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CONTACT: Janet Sweeney, Pennsylvania Environmental Council/POWR
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POWR Announces 2019 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Awards
Luzerne – The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grants. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Grant recipients receive $500 for a single-day sojourn and up to $900 per day for multi-day sojourns.
The Pennsylvania Sojourn Program is administered by POWR in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The PA Sojourn Program is nationally unique, distributing grants across the state to local organizations and their sojourn events. These grants support between 10 and 20 paddling events each year, encompassing over 500 river miles and 50+ on-the-water days, offering more than 100 educational programs, and engaging over 4,000 people.
Sojourns are not only a fun outdoor activity but are also an effective tool for raising awareness about our rivers and the issues affecting them, educating and enhancing community involvement about natural and cultural resources, and promoting and encouraging watershed stewardship. The Sojourn program serves as a bridge to bring our communities to our rivers and streams to educate them, enabling them to become lifelong stewards of these resources. River sojourns offer a different point of view on some of Pennsylvania’s treasured landscapes and historic and cultural assets.
To view a map of sojourns planned statewide this year, click on this link: 2019 Sojourn Map
2019 PA Sojourn Mini-Grantees:
Allegheny Aquatic Alliance for the 3rd Annual Connie Q Canoe Trip Celebration on the Connoquenessing Creek, which will take place on June 8 and June 9, 2019
Allegheny Aquatic Alliance for the Launchapalooza Series on the Connoquenessing Creek, which will take place on June 20 and September 2, 2019
Armstrong Center for Community Learning for the 22nd Annual Allie-Kiski-Connie Canoe Sojourn on the Crooked Creek, Conemaugh River and the Red Bank Creek, which will take place from May 16 through May 19, 2019
Conemaugh Valley Conservancy for the Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh Rivers Sojourn on the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail, which will take place from June 6 through June 9, 2019
Endless Mountains Heritage Region for the 2019 Heritage Sojourn on the Susquehanna River – North Branch, which will take place from May 16 through May 18, 2019
First Waves / Benscreek Canoe Club for the First Waves Sojourn on the Stonycreek, which will take place between July and August of 2019
Guardians of the Brandywine / Sweet Water Education Events Training for the CANOE Camp Series on the Brandywine Creek, which will take place June 24-28; July 1-3; and July 22-26, 2019
Independence Seaport Museum for the Walnut2Walnut Challenge on the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, which will take place on September 21, 2019
Jacobs Creek Watershed Association for the Jacobs Creek Lazy River Float Festival on Jacobs Creek, which will take place on June 15, 2019
Lackawanna River Corridor Association for the Riverfest 2019 on the Lackawanna River, which will take place on May 11, 2019
Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Inc. for the 6th Annual Loyalhanna Sojourn on the Loyalhanna Creek, which will take place on May 18, 2019
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn on the Perkiomen Creek, which will take place on June 1, 2019
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for the Perki-Bay Expedition on the Perkiomen Creek, Schuylkill River and the Delaware River which will take place from June 24 through June 28, 2019
Schuylkill Headwaters Association for the Schuylkill Acts and Impacts Sojourn on the Schuylkill River, which will take place from June 15 through June 22, 2019
Schuylkill River Greenway Association for the 21st Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn on the Schuylkill River, which will take place from June 1 through June 7, 2019
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership for the Island Hopper on the Middle Susquehanna River Trail, which will take place on August 3, 2019
Swatara Watershed Association for the Travel through Time on the Swatara Sojourn on the Swatara Creek, which will take place on May 4 through May 5, 2019
Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition for the 2019 Delaware River Sojourn on the Delaware River, which will take place from June 14 through June 22, 2019
Wildlands Conservancy for the Lehigh River Sojourn on the Lehigh River, which will take place from June 22 through June 24, 2019
About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.
About the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR)
POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, administers the Pennsylvania Sojourn program. POWR has been in place for over a decade and has sponsored trips on many of the Commonwealth’s rivers. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) is the prime sponsor of the program.