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.
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 email@example.com to request the recording.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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POWR thanks our webinar training series sponsor:
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.
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
Featured conference image is a photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program.
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
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.
POWR has wrapped up Regional Workshops for 2020. Thank you for joining us!
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