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January 16, 2019

PA DCNR Announces Clarion River Named PA 2019 River of the Year in Public Voting – Click here for details: PA DCNR 2019 PA River of the Year Announced

January 15, 2019

POWR announces 2019 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2019 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.

For your Grant Application Instructions; Grant Application; and Budget Form – Please click here: 2019 grant application instructions;  2019 PA Sojourn Grant Application;  2019 POWR Sojourn Budget Form

Applications are due February 26, 2019 by 5:00pm.

The PA Sojourn Program is a nationally unique program that awards $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.

November 27, 2018

2019 “River of the Year” Voting now Open

Voting will take place from November 27, 2018 through January 4, 2019

For more information on the River of Year Nominees and to place your vote click here: PA DCNR 2019 PA River of the Year Nominees for Public Vote

October 12, 2018

2019 “River of the Year” Nominations Open

Nominations Accepted from October 12, 2018 through November 9, 2018

For more information on the River of Year Nomination click here: 2019 River of the Year Nomination Press Release

To Nominate a River/Waterway click here: 2019 River of the Year Nomination Form

June 1, 2018

2018 Wyoming Valley River Tours

Kayak or Canoe on the Susquehanna River
Proceeds Support the Riverfront Parks Committee and RiverFest Event
For more information and to register, please click here: Paddler guide RiverFest2018

April 2018

POWR announces 2018 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Awards

 The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grants. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Grant recipients receive $500 for a single-day sojourn and up to $900 per day for multi-day sojourns.

The Pennsylvania Sojourn Program is administered by POWR in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The PA Sojourn Program is nationally unique, distributing grants across the state to local organizations and their sojourn events. These grants support between 12 and 17 paddling events each year, encompassing over 500 river miles and 50+ on-the-water days, offering more than 100 educational programs, and engaging over 4,000 people.

Sojourns are not only a fun outdoor activity but are also an effective tool for raising awareness about our rivers and the issues affecting them, educating and enhancing community involvement about natural and cultural resources, and promoting and encouraging watershed stewardship. The Sojourn program serves as a bridge to bring our communities to our rivers and streams to educate them, enabling them to become lifelong stewards of these resources. River sojourns offer a different point of view on some of Pennsylvania’s treasured landscapes and historic and cultural assets. To Learn more about this year’s sojourns and to view the 2018 Sojourn Map, click here: 2018 Sojourn Grant Awardees Press Release

May 2018

Trout Unlimited (TU) has established a program to train volunteers to monitor water resources that may be affected by natural gas pipeline development. Focusing on potential erosion and sedimentation impacts, the goal of this workshop is to train volunteers to effectively monitor water quality on high priority streams along proposed pipeline routes before, during, and after pipeline construction. The Pennsylvania Pipeline Construction Monitoring Program is an objective data collection effort and does not engage in advocacy-related activities. To learn more: Emmaus Pipeline Training Flyer

February 5, 2018

The River Network is starting to work with partners to develop materials for groups and individuals to use to increase their understanding about common drinking water questions, concerns and issues, including how to effectively engage on these issues. They are interested in what aspects of drinking water they should focus on first, and also what good resources already exist that they can share further.

Please consider taking their short survey to answer some of these questions – please respond by February 9th – thank you!

January 19, 2018

POWR Announces 2018 PA Sojourn Grant Applications Are Now Being Accepted – Read More

January 8, 2018

PA DCNR Announces the Loyalsock Creek has been named the “2018 PA River of the Year” – Read More

October 21, 2017

PA DCNR Announces the Voting for the “2018 PA River of the Year” is Now Open – Read More

October 6, 2017

POWR Announces that Nominations are Now Being Accepted for the “2018 PA River of the Year” – Read More