Allegheny is PA 2017 River of the Year!!!

We finally got the word:  Allegheny is River of the Year for 2017!!  PA DCNR sent out the news release and it hit the local papers Tuesday Jan 10.  Allegheny River got 42% of the total votes. That means the Allegheny got 7515 of the 16700 votes.  This is the highest total votes registered in this contest since the online voting process began.  Penn Soil RC&D Council, the nominating organization, wants to thank everyone who took time to vote and to spread the word to others.  According to Janet Sweeney, Executive Director for Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), the Allegheny had a 1500 vote lead over the second place river, the Brandywine Creek, in Southeast Penn.  Wes Ramsey, Executive Director of Penn Soil Council said that “Whether the Allegheny River won or not, it was a great opportunity to bring attention to our beautiful river and increase awareness of this precious resource!”

Penn Soil will receive a $10,000 grant to run celebration activities during 2017.  The Allegheny River will be featured on a poster which DCNR will print and distribute state wide.Stay tuned for more information on River of the Year activities.  We’ll post additional information as it becomes available.

Did the Allegheny Win River of the Year?

Are you waiting with bated breath to hear if the Allegheny River won the contest to be the 2017 River of the Year?  Well so are we!  Unlike 2015, they removed the poll results that were visible on the website 4 days before the contest ended.  So we don’t know who won.  It was a hard fought contest because we were campaigning from before the contest began right through the last day.  The supporters of Brandywine Creek, which was in second place, were doing the same.   We are waiting for DCNR and POWR to let everyone know.  Stay tuned for more details

Allegheny River: River of the Year Update

As of 8 am this morning our lead had dropped to 1.5% over the second place Brandywine Creek.    So the Brandywine supporters have been pouring on the publicity and votes to really challenge us.  So we have renewed our efforts to get the word out and get more votes.  Since then we have regained some of our lead, but I’m sure they will respond in like fashion. So keep up the voting and asking everyone else if they have voted yet.  One vote per legitimate email address.  Deadline Monday Dec. 19th at 5pm.  Thank You!!!

PLEASE VOTE:  Allegheny River for 2017 PA of the Year

 Penn Soil RC&D Council has nominated the Allegheny River for the 2017 PA River of the Year contest.  Allegheny River is one of four finalists.  The winner will be determined by the river or creek that receives the most online votes.  We are asking everyone to go online and vote for the Allegheny River.  Bringing attention and media coverage to our local waterways benefits our whole region.  Everyone who has a legitimate email address can vote: 

How to Vote:

  • Go to
  • Click on the “Vote” button in the photo banner at top of page. (The photo rotates so you may have to wait a few seconds)
  • On the next page click on “Allegheny River” to select it.
  • Scroll down, enter your email address
  • Click on the button “Enter” to submit your vote
  • That’s it.

Other Information:

  • Anyone can vote: you can be from and vote from anywhere – any state or country
  • Vote from Smartphone, table, or computer
  • You need a legitimate email address
  • For multiple people to vote on the same computer, you may need to clear the cache or the cookies.
  • Penn Soil will receive a $10,000 grant to spend on celebrations and education
  • The River will be featured on a poster to be distributed to the public for free.
  • The section runs from the origin of the river in Potter County, PA to Clarion PA
  • A large section of the river is in southern tier NY – We invite you vote along with us and celebrate along with us, should we win the honor
  • Let’s all work together for the good of our regional water resources!!

 It’s very important to spread the word anyway you can:  social media, news papers, radio, word of mouth, information sheets.

 OK so now let’s make the Allegheny 2017 PA River of the Year!!

VOTE NOW for Allegheny River as 2017 PA River of the Year!

Voting is now open for the 2017 PA River of the Year and our sister river, the Allegheny River is one of the four nominees. After winning the 2015 PA River of the Year, the Conewango Creek Watershed Association is excited to see neighboring Allegheny River in the running for 2017.

Vote NOW at We need every vote!  Let’s help the scenic, biodiverse, and lengthy Allegheny River win the 2017 PA River of the Year.

Go to Click on VOTE. Select Allegheny River. You’re done!  It will take only 10 seconds!  Let’s get more awareness generated of what we have to offer here Northwest PA.

CCWA Annual Gala

Title: CCWA Annual Gala
Location: La Familia Restaurant, 1 Pratt Ave., Chautauqua, N.Y.
Description: CCWA Annual Gala October 20th at Chautauqua! Public Welcome!…/…/CCWA-s-annual-Gala-set.html

Warren Times Observer
Monday, October 3, 2016

CCWA’s annual Gala set


Dinner, volunteerism, a chance to join the board, and a presentation.

The annual Conewango Creek Watershed Association Gala will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at La Familia Restaurant, 1 Pratt Ave., Chautauqua, N.Y.

The public is welcome to join members and volunteers at the event.

The guest speaker will be Will Miller, conservation director for the Seneca Nation of Indians. He will talk about the nation’s eastern hellbender raising and reintroduction program and will bring along a live hellbender.

The association will honor its Volunteer of the Year and other volunteers.

There are three open spots for directors and an election will be held.

“Anyone with an interest in the watershed can run for director and we are especially looking for directors to represent Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties in New York,” Chairperson Liz Dropp said. “If you would like to run for a director position or nominate someone else, please contact our office.”

Door prizes will be awarded and raffles will be held throughout the event – including the drawing of the 2016 kayak raffle.

The association asks that those who plan to attend R.S.V.P. by calling 726-1441 or by email to There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2016-10-20
End Time: 21:00

8th Annual River Cleanups: Registration NOW OPEN

8th Annual River Cleanups:


It’s that time of year again to register for the 8th Annual Allegheny River and Conewango Creek Cleanup!

The cleanup schedule is Saturday September 10 through Saturday September 17, 2016.  Volunteers are needed on land, on water, and in various capacities.  Volunteers are needed to register people, log people on/off the water, document trash found, drive trucks, haul trailers, unload & sort trash, paddle a canoe to pick up trash, walk the shorelines to pick up trash, shuttle people and boats, and many other duties.  

For a complete schedule and to register go to  Please note: waivers are required and may be downloaded from that website too.  

We are also seeking new organizers and planners for next year’s cleanup.  That’s right, as soon as this cleanup is finished, we move into planning for next year.  If you have always wanted to make a difference and put your planning and organizing skills to work for an excellent cause, our cleanup committee NEEDS YOU!  Please call the office at 814-726-1441 or send an email to to share your ideas about how you can help.  

Poker Run Early Registration Deadline Extended

Bring your registrations into the office or call us to let us know you have mailed it.

The early registration for our Second Annual Conewango Creek Kayak and Canoe Poker Run has been extended to Friday, May 20 at 5 pm.  Since our move, our mail has been significantly delayed.  Right now it’s taking our mail 2 weeks to arrive even when it’s mailed in Warren.  So we have extended the deadline to help.  We are also asking that people to either drop the registrations off in person or call and let us know that you are mailing it.  Be sure to give us t-shirt size(s) so we can get them ordered.   Only early registrations received by 5pm on May 20th are guaranteed a t-shirt.  After May 20 the registration fee goes up to $30 for non-members and $25 for members and a shirt cannot be guaranteed.  A few extras shirts will be ordered and will be given out on a first-come first-served basis.  After May 27th bring the registrations to the event on June 11 instead of mailing them.  If you have any questions, email us at or call us at 814-726-1441.  Thanks for your cooperation and patience!!

Hands On Jamestown Volunteer Clean-up Day – May 21

On Saturday, May 21 Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is having their annual Hands On Jamestown volunteer clean-up day. They are looking for someone to help clean the Chadakoin River downtown in front of the Warner Dam as part of this event.  Coffee, donuts, and water for our volunteers as well as gloves and garbage bags will be provided.  For more information, see the two websites below: and

Information provided by:
Edwin Rodriguez Jr.
Events and Marketing Associate
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation
119-121 West Third St
Jamestown, NY 14701
716.664.2477 ext 226

Warren Gives May 18th, 2016!

Fourth Annual Online Giving Campaign!

The Community Foundation of Warren County (CFWC) started an online giving campaign in 2013.  It was a big success in 2013 and has grown since then.  CFWC wanted to find a way to help the many, small but vital non-profits in Warren County.  Taking a page from some other cities that have held similar events, they started “Warren Gives.”  This is a one day online donation website to make it easy, fast and secure for donors to support all their favorite organizations.warrengiveslogo_print_2016-300x139

This year the date is Wed. May 18th, from 6 am to 10 pm EST.  Just to go on and donate.  You can use a computer, tablet or smart phone.  You must use a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card to donate.  Minimum donation to any single organization is $10, but you can donate as much as you like and to as many organizations as you like.  You can donate to multiple groups in just a few minutes.

Conewango Creek Watershed Association’s goal is to raise $3000 this year through Warren Gives.  Spread the word to all your family, friends and neighbors! We’ll keep you posted on how we are doing as the day progresses.

There are $35,000 in matching funds making this a great opportunity.  Every organization will get a share of the match pool dollars proportional to the percentage of donations received. Match dollars make your donation go even farther!

2016 Match Sponsors
Community Foundation
Betts Foundation
Blair Corporation
DeFrees Family Memorial Fund
Northwest Charitable Trust
Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund

All donations and matching funds go to the organization(s) you donated to.  The Community Foundation is assuming all the costs associated with the website, bookkeeping, etc.  That makes it a TRIPLE fantastic deal!  So get this date on your calendar!  You also have the option of having the Community Foundation Warren Gives Website send you reminder emails so you don’t forget.  To sign up for email reminders or to learn more, go to

You can find out more about the Community Foundation at their website:

Need help using the site?  CCWA volunteers will be at the new Conservation District Center at the corner of Conewango Ave and Hatch Run Rd from 2:30 to 6:30 pm to help folks donate by computer, tablet or smart phone.  Anyone is welcome to come in for assistance!

Thank You Community Foundation of Warren County and Match Donors!!!!

Great News: We’ve MOVED to a NEW Location!!

Great News!  The Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA) is moving!

In fact we’re moving to a much cooler address that befits our organization’s name. As of March 21, 2016, our NEW address is: 4000 Conewango Avenue, Warren, PA 16365. The telephone number is the same (814-726-1441). This week is move in week, but by next week we should be up and running, so stop by and say “Hello!” any time after that.

We’re much easier to find too! We’re at the corner of Conewango Avenue and Hatch Run Rd in the green building, kitty corner from the Hatch Patch.

This building is also now the new home for the Warren County Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and PennSoil RC&D, along with our organization, the Conewango Creek Watershed Association.

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