Since 1983, DCNR and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) annually select a River of the Year. Through an array of special activities, a poster, and a multi-day Sojourn, the designation helps raise public awareness about the stewardship needs of that particular commonwealth river, celebrate conservation successes along its course, and highlight the natural, cultural, and economic values it provides. Local organizations submit nomination and this year, for the first time, the River of the Year was chosen through a public vote.
Susquehanna North Branch Named 2016 Pennsylvania River of the Year
Steeped in historical and recreational value, the freeflowing Susquehanna River North Branch in northeastern Pennsylvania has been voted the 2016 Pennsylvania River of the Year. Click here to see the DCNR's News Release.
Conewango Creek 2015 River of the Year
Rich in aquatic life and home to at least two rare fish species, the Conewango Creek in northwestern Pennsylvania has been voted the 2015 Pennsylvania River of the Year. Click here to see the DCNR's News Release.
Schuylkill River Named Pennsylvania's 2014 River of the Year
Once among Pennsylvania’s most heavily-polluted waterways, the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pennsylvania has undergone a dramatic recovery and has been voted the 2014 Pennsylvania River of the Year. Four other rivers were nominated finalists. They were: Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh rivers in the southwest; Ohio in the west; Brodhead Creek Watershed in the northeast; and the West Branch of the Susquehanna in the north central section of the state. The general public was invited to vote online, with a total of 5,527 votes being registered. Click here to see DCNR's 2014 River of the Year Resource Article.
Pennyslvania Choose Monongahela as 2013 River of the Year
For the third year in a row, public voting determined the selection from amount six candidates for River of the Year honors. Among 25,450 ballots cast, the Monongahela River received 8,156 votes. Click here to see DCNR's 2013 River of the Year Resource Article.
Stonycreek River Named 2012 River of the Year
For the second year in a row, public voting determined the selection from among four candidates for River of the Year honors. Among more than 8,300 ballots cast, Stonycreek River received 2,777 votes. Click here to see DCNR's 2012 River of the Year Resource article.
Delaware Named 2011 River of the Year
The Delaware is Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for 2011 and it bested five other candidates in an online contest.
Click here to see DCNR's River of the Year Resource article.