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

January 15, 2020

POWR announces 2020 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2020 Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Sojourns must incorporate significant educational programming, and be open to all participants (i.e., private trips are not eligible). Applicants can request $900 per day for multi-day sojourns and $500 for a single-day sojourn.

We will no longer be accepting applications via email or mail. All applications must be submitted online. Applications and instructions are now available online at: https://pecpa.org/apply

Applications are due March 4, 2020 by 5:00pm.

The PA Sojourn Program is a nationally unique program that awards more than $30,000 in grants across the state to support local organizations and their sojourn events. On average POWR supports between 10 to 15 paddling events under this program. Over the years PA Sojourns supported by POWR have encompassed over 500 river miles, for 50+ on-the-water days, offering more than 100 educational programs and engaging over 4,000 people.

POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, administers the Pennsylvania Sojourn program. POWR has been in place for over a decade and has sponsored sojourn/paddling trips on many of the Commonwealth’s rivers and streams. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) is the prime sponsor of the program.


The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR) is a nonprofit organization with a mission 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.