Continue Learning From Home during COVID-19 

Working from home doesn’t mean we stop learning! With multiple free webinars and virtual presentations planned in the next week, watershed professionals and volunteers can stay current and connected with colleagues.

We’ve listed some opportunities on PEC’s website

UPDATE: Five Regional PA Workshops Postponed

We have been closely monitoring the developments regarding the coronavirus and the recommendations prescribed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local officials. Out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of all attendees in mind, we are postponing the following regional watershed workshops that were scheduled for March and April of 2020.

Southeast PA Regional Workshop – March 25, 2020

Southcentral PA Regional Workshop – March 27, 2020

Northeast PA Regional Workshop – April 09, 2020

Northwest PA Regional Workshop – April 29, 2020

Northcentral PA Regional Workshop – April 30, 2020

The Southwest PA Regional Workshop has NOT been postponed at this time.

POWR intends to reschedule these workshops for a late June through August time frame. If you have already registered, we will gladly hold on to your registration for the rescheduled date. If you would prefer a refund at this time, please contact Tali MacArthur or Susan Myerov

We will provide information about new dates and revised agendas, if necessary, as soon as possible.

We urge everyone to familiarize themselves with the guidance issued by the CDC for preventing the spread of the virus ( Thank you for your understanding.

Recording now available for POWR’s General Liability Insurance Program Webinar

On Tuesday March 3 POWR  hosted a webinar to provide information about POWR’s General Liability Insurance program, a service we provide to nonprofit watershed organizations working in Pennsylvania. You can watch the recording (click on the link below) to learn more about what is covered, the liability limits, pricing, signing up, and deadlines. We will address frequently asked questions as well as additional questions you have. Our guest presenter, representing Simpson and McCrady, LLC., addressed non-profit risk management generally.

We promised to clarify a few things that came up during the webinar:

The employee benefit liability and auto liability are NOT included in the master general liability program.

The general liability coverage extends across the US, so there is no restriction for an organization whose volunteers engage in activities across state lines.

The water activity exclusion is intended to exclude recreation on the water including boating tours. It is not intended to exclude water quality monitoring and testing activities that was discussed on the webinar, so that should not be a concern for our watershed organizations.


Recording for “Databases for Watershed Group Volunteer and Member Management” now available!

Tracking, maintaining, and managing your member and volunteer lists is one of the most time-consuming parts of running a watershed organization. But the payoffs are huge – organizations grow much faster when they have solid systems for tracking and renewing members and volunteers.
Guest presenter Baird Straughan talked about the range of databases available for river and watershed groups. Baird shared this online tool for evaluating what kind of database fits your organization’s culture, motivations, and needs. Baird has created a unique volunteer and membership management database, WaterGrass, designed with community watershed organizations in mind and provided a brief introduction to that as well.


POSTPONED! Announcing the 2020 Regional Workshops for Watershed Organizations

Below, please find information about each of the six 2020 regional workshops for watershed organizations. Registration for each event will open on a rolling basis approximately 6 weeks prior to the event. Check back often to register for the workshop nearest you. Agendas are available as well, though they are subject to change.

Cost to attend each workshop is $15 and includes light morning refreshments and lunch.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

March 25: Southeast Workshop- Rushton Conservation Center in Newtown Square  (please note that the address for this event was corrected on Feb 4)


REGISTER for the Southeast workshop

March 27: Southcentral Workshop- Trees and Trails Center in Mechanicsburg


REGISTER for the Southcentral workshop

April 9: Northeast- The Lackawanna Heritage Valley, Scranton


REGISTER for the Northeast workshop

April 29: Northwest- Erie National Wildlife Refuge


REGISTER for the Northwest workshop

April 30: Northcentral- Lycoming College, Williamsport


REGISTER for the Northcentral workshop

May 12: Southwest- Loyalhanna Watershed Association Headquarters, Ligonier


Registration not yet available.

For a map of these regions, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Recording now available for POWR’s webinar on stream redesignations and a fisheries perspective on water quality designations:

Click here

POWR hosted a webinar focusing on stream redesignation evaluations and water quality designations from a fisheries management perspective. POWR was joined by Mark Brickner, Water Program Specialist at the PA Department of Environmental Protection, and Tom Shervinskie, Chief of the Watershed Analysis Section at the Fish and Boat Commission.

Check out River Networks FREE Webinar Series: The What, Who, and How of Nonprofit Advocacy Work

Yes, non-profits CAN advocate for smart policies and science-based rules and regulations that protect water quality and watershed health. Learn more from a series of FREE webinars hosted by River Network. Parts 1 and 2 have been recorded and part 3 is coming up November 12. Visit Advocacy Webinars to view recordings and sign up for the next one.

Recording available for POWR’s Conservation Opportunity Area Tool Webinar


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.

For more information about the Conservation Opportunity Tool, click here

For information about the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan, click here

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 

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

2018 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.