Save-the-Date: POWR to host webinar on the Integrated Water Quality Report and new Mapping Application at 12 noon on Sept. 12

MArk your calendars for a 1 hour webinar on Thursday Sept. 12 at 12 noon. PADEP staff will present the Draft 2018 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report which, for the first time, is available as an interactive web-based format. This format conveys tremendous amounts of information in a way that is much easier to find, read, and understand than previous reports. Plus, DEP has created the 2018 Integrated Report Viewer, which provides enhanced search capabilities and export functions. The combination of these two tools can help you access local water quality assessment information and make decisions about ways you can help maintain, protect, and restore those waters.

For more information visit DEP’s Integrated Report website 

Educational Opportunities for Watershed Organization Leaders at Ag Progress Days, August 13-15

Please stop by and see the Penn State Extension Leadership Program Team during Ag Progress Days, August 13-15, 2019. They will be located at the Ag Choice Building, booth space – A 505; Address: 2710 W Pine Grove Rd, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865.

Dr. Suzanna Windon will provide a presentation on “Recruiting and Motivating Your Volunteers.”  Please see the presentation schedule below:

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 – 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Red Barn (RB) Upstairs meeting area (Main St.)
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Red Barn (RB) Upstairs meeting area (Main St.)
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Farm Family Learning Center Building (FF) (E. 9th St. and Main St.)

The Leadership Program also hosts Educational Workshops.

Professional Development in Environmental Outreach workshop scheduled on August 16 and August 30 | 8 AM | at Penn State Convention and Visitor Center, State College.

Contact Dr. Suzanna Windon at for more information.

Celebrate the Conodoguinet Creek with Members of the Watershed Association

The Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association invites you to Story Map Celebration “A Long Way with Many Bends.”  The digital story map highlights the Conodoguinet creek, its watershed, our association, the Conodoguinet Creek Water Trail, and 30 years of partnerships.  If you haven’t already please explore the videos, interactive maps and information at

Event Details

Where: Cumberland County Conservation District 310 Allen Road, Carlisle PA 17013
Date and Time:   Wednesday August 28, 2019, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM                                      RSVP to Lisa at

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Register Now for the South Mountain Partnership Fall Meeting: Friday Sept. 13, 2019

Whether you are a watershed association located in the South Mountain region or nearby, this is a meeting you won’t want to miss.  Join the Partnership for a day of learning, networking, and sharing at the Trellis Terrace at Penn National in Fayetteville, Franklin County. Informal networking, coffee, and light snacks will kick off the morning with presentations and an optional networking lunch to follow. The focus will be on Watershed Implementation Plans- creating and implementation, but there will be plenty more to talk about. There is a small fee to attend. More information can be found here

Handouts and Links from the Webinar and In-person Presentations on the Draft Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay WIP

Staff of the PA Department of Environmental Protection unveiled the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan for Pennsylvania during a webinar and in-person meeting hosted by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR).

Invited speakers from the DEP and other partnering organizations presented an overview of the plan and how it was developed as well as little about the science and data that informs the plan and how it relates to local water quality and planning efforts. Additionally, attendees learned how to engage in the public comment process and how to stay involved during the county planning and implementation efforts moving forward. Attendees had an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session.

Please see the Agenda for additional details including speaker names and organizations

DEP’s Presentation PowerPoint: Draft Phase 3 WIP Intro_DEP

Webinar Handout: Tips for Drafting Comments on Pennsylvania’s Draft _05-24-2019

Clean water starts in our own backyards, and local solutions can lead to big impacts downstream. This interactive story map shows how local actions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed help improve water quality in our own communities, but also provide benefits to the Bay and the communities that rely on it. This story map is still under development, so if you have any questions or feedback, please contact Emily Trentacoste ( at the Chesapeake Bay Program.”

Link to Interactive Story Map:

Water Quality In PA – An Integrated Report

 The 2018 Integrated Report marks a significant change from previous reports by moving to a new digital and fully interactive format. This offers the ability to convey tremendous amounts of information in a way that is much easier to understand. As a supplement to the Integrated Report, DEP has also created the 2018 Integrated Report Viewer, which provides enhanced search capabilities and export functions. The combination of these two tools should greatly facilitate the public’s access to water quality assessment information and better inform the public on the steps DEP takes every day to protect Pennsylvania’s waters.

Click on the link below for the report:

Presentations available from the Statewide Conference for Watershed Associations

With presenters’ permission, we are pleased to share selected presentations from POWR’s Statewide Conference for Watershed Associations held February 24-25, 2019. The presentations are available as downloadable PDFs here

Regional Watershed Workshops

As a follow-up to our 2016 series, POWR and PEC are convening a series of regional workshops across the state to identify needs and provide organizational capacity and technical resource tools to Pennsylvania’s community watershed organizations. Invited guests include staff from PA DEP, PA DCNR, County Conservation Districts and regional and local environmental organizations with watershed-focused programs and resources.

On this page you’ll find copies of workshop agendas and presentations for each of our regional meetings as they occur. We will continually update to provide latest schedule for upcoming meetings in your region. Click here for more information.