful today announced that registration is now open for the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA. This annual event is held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup and led by a coalition of non-profit, state agency and business partners such as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Weis Markets, Inc., Wawa, Inc., Sheetz, ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer. Additional 2016 event supporters include: Steel Recycling Institute, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Giant Eagle Inc., Giant Food Stores, Inc., Republic Services and Wegmans Food Markets.

The 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA will begin on March 1st and end on May 31st. During this period, registered events can get free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, as supplies last. Events can be litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events and must be registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA website, www.gacofpa.org, to receive free cleanup supplies. As part of this event, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association are sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday from April 16th through May 9th with the focus day on April 23rd. During this time, trash collected at registered events can be taken to participating landfills for free or reduced cost disposal.

Help make your community clean and beautiful and register an event at www.gacofpa.org. Questions can be answered by Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program Coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113 or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.  To see the flyer, click here.

“Connecting to the environment begins at home so what better way to make a difference than to take part in or organize a local cleanup in your own neighborhood, park or school,” Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Quigley said.  “There are lots of resources available to help you organize a safe and successful cleanup.”

Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards added; “The Great American Cleanup of PA once again presents the perfect opportunity for PennDOT to partner with and provide support for those agencies and individuals who share our desire for a cleaner and safer Pennsylvania.”

“We are so grateful to our volunteers and sponsors who help make the Great American Cleanup of PA, Pennsylvania’s premier community improvement initiative, possible.” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “This year we hope to engage even more Pennsylvania’s to come out between March and May to make their communities clean and beautiful.”

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania were represented in the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA. In total, there were 4,931 events with 128,157 volunteers. Volunteers collected 6,003,720 pounds of trash. They cleaned 11,943 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails, waterways, and shorelines, and 6,422 acres of park and/or wetlands. Additionally, volunteers planted 13,050 trees, bulbs, and plants in an effort to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.  A copy of the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA final report can be downloaded at http://gacofpa.org/PhotosandResults.aspx.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 121 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.  

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit www.kab.org.

2016 “River of the Year” Nominations Open

Public to Vote on Pennsylvania’s Best River…Nominations From September 25, 2015 Through October 23, 2015

Luzerne – Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the “2016 Pennsylvania River of the Year.”

The nomination period is open through October 23, 2015 and then selected nominations will be voted on by the general public beginning in early November.

“These nominations demonstrate how so many waterways groups and individual supporters know and respect the many unique natural resources and recreational opportunities our wealth of stream and rivers represent,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “They demonstrate just how willing Pennsylvanians are to support, protect and enhance them.”

For more information about the River of the Year program or to nominate a river, visit pariveroftheyear.org. Nominations must be made by Friday, October 23 at 5 p.m.

All Pennsylvania Rivers are eligible for nomination, with the exception of winning rivers since 2011.  Link to nomination form below.

About the River of the Year Program

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) administers the River of the Year program with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.

Pennsylvania’s 2015 River of the Year is the Conewango Creek in northwest Pennsylvania.

“Once again, Pennsylvanians get the chance to push for their favorite waterway in friendly competition with others across the Commonwealth.  With over 83,000 miles of rivers and stream in the state from which to choose, it is always fun to see folks come forward and advocate for their selection,” said Pennsylvania Environmental Council President, Davitt Woodwell.

After a waterway is chosen, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a paddling trip, or sojourn. The nominating organization of the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant to help fund their River of the Year activities.

The River of the Year sojourn is just one of many paddling trips supported by DCNR and POWR each year.  An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers.

To learn more about the River of the Year program, visit pariveroftheyear.org.

Past Rivers of the Year

2015 – Conewango Creek

2014 – Schuylkill River

2013 – Monongahela River

2012 – Stonycreek River

2011 – Delaware River

2010 – Lackawaxen River

2009 – Lower and Middle Susquehanna River

2008 – Youghiogheny River

2007 – Lehigh River

2006 – Three Rivers

2005 – West Branch Susquehanna River

2004 – North Branch Susquehanna River

2003 – French Creek

2002 – Delaware River

2001 – Juniata River

2000 – Kiskiminitas-Conemaugh River

1999 – Schuylkill River

1998 – Youghiogheny River

1997 – Lehigh River

1996 – Tulpehocken Creek

1996 – Clarion River

1995 – Upper Delaware

1995 – Juniata River

1994 – Allegheny River

1994 – Susquehanna River

1993 – Meshoppen Creek

1993 – North Branch and Main Stem Susquehanna River

1992 – Yellow Breeches Creek

1992 – West Branch Susquehanna River

1991 – North Branch Susquehanna River

1991 – Pine Creek

1990 – Catawissa Creek

1989 – Bear Run

1988 – West Branch Susquehanna River

1986 – North Branch Susquehanna River

1983 & 1984 – Clarion River

To Nominate a river for the 2016 River of the Year, please click on the nomination form and follow the directions: 2016 ROY Nomination Form

For more information contact Janet Sweeney, (570) 718-6507.

PA Watersheds ACT Conference – April 5 & 6

Join us on April 5 & 6 at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College for the PA Watersheds ACT Conference!

Register online via Robert Morris University, or read all the details in the pdf brochure.

Can a state have a more valuable asset than copious amounts of clean water?

Pennsylvania is fortunate in its miles and miles of rivers, streams and creeks and its many groups and individuals who are clean water watchdogs. Members of watershed associations, sportsmen’s clubs, Trout Unlimited chapters, and the many other champions who work daily to protect the great natural beauty of Pennsylvania’s waters are the people we hope to see at this conference!

Advocate, Communicate, Transform (ACT!) is a gathering where we will celebrate the good work being done by our water watchdogs, learn from each other how best to solve the myriad of challenges facing clean water advocates, hear from experts in advocacy, and build collective solutions to shared challenges. Sponsored by the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, and the Colcom Foundation; and guided by a steering committee composed of representatives of Trout Unlimited, the Eastern and Western Pennsylvania Coalitions for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the Fayette County Conservation District, this conference is a time for fellowship, learning and optimism!

Join us as we welcome keynote speaker Josh McNeil of the PA League of Conservation Voters who will tell us about current issues and how to best take action! Nationally recognized expert on nonprofit advocacy, Marcia Avner, will share time-tested principles of effective advocacy. Ten workshops present a variety of opportunities for gathering new information about environmental issues or helping to further your effectiveness as an advocate or board member or environmental champion. Take a look at the speakers’ list – you’ll recognize more than a few as your long-time allies and friends. Begin to consider the hard choice of which two you will attend.

You will miss an opportunity if you’re not in State College the first weekend in April as together we Advocate, Communicate and Transform (ACT!) the future for Pennsylvania’s critical water resources and the people who depend on them for life and happiness.

Registration Open for the 2013 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium

REGISTRATION OPEN!
2013 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium
May 8, 2013
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Abstracts for Poster Presentations Accepted Until April  3, 2013
Learn more and register at: http://agsci.psu.edu/pa-water-symposium

In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection along with numerous other sponsors invite you to attend the 2013 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium on May 8 at Penn State University in University Park, PA. Registration is now open for this event at http://agsci.psu.edu/pa-water-symposium and is limited to the first 150 registrants.

The Symposium theme: Emerging Issues in a Changing Landscape will provide a forum for researchers, students, professionals and educators working in the groundwater field to exchange information and promote protection of groundwater resources throughout the state.  Morning and afternoon keynote speakers will address important water issues in Pennsylvania including emerging contaminants and Marcellus Shale exploration.

The symposium will also feature several concurrent sessions with contributed presentations on groundwater budgets, tools for describing groundwater during natural gas exploration, and broader studies characterizing groundwater and water wells.

A lengthy afternoon break and poster session will allow attendees to network while viewing numerous contributed poster presentations.  Abstracts for additional poster presentations will be accepted through April 3, 2013 on the registration website.

A nominal registration fee of $30 for the symposium is made possible thanks to generous funding support from Penn State Extension, the Master Well Owner Network, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Mid-Atlantic Water Program, the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association and the Penn State Water Resources Research Center.  Additional partnering agencies include the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

Questions about the Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium can be directed to Bryan Swistock from Penn State Extension at 814-863-0194 or brs@psu.edu.

Susquehanna Greenway Grant Workshop – Feb 19

Looking to learn about funding options for your river project?

Our friends at the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is hosting a multi-agency grants workshop on February 19 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Degenstein Community Library, 40 South 5th St., Sunbury. The registration deadline is February 15.

Municipal officials, planners, downtown managers, economic development officials, conservation organizations, recreation groups, business leaders, and individuals interested in learning how their community can take advantage of funding programs to create local park, trail, river access and conservation projects to promote healthy living and economic development along the Susquehanna Greenway.

The grant programs covered will include–

Register by sending email to Barbara Bogle at: bbogle@susquehannagreenway.org or call 570-522-7246.

CLick here for more info.

Workshop Registration Open – Maximizing Stormwater & Construction BMP Benefits

CEDS and partner groups will be holding a series of workshops throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed to show volunteer and professional aquatic resource advocates how to enhance the aquatic resource benefits of existing stormwater Best Management Practices and construction site erosion control measures.

The workshops scheduled thus far are…

  • Delaware: March 2nd, Delaware Nature Society Abbott Mill Nature Center, Milford, DE
  • Pennsylvania: March 9th, Northumberland County Conservation District, Sunbury, PA
  • Maryland: March 30th, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, Dundalk, MD

To reserve your space at a workshop go to: ceds.org/audit and click Register Stormwater & Sediment Workshops at the top left column.  Space is limited so register today.

To discuss scheduling a free workshop in your area, contact Richard Klein at 410-654-3021 or Rklein@ceds.org.

All of the workshops are held on a Saturday, beginning at 10:00 am and end by 1:00 pm.  Each consists of a 45-minute presentation, 30 minutes of discussion and an hour or so evaluating actual stormwater BMPs and construction sites.

The workshops are based on two CEDS publication