October 22, 2019

2020 “River of the Year” Nominations Open!

Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for the “2019 Pennsylvania River of the Year.”

The nomination period is open through November 15, 2019 and then selected nominations will be voted on by the public beginning in late November.

“As I have said throughout past annual selection processes, there may be only one River of the Year but all waterways nominated emerge as true winners,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “All have a pronounced public pride swirling around them that sees waterways protected and promoted by those who respect and enjoy their favorite waters.”

To nominate a river, Click here: 2020 River of the Year Nomination Form

Nominations must be made by Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5 p.m.

All Pennsylvania waterways are eligible for nomination, except for the ROY winners since 2015.

About the River of the Year Program

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) administers the River of the Year program with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.

Pennsylvania’s 2019 River of the Year is the Clarion River.

“We are excited to once again announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2020 River of the Year program. The River of the Year program is one way that we can highlight the opportunities and challenges facing the Commonwealth’s waterways.  As well as, give all Pennsylvanians a chance to support their favorite waterway in friendly competition with others across the Commonwealth.” said Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers Director Janet Sweeney.

After a waterway is chosen, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a River of the Year Sojourn. The nominating organization of the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant to help fund their River of the Year activities.

August 26, 2019

ALLARM is Hiring!

Dickinson College’s Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), located Carlisle, Pennsylvania is hiring a new Assistant Director. The ALLARM Assistant Director:

  1. Runs ALLARM’s quality assurance laboratory (we certify volunteers doing chemical stream monitoring in Pennsylvania);
  2. Provides technical assistance and follow up support to Pennsylvania and New York communities and volunteers interested in conducting stream health assessments and use data on the local level; and
  3. Mentors Dickinson College students to work in ALLARM’s lab and collaborate with community partners.

Salary: $39K-$41K, with amazing benefits.

Job Announcement:

Closing date: September 30 (will begin reviewing applications September 9)


The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) is an aquatic citizen science center at Dickinson College.  Since its founding in 1986, ALLARM has become a nationally recognized technical and programmatic support center for community organizations interested in watershed assessment, protection, and restoration.  Through the work of four full time professional staff, 10-14 Dickinson College part-time students, and a part time science advisor, ALLARM offers comprehensive services to enable volunteers to use critical scientific tools to evaluate water quality and fully participate in community-based decision-making. For 33 years, ALLARM has carried out its mission to empower Pennsylvania and New York communities with scientific tools to assess stream health and help communities use those data to implement stream restoration and protection measures.

August 19, 2019

Share your love for a local river or stream during Local Waterways Appreciation Week, August 24-31, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed August 24-31, 2019, Local Waterways Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania. As a member of a local watershed organization, you probably don’t need a special week to celebrate a local or favorite river or stream- you do that every day. But during the week of Aug 24-31 consider making a special effort to share your love, knowledge, and experience with friends, colleagues, and family members.

You can read the entire proclamation and get a few ideas for how to participate on this DEP website

The Keystone 10 Million Tree Partnership is Accepting Fall Tree Orders NOW!

Now is the time to request fall trees, tree shelters, tree stakes, flags, and volunteer supplies and support for the Fall 2019 tree planting season from the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.

  • Requests for fall trees are available now through August 31, 2019
  • Trees will be available for delivery mid-September through early November
  • All fall 2019 trees are containerized (seedling up to 3 gallon)

Fall Tree Request form:

You can complete the Partnership Application Survey, here:

For more information about K10M program contact Brenda Lee Sieglitz, Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Manager at 717.769.4141


June 10, 2019

Contact your law makers about Bills Making Fundamental Changes To The Definition Of Water Pollution, Setting Up Costly Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Program

The PA Environment Digest recently reported that on June 4, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved and reported out bills allowing a company who causes pollution or a spill to surface or groundwater to determine if it is pollution and whether it should be reported to DEP and a nutrient reduction procurement bill that guarantees taxpayers will pay the highest price per pound for pollution reductions to meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup obligations.

Click for PEC’s Response

Click for PennFuture’s Response

Read the rest of the Digest article

Contact your local law makers soon to voice your opinions or concerns.

May 30, 2019

Use your outdoor voice: Outdoor Recreation Poll Now OPEN!

Do you enjoy spending time in Pennsylvania’s local and state parks and forests and on trails and rivers? Is getting outdoors to exercise and socialize important to you and your family? Then the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) wants to hear from you. In its quest to build an outdoor recreation plan that will serve all Pennsylvanians, DCNR is looking for public input from residents and interest groups through an online survey. Survey results will help DCNR and its partners determine outdoor recreation programs and funding priorities for Pennsylvania’s next five-year outdoor recreation plan. The online survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and will remain open through the end of June.

April 24, 2019

POWR is Tweeting!

Follow us on Twitter: @PAwatersheds to receive news, notices, and updates about upcoming events, workshops, grant opportunities,  proposed rules and recently released agency reports, and other important information.

April 18, 2019

Public Comment Period is OPEN for the Phase 3 Chesapeake Bay WIP

The draft Phase 3 PA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan was released on April 12. The public comment period is now open and will close on June 7. (News Release and links here: Phase 3 WIP)

The Phase 3 WIP describes how Pennsylvania will meet its obligations to reduce nutrient and sediment loads to local waters in the 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and how it will accelerate progress towards meeting the targets established by the Chesapeake Bay Partnership for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. The goal is to have all practices in place by 2025.

The draft Plan was developed starting in March of 2017 with input from many local and state partners, including representatives from community watershed associations. It contains recommendations for pollution reduction efforts in four major areas– Agriculture, Stormwater, Forestry, and Wastewater Facilities. The plan calls on all 43 counties in the Pennsylvania portion of the Bay Watershed to complete the county-level clean water planning process in order to develop detailed plans for meeting county nutrient reduction goals.

There will many opportunities for local community watershed organizations to play critical roles in this large and long-term effort. Not only is the voice of your organization important through the comment period, but your local knowledge and on-the-ground experiences will be an asset to your local county during the planning and implementation phases.

The final version of the Phase 3 WIP will be submitted to the federal Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership on August 9, 2019.

March 21, 2019

NFWF Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction and Small Watershed Grants Programs

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. NFWF estimates awarding $12-14 million in grants through the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants and Small Watershed Grants (SWG) programs in 2019, contingent on the availability of funding. Major funding for the Stewardship Fund comes from the EPA. Other important contributions are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Altria Group. Two separate Request for Proposals detailing NFWF’s funding priorities and other key considerations are attached.

INSR pre-proposals and SWG full proposals are due by midnight, Tuesday, May 14th and must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at

Additional informational webinars will be provided to offer an overview of each funding opportunity. Interested applicant are encouraged to register for these informational webinars using links provided in the following RFPs:



January 16, 2019

Join us for the 15th Annual Great American Cleanup of PA
Removing trash from our watersheds is one of the best and easiest ways to improve the health of our watersheds.Click here for details: 2019 Great PA Cleanup

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