Vote Now for 2012 River of the Year

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 Natural Resources’ 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