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Spotlight on Success

Community Watershed Organization volunteer and staff leaders, along with key partner organizations and agencies, work together to accomplish great things for local watersheds and rivers. From streamside and in-stream habitat restoration projects, invasive species removal, and trash clean-ups to watershed educational events for youth and families and river paddling sojourns, a CWO near you is making the watershed a cleaner and healthier place to fish, explore, enjoy, recreate, and live.

Each month, we will feature a Spotlight on Success- a story about a member watershed organization or partnership that is working hard to improve the quality of a local stream, raise awareness and understanding of a key watershed issue, or provide an opportunity for engagement and recreation along a waterway. 

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An archive of previous Spotlight on Success stories can be found below.

Watershed Organization Wins Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence 2023

Yellow Breeches Watershed Association Reveals a Few Secrets to Success

The 2020-21 global pandemic created challenges for organizations that thrive and depend on active, engaged, community involvement, leadership, and volunteerism. Community-based watershed organizations were no exception. The Yellow Breeches Watershed Association (YBWA), near Harrisburg, experienced a period of inactivity and lack of involvement during this turbulent time. However, it also created the opportunity to reflect on what the organization could do differently- and better- when life returned to “normal.” With new approaches to leadership, organizational and event management, outreach, and yes, time-consuming hard work, YBWA has since experienced a renewed energy and commitment by volunteers and an almost doubling in their member base and their Board. POWR had the opportunity to talk with the President of YBWA, Shawn Fabian in April 2024.

Read more HERE

Spotlight Archives

February 2021 Spotlight on Success: Watersheds En Plein Air

March/April 2021 Spotlight on Success: Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association

May/June 2021 Spotlight on Success: Little Lehigh Watershed Stewards

Summer 2022 Spotlight on Success: Juniata Watershed Alliance

Fall 2022 Spotlight on Success: Susquehanna River Festival


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