Voting is now open for the 2022 River of the Year through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The four nominees are Catawissa Creek, French Creek and, locally, Connoquenessing Creek and Monongahela River.
Voting can be done at pawatersheds.org until 5 p.m. Jan. 14.
Nominations were based on each waterway’s conservation needs and successes, as well as celebration plans if the nominee is voted 2022 River of the Year.
In cooperation with DCNR, the selection of public voting choices is overseen by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
Presented annually since 1983, the 2021 designation was awarded to the Shenango River.
“We are excited to once again kick off the public online voting process for Pennsylvania River of the Year,” said Janet Sweeney of POWR. “As we all continue to spend more time outdoors and deepen our appreciation for the beautiful natural resources of Pennsylvania, the annual River of the Year voting process is a fun way to rally behind and support your favorite waterway.”
After a waterway is chosen for the annual honor, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a paddling trip, or sojourn. The organization nominating the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant from DCNR to help fund River of the Year activities.
The groups also work with local organizations to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the River of the Year.
To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit www.dcnr.pa.gov, go to “Conservation” and click on “Water.”