Author: Tali Macarthur

New, Free Training Program: Understanding and Managing Stormwater, hosted by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network

The Chesapeake Stormwater Network is launching a new training program. Our Chesapeake Urban Stormwater Professionals (CUSP) program is aimed at students and young professionals interested in stormwater and watershed management, but would also be a nice fit for folks from environmental advocacy, watershed groups and stewards/master gardeners that want to learn more about local stormwater and restoration programs. The program is designed to be flexible to fit around existing schedules, while providing practical knowledge to supplement classroom and on-the-job learning.

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WPC Canoe Access Development Fund Now Accepting Applications

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has funding available to support projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways. The Conservancy provides technical assistance and grants of up to $5,000 through its Canoe Access Development Fund for the construction and enhancement of canoe and kayak access locations. Due to rising costs of materials, the Conservancy increased the amount of individual grants by $1,000 for the current round of funding. Founded in 2008 by WPC donors and outdoor enthusiasts

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ALLARM is Hiring: Technical Support Manager

Dickinson College’s Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), located in the fantastic small town of Carlisle, Pennsylvania is hiring a Technical Support Manager. The Technical Support Manager is responsible for a number of things: Manage ALLARM’s laboratory (troubleshooting equipment and testing new techniques), run a statewide quality assurance/quality control lab (chemical, physical indicators), ensure compliance with our Quality Assurance Project Plan, and maintain ALLARM’s volunteer equipment loan program. Provide technical assistance to communities interested in stream monitoring; this requires a

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Application Period for Healing the Planet Grants Opens April 1, 2022

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to announce a second year of Healing the Planet grants in partnership with The Giant Company.  All grant guidelines, information, and the application can be found here – https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/grants-awards/grants/healing-the-planet-grant/healing-the-planet-2022/.  Please send on to anyone you know that may be interested. Thank you for helping to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful!

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Draft PA 2022 Integrated Water Quality Report Released; Comment Period Open Until 3/1/22

PA DEP has announced the draft Pennsylvania 2022 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report is open for public comment.  Comments are due March 1st. This is a great opportunity for groups to review and comment on the status of their waterways and the State’s plans for remediation. The Clean Water Act requires states to report on the water quality in its waterways every two years and identify those that are not meeting water quality standards. This presents an opportunity

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Your watershed work counts! Share your successes with POWR so we can count it, too!

POWR is officially launching its 2021 effort to measure and report on the cumulative impacts of community watershed organizations (CWOs) in Pennsylvania! This project will use metrics and data to create a powerful message about the impacts and successes of CWOs across Pennsylvania. Success stories abound about the individual projects and educational programming led and hosted by these often volunteer-led conservation champions and stewards. But there is not, to date, an effort to cumulatively assess the impact of all of

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PA Master Naturalist Volunteer Training in Washington County, April – June 2022

The Washington County Watershed Alliance, a coordinating partner of the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, wants you to know about an opportunity to become a PA Master Naturalist. The spring training course begins April 7 and continues through June 23; classes are held weekly on Thursday evenings. Apply by January 15 to receive the early bird discount; final deadline to apply is February 4. For more information and to apply visit: https://pamasternaturalist.org/become_a_master_naturalist/training-details/ Training available in other counties as well. Become a

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Planning for Clean Water in the Susquehanna Basin/Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration is pleased to announce this webinar series exploring the vital connections and partnerships between planners and the health of our water resources and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Each webinar will feature local planners who are engaged in initiatives that serve their community and further water quality and living resource goals. Each will also include resources available to planners that may be relevant or helpful. AICP certificate maintenance credits will be available. All webinars will be on

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Master Watershed Steward program Training in Cumberland/Franklin/Adams: Begins March 2022

If you live in Cumberland, Franklin, or Adams county and enjoy helping to protect and enhance our natural resources and have the heart and time to volunteer, the Master Watershed Steward program training may be for you! Training will begin in March 2022 and will include virtual learning sessions and on-site field trips. Learn more at an information session on January 4 or 12 at 7 PM.

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There’s Money on the (Water) Table: An American Rescue Plan Discussion- Dec. 1 at 6 PM

Please join POWR’s partners, CCWC, CDRW, PennFuture, and CVPA this Wednesday, 12/1 at 6:00 PM for a webinar with DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn, called There’s Money on the (Water) Table: An American Rescue Plan Discussion. We will also be joined by Marci Mowery from the PA Parks & Forest Foundation, Julie Slavet from the Tookany/ Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, and Bobby Hughes from the Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation. We will discuss how the federal American Rescue Plan funding

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