The Schuylkill is PA's 2014 River of the Year!

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The Schuylkill River has been voted the 2014 Pennsylvania River of the Year following a five week public voting period. For the past twenty years, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) have annually recognized one river as the River of the Year (the Schuylkill last held the title in 1999). This recognition is meant to raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams.

The Schuylkill was also in the running last year, but lost by just 146 votes to Pittsburgh's Monongahela River. This year, the Schuylkill won by a landslide, with 43% of the popular vote. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area will receive a $10,000 Leadership Grant to help fund River of the Year activities, and SRDC is excited to partner with SRHA in celebrating the Hidden River.

Thank you to everyone who voted and spread the word about the contest! Because of your efforts, the Schuylkill will receive a lot of extra love in 2014, with special programming along the riverfront all year long.

Read more about the Schuylkill's big win here.