POWR strives to support your efforts to restore, protect, and celebrate Pennsylvania’s rivers and watersheds.

William Penn’s definition of a friend aptly describes Pennsylvania’s community of watershed organizations as they are clearly true friends to local rivers, friends “who advise justly, assist readily, adventure boldly, take all patiently, defend courageously, and continue a friend unchangeably.”

Looking Ahead to 2021


Linking Stream Hydrology & Geomorphology to Watershed Planning

On January 15 POWR hosted Dr. Benjamin Hayes of Bucknell University  who explained why the geomorphic and hydrological processes and features of your stream should be considered when creating a restoration plan. Missed it? Watch the recording.

POWR will host a virtual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in March

POWR is excited to host the South Yuba River Citizens League Wild and Scenic Film Festival virtually for watershed organizations and all of our partners in PA on March 18. The Festival inspires advocacy and a love of nature through film. Please check the Events page for more information.

Statewide Conference for Watersheds

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, POWR has postponed the 2021 Statewide Conference for watershed Organization scheduled to take place in February, 2021. It is tentatively rescheduled for November 7-8, 2021. Save-the-date!

Upcoming Events

News & Announcements

POWR Now Accepting 2021 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Applications

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2021 Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Sojourns must incorporate significant educational programming, and be open to all participants (i.e., private

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Protect Our Watersheds: Participate in Pick UP Pennsylvania 2021

Removing trash from our watersheds is one of the best and easiest ways to improve the health of our watersheds. Pick UP Pennsylvania 2021 can help get you started. From March 1 through May 31, thousands of Pennsylvania families and friends will participate in litter and illegal dump cleanups, community

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Voting To Begin For Pennsylvania’s 2021 River Of The Year

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announces that the public is invited to again vote online for the 2021 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among five waterways nominated throughout the state. The public can vote for a favorite state waterway beginning today through

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