Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect Pennsylvania’s watersheds.

POWR-Keystone-no-arch-no-txt-tight-crop-1The  Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) advocates for the protection, restoration and enjoyment of our common wealth of water resources and conducts programs that foster stewardship, communication, leadership, and action. The vision of POWR is to be the leading environmental non-profit membership organization for watershed and river protection. POWR will:

  • Ensure Pennsylvania watershed associations are healthy, locally supported, and a benefit to their communities.
  • Ensure the citizens of Pennsylvania are educated and enlightened as to the value of our abundant water resources and the importance of their management.
  • Ensure access to quality resources including informational publications and website, educational workshops and trainings, networking and capacity building conferences, regional outreach, and dynamic activities connecting people to resources.
  • Ensure a healthy holistic environment that recognizes our far-reaching connections up and downstream.

Through passionate determination, POWR will honor the voice of the rivers as they beckon us to ensure their enduring legacy for generations to embrace and enjoy.

POWR’s primary projects focus on three areas: capacity building for local conservation, recreation and experience-based conservation activities, and public support for watershed protection. Specifically, our projects include:

  • Watershed association capacity building and technical assistance.
  • Statewide coordination of the nationally unique Pennsylvania Sojourns (multi-day paddling and educational events).
  • Selection of the River of the Year and development of the River of the Year Poster.
  • Communications and watershed awareness through diverse outlets such as the website, blog, e-newsletter, events listing, action alerts, etc.
  • General liability insurance program for members.

Building Capacity for Watershed Organizations

PEC is leading a statewide initiative to engage watershed groups and provide a forum to identify capacity and technical needs and share resource information.


River of the Year Program

Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements.


Sojourn Mini-Grant Program

Pennsylvania River Sojourns are guided paddling trips, sponsored by POWR with funding support through the PA Department of Conservation of Natural Resources and the American Canoe Association.

April 3, 2017

Watershed Connections: 2017 Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) would like to thank our speakers and attendees for making the recent 2017 PA Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations a success.



With presenters’ permission, we are pleased to share selected presentations from each of our four tracks as downloadable PDFs.

Organizational Capacity

Aquatic Monitoring and Data Use

Watershed Resources and Programs

Watershed Policy and Planning

Download the program as a .pdf here.

View the conference schedule here [PDF].





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