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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.

POWR is Hosting Another Lunch and Learn Webinar:
How to Make Instagram Work For You!
Tuesday, October 18 at 12 noon.

You’re invited to join POWR as we staff of Resource Media to answer your questions about Instagram and help you get started using it.

Are you wondering…

When should I consider using Instagram? Who else uses it? How do I sign up and get started? How much effort is involved to keep it relevant and useful? How do I grow my followers? Can I fundraise on Instagram? Is it only for photos? Is it good for getting “younger” folks engaged and interested in our organization?

This free webinar will provide answers to these questions and more.

Register today to make sure you get the Zoom link. 

The webinar will be recorded, and a link will be sent to all registrants after the live session.

POWR once again thanks our event sponsor:

Save-the-Date: Technology and Tips for Volunteer Management Webinar Tuesday, November 15 at 6 PM

Mark your calendars for a 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 volunteers participation matters for donors and stakeholders! Registration information will be available soon.

POWR appreciates the support of this event sponsor:

Join us for a Lunch and Learn Webinar: Effective Donor and Member Marketing and Outreach
Wednesday, September 14 at 12 noon.

You’re invited to join POWR as we host Brenda Costa, Executive Director of the French Creek Valley Conservancy for a Lunch and Learn webinar. French Creek was awarded the 2022 Pennsylvania River of the Year designation after securing more votes than the other nominated rivers and creeks. Since then, Brenda and her staff have used the momentum created during the nomination and voting process combined with effective outreach and marketing techniques to generate remarkable member and donor outcomes for the Conservancy.

During this webinar, Brenda will share how so much excitement and support was generated in the community and how the Conservancy has capitalized on it. She will also share some basic 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. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, too.

Yes, there are some risks involved in trying something new, and it can be challenging to implement change. But, as Brenda and her Board have learned, some risks are worth taking. 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? Join us and find out!

Registration has closed. Please email if you would still like to join us.

The webinar will be recorded, and a link will be sent to all registrants after the live session.

POWR thanks our event 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:


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