Opportunities for Watershed Associations in the DRB

Looking for additional information, upcoming events, funding opportunities, or other ways to mobilize your watershed association? We will keep this page updated as information, events, grants, and/or conferences are passed along to us, so please check back to see what's available or contact us to submit details about your event.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR WATERSHED ASSOCIATIONS
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Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers is a great web site for Pennsylvania watershed association leaders and members to visit. Here you will find resource information for watershed groups, the PA Watersheds Data System (an online database for imputing water quality data from monitoring projects), and a calendar of events. You can also participate in one of two listservs, which connects you with other watershed association members to share information and questions.
New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute

The New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute is a federally funded program of research, training and information transfer concerning all aspects of fresh and estuarine water in the state. This site offers information on watershed and water monitoring initiatives, water events and conferences, links to real-time data, and more. Be sure to check out the directory of existing watershed groups in New Jersey.

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Delaware's Tributary Action Teams
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is looking for groups of citizens to serve on tributary action teams that will develop strategies for reducing water pollution. Some watersheds have groups already formed that you can join, and some areas do not yet have a team formed, but need one!  If you live in Delaware and want to help, please check out these links!
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a section on its web site devoted to watershed information.  Here you will find links to a discussion forum on watersheds, a watershed information network, adopt your watershed, a catalog of watershed groups, and much more! Also on this site is a catalog of federal funding opportunities for watershed protection and the new Watershed Central, which provides information to help groups implement effective watershed management programs.
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The River Network is a national organization dedicated to supporting grassroots river and watershed conservation groups. This web site contains useful information on watersheds, a resource library, funding sources, a calendar of river events, state by state clean water act information, as well as a national directory of watershed associations, including Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
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The Center for Watershed Protection is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation’s most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes, and rivers. This site has lots of great information for watershed groups, so please check it out!
EVENTS, WORKSHOPS, AND OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed's 2nd Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum - October 21-22, 2014

The Coalition for the Delaware River Water Watershed will hold its second annual Delaware River Watershed Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21-22, 2014 at The Historic Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pa. On October 21, attendees will be updated on the various collaborative efforts ongoing across the watershed. October 22's agenda will include engaging discussions on opportunities and challenges in protecting and restoring water resources and will feature keynote speaker Steve Tambini, DRBC Executive Director. This free event is sponsored by the William Penn Foundation. Click here for the forum's agenda and registration details. For additional information, please contact Kim Beidler, New Jersey Audubon, at 609-392-1182 or kim.beidler@njaudubon.org.

EPA's Watershed Academy Logo EPA's Watershed Academy is pleased to sponsor free, monthly webcast seminars/training sessions and other training courses for watershed practitioners from around the globe. During the webcasts, trainees simultaneously log on to the web and/or participate by phone conference lines in live training conducted by expert instructors. The next webcast will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET and is entitled Climate Resilience: What to Expect, How to Prepare, and What You Can Learn from Others; you must register in advance to participate. For additional information, including that on past webcasts, please click here, contact Ron Ohrel at 703-385-6000, or visit www.clu-in.org/live to register.
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary's 10th Science and Environmental Summit - January 25-28, 2015

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will hold its 10th Science & Environmental Summit on January 25-28, 2015 in Cape May, N.J. Themed Balancing Progress and Protection - Ten Years of Science in Action, the conference will bring together scientists, outreach specialists, and resource managers from all over the Delaware Estuary for informative presentations and collaborative networking. DRBC staff will be particpating in the conference. For additional information, please visit http://delawareestuary.org/Summit.

Nurture Nature Center's Science on a Sphere Exhibit The Nurture Nature Center (NNC) in Easton, Pa. is pleased to offer programming utilizing their new Science on a Sphere Exhibit. The exhibit displays up to 250 global views of earth and space. In addition, NNC sponsors programs geared to helping communities address local environmental risks through science, art, and dialogue. For additional details, please call 610-253-4432 or visit the above link.
Logo for the Schuylkill Center for Env. Ed. The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country, offers programming geared for adults, teachers, students, and children, in addition to other educational opportunities and recreational activities. For program information, please click here. Please also check out their events calendar.
Logo for the Pocono Environmental Education Center. The Pocono Environmental Education Center, located in Dingmans Ferry, Pa. within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, offers a wide variety of program options, as well as other recreational and educational opportunities. Please click here to view their programming information. Please click here to view their extensive calendar of events.
Logo for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary keeps a calendar of events on its web site, as well as a page on ecotourism. Their web site also offers an "Information Gateway" page, which was developed to centralize information regarding the living resources of and current majors issues regarding the Delaware Estuary; please click here to go to this web page.
No Dumping, Drains to River The Philadelphia Water Department and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary are looking for volunteers for the Philadelphia Storm Drain Marking Project to help glue down medallions with this logo on the street in front of storm drains across the region. All supplies will be provided at no cost, and volunteers are welcome to participate year-round. For more details, including brochures and registration information, please click here.
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves and restores our nation's native wildlife species and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds. Click here for information on their grant opportunities, including the Delaware River Restoration Fund.

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The Open Space Institute (OSI) announces the launch of the Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund, which will support projects that permanently protect lands that conserve water quality and quantity in the Delaware River Basin. The first round of funding will be focused on permanently protecting intact forested lands that safe guard water quality and aquifer recharge in five focus areas (watershed clusters) in parts of  Pa., N.J., and N.Y. that have been identified as high priority for the protection of water quality in the Delaware River Basin. Get complete details by clicking here.

William Penn Foundation Grants

The William Penn Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region by advancing opportunity, ensuring sustainability, and enabling effective solutions. One of the ways the Foundation achieves its mission is by providing grants in three priority areas: watershed protection, closing the achievement gap, and creative communities. Click here for more information about their watershed protection grants.  


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The Pennsylvania Water Resources Education Network (WREN) is a program of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund to help protect and manage Pennsylvania's water resources through education and policy making. Their web site is an excellent resource of information for local watershed associations and anyone interested in water resources. They also offer grants and list grant opportunities from other sources.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) offers grants through the Pennsylvania Environmental Education Grants Program. For additional information and application materials, please click here.
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Pennsylvania's Growing Greener Program allocates state funds to address environmental concerns. Grant monies are available to watershed organizations involved in the protection and restoration of Pennsylvania's environment. For more information on grant opportunities, visit the Growing Greener home page.
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Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) offers Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant opportunities. For more details on the grants, including FAQs, fact sheet, and the Program Manual, please click here.
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The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, formally known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is a grant-making foundation that invests in efforts to protect healthy, natural streams around the state. Their mission is to foster stewardship for the protection, preservation, and restoration of Pennsylvania’s unique water resources and watersheds, while leveraging local, state, and federal agency funds.
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The Coldwater Heritage Partnership provides leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the evaluation, conservation, and protection of Pennsylvania's coldwater streams. It is a collaborative effort between the PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, and the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited.

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The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area provides grants to non-profit organizations and municipal and county governments to develop programs and projects that address SRHA’s five core goals: resource conservation (natural & cultural), education and interpretation, recreation, community revitalization, and heritage tourism within the Schuylkill River Watershed.  For additional information, click here.
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Clear Into the Future (CITF) is a program sponsored by the DuPont Company which advocates understanding of the history and ecological and commercial importance of the Delaware Estuary watershed. A component of CITF is the Delaware Estuary and Watershed Grant Program, which provides support to conservation non-profit organizations for efforts help improve the Delaware Estuary and its watershed. For additional details on the grant program, please click here.

This information is being provided to the Delaware River Basin Commission by various sources and compiled here as a public service. A listing on this page does not necessarily imply endorsement by the DRBC. Since the information is subject to change, you are encouraged to contact the listed organizations for the most complete information.