Allegheny River – 2017 River of the Year Update

Details about the River of the Celebrations Announced

Penn Soil RC&D is beginning to add information to their web page about the upcoming River of the Year activities.  Go to PennSoil.org to learn more.

Sponsorship Materials information and application can be found there.  Don’t miss out on Supporting this Western PA and New York State celebration

Mini-Grant Program – Penn Soil is offering a min-grant program with grants up to $500 to others fund their own River of the Year Events.  See the web page for full details and application.

A Calendar of Event is being developed.  If you have event to add contact Penn Soil thru the website or call Wes Ramsey at 814-726-1441

 

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.

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 pariveroftheyear.org
  • 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!!

CCWA Speaks at Hunter’s Dinner at Wiltsie Community Church

Members of the Conewango Creek Watershed Association had the opportunity recently to speak at the Annual Hunter’s Dinner at the Wiltsie Community Church in Russell, PA, where over 60 people from Jamestown, Falconer, Frewsburg, Russell, Warren, Kane and elsewhere had the opportunity to sample homemade game recipes (and some non-game vegan food as well). After dinner, the CCWA presented a well-received presentation on its mission, vision, education, and fundraising efforts as well as a nice recap of its River of the Year activities from last year. Thank you to the Rev. Todd E. Venman and to Jim Seder for asking us!

Conewango Creek Watershed Association's photo.

We still have 2016 Calendars, T-Shirts, and FREE Posters

Still need to get a 2016 calendar?  Are you slow to bring in the New Year? Did you miss someone on your Christmas list who would love to have a 2016 calendar featuring our Conewango Creek Watershed? Or maybe a commemorative River of the Year T-shirt?  Well, if you missed visiting us at the Outdoor Show at the Warren Mall this past weekend, take heart, because we still have plenty of River of the Year Calendars ($10 donation), T-Shirts ($12), and FREE Posters. Just contact us at 814-726-1441.

River of the Year Gala Update

Register quickly and easily online for the Gala at  Online Registation

As a wrap up of our 2015 River of the Year celebration, The Conewango Creek Watershed Association is hosting a year-end Gala on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Jackson Valley Golf Club on Rt. 69 between North Warren and Sugar Grove.  This is our last celebration event of the River of the Year events.

The Gala will start with a happy hour starting at 5:30 pm (cash bar) followed by a dinner served, buffet-style at 6:30 pm. The main course will be a “Low Country Boil” with potatoes, corn, shrimp, and sausage with spices. The price will be $21.50 per person including coffee, soft drinks, tax and gratuity. An alternate meal for those with allergies or other needs will be provided on a limited basis.  RSVP by 3 PM, Monday, October 19!

After dinner our featured speaker, Robin Foster, PhD candidate from SUNY at Buffalo, NY will talk about an elusive and intriguing resident of Western New York and Northwest PA: the Eastern Hellbender. The Hellbender is a sign of the general health of a waterway and efforts are underway to to see if these primordial amphibians exist on the Conewango. 

Robin Foster is a PhD Candidate at the University of Buffalo Graduate Program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior.  After several years as an elementary school teacher, she decided to pursue her passion for wildlife and began a new career in conservation biology.  She obtained both her BA and MA degrees in biology from SUNY Buffalo State.  Robin has been involved with eastern hellbender research and conservation since 2004.  She has spent many hours in the field handling these gentle giants and is passionate about sharing these experiences with others to help spread the word about the importance of these salamanders and their freshwater habitats.

The Hellbender:  Allegheny’s Living Fossil

The Eastern Hellbender is a unique aquatic salamander found only in the eastern United States.  Hellbenders are “living fossils” that have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years, giving us a glimpse into our ecological past.  In recent years, this iconic species has declined significantly in New York and throughout its entire range.  We will discuss the natural history and conservation of this fascinating species, and learn how we can all aid in its conservation here in the Conewango watershed and throughout the Allegheny region.

We will also have a slide show and videos of highlights of all of our River of the Year activities playing throughout the evening. And the winner of our kayak package will be announced.

This Gala will also serve as our annual member meeting, and the election of directors will take place then. Any member in good standing (dues paid, etc.) may nominate another member in good standing for a director position. Each member in good standing has one vote for election of these positions. We are looking for directors willing to serve, especially from the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties area (New York State portion of our watershed). If you are interested in serving or in nominating someone else, you can do so by making the nomination at the Gala at the time of the election.  A director term lasts 3 years.

If you have questions, you can call 814-726-1441 or email us at info@conewangocreek.org.

If you have not paid your dues for 2015 or know someone who would like to join, dues will be collected at the event or you can renew beforehand. Checks can be mailed to our office or you can renew/join on our website here at www.conewangocreek.org.

We look forward to seeing you at our one-of-a-kind, year-end wrap up event for our River of the Year Celebration.      RSVP by 3 PM Monday October 19!

For more information you can email us through the site or call our office at 814-726-1441.

Sojourn a Success–Up NEXT: Hatch Fun Geocaching Aug 1, 2015

The Conewango Creek River of the Year Sojourn was a success and people commented how much they enjoyed this educational group paddle trip. Thank you State Representative Kathy Rapp for reading and presenting a proclamation naming us River of the Year for 2015! Thank you to our four expert presenters who spoke on a variety of topics along the way:  Tom Erlandson, JCC-retired: Geology of the Conewango Creek Watershed; Nate Welker, USFS: Aquatic Biodiversity of the Conewango Watershed; Cecile Stelter, PA Forest Bureau: Importance of Healthy Diverse Forests to the Conewango Creek Watershed; and Chase Putnam, Warren County Historical Society-retired: Local History of the Conewango Creek Area.

Up Next:

Title: Hatch Fun Geocaching Event
Location: Hatch Run Conservation Demostration Area – Corner of Hatch Run Road & Conewango Avenue Extension
Description: This event is hosted by CCWA, the Warren County Conservation District and Penn Soil RC&D Council. It is part of our River of the Year events calendar. This is a fun event designed for current geocachers as well as anyone interested in learning more about geocaching. This event is FREE, but there are also two paid registration levels which include a lunch and a souvenir. Geo-Art will be featured and there will be a beginning geocaching seminar for anyone interested. This event is open to the public.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2015-08-01
End Time: 17:00

Hatch Fun Geocaching Event

Title: Hatch Fun Geocaching Event
Location: Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area – Corner of Hatch Run Road & Conewango Avenue Extension
Description: This event is hosted by CCWA, Warren County Conservation District and Penn Soil RC&D Council. It is part of our River of the Year events calendar. This is a fun event designed for current geocachers as well as anyone interested in learning more about geocaching. This event is FREE, but there are also two paid registration levels which will include a lunch and a souvenir. Geo-Art will be featured and there will be a beginning geocaching seminar for anyone interested. Open to the public.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2015-08-01
End Time: 17:00