Interest in this training opportunity has exceeded expectations! We are so excited to be able to bring you this curriculum that is so clearly in demand in our community. However, in order to ensure that the training is useful, effective, and interactive, we must limit attendance to those who have already registered. If you are interested in attending, please email Tali MacArthur to be added to the waiting list.
POWR is launching a three-part training through which Community Watershed Organization (CWO) volunteers and leaders will gain the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to effectively participate in many local and regional policy, land use and planning efforts occurring throughout the commonwealth. These include meaningful and impactful engagement in Phase 3 WIP implementation; municipal MS4s permit compliance; comprehensive planning efforts; local zoning & subdivision decisions; and other policies that impact local watershed health and sustainability. POWR hopes that by working together, informed citizen and government leaders can make decisions today that will have lasting regional implications for water resource protection tomorrow.
The training will be delivered by POWR staff and guest presenters ‘virtually’ over three Thursdays from 6-7:30 PM. Training dates are February 11 and 18 and March 4. It is recommended that you attend all three ‘live.’ However, the presentations will be recorded so that if you miss one, you can watch the recording, and then join live as your schedule allows.
Module 1 on February 11 will include an introduction to local government structure in PA, a review of how and why local government land use and planning decisions have immediate and critical impacts on water resources, and an introduction to local government priorities.
Module 2 on February 18 will highlight strategies for effective interaction/collaboration with elected officials and will help increase your confidence in communicating your values, concerns, and knowledge about water resource protection and conservation.
Module 3 on March 4 will help you better understand the role and value of watershed organizations in policy making at the local, state, and federal level. It will present examples of engagement in policy issues and will provide tips for effective advocacy, public comment, and support for sound management and policies for healthy streams.
All three sessions will be interactive experiences with presentations, case studies, and group discussionle
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, POWR has decided to postpone the 2021 Statewide Conference for watershed Organization scheduled to take place in February, 2021. Please check back soon for updates and more information.
However, you can still continue your water and watershed learning journey! Check out our upcoming webinars and our archive to view previously recorded webinars.
You can still access many of the presentations from POWR’s 2019 conference
POWR has wrapped up Regional Workshops for 2020. Thank you for joining us!
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.
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