About Us

Mission Statement

POWR advocates for the protection, restoration and enjoyment of our common wealth of water resources, and conducts programs that foster stewardship, communication, leadership and action.

Vision

Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers will be the leading environmental non-profit membership organization for watershed and river protection. By continuing in the tradition of Pennsylvania’s environmental pioneers and the visionary Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution (Article 1, Section 27), POWR will:

  • Ensure Pennsylvania watershed associations are healthy, locally supported, and a benefit to their communities
  • Ensure the citizens of Pennsylvania are educated and enlightened as to the value of our abundant water resources and the importance of their management
  • Ensure access to quality resources including informational publications and website, educational workshops and trainings, networking and capacity building conferences, regional outreach, and dynamic activities connecting people to resources
  • Ensure all of Pennsylvania’s waters meet 1972 Clean Water Act standards
  • Ensure a healthy holistic environment that recognizes our far-reaching connections up and downstream.

Through passionate determination, POWR will honor the voice of the rivers as they beckon us to ensure their enduring legacy for generations to embrace and enjoy.

Core Values

Stewardship, Resourcefulness, Expertise, Passion, Integrity, Courage, Diversity

Meet Our Board

Jim Lang joined the POWR Board of Directors in early 2019. Jim currently serves as Vice President of French Creek Valley Conservancy (FCVC) after serving 12 years as Board President. He was Vice President of Procurement at Ainsworth for 25 years and a partner until the sale of the company to J.M. Smucker in 2018. Jim is also a member of the PEC Board and lends his talents to the Program Committee.

When asked why he has committed so much time and effort to leading FCVC, Jim shared that FCVC is an “organization people trust; it is the local organization that a person in the region first thinks of when considering a land donation. It’s happened because FCVC has treated people and partners with respect. They’ve worked hard to demonstrate long term financial sustainability with high-quality, knowledgeable staff with the right skill set.” He adds that FCVC is successful because the staff and leadership focus on “adding value,” and people will support an organization that they perceive as adding value within their community.

Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to POWR to help steer it on a similar course of success and to ensure that POWR “adds value” in the approaches it takes to support watershed organizations across Pennsylvania.

A few more thoughts from Jim:

Why are you excited about serving on the POWR board?

I believe POWR can and should help fill the “white space” of a statewide collaboration of small, more localized watershed organizations dedicated to improving their streams and rivers. These organizations will benefit from the existence of this group which can help disseminate “best practices” and provide additional resources to the “boots on the ground efforts.”

Why is the vision and mission of POWR important to you?

I believe the best conservation work happens when local, passionate people act at the local level. These groups can benefit from the guidance, advice, and resources better available through a larger, statewide-focused organization. POWR has the ability to play that role.


What outdoor activities do you enjoy participating in? What other hobbies do you have?Fishing, hunting, paddling, SCUBA diving, and golf.

Tell us a little about your family.
Married to Lori for nearly 30 years. Two children (boys ages 35 & 28). Blessed with 2 grandchildren nearing the ages where granddad can get them outdoors!