Tools and Resources for Watershed Organizations

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Featured Tools

POWR has created an interactive GIS-based map of Pennsylvania’s known community watershed organizations (CWOs), watershed alliances and coalitions, and other organizations whose missions include water resource conservation, restoration, and education. We believe the potential applications of this tool  include the ability to connect CWOs with potential regional partners for small- and large-scale restoration projects; identification of volunteer opportunities with local CWOs for interested local residents; and the evaluation of potential  new strategic alliances and as well as the location of  ‘gaps’ on the landscape where efforts to engage new organizations may benefit regional water resource protection efforts.

View the Map and please email POWR ( if you do not see your CWO mapped or if the service area identified for your organization does match your actual area of impact and effort in the landscape. If you have additional corrections or questions, please contact us with those as well.

A few tips for using the map:

Zooming:  Zoom in and out via either your mouse wheel or by clicking the + and – icons on the left of the map screen.

Toggle between basemaps: Users can change the basemap via the icon that is just below the zoom buttons.

Layers: You can turn layers on and off in the “Legend” tab to the left of the map.

Selecting features: When you click on an area of the map, any watershed organizations or other “features” in that area will become highlighted in blue. The information about the selected feature is displayed on the left panel of the map under the “Info” tab. If the location you clicked contains more than one feature (note: layers must be on to be selectable), you can toggle between them using the arrows at the top right of the “Info” tab.

Search Function: Users can search for features in various layers, as well as locations, via the magnifying glass icon in the top right of the map. The drop down menu at the left of the search bar allows user to select which layer is being searched. Only one can be selected, or select “all.”


Please note that this map is a work in progress and we are still quality checking information, working on making it more user-friendly and adding more information.


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. Watch the previously recorded webinars »

Current Funding Opportunities

On March 12, the Fish and Boat Commission announced it is now accepting applications for grants to support the development and delivery of education programs that contribute to the Commission’s efforts to increase the number of anglers and boaters in Pennsylvania.  Recruiting new participants in fishing and boating activities, retaining existing participants, and reactivating former participants is known as R3. The Commission established the R3 Grant Program to help partnering organizations start new R3 education programs or expand their existing efforts.  The R3 grants will reimburse qualifying organizations up to $25,000 for eligible program expenses for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.  The grants require a minimum of 25% cash or in-kind match of staff time and/or other project expenses.

The deadline for applications is April 12.

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.

Click HERE for more information and to apply.

Deadline to apply is April 14, 2021

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Tools

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has released this Alliance DEIJ Terminology Guide to facilitate communication with all audiences in a way that is sensitive to DEIJ considerations. It is a general guide, subject to change and edits.

Access to many Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice Resources for Nonprofits are available on this River Network webpage. They include articles, books, blogs, videos, and more.

Accordion Content

Communication, Outreach, and Networking Tools Learn to design communication and outreach plans that motivate action and change for the environment. Understand why people don’t do what you really want them to do. Learn new ways to motivate them in your outreach and messaging. Watch a quick 5 min video about debunking communication tactics to motivate action.

A list of providers of communication services can be found below under the Organizational and Technical Assistance, Organizational Resources Support. 

One of POWR’s partners, River Network, has created an Online Community – a space where representatives from the 8,500+ nonprofits, agencies, tribal groups, and utilities who protect and restore rivers and safeguard clean water across the United States can connect and collaborate for a future with clean water and healthy rivers for all. Free and premium River Network members are encouraged to register HERE.

You can join at anytime, and you don’t have to be a River Network Member. However, the FREE membership option comes with lots of great benefits and helps show your support for their great work connecting water resource and watershed advocates. 

Volunteer Recruitment, Monitoring, and Retention

Organizational and Technical Assistance

Water and Watershed Educational Resources

This story map illustrates the effects of dams on the landscapes and water quality of Lancaster County and the Bay region.  This latest education and research tool produced by the Water Science Institute Team with support from the PADEP Growing Greener program will complement and encourage extraordinary conservation and restoration initiatives on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay.

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