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 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


WPC Brokenstraw Project Update

Thank you to all who came out this week! Your hard work continues to amaze me. To date, we’ve installed over 2200 feet of soil bioengineering techniques along Brokenstraw Creek and its tributaries. If it was just me I’d still be out there snipping and hammering trying to get the first 1000’ installed. We truly appreciate your help!

We finished two of the three sites we worked on this week. I honestly thought we’d still be working on the second site next week, but it’s finished and we’ve got just a bit to finish on the third. If the rains aren’t too severe this weekend, we plan to meet at the Country Fair in Youngsville at 8:30 am on Tuesday, April 18th. I’ll be on the Napa side in the blue Nissan Frontier, loaded with our equipment and tools. I anticipate finishing this site on Tuesday, so this will be the last opportunity for SBE this spring with us. We will have the riparian planting on May 9th in the Columbus area, if you’d still like to volunteer but can’t make it out for this Tuesday.

As before, if you are planning to come, please let me know. That way if there is a last minute cancellation or change in plans, I can notify you.

What to bring:

Attire: Dress for the weather, in layers. This is northwest PA in April, so we can expect varying conditions. An extra change of clothes may be advisable to keep in your vehicle, in case you get wet. I’ll be wearing chest waders, and if you have chest or hip waders they’d come in handy. I wear a lightweight pair of hunting chaps over my waders to protect against sticks and briars, but that’s just personal preference. If no waders are available, a waterproof pair of knee-high rubber boots or hikers will be fine. We will be working in and around streams, but if no waterproof option is accessible to you, there are other jobs to be done “in the dry.”

Food: We’ll take a break around noon or so for lunch. Please pack or purchase beforehand. There’s not much around our sites, a Subway and a Dairy Queen are the nearest “quick” places out on the main highway though.

Medical Supplies: We have a basic first aid kit. Please bring any epi-pens or etc. that you may need.

Tools: Hand pruners, loppers, a sharp knife, small limb saw, rubber mallet/deadblow hammer, a steel mallet and 1-2 pick mattocks are pretty much all the tools we’ll need. We have several sets of loppers, pruners, and hammers to loan out, but if you have your own of these or any of the other tools you are willing to bring, the more the merrier. Work gloves are also strongly recommended. We’ve got some cotton ones to give out, but if you like leather or a different type, please bring them.

I think that about covers it. If you plan to attend Tuesday (or the Riparian Planting May 9th), please let me know. Any questions, feel free to give me a call or email. I’ll be out of the office Monday but will check email in the afternoon. My contact information is below.

Thank you,

Luke Bobnar

Watershed Technician, Upper Allegheny & Lake Erie

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Watershed Conservation Program

Allegheny Regional Office

159 Main Street

Ridgway, PA 15853

Phone: (814) 776-1114

(Mon.,Weds., Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

(Tues., Thurs. 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Fax: (814) 776-1118


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

Salamanca Sportsman’s Show: Feb 20-21, 2016

Salamanca Sportsman’s Show – Feb 20-21, 2016

Come visit us at our table at the annual Salamanca Sportsman’s Show at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, NY this weekend.  Saturday hours, February 20, are 9 AM to 5 PM!  Sunday hours, February 21, are 9 AM to 4 PM.  We will have River of the Year T-Shirts for sale, and our 2016 Calendars (there’s still plenty of months left in the new year, so pick one up). And we also have lots of FREE Commemorative River of the Year Posters for anyone who stops by too. We’ll have our Kayak Raffle Tickets for sale!  Finally, we also will have information on our upcoming 2016 Poker Run, so come by our table.   See you there! 

2016 Fundraiser: Kayak Package Raffle

Conewango Creek Announces our 2016 Fundraiser:

Kayak Package Raffle– $10 per Ticket or 3 for $25!

Kayak Package (Value $1090) includes:

  • Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 12′ Kayak and Paddle,

  • Life Vest & Whistle

  • PA State Launch Permit

Kayak Package donated by Dreamboat Marina and CCWA

(OR $500 CASH INSTEAD of Kayak Package)

Second Place Prize: Gift Certificate for 3 hours of kayak lessons or kayak rental from Evergreen Outfitters (value $110)

Third Place Prize: Gift Basket of Assorted Locally Made Products (value $50)

Raffle Tickets may be purchased by calling our office at 814-726-1441 or at one of our events around the area.

DRAWING will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at our Annual Gala.

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