Author: Angela Vitkoski

POWR announces 2024 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Awards

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grants. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The Pennsylvania Sojourn Program is administered by POWR in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The PA Sojourn Program is nationally unique, distributing grants across the state to local organizations and their sojourn events. These grants support between 10 and 15 paddling events each year, encompassing over

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POWR announces 2023 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available

            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2023 POWR announces 2023 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available Luzerne – The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2023 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 trips are not eligible). Applicants can request up

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Susquehanna River North Branch Named 2023 PA River of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2023 Susquehanna River North Branch Named 2023 River of the Year Harrisburg, PA – The North Branch of the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania has been selected by a public vote as the state’s 2023 River of the Year, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Janet Sweeney of the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR) announced today. “Through planned River of the Year celebrations, public awareness of the

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French Creek Named 2022 River of the Year Following Public Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2022 French Creek Named 2022 River of the Year Following Public Vote Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Janet Sweeney of the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR) today jointly announced that French Creek in northwestern Pennsylvania had been selected as the state’s 2022 River of the Year. “The River of the Year highlights Pennsylvania’s amazing waterways annually and we are excited to recognize French

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2022 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Applications Now Open

News for Immediate Release   January 31, 2022 POWR announces 2022 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available Luzerne – The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2022 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 trips are not eligible). Applicants can request up to $1,000 per day

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2022 “River of the Year” Nominations Open

            2022 “River of the Year” Nominations Open Public to Vote on Pennsylvania’s Best River…Nominations Accepted from October 19, 2021 through November 15, 2021   Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the “2022 Pennsylvania River of the Year.” The nomination period is open through November 15, 2021 until 5pm. Selected nominations will be voted on by the public beginning in late November. In the past year and a half, we have seen

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New Funding Announced for the Ohio Basin Access for Canoes and Kayaks Program

              Mini-Grant Program Builds on Growing Popularity of Paddling Luzerne – As paddlers take to western Pennsylvania waterways in ever-increasing numbers, a new mini-grant program announced today will provide funding to make rivers and streams in the Ohio River Basin more accessible. The Ohio Basin Access for Canoes and Kayaks Mini-Grant Program (OBACK) was launched by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC)

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POWR Announces 2021 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Awards

  POWR announces 2021 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Awards The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grants. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The Pennsylvania Sojourn Program is administered by POWR in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The PA Sojourn Program is nationally unique, distributing grants across the state to local organizations and their sojourn events. These grants support between 10

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Shenango River Named PA 2021 River of the Year

              Harrisburg, PA – Winding through Northwestern Pennsylvania, connecting Pymatuning and Shenango lakes with the Beaver River via 82 miles of scenic, peaceful river, the Shenango River has been voted the state’s 2021 River of the Year.   The public was invited to vote online, choosing from among five waterways nominated across the state. Results were announced jointly today by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways

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Lackawanna River Named PA 2020 River of the Year

Harrisburg, PA – A vibrant, cold-water “Class A” fishery in its middle and upper reaches, and a waterway that attracts more paddlers every year, the Lackawanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania has been voted the state’s 2020 River of the Year. “Emerging from a record number of public votes, the Lackawanna is most deserving of the River of the Year honor, as are the many supporting groups that rallied around it,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy

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