December 14 is the deadline for casting your vote for the 2016 PA River of the Year. Nominated rivers include the Kiski-Conemaugh River, Lackawanna River, Lehigh River, Ohio River and the Susquehanna River - North Branch.
“This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for residents across the Commonwealth to show support for their local river by taking part in the voting process for the 2016 River of the Year,” said Janet Sweeney, PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.
After a waterway is chosen for this 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 to help fund their River of the Year activities.
The PA River of the Year Program is a project of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.
DCNR and POWR also support the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, a unique series of more than a dozen river trips on the state’s rivers organized by local sponsors.For more information on initiatives and special programs, visit DCNR’s Rivers Conservation Program webpage or the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers website.