2017 River of the Year Voting: Week One Results

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We are one week and over 5,800 votes in to the 2017 PA River of the Year voting period!

The results stand at:
The Allegheny River the lead with 41%,
The Brandywine Creek with 25%,
The Loyalhanna Creek with 20%
The Perkiomen Creek with 15%
 
Voting ends December 19th, if you haven’t voted yet, vote at Vote for a 2017 River of the Year! and don’t forget to invite your friends and family to vote, too!

Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2017 River of the Year

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Harrisburg, PA – The public is invited to again vote online for the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among four waterways nominated across the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

Waterways nominated for 2017 are the Allegheny River (Middle & Upper) and Brandywine, Loyalhanna and Perkiomen creeks.

“There is a spirit of good-natured competition surrounding this selection process that rallies community support around our deserving waterways and puts them in the public limelight,” said Dunn. “These nominated rivers and streams showcase so many unique natural resources, recreational opportunities and incentives boosting local economies. They also show just how blessed this state is with its wealth of major rivers and streams, and committed folks willing to support them.”

Nominations were based on each waterway’s conservation needs and successes, as well as celebration plans should the nominee be voted 2017 River of the Year. In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices is overseen by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

“The online public selection process continues to be increasingly popular as it enters its seventh year,” Dunn said.

The public can vote for their favorite state waterway beginning Monday, Nov. 14, through 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Visit 2017 River of the Year Nominees to vote and learn about the nominated waterways and the River of the Year program. Voting will be managed through Woobox, an online contest application that restricts voting to one vote per email address.

POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, administers the River of the Year program with funding from DCNR. Presented annually since 1983, this year’s 2016 designation was awarded to the Susquehanna River North Branch.

“It is really great to see how engaged people are in campaigning for their local rivers and streams through this unique voting opportunity for residents across the Commonwealth,” said Janet Sweeney, Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.

“The River of the Year award energized all the organizations and communities with an interest in the Susquehanna River North Branch,” said Endless Mountains Heritage Region Executive Director Annette Schultz. “We were all amazed at the volume of supporting votes from the general public, which was a surprising new measure of the impact and success of our work as the official Water Trail Manager, as well as the efforts of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and all of the Susquehanna River advocates and organizations.

“In addition to the kayaking sojourns organized by EMHR, many organizations celebrated with their own events, and the tourism promotion agencies along the North Branch joined in to promote all of our activities. Because of the award, the Susquehanna River North Branch received extensive recognition and community support. That is the reward we can all continue to celebrate.”

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

POWR and DCNR also work with local organizations to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the River of the Year.

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. For more information about the sojourns, visit the POWR website.

To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit the DCNR website.

For details on the River of the Year program, visit the Pennsylvania River of the Year website.

Media Contacts:

Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-772-9101

Janet Sweeney, POWR, 570-718-6507

2017 “River of the Year” Nominations Open

Public to Vote on Pennsylvania’s Best River…Nominations Accepted From October 4, 2016 Through October 28, 2016

Luzerne – Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the “2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year.”

The nomination period is open through October 28, 2016 and then selected nominations will be voted on by the general public beginning in early November.

“This nomination process stands as solid proof of just how blessed Pennsylvanians are with a wealth of major rivers and streams, and people willing to work hard to support and improve them,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resource Secretary Cindy Adam Dunn. “Showcased in these nominated waterways are so many unique natural resources, recreational opportunities and incentives boosting local economies.”

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 28 at 5 p.m.

All Pennsylvania Rivers are eligible for nomination, with the exception of winning rivers since 2012.

powr-keystone-tightAbout 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 2016 River of the Year is the North Branch Susquehanna River in northeast Pennsylvania

“We are excited to once again announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2017 River of the Year program. The River of the Year program is one way that we can highlight the opportunities and challenges facing the Commonwealth’s waterways.  As well as, give all Pennsylvanians a chance to support their favorite waterway in friendly competition with others across the Commonwealth.” 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 River of the Year 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 Nominate a river for the 2017 River of the Year, please click on the nomination form and follow the directions: 2017 ROY Nomination Form

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

Past Rivers of the Year

2016 – North Branch Susquehanna River

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

Conewango Creek Named Pennsylvania’s 2015 River of the Year

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Conewango Creek Watershed Association to Receive $10,000 Leadership Grant

Photo by Kirk Johnson, board member for the Conewango Creek Watershed Association

Photo by Kirk Johnson, board member for the Conewango Creek Watershed Association

Harrisburg – Rich in aquatic life and home to at least two rare fish species, the Conewango Creek in northwestern Pennsylvania has been voted the 2015 Pennsylvania River of the Year.

The general public was invited to vote online for the designation from Nov. 10-Dec. 15, choosing from among five waterways nominated across the state.

A total of 9,959 one-time votes were cast by email. Final tallies showed the Conewango Creek receiving 4,154 votes, or 42 percent; Loyalhanna Creek: 2,981, 30 percent; Lackawanna River: 1,469, 15 percent; Neshaminy Creek and watershed: 881, 9 percent; and Ohio River: 474, 5 percent.

“There are winning qualities in all five of these waterways that their supporters recognize and respect,” DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. “The number of waterways nominated, coupled with a vote tally that increases every year, showcases both the unique diversity of Pennsylvania’s rivers and the strong community allegiances that protect and enhance them.”

The applicant for the winning waterway, the Conewango Creek Watershed Association, will receive a $10,000 Leadership Grant to help fund River of the Year activities.

“We want to thank everyone — all the businesses, organizations, media and individuals — that made this possible,” Conewango Creek Watershed Association Chairman Steve Kimball said. “Just promoting Conewango Creek for 2015 Pa. River of the Year has brought a lot of awareness of the creek locally and regionally. The creek is now ‘on the radar’ for many people that never really thought much about it before.

“Getting the award and the grant will allow us to take advantage of the awareness we have started to raise and ‘ride that wave’ while it’s fresh in people’s minds. We have a fantastic resource right here in our own backyard and we want people to cherish, improve and protect it. We want to get more of the community involved and take ownership of the creek,” Kimball said.

The association will integrate “the River of the Year message” in a river sojourn focusing on the watershed’s history, wildlife, local fisheries and related topics, according to board member Elizabeth Dropp. Other creek-based activities may include a poker run, special fall celebration, cleanup, photo contest and public water safety courses. The association also is exploring the possibility of starting a pilot “stream ambassador” program, Dropp said.

In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices was overseen by the Pa. Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR), an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. POWR and DCNR will work with the association to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating Conewango Creek as the 2015 Pa. River of the Year

A tributary of the Allegheny River, Conewango Creek flows 71 miles through northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York and is part of a 900-square-mile-area drainage basin. Though challenged by sediment pollution in some areas, the Conewango’s water quality sustains two rare fish species — the burbot, once thought to be eradicated, and the paddlefish, which was reintroduced to the area. The waterway also is home 19 native, freshwater mussel species, and boasts a biodiversity rich in river otters, bald eagles, ospreys, herons and other wildlife.  Conewango Creek is also located in the Pennsylvania Wilds Conservation Landscape. PA Wilds is a 12 ½ -county area that offers tremendous outdoor experiences, some of the best in the nation, with 29 state parks, 50 state game lands, 8 state forests, abundant wildlife and hundreds of miles of land and water trails.

The Conewango Creek is a designated Pa. Water Trail, with six launch areas along its 13 miles flowing through Pennsylvania.

“POWR would like to commend everyone across the Commonwealth for their support for the nominated rivers, especially for the efforts and strong showing of support for the Conewango Creek,” POWR Vice President Janet Sweeney said. “The River of the Year program is a wonderful opportunity to showcase all of the nominated rivers and the great work being done in Pennsylvania communities on these valuable resources. We are excited about this opportunity to promote the successes and challenges facing the Conewango Creek, as well as all of Pennsylvania’s waterways.”

Presented annually since 1983, the 2014 designation was awarded to the Schuylkill River in eastern Pennsylvania. Each year, finalists are determined based on each waterway’s conservation needs and successes, as well as celebration plans should the nominee be voted River of the Year.

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. For more information about the sojourns, visit www.pawatersheds.org.

To learn more about the River of the Year program, the nominated waterways and past winners, visit www.pariveroftheyear.org. To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us  (click on “Conserve,” then “Waterways”).

Media contacts:

Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-772-9101

Janet Sweeney, POWR, 570-718-6507

Spotlight on River of the Year Nominee: The Brodhead Creek and Watershed

Brodhead Creek WordPressThroughout this year’s contest, we have been following stories on our nominees, this is one, from The Pocono Record, about the Brodhead Creek and Watershed in Northeastern, PA:

“Celebrate the Brodhead, and vote for it”

If you know of other news stories on the contest or nominees please send them our way!

Spotlight on River of the Year Nominee: The Schuylkill River

Schuylkill WordPressThroughout this year’s contest, we have been following stories on our nominees, this is one, from The Mercury News, about the Schuylkill River, which is currently in first place:

“Your Vote Can Make The Schuylkill ‘Pa’s River of the Year'”

If you know of other news stories on the contest or nominees please send them our way!

Spotlight on River of the Year Nominee: The Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh Rivers

Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh WordPressThroughout this year’s contest, we have been following stories on our nominees, this is one, from the Tribune Review, about the Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh rivers, which have recently shot into second place in the polls:

 

“Boosters try to drum up votes for Kiski-Conemaugh rivers”

If you know of other news stories on the contest or its nominees please send them our way!

Voting Begins for Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year

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Harrisburg –The public is invited to again vote online for the 2014 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among five waterways nominated across the state.

Rivers nominated are: Schuylkill in eastern Pennsylvania; Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh rivers in the southwest; Ohio in the west; Brodhead Creek Watershed in the northeast; and West Branch of the Susquehanna in the north central section of the state.

“So many unique natural resources and so much recreational potential are showcased individually in these nominations,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti. “Collectively, these rivers and streams demonstrate just how blessed Pennsylvania is with its wealth of major waterways.”

Nominations were based on each waterway’s conservation needs and successes, as well as celebration plans should the nominee be voted 2014 River of the Year.In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices was overseen by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

The public can vote for their favorite state waterway beginning today through 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. Visit www.pariveroftheyear.org to vote and learn about the nominated waterways and the River of the Year program.

“As it enters its fourth year, we have seen the online public selection process become increasingly popular,” Ferretti said. “We also know this spirit of good-natured competition rallies community support around our waterways and puts deserving rivers and streams in the limelight.”

Voting will be managed through Woobox, an online contest application that restricts voting to one vote per email address.

POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, administers the River of the Year program with funding from DCNR. Presented annually since 1983, this year’s designation was awarded to the Monongahela River in southwest Pennsylvania.

“The River of the Year contest allows all Pennsylvanians to highlight the many fabulous waterways they enjoy, whether by boating, fishing, walking, eating, or shopping along the river trails,” said Paul King, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. “While we formally recognize only one river with this award, we acknowledge the unique value of all rivers and their contribution to the overall environmental quality of Pennsylvania and the quality of life of all who enjoy them.”

After a waterway is chosen for the annual honor, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a paddling trip, or sojourn. The organization nominating 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. For more information about the sojourns, visit www.pawatersheds.org.

POWR and DCNR also work with local organizations to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the River of the Year.

To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us (click on “Conserve,” then “Waterways”).

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

Media contacts:

Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-772-9101

Amy Camp, POWR, 412-918-6563