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Statewide Watershed Conference
November 7-8, 2021
Watershed Connections:
Adaptability, Resiliency, and Innovation

Save-the-Date! POWR will be hosting a combined hybrid (in-person/virtual) Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations on November 7-8, 2021 at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA. 

We are excited to announce that Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, will deliver the Keynote address on Monday, November 8. Dr. Mann is the author of several books including his most recent work, The Madhouse Effect, which features cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles.

The Opening Plenary, scheduled for Sunday afternoon will include a short “story telling” workshop presented by Dr. Bethany Wiggin, Founding Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and Affiliated Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. The workshop will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to share their stories of ‘adaptability, resilience, and innovation” over the past two years.

Concurrent tracks led by subject matter experts on topics such as Aquatic Science and Monitoring, Watershed Restoration Strategies, Watershed Policy, and Organizational Capacity will offer an opportunity to attend presentations that best fit your organization’s needs and objectives for enhanced water resource protection, restoration, and outreach efforts. 

Registration fees for the full conference, single day, and remote access have yet to be finalized. Registration will open at the end of September. Scholarship applications will also be available at that time.

POWR thanks these conference sponsors: 

Reception and Luncheon Sponsor: Pennsylvania American Water 

Watershed Leader: PA Environment Digest

Watershed Advocate: ARM Group LLC, BEG Group LLC, Chesapeake Legal Alliance, Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Carbon Offset/Sustainability: American Dairy Association North East

Nonprofit Friend: American Rivers, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Sponsorship opportunities are still available: Learn more about the levels and benefits of sponsorship.

Please check back soon for more updates and registration information. 

Until then, you can still continue your water and watershed learning journey! Check out the Calendar of Events and our archive of previously held webinars below.

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

Webinar: Meaningful Engagement in Local Climate Action Planning

POWR hosted Heidi Kunka, Energy Program Specialist from the PADEP for a webinar on PADEP’s Local Climate Action Program.

Missed it? You can still view Heidi’s presentation to learn about the LCAP and how to recruit your municipality to the program.

For more information about the PA DEP Local Climate Action Program click HERE

Featured Training: Meaningful Engagement in Local Government Decision Making for Community Watershed Organizations

Thank you for all your interest!

POWR will be following up on this training topic with additional webinars on some of the topics introduced in this series. Please check this site soon for more details.


POWR’s Lunch and Learn Webinars

About once a month, POWR hosts a webinar from 12-1 PM 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.

In January, POWR will follow up on the very popular geology webinar with a true focus on stream hydrology and geomorphology. Join us as we host Dr. Benjamin Hayes of Bucknell University to learn why the geomorphic and hydrological processes and features of your stream should be considered when creating a restoration plan. Check back soon and watch your email for more details.

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