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Resources and Links from the Conversation Café: A peer learning opportunity on meeting the challenges of local government engagement

 

During the Café attendees had the opportunity to hear and share a current experience, challenge or opportunity related to engaging with state or local government officials, or with a policy, plan, or initiative. Participants asked questions and shared advice, ideas, and resources. Topics discussed included working collaboratively with Bird Town PA, understanding the impacts and adverse affects of light pollution and how to minimize them, effectively (and patiently) introducing council to the idea of an EAC, and much more.

Click HERE for links to many resources, articles, ordinances, and a documentary about climate change created by one of the café attendees.

Recording Available for Technology and Tips for Volunteer Management Webinar

If you missed this presentation on volunteer management best practices including volunteer engagement methods, best online tools for tracking time and activities, volunteer coordinator job descriptions, and why tracking volunteer participation matters for donors and stakeholders, contact tmacarthur@pecpa.org to request the recording. 

Registration is Still Open For: Managing Invasive Species and Overgrown Landscapes with Goats - Tuesday, December 13 at 12 noon

We hope you will join us for a presentation about managing the fast-growing, pervasive, and invasive Japanese Knotweed. Japanese Knotweed is commonly found along streams and rivers, in low-lying areas, and in disturbed areas such as rights-of-way. It often creates monoculture stands that threaten native plant communities. It is notoriously difficult to manage and get rid of!

Join POWR and your watershed organization colleagues for a presentation on one method that was used to control knotweed in a local park: GOATS! During the webinar, you will learn how this approach was was selected, planned, and implemented, how the community and key partners worked together, and what the short and long-term outcomes have been, and what it all cost. Our presenters will also share some key lessons learned, in case you want to consider a similar effort in your watershed!

This free webinar, presented by staff and volunteers of the Shenango River Watchers and the Sharon Beautification Commission, will also include plenty of time for conversations and questions.

Register today to make sure you get the Zoom link. Deadline to register is noon Monday, December 12. 

Recording available for webinar:
How to Make Instagram Work For You!
Contact Tali MacArthur for the link

POWR hosted staff of Resource Media to answer your questions about Instagram and help you get started using it.

To request a link to the recoding, contact tmacarthur@pecpa.org

Did you miss the "Effective Donor and Member Marketing and Outreach" webinar? Contact Tali MacArthur for a link to the recording!

In September, POWR hosted Brenda Costa, Executive Director of the French Creek Valley Conservancy for a Lunch and Learn webinar.

Brenda shared outreach and marketing tips, ideas, and tools that can be used and applied by any organization to more effectively engage new and existing members, volunteers, and donors. 

Not only do organizations benefit from increased public support, but our waterways and watersheds do, too.

What can effective, targeted, creative marketing and outreach do for you? Listen to the recording and find out!

 Please email tmacarthur@pecpa.org

POWR thanks our webinar training series sponsor:

That's a Wrap! 2022 Regional Workshop for Watershed Organization Leaders and Volunteers Have Been Completed.

Thank you to all of you who attended a watershed workshop in your region and to all who volunteered time to present and share resources. Below you will find PDFs of many of the presentations- whether you want to review content you already heard or see what you missed, if you were unable to attend.

Again, we thank our workshop supporters:

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A Brief Introduction to Continuous Instream Monitoring in the Susquehanna River Basin: Click HERE 

Stream and Floodplain Restoration in Bull Run Watershed: Click HERE

Pennsylvania DEP’s Environmental Justice Policy: Click HERE

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Funding Programs: Click HERE

Successes, Impacts, and Opportunities of the Allegheny WINs: Click HERE

Erosion and Sediment Control/Water Encroachment: Click HERE

Thank you for attending the
Statewide Watershed Conference

Watershed Connections:
Adaptability, Resiliency, and Innovation

You can still watch recorded sessions on Facebook 

Featured conference image is a photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program.

Copies of the full program with session descriptions and speaker bios can be purchased for $5 each. Contact Tali MacArthur to request that a copy be mailed to you.

POWR thanks these Sponsors: 

Reception and Luncheon Sponsor: Pennsylvania American Water 

Watershed Leader: PA Environment Digest

Watershed Advocate: Appalachian Region Independent Power Producers Association (ARIPPA), ARM Group LLC, BEG Group LLC, Chesapeake Legal Alliance, Ernst Conservation Seeds,  Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Ecotone Ecological Restoration

Carbon Offset/Sustainability: American Dairy Association North East

Nonprofit Friend: American Rivers, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Stroud Water Research Center, Trout Unlimited, Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER, and Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER

We would also like to thank our supporters: The Pennsylvania Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Campbell Foundation, and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.

You also can still access many of the presentations from POWR’s 2019 conference 

POWR’s Training and Learning Webinars

Throughout the year, POWR hosts webinars at lunch or in the early evening on a topic of interest to CWOs. To date these have included presentations on geology, volunteer management, water quality reports, the stream redesignation process, river histories, conservation tools, POWR’s insurance program, and more.

Missed one of our webinars? Watch the recording on POWR’s YouTube channel. Videos are “unlisted,” so please click on the titles below to access the recorded webinar.

Volunteer Motivations, Management, Recruitment, and Retention

Connecting River Histories to Current Conservation Efforts

Stream Redesignation Evaluations and Water Quality Designations

Attracting Media Coverage for Your Activities and Initiatives

Fundamentals of Drinking Water for Watershed Organizations

Integrated Water Quality Report and Mapping Application Webinar 2019

Databases for Watershed Group Volunteer and Member Management

Conservation Opportunity Area Tool Webinar

POWR's General Liability Insurance Program

Linking Stream Hydrology/Geomorphology to Restoration

Learn More