Register for POWR’s next Webinar: Conservation Opportunity Area Tool 

Friday October 11, 2019 at 12 noon

Developed in collaboration between the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Conservation Opportunity Area Tool is an interactive, web-based tool to support conservation planning and implementation for at-risk species. Users can find information on Species of Greatest Conservation Need, habitats, conservation actions, and more. Learn how to use this tool to explore statewide features or seek information in an area of interest to you and your conservation organization.

To register:

For more information about the Conservation Opportunity Tool, click here

For information about the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan, click here

Register today for a FREE Sportsman and Watershed Organization Forum Friday Sept. 20 

2019 Sportsman Forum – Hosted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
• Join the Alliance for our 3rd Annual Sportsmen’s Forum at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area! From prescribed burning to stream restoration, this two-day event will cover a multitude of shared topics and goals between conservationists and sportsmen & women.
• When: Friday, September 20, 9am-5pm
• Where: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Stevens, PA
• Registration is free and includes lunch on Day 1. Registration closes September 17th.
• To register, click here – Registration

Recording Available for the Webinar on PADEP’s Integrated Water Quality Report and new Mapping Application held on Sept. 12

Click here for the recording to the webinar hosted by POWR with PADEP staff presenting 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 including links to the report and the mapping tool, visit DEP’s Integrated Report website 

Educational Opportunities for Watershed Organization Leaders

The Penn State Extension Leadership Program 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.

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.