Regional Watershed Workshop Resources
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.
North Central Region
Montour Preserve Visitors Center
April 25, 2018
Staff from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) were excited to host a meeting of local watershed groups from the North Central region of Pennsylvania on April 25, 2018. Our meeting was held at the Montour Preserve Visitors Center in Danville, PA, with local, regional watershed groups and statewide organizations represented. These included:
- Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance
- Chillisquaque-Limestone Watershed Association
- Fishing Creek Watershed Association
- Pine Creek Headwaters Protection
- Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance
- The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership
- Penn Future
Attendees heard presentations from Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper, Carol Parenzan, PA DEP Environmental Justice Regional Coordinator, John Brakeall, ALLARM Executive Director, Julie Vastine, and Trout Unlimited – Mid Atlantic Coordinator, Robert Shane. Also on hand to report on current funding opportunities were PA DEP North Central Regional Watershed Manager, Jason Fellon and Montour County Conservation District Manager Sean Levan and Agricultural Technician/Watershed Specialist Todd Deroba.
Bob Stoudt, Director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission hosted our event and provided background on the preserve. Guided tours were also provided to interested attendees after the program.
PEC’s Watershed Program Director, Susan Myerov and POWR Executive Janet Sweeney facilitated the workshop and were excited to kick off this new round of regional workshops in North Central PA in recognition of the 2018 River of the Year, the Loyalsock Creek.
Thanks to Rob Shane of Trout Unlimited for sharing this short film about TU’s Unassessed Waters initiative.
South Central Region
June 20, 2018
South Central PA – June 20, 2018 – Dickinson College, Carlisle PA
Our second regional meeting was held at the beautiful campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle PA. The meeting was held in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) and Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council (RC&D). We are grateful for their assistance in planning the workshop. ALLARM was our official “host” providing space in the great room of the Stern Foundation Center for Global Education. Attending were individuals representing local and regional watershed groups from South-central Pennsylvania along with numerous county and statewide organizations and agency personnel. These included: The Antietam Watershed Association, Big Cove Creek Alliance, Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association, Johnston Run Revitalization Council; Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition, and Quittapahilla Creek Watershed Association. Regional & National organizations included American Rivers, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Foundation for PA Watersheds, National Parks Conservation Association, Penn Future, Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, York Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and York County Master Watershed Stewards. Blair, Cumberland, & Franklin Counties as well as Spring Township were all represented.
Attendees heard presentations from Dr. Claire Jantz and Dr. Scott Drzyzga from Shippensburg University, Lori Grace from the Cumberland County Conservation District and Helen Schlimm from ALLARM. Also on hand to report on current funding opportunities and resources were PA DEP South-central Regional Watershed Manager, Jineen Boyle, PA DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Technician, Marlin Graham, South Mountain Partnership Executive Director, Katie Hess, and University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center’s Interim Director, Jennifer Cotting.
Julie Vastine, Executive Director of ALLARM hosted our event and provided background on ALLARM’s mission, current projects and resources. A guided tour of ALLARM’s labs and of Dickinson College’s sustainability features was also provided to interested attendees after the program.
PEC’s Watershed Program Director, Susan Myerov and POWR Board President, Patrick Starr facilitated the workshop and described both PEC and POWR’s resources available to local groups. As a special bonus, many of our groups donated items for a fun raffle, including a flat of Magnolia Trees donated by Jim MacKenzie, President of Octoraro Native Plant Nursery.
South East Region
June 28, 2018
PEC and POWR’s third regional watershed workshop of 2018 was held at the Heritage Conservancy’s Aldie Mansion home, a restored English Tudor manor with many craftsmen features originally owned by William and Martha Mercer. Attending the workshop were individuals representing watershed groups from the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania region along with representatives from supporting non-profit organizations and from county, state, and federal agencies. The watershed groups in attendance included: Bucks Environmental Action, Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association, Darby Creek Valley Association, Friends of Poquessing Watershed, Gallows Run Watershed Association, Heritage Conservancy, Neshaminy Creek Watershed Association, Newtown Creek Coalition, Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Primrose Creek Watershed Association, Tookany-Tacony/Frankford Watershed Association, Trout Unlimited Perkiomen Valley Chapter, Upper Tohickon Watershed Association, Valley Forge Trout Unlimited, and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association. Representatives from the Ambler Borough and Springfield (Bucks) Township Environmental Advisory Councils also attended.
Supporting non-profit groups in attendance included the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, the Environmental Finance Center, Natural Lands, PennFuture, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society/TreeVitalize. County, state, and federal agencies in attendance included Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery County Conservation Districts, The Davey Institute / USDA Forest Service, Delaware County Planning Department, and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Jeff Marshall, President of Heritage Conservancy opened the workshop with an inspiring message about the value of partnerships in the continuing work of natural and historic resource protection and restoration. This was followed by a round robin during which the watershed group representatives summarized their projects, programs, and challenges. Likewise, organizations providing support to watershed groups summarized their resources, programs and funding opportunities.
In the afternoon sessions, attendees heard presentations from Tina Barber of the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University on Your Board’s Role in Fund Development, and from Ken Najjar of the Delaware River Basin Commission on Managing the Water Quality of a Shared Resource, the Delaware River.
A guided tour of Aldie Mansion was provided by the Heritage Conservancy’s Sandra Yerger.
For more information or questions, please contact Susan at email@example.com or 267-479-6102.