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Western PA River Washes Out Eastern Competitors

What better way to honor a river than name it River of the Year. The Clarion River in northwestern Pennsylvania beat out four other rivers across the state for that designation.


What better way to honor a river than name it River of the Year. The Clarion River in northwestern Pennsylvania beat out four other rivers across the state for that designation in an on-line competition, sponsored by a coalition of public and private environmental groups.

To the victor go the spoils, which in this case includes a $10,000 Leadership Grant that the Western PA Conservancy will use to fund celebratory activities throughout the year. Also, the Allegheny Watershed Improvement Needs (WINS) group will work with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR) to create a poster, commemorating the river's achievement.

"This annual honor recognizes not only our state's wealth of rivers and streams, but also the core of dedicated folks who fight to protect them." DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn

The Clarion River is a tributary of the Allegheny River and flows approximately 110 miles through Elk and Clarion counties. It's a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts, who love it for boating and water skiing.

There were a total of 14,790 votes cast in the competition, with the Clarion River receiving 5,850 votes. The, Delaware River finished second with 4,748 votes, Lackawanna River got 2,852, and Conodoguinet Creek 1,340 votes, according to a DCNR press release.

Click here for more information on the River of the Year program and past and present winners.

(Credit the images to Melissa Lingenfelter's personal Facebook, Interesting Pennsylvania and Beyond Facebook page for the image and Grendel Khan's picture he posted on Wikipedia.)

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