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Save-the-Date: 2024 Ohio River Basin Alliance Summit October 30 – November 1, 2024

Titled Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities: from Headwaters to Mainstem, the ORBA Summit will be held at the University of Pittsburgh and will showcase the release of the final Ohio River Basin Restoration Plan. The Summit will feature sessions and workshops designed to bring together community, agency, academic, government, and non-profit groups around the initiatives of the Ohio River Basin. Major General Mark Quander, USACE Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Commander has agreed to provide the keynote address. More details

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The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, a POWR Sojourn Mini-grant Recipient, Releases 2024 Perki-Bay Expedition Highlight Video

Schwenksville, PA – July 8th, 2024 – The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Youth Conservation Corps (PWCC) recently completed a 50-mile paddle across three of PA’s waterways, from the Conservancy’s home base on the Perkiomen Creek in Schwenksville, to the Schuylkill River and out to Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River. PWCC is a free program for all local high school students that are interested in conservation and the environment. Each year, from January through June, PWCC members participate in Conservancy volunteer

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Save-the-Date: 2024 Ohio River Basin Alliance Summit Taking Place October 30 – November 1, 2024

The 2024 ORBA Summit “Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities: From Headwaters to Mainstem,” will be held at the University of Pittsburgh! This summit will showcase the release of the Ohio River Basin Restoration Plan and will feature sessions and workshops designed to bring together community, agency, academic, government, and non-profit groups. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to share successes and strengthen bonds across the region! Registration details to come. View the event flier HERE Call for Proposals Open! Submit

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ALLARM is HIRING a new Director

One of POWR’s key partners, ALLARM, is hiring. ALLARM: The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) is an aquatic community science center at Dickinson College. Since its founding in 1986, ALLARM has become a nationally recognized technical and programmatic support center for community organizations interested in watershed assessment, protection, and restoration.  Through the work of four full time professional staff, 10-16 Dickinson College part-time students, and a part time science advisor, ALLARM has carried out its mission to empower Pennsylvania

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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 2024 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available

News for Immediate Release January 29, 2024 The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2024 Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania’s waterways. 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 on water day. Applications and instructions are now available online at: https://pecpa.org/apply

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Allegheny River Named Pennsylvania’s 2024 River of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 29, 2024 MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, werobinson@pa.gov, 717-877-6315 Harrisburg, PA – The Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania has been selected by a public vote as the state’s 2024 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. “We are excited to honor the Allegheny River as Pennsylvania’s 2024 River of the Year, and I cannot

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POWR Announces New Informal “Office Hours” for Watershed Leaders

Beginning February 6, POWR’s Program Manager, Tali MacArthur, will be offering weekly informal office hours every Tuesday from 12 – 1 PM. Pop into the Zoom meeting room to ask an organizational development question, get feedback on a project idea or grant proposal, share an experience or resource POWR should know about, get feedback on your website or community outreach efforts, or chat about a leadership challenge or opportunity. You do not have to email in advance, but you are welcome to do

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R. John Dawes Clean Water Fund Established as Dawes Retires from Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

Johnstown, PA – The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (FPW), in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) is pleased to announce the R. John Dawes Clean Water Fund, celebrating the significant contributions John Dawes has made to build a strong, thriving, and effective organization to protect Pennsylvania’s waterways.“The FPW’s board of directors is incredibly grateful for John’s stellar leadership and commitment to improving the waterways of Pennsylvania and are pleased to honor his recent retirement through creation of

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Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program Now Accepting Applications for 2024 Training

Spring 2024 Master Watershed Steward Training classes will run from March to June. Tune in to an information session to learn how you can get involved and give back to the community. Next spring, the Penn State Extension Watershed Steward program is offering ten training classes across 36 counties. The program provides broad coursework in water science and natural resources with ongoing volunteer and educational opportunities that equip participants with the tools to make a difference in their communities. We

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