As December comes to a close, the inevitable year-end lists
hit newsstands, including rankings of inventors, celebrities, and
politicians. But at Appalachian Mountain
Club and the Highlands Coalition, we’re more excited for the winner of the Department of Conservation and
River of the Year award.
The award serves to highlight the economic, ecological, and recreational
value of rivers, as well as the outstanding conservation work being done by
hundreds of volunteer-led watershed groups around the state.
With over 86,000 miles of rivers and streams
in Pennsylvania, including many spectacular waterways right here in the
Highlands, there’s always been plenty of competition. Past winners have included the Lackawaxen,
the Youghiogheny, and, last year, the Delaware River. There are four rivers nominated for the
honor in 2012, including the Upper Juniata River, the Middle Monongahela River,
the Kiskiminetas River, and the Stonycreek River. The chosen river will be celebrated with a
year of speaking events, paddling trips, photography contests, and river
clean-ups. To learn more about the
nominated rivers, and to cast your vote, visit DCNR’s voting page here.
Photo by Wilma Frey