October 19, 2020

2021 “River of the Year” Nominations Open

Public to Vote on Pennsylvania’s Best River…Nominations Accepted from October 19, 2020 Through November 16, 2020

Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the “2021 Pennsylvania River of the Year.”

The nomination period is open through November 16, 2020 until 5pm. Selected nominations will be voted on by the public beginning in late November.

“During these most difficult times, never have we seen so many seeking out the natural resources around them, and flowing right through this newfound interest are so many activities connected to Pennsylvania’s wealth of rivers and streams,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “All our waterways now are valued more importantly, and all nominated in this annual selection process emerge as true winners. All have a pronounced public pride swirling around them that sees waterways protected and promoted by those who respect and enjoy them.”

For more information about the River of the Year program, visit www.pariveroftheyear.org

To Nominate a River/Waterway, please visit https://pecpa.org/apply

All Pennsylvania waterways are eligible for nomination, except for the ROY winners since 2016. (For a list of past winning waterways – please go to the POWR news page)

About the River of the Year Program

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) administers the River of the Year program with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.

Pennsylvania’s 2020 River of the Year is the Lackawanna River.

“We are excited to once again announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2021 River of the Year program. During this trying time, we have all deepened our appreciation for the outdoors and the many benefits found through spending time in nature. The River of the Year program underscores the importance of our natural resources through highlighting both the opportunities as well as the challenges facing the Commonwealth’s waterways” said Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers Director Janet Sweeney.”

After a waterway is chosen, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a River of the Year Sojourn. The nominating organization of the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant to help fund their River of the Year activities.

May 7, 2020

POWR Requests Your Responses to a 2020 Survey of Community Watershed Associations

Although POWR has postponed many of our in-person events and workshops, we remain committed to providing Pennsylvania’s watershed organizations the tools, resources, and educational opportunities you need to continue conservation, restoration, and education efforts in your local watershed.

In order to better serve the needs of your group, we have created a survey that will help us understand your organizational capacity and strengths. The survey also includes questions about your training needs. POWR surveyed PA’s community watershed organizations about 5 years ago, but updating this information will allow us to track changes over time and improve our ability to provide training and education programs that will help you meet your organization’s current objectives.

Your responses are important to ensure that POWR gets the most complete and accurate picture of the diversity of organizations and their needs as well as to determine where there are common themes. We recognize that online surveys seem a bit informal, but with over 175 watershed organizations in the commonwealth, it is the best way to obtain the most feedback. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time and for your thoughtful responses.


A note about who should respond: The survey should be completed by one person with a leadership role in the organization. If you received this communication but feel someone else in your organization should be the respondent, please forward this note to that person. Thank you.

January 29, 2020

Lackawanna River Named 2020 PA River of the Year – Click here to read the press release from PA DCNR: PA DCNR Announces the 2020 PA River of the Year


The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR) is a nonprofit organization driven to protect Pennsylvania’s watersheds. POWR operates through direct work and support of other organizations with similar missions. The organization works across the state.

In 2008, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and POWR joined together, designating POWR as a 509(a) supporting organization of PEC. This agreement offers much to both organizations including expanding the grassroots impact on conservation, as well as increasing organizational efficiencies. Further, it has stimulated an effort to reinvigorate POWR and identify a path forward to greater impact on the environment.