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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) and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, to

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The Watershed Congress: Sharing information, tools, and practices for watershed protection and restoration- virtually!

Join your colleagues and partners from Southeast PA and across the state to Share information, tools, and practices for watershed protection and restoration. Hosted by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the Watershed Congress  advances the best available information and techniques for protecting and restoring watersheds. The focus on networking across disciplines means that the Watershed Congress melds science, policy, and practical applications into one program. As a result, the annual Watershed Congress is a premier event for people interested in understanding,

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Master Watershed Stewards Hosting Educational Field Trips; Watershed Org Volunteers Welcome to Attend

Master Watershed Stewards and Program Coordinators are hosting a series of small group, outdoor, educational field trips in locations across the commonwea In the months leading up to the Statewide Watershed Conference, Master Watershed Stewards across the state are hosting field visits and site tours of stream and watershed restoration sites, critical habitats for important plants and animals, and unique state and local parks and natural areas.Sign up today for a fun and educational tour near you or somewhere you’ve always wanted

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Cumberland, Franklin, & Adams Counties Accepting Applications for 2022 Master Watershed Steward Class

The Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program in Cumberland, Franklin, and Adams counties is recruiting for the spring 2022 class. Applications are being accepted now, and information sessions will take place in December 2021 and early January 2022. The 2022 class will be trained in various locations in the three counties. More information will be posted as the training sessions are planned. More information is here and the application is here. Questions? Contact: Holly Smith Master Watershed Steward Coordinator Email: hps5293@psu.edu

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Master Watershed Steward Program to Launch in Franklin and Adams Counties

Penn State Extension announces the launch of the Master Watershed Steward (MWS) Program in Adams and Franklin counties. The MWS program, which began in Lehigh County in 2013, is now active in 30 counties in Pennsylvania with more than 500 volunteers active across the state.  Holly Smith, who has been coordinating the MWS Program in Cumberland County since its launch in 2019, will also coordinate the program in Adams and Franklin counties. “The three counties will be combined into one

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