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 (tmacarthur@pecpa.org) 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

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, in partnership with The GIANT Company, is pleased to announce the Healing the Planet Grant, for projects that aim to build environmental stewardship by connecting people and families to community green spaces, improve community green spaces, support environmental restoration efforts and support community gardens.

Applications will be accepted for $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000.

This grant is limited to the following PA counties:

 Adams, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union and York counties.

Applications will be accepted online, June 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.

The PA Water Trails Mini Grant Program is now OPEN. These mini grants can be used to support projects on designated PA Water Trails that improve access to these recreational treasures. 

  • Mini grants are available up to $5,000 with a 1:1 match. Match can be cash of in-kind, but it must follow DCNR guidelines and, in most circumstances, cannot be DCNR funds from another grant program.
  • Projects should be implementable within one calendar year (by August 2022).
  • Eligible projects are ones that improve access on designated PA Water Trails.
    • Access can be physical or “psychological.” That means that new boat ramps, camp sites, bathrooms, and ADA-accessible docks are eligible, as well as updated maps and signs, creative programming, redesigned websites, and other projects that increase awareness or welcome new users to the water trail. If you are not sure if your proposed project improves accessibility, do not hesitate to contact me to chat about it.
    • Projects do not have to be implemented by the water trail’s management organization, however, they do have to be on a designated water trail. Here is a map of water trails and their managers.

Deadline to apply is April 22, 2021 at midnight.

The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS), with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, is pleased to be able to offer assistance to landowners, non-profits, county conservation districts and municipalities to address lake-related issues of critically eroded shorelines, excess nutrient loading, and aquatic invasive species that degrade the quality of lakes in the Commonwealth. Through this program, we are offering a limited number of grants on a competitive basis, up to $24,000 each, to correct identified lake problems. Priority will be given to projects that a) propose to address watershed impairments identified in the Commonwealth’s 303(d) list and b) plan to direct at least 85% of the funds to direct implementation costs.  All projects must include an educational and outreach component, some examples, but not limited to; workshops, project signage/kiosk, videos, handouts, etc.  All printed material will need to be reviewed and approved by PALMS. 

Deadline to apply is 5:00 PM June 30, 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

www.brooketully.com: 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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