Pennsylvania is blessed with tremendous natural resources, not the least of which is its more than 80,000 miles of rivers and streams, more than any other state outside of Alaska. Millions of people enjoy these waters each year, fishing, swimming, boating, and recreating throughout the year. In addition, watershed associations spend considerable time volunteering to protect and monitor these waters in order to ensure a lasting legacy.
POWR organizes and supports a statewide series of paddling trips called Sojourns each year, with funding from PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The Sojourns, multi-day paddling trips that include educational programming, camping, and fun for paddlers of all abilities typically occur in June and are led by local organizations. Click here for more information.
There are nearly 50 volunteer organizations actively monitoring their local watershed, a group organized with POWR and PA Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) leadership called the Keystone Monitoring Network. This Network facilitated the creation of an online database of monitoring data at http://www.pawatershedsdatasystem.psu.edu, where monitoring groups can post and share data, and others can download data of interest to them.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is the state agency responsible for managing and protecting the Commonwealth’s resources, and helps promote use of our waters through fishing and boating experiences. For more information, click here.