Dallas – Pennsylvania organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the “2024 Pennsylvania River of the Year.”
The nomination period is open through November 10, 2023 until 5pm. Selected nominations will be voted on by the public beginning in late November.
“Each year the River of the Year competition highlights one of Pennsylvania’s special waterways, and I am excited to announce that we are again partnering with the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers to accept nominations for the 2024 competition,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “Outdoor recreation continues to grow in the Commonwealth and that growth is a direct result of conscious effort to showcase the tremendous natural assets like our beautiful rivers and waterways. I look forward to this year’s competition and can’t wait to see what the public selects as the 2024 Pennsylvania River of the Year.”
For more information about the River of the Year program, visit www.pawatersheds.org.
To Nominate a River/Waterway, please visit https://pecpa.org/apply
All Pennsylvania waterways are eligible for nomination, except for the past 5 years ROY winners below:
2023 – Susquehanna North Branch; 2022 – French Creek;
2021 – Shenango River; 2020 – Lackawanna River; 2019 – Clarion River
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 2023 River of the Year is the Susquehanna North Branch.
“POWR is excited to announce the opening of the nomination period once again for the 2024 Pennsylvania River of the Year. River of the Year is a highly anticipated program that highlights the Commonwealth’s waterways, said POWR representative, Janet Sweeney. We look forward to another chance for all Pennsylvanians to support their favorite waterway in friendly competition with others across the Commonwealth.” 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.