|Photo of the Schuylkill River by Berks Conservancy|
This year, two of the six rivers in the running are located in the Pennsylvania Highlands - the Schuylkill and the Swatara. They're up against the Kiskiminetas, the Juniata, the Lackawanna, and the Monongahela.
The 128-mile Schuylkill is currently in the lead, with a third of the vote. The Schuylkill, which winds through the iconic farms and forests of the Pennsylvania Highlands, all the way to Philadelphia, provides ample recreational opportunities as well as a source of drinking water for 1.5 million people. Its transformation from an industrially-polluted waterway to a fishing and paddling destination is a testament to the efforts of local watershed advocates working together with public officials and water treatment professionals. If the Schulkill wins, it will be highlighted throughout the year with a series of events and paddling trips meant to foster broader awareness its ecological, economic, and cultural importance.
Voting ends on January 18th. Make sure to vote here.