The Clarion River is one of four waterways across the state vying for the Pennsylvania River of the Year honors. The most recent voting results released by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) on December 18 show the Clarion River has tallied 48% of the vote. The next closest waterway is the Delaware River (23%) followed by Conodoguinet Creek (18%), and the Lackawanna River (11%).
Over 10,300 votes have been tallied as of December 18.
The results to date are no small feat.
The combined population of around 120,000 in the counties that the Clarion River flows through – Clarion, Elk, Forest, and Jefferson – is dwarfed by the other three competing waterways.
The Delaware River runs through Philadelphia – the largest metropolitan area in the state with a population of approximately 5,965,343.
Conodoguinet Creek is a tributary of the Susquehanna River in the Harrisburg metropolitan area, and the Lackawanna River is a tributary of the Susquehanna River in the Scranton area. Both metropolitan areas have populations around 560,000.
The Clarion River has won the competition three times, with its most recent first place finish coming in 1996. It also won in 1983 and 1984.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn says the contest is more than just a popularity contest.
“This annual undertaking is much more than a public vote gauging popularity of a Pennsylvania waterway,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Regardless of the outcome, the competition builds community support around our rivers and streams, putting them in the public limelight. All have unique attributes; offer incredible recreational opportunities; and offer significant boosts to local economies.”
Nominations consider each waterway’s conservation needs and successes, as well as celebration plans if the nominee becomes 2019 River of the Year. In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices is overseen by the POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council…