Oct
15
7:30 AM07:30

Lehigh Valley Watershed Confrence, Bethlehem, PA

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The 2019 Lehigh Valley Watershed Confrence will feature a keynote presentation by Ann English on an innovative approach to stream buffers, and a full day of talks on MS-4 compliance. Another all-day set of sessions will present exciting information on multifunctional riparian buffers - come learn about pawpaws and tree nuts!

Continuing education credits are available for engineers and landscaping professionals. College students register for free.

For more information, registration and a printable schedule, please click here!

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

The 7th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, Allentown, PA

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The 7th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum will take place in Allentown, PA at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel on October 16th and 17th. The Forum will bring together organizations and individuals spanning the four watershed states of PA, NY, NJ, and DE. The Forum allows for collaboration among those working on environmental conservation and policy; and provides professional and personal development opportunities.

Workshops and speakers will focus on topics such as water quality, agriculture, community engagement, equity, and environmental policy. This year, we're excited to introduce new elements to the Forum, including a student poster session, municipal awards, and lightning talks featuring Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund grant recipients!

As always, we'll also be offering fun, interactive conservation-focused field trips, including: a Lehigh River Bike Ride, a Musconetcong River Restoration Tour, a Delaware River Film Festival, a Blue Mountain Superfund Site Restoration Tour, and Villa Milagro Winery Tour.

Register Here

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Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Haunted Trails: What Lurks in the Night, New Hope, PA

This fun event hosted by the Bucks County Audubon Society is perfect for families with kids ages 4-14 (but definitely can be enjoyed by all). This year’s theme is “What Lurks in the Night” where you will enjoy this educational hike on our Jack-O-Lantern trail as you learn how nocturnal animals are important to the ecosystem!

Groups go out onto the trails roughly every 30 minutes, so while you wait for the next group to go out, enjoy storytelling around the campfire, Halloween crafts, face-painting, seasonal refreshments and more at the Education Center!

Admission is $5/person or $20/family (BCAS Members), and $30/family (Non-Members). RSVP online here.

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Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

How to Make Your Property Watershed & Wildlife Friendly, West Chester, PA

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Do you have standing water, eroding stream banks, or a monoculture of mowed grass on your property? Learn ways that you can improve storm water run-off  and wildlife habitat and maybe even reduce lawn maintenance. 

We’ll discuss rain gardens, bio-swales, habitat gardens and riparian buffers. Then take a hike at the Myrick Conservation Center to see some of these practices in place and how we can mimic nature’s best management practices.

Register here. This event is hosted by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. Members: free, nonmembers: $5.

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Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Hike to Cherry Creek Headwaters, Stroudsburg, PA

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Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, just outside Stroudsburg, Pa., encompasses more than 6,000 acres – a safe haven for birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals large and small. Included in that haven are the headwaters of Cherry Creek.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, Brodhead Watershed Association and the Friends of Cherry Valley will co-host a hike to this secluded spot folded deep in a wooded, steep-sided hollow. The Friends of Cherry Valley, now headed by Deb Schuler, over a decade ago embarked on the mission to protect Cherry Valley and its creek.

Local residents, conservationists and conservation groups united to protect the valley’s history, agricultural heritage and natural resources. Now, it’s the home of 80 threatened and endangered species. A hiker can go a long way and never find anywhere more refreshing than this idyllic spot, brought to you by a community whose idea changed things for good.

This hike is a partnership between Friends of Cherry Valley and Brodhead Watershed Association. It is a challenging loop hike of about two miles. Very rocky underfoot and often steep.

Free, but registration is required. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email info@brodheadwatershed.org.

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Oct
25
9:00 AM09:00

Grant Writing for Conservation Workshop, Bethany Beach, DE

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The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is hosting a Grant Writing Workshop on Friday, October 25th from 9AM-noon. This workshop is intended for those who work with local communities in the Inland Bays watershed and neighboring watersheds and will focus on grants for environmental protection projects.

Author and grant writing expert Valerie Mann will kick off the workshop by sharing her knowledge on how to search for grant opportunities and tips for writing successful grants. Then, we will have representatives from local agencies and organizations discuss some of their available funding opportunities and will be available for Q&A.

This workshop will deliver tools and knowledge to those needing grant writing experience in the hopes that municipalities and local communities become more successful at obtaining funding for projects.

Valerie Mann is the author of the book Getting Your Share of the Pie-The Complete Guide to Finding Grants and has written approximately 800 grant applications which have yielded more than $160,000,000 for her clients.

PLEASE NOTE: Food is not allowed in the library and all beverage containers must have lids.

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Oct
26
7:00 AM07:00

Petty’s Island Field Photography Workshop, Philadelphia, Pa

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Please join NJ Audubon, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations for a wildlife photography workshop led by Phil Witt, Associate Naturalist and Wildlife Photographer, at a soon-to-be State Park not yet accessible by the public!

This 3-hour workshop is an introductory to field and nature photography, with an emphasis on taking your photography skills to the next level. Phil will show you some of the island's hidden gems and unique features. If you have a telephoto lens, bring it! Petty’s Island offers a great variety of birds both in the forest and on the surrounding mud flats. Spectacular panoramic views of Philadelphia will round out the experience. Phil will provide hands-on, personalized instruction as they work with you on composition and give you tools and tips for determining the optimum exposure and cover many other topics to get you comfortable with your camera. The goal is to help you learn...and of course, have fun along the way!

Children MUST be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited. Directions and other details are given upon registration.

Registration opens September 13. Please register here: https://pettyfieldphoto.eventbrite.com

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Oct
26
4:30 PM16:30

Birds & Brews, Bensalem, PA

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Are you looking for a great way to engage with like-minded peers for an evening of discovering the wonder of our natural world along with new craft beers? Join Bucks Audubon as they embark on a birding hike in the free “Birds & Brews” series on October 26th at 4:30pm.

The birding hike will begin at Neshaminy State Park to search for birds migrating through. Following the hike, join in at Neshaminy Creek Brewing, just minutes away for a night of craft beers and great conversation. Bring along a friend or two – all adults are welcome.

Admission to our Birds & Brews event is free, but you may want to bring along some cash for the brewery portion of the evening. Registration is required so that a reservation at the brewery can be made!

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Oct
29
8:30 AM08:30

The Salt Conundrum Symposium, Dover, DE

Please save the date to attend a one-day symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Water Resources Center and the University of Delaware Sustainable Coastal Communities.

Registration is now open for The Salt Conundrum, October 29, 2019! Click here to register.  

This symposium will include focused presentations and discussion on the latest snow management practices and trends, water resource impacts and ways to achieve a balance between public safety and the environment. The event agenda is posted on the event page here.  

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Nov
1
9:00 AM09:00

3rd Annual New Jersey Watershed Conference, Pennington, NJ

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Join The Watershed Institute on Friday, November 1st, 2019 for the 3rd Annual New Jersey Watershed Conference in Pennington, NJ. Registration is $45 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. 

Attendance is welcome from NGO's, engineers, members of Environmental Commissions, Planning and Zoning Boards, as well as interested members of the general public.

There will be a total of 12 concurrent conference sessions to choose from on topics such as: 

  • Proposed changes to state and federal water quality regulations

  • Stormwater management and green infrastructure

  • Civic engagement and citizen science

Find out more and register now!

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Nov
14
1:30 PM13:30

DRBC Water Quality Advisory Committee Meeting, West Trenton, NJ

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The Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.; this is the regularly-scheduled meeting.

Meetings will be held in DRBC’s Goddard Conference Room, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J.

Please contact John Yagecic, (609) 883-9500 x271 with any questions.

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Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA

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Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Eagle Day, Hawley, PA

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Join Delaware Highlands Conservancy, the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, and the Delaware Valley Raptor Center for a free afternoon of fun for the whole family. Enjoy activities with the National Park Service, a presentation about Golden Eagles in New York State with Margaret DiBenedetto from the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, and a Live Birds of Prey presentation from Bill Streeter of Delaware Valley Raptor Center–plus other fun activities to learn about eagles and other native birds.

*Note – you do not need to register in advance for this program but seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

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Nov
19
8:30 AM08:30

3rd Annual Delaware Watershed Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA

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Please join watershed advocates at this research conference offered by Drexel University!

The Delaware Watershed Research Conference is a component of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's initiative to encourage novel research throughout the Delaware River Watershed and to foster collaboration among the growing research community.

This gathering will serve as a platform for experts in their respective disciplines to discuss the state of watershed research, particularly within the Delaware River Watershed, toward answering management and conservation questions.

Topics will range from environmental monitoring, novel research, and ecological modeling, to economic, social, and political effects and implications.

Registration is now open! Click here to register.

Please email Allison Stoklosa at ams844@drexel.edu for questions.

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Dec
5
1:00 PM13:00

DRBC Water Quality Advisory Committee Meeting, West Trenton, NJ

The Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 1 p.m.; this meeting will be held jointly with the Eutrophication Model Expert Panel.

Meetings will be held in DRBC’s Goddard Conference Room, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J.

Please contact John Yagecic, (609) 883-9500 x271 with any questions.

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Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Day, Lackawaxen, PA

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Join Delaware Highlands Conservancy for an overview of their volunteer Eagle Watch program followed by visits to actual monitoring sites. The winter Eagle Watch program runs through January and February, weekends only. Volunteers cover morning or afternoon shifts.

Main monitoring areas are Mongaup Reservoir and the Delaware River at Minisink Falls and the Zane Grey boat launch at Lackawaxen. Volunteers are also needed to help staff field offices on weekends. On site, volunteers collect data on wintering eagles and resident pairs. They educate the public in “Eagle Etiquette” and on how to have the best eagle watching experience. Volunteers are also needed to help staff booths, do workshops, and participate in other eagle-related events.

New volunteers will meet at 9am at the Inn at Lackawaxen. Then, both new and returning volunteers will gather for a continental breakfast and training session from 10:30am-12pm. From 12pm-1pm, attendees will visit the eagle viewing areas.

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Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting: Recap & Holiday Social, Bethlehem, PA

Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Dec
13
9:00 AM09:00

Jersey Water Works Conference, New Brunswick, NJ

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The fifth annual Jersey Water Works Conference will bring together more than 300 state and local decision-makers, practitioners and stakeholders to amplify the importance of addressing New Jersey's water infrastructure, explore national models for innovative solutions and celebrate the work of Jersey Water Works and its members!

The keynote speaker will be George S. Hawkins, Esq., Founder and President of Moonshot Missions. George Hawkins launched his innovation-focused enterprises Moonshot LLC and Moonshot Missions after stepping down as CEO and General Manager of DC Water, where he served for 11 years. George helps agencies identify and adopt strategies to deliver better service and lower cost. George transformed DC Water into an innovative enterprise while tripling its investment in clean water. George also served as Director of the D.C. Department of the Environment and held positions with the US EPA.

For registration, please click here!

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Foliage Paddle, Easton, PA

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Close out the season with Wildlands Conservancy’s traditional paddle down the Lehigh River while celebrating this beautiful time of year and enjoying the fall foliage. Attendees will paddle 11 miles from Canal Park in Allentown, through the “metro-wilderness”, to the Rt. 33 boat launch in Freemansburg, PA.

All equipment is provided and all trips include beginner instruction and are led by professional guides and special guests. Trips are easy, fun, and focus on the unique ecosystem and the fascinating history that surrounds the Lehigh River. Everyone must pre-register.

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

DuPont Environmental Education Center 10th Anniversary Festival and 5K, Wilmington, DE

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Join Delaware Nature Society and Riverfront Development Corporation at DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) 10th Anniversary Festival and 5K!


Festival: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of DuPont Environmental Education Center, where city, river and marsh meet. Food Trucks: Plum Pit, Nude Foods, Wandering Chef, Gotta Lotta Gelata, FREE Activities: music, canoeing, bird banding, Delaware Greenways Scavenger Hunt, crafts, outdoor exhibitors, and more

5K Run/Walk: Grab your sneakers and hit the Markell Trail this fall for a 5k Walk/Run through the beautiful Russell Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. Proceeds benefit Delaware Nature Society’s environmental education programs for Wilmington community youth.

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Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Wine Tasting on the Musky, Asbury (Warren County), NJ

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Join the Musconetcong Watershed Association on the banks of the Wild & Scenic Musconetcong River for a wine tasting! Enjoy dozens of fine wines and a curated selection of craft beer and ciders. The tasting will include selections from local producers as well as an interesting assortment from around the world. To complement your tasting, we will have smoked trout courtesy of the Musky Trout and Fish Hatchery and light appetizers.

Live music will be performed by the Caren Kennedy Duo, and the day's events include a duck race and tricky tray. Register online here.

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Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA

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Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Oct
7
to Oct 8

10th Annual Water, Water Everywhere Conference, Hancock, NY

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Please Join Friends of the Upper Delaware and Partners at the 10th Annual Water, Water, Everywhere Conference

FUDR’s Water, Water, Everywhere conference is the best place for your one-stop shopping on all the pressing issues facing the Upper Delaware! There have been many exciting developments in the Upper Delaware River region this year that impact the river and our local communities.

Please consider attending FUDR's annual "Water, Water, Everywhere" conference on October 7 & 8 where you will receive the latest information about what's going on in the watershed.

Monday, October 7th

Join FUDR for a UDR Restoration Tour and see projects they’re working on.

Tuesday, October 8th

Attend to learn more about:

  • Stream Corridor Management Plan: Blueprint for UDR Water Resource Protection & Management

  • Securing Funding for UDR Watershed Protection and Restoration

  • Update on NYC Reservoir Management and Water Releases

  • NY/PA Joint UDR Fisheries Investigation Plan for the Upper Delaware River

  • The Do's and Don'ts of River Etiquette 

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing our river and what you can do to help!

Included with Registration: Social Hour Monday Evening, and Breakfast & Lunch on Tuesday

For more information, please click here!

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

20th Annual Art of the Barn Tour, New Hope, PA

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Enjoy a day in the country with amazing historic barns, talented local artists, and a chance to support the education programs of Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow!

Private barns of will be open to the public for tours for the two day event, and each barn will feature local artists who have been inspired by the nature, history and landscapes of Bucks County. Come celebrate Bucks County’s unique agricultural heritage, arts and architecture.

On October 4th at 6:30pm, join Bucks County Audubon Society as we kick off the tour with a special Pre-Tour Lecture and Reception, held at our Visitor Center (2877 Creamery Rd. New Hope PA, 18938). Learn about the beauty and history of barns with speaker, April Frantz of the PA State Historic Preservation Office.

Tickets to this special 2 day event are $25/Bucks Audubon Members, $30/Non-Members and will increase to $35 on the Monday before the tour (September 30th). Group discounts available. Call 215-297-5880 for more details.

For more online information, please click here!

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Oct
5
8:30 AM08:30

Petty’s Island Community Clean Up Day, Pennsauken, NJ

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Please join NJ Audubon, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations in an informative history hike in a soon-to-be State Park not yet accessible by the public!

Here’s your chance to be part of the restoration of Petty’s Island! Join the team of enthusiastic volunteers to help clean up and restore the shoreline of this majestic island as part of the larger restoration project taking place. This cleanup is great for scout, religious, after school and other civic groups looking for a local volunteer project.

Children MUST be 12 and older to participate. Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited. Directions and other details are given upon registration.

Please register here: https://pettyfallcleanup.eventbrite.com

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Oct
4
9:00 AM09:00

ANJEC Environmental Congress, West Windsor, NJ

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The Environmental Congress is an annual statewide gathering of environmental commissions, local officials, agencies, citizen groups and environmental organizations.

 Click here for registration and further details.

Keynote address: 

New Jersey’s Changing Climate: What Lies Ahead? Dr. Anthony Broccoli, Professor & Chair of the Rutgers Department of Environmental Sciences, Co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute

Featured Speaker:

NJDEP Commissioner, Catherine McCabe

Workshop Sessions – Topics include:

·         Electric Vehicle Charging –Moving ahead

·         Local Plastic Actions

·         Recycling Resources and Tools

·         Highlands Update

·         Stormwater News

·         Energy View –the New Energy Master Plan and More

·         Shoreline Restoration Projects

·         Urban Farming          

Exhibits:

Non-profits and environmental businesses, Ride & Drive Electric Vehicle exhibit, Local Artisans!

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Sep
30
9:30 AM09:30

DRBC Water Quality Advisory Meeting, West Trenton, NJ

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The Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will meet on Monday, September 30, 2019, and also on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Both meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held in DRBC’s Goddard Conference Room, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J.

Please contact: John Yagecic, (609) 883-9500 ext. 271, for more information.

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Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

Trenton River Festival, Trenton, NJ

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day and the Delaware River with the Mercer County Park Commission, Tulpehaking Nature CenterThe Watershed Institute, D&R Greenway Land Trust, and REI. Food and music will be provided, along with a wildflower planting, pop up nature center, canoe demonstrations, a pontoon boat ride in the Delaware River, and other interactive nature education activities.

This festival will take place at South Riverwalk Park at Thunder Stadium in Trenton.

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Sep
28
6:30 AM06:30

Bike the Brandywine, Chadds Ford, PA

Please join the Brandywine Conservancy on a picturesque bike through the Brandywine Creek Greenway!

Explore the scenery, glimpse the history, and discover the lure of the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Now in its fourth year, Bike the Brandywine is excited to offer four loops with distances of 25, 45, 62 (Metric Century) and 80 miles. Each route offers a unique and thrilling experience for both the recreational and more avid seasoned cyclist. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Brandywine Conservancy’s clean water programs. Over the past 50 years, the Conservancy has dedicated itself to help preserve water quality and quantity in the region. Connect your wheels with water on this scenic and well-supported ride.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic Management Council Meeting, Kingwood Township, NJ

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Attend the September meeting of the Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River Management Council at the Kingwood Township, NJ municipal building and hear about Water Monitoring from the Lehigh River Stocking Association and Conservation Finance from the PA Trust for Public Land.

Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic 2019 mini grantee Steve Chuckra, President of the Lehigh River Stocking Association, will discuss water probe monitoring activities on the Lehigh River.  

In addition, Owen Franklin, Pennsylvania State Director for The Trust for Public Land, will discuss conservation finance. His presentation will include trends in public funding, key steps to follow in exploring the viability of a new funding mechanism, and approaches that have proven effective in the past will be highlighted. Grants, taxes and bonding will also be covered.

The 6:30 PM meeting on Sept. 26th is open to government and nonprofit representatives.

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Sep
24
to Sep 25

Watershed 102: "Aquatic ecology as it relates to stream and watershed restoration and protection" Workshop, Avondale, PA

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Stroud Center's newest 100 level workshop, "Watershed 102, Aquatic ecology as it relates to stream and watershed restoration and protection" will be held at Stroud Water Research Center! 

All are welcome to attend.  Material will be geared for participants at all levels in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative from volunteers to professionals.  Presentations will be applicable to those new to the DRWI as well as more established participants. 

The workshop will focus on abiotic and biotic stream characteristics in natural, urban, and agricultural settings.  Effects of different remediation and preservation strategies in these settings will be explored via broad syntheses and case studies. 

Refreshments, light breakfast, and lunch will be provided. 

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Lehigh River Walk, Easton, PA

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September 22 is World Rivers Day, a celebration of the world's waterways. Join Sierra Club PA Water Defenders in celebrating the Lehigh River with a history-packed, moderate 4-mile walk along the river through the historic Hugh Moore Park.

The 109-mile long Lehigh River is the second largest tributary of the mighty Delaware River, and derives its name from the Lenape word for the river, Lechauwekink, meaning "where there are forks". Beginning in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, the river flows south and then east, winding its way through tight bends in the Lehigh Gap and Blue Mountains towards the Lehigh Valley, eventually reaching its confluence with the Delaware River in Easton.

As we walk through the 520-acre Hugh Moore Park, situated just below the City of Easton, between the Lehigh River and Lehigh Canal, we'll admire the beautiful views of the fully-restored canal and enjoy the shaded natural towpath, all while learning about the fascinating 19th-century industrial history and current water quality impacts.

Come out to meet new friends, savor the last weekend of summer exploring the outdoors, and learn something new about our treasured Lehigh River! Please RSVP here.

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Sep
22
to Sep 24

PA Greenway & Trails Summit, Shippensburg, PA

This three-day statewide summit provides exceptional training and networking opportunities for those engaged in all aspects of trail and greenway work, including planning and economic professionals; trail and conservation staff, board, and volunteers; park professionals; local, county, and state government officials; consultants and builders; and trail enthusiasts. The summit, which will be held September 22-24, 2019 at the Shippensburg Conference Center, will offer dozens of educational sessions, mobile seminars, keynote presentations, discussion panels, and various networking opportunities.

This summit is presented by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association with generous support through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Hike to Goose Pond Dry Dam, Barrett Township, PA

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The Goose Pond Dry Dam is so much more than a beautiful bit of wilderness in Barrett Township, PA. The earthen dam was built to prevent the horror of the flood of 1955 from ever happening again.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Brodhead Watershed Association will host a hike to show participants how the dry dam helps prevent flooding downstream. Adam Schellhammer, district manager of Monroe County Conservation District, which maintains the dam, will lead the hike and explain why the area’s dry dams are so important.

During major storms, this dry dam fills, slows the water, and controls its release, keeping a wall of debris-laden water from inundating homes and businesses downstream.

On the way to the dam, hikers will also pass through multiple habitats in a few minutes — a healthy wetland full of native cattails, a rocky barren outcrop with reindeer lichen, and pollinator-laden meadows: moths, bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, and more. Overhead, eagles are sometimes seen, as are wading birds, ducks, geese and an elegant great blue heron. Wood turtles also put in appearances.

This is a mostly easy, out-and-back walk of about 2.25 miles on a wide, grassy trail. One section leads steeply down to the creek. Tick protection is essential.

Directions will be given upon registration. Attendees will shuttle to the trailhead from a nearby location. Registration for this hike is FREE, but limited to 22 people.

This hike is arranged by permission from Monroe County Conservation District, and is led by District Manager Adam Schellhammer and Carol Hillestad. The dry dam is owned and patrolled by Monroe County and, for security reasons, is not otherwise open to the public.

Register by calling 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email info@brodheadwatershed.org.

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Walnut2Walnut River Challenge, Philadelphia, PA

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Are you up for the Walnut2Walnut River Challenge?

The excursion begins at Schuylkill Banks and ends at Independence Seaport Museum's boat basin. 

The challenge course offers spectacular views of the city, while traveling almost 15 miles along both rivers. The Walnut2Walnut River Challenge is suitable for experienced paddlers looking for a new way to get in touch with Philadelphia’s waterways.

For more information, like registration and FAQ, please click here!

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Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

2nd Annual New Jersey Clean Communities Delaware River Cleanup, Frenchtown/Stockton/Lambertville, NJ

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Please join Delaware River Greenway Partnership in their keeping the Delaware River Clean and Pristine!

Cleanups will take place both along the shore and in canoes and kayaks.

Shore-based cleanups will be at the following locations:

Boat-based cleanups will be at the following locations:

Restrictions for boat-based cleanups: 

  • Boat-based cleanup participants must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Participants must have prior boating experience and wear a PFD during the cleanup. Canoes and PFD's will be provided.

  • On-water boat cleanup will be limited to 12 paddlers.

  • Clean up time will be from 8:30 to 12:30.

We will be hosting a complimentary pizza lunch at 12:00 at each meeting location as a thank you for your time and dedication. 

What to wear/bring: 

Long pants, sturdy footwear, insect repellent 
Gloves will be provided but you may wish to have sturdier ones. 
Complimentary Clean-up tee shirt will be provided!

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
21
7:45 AM07:45

Early Fall Birding on Petty's Island, Pennsauken, NJ

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Please join NJ Audubon, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations in a day of birding on a soon-to-be State Park not yet accessible by the public!

This wooded island in the Delaware River is truly an urban oasis for woodland, wading and shore birds. Learn some interesting history along the way and discover how this industrial port is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary!

Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Registration opens August 9. Please register here: https://pettysfallbirding.eventbrite.com

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Sep
20
to Sep 22

Fall Flights: Birds and Brews, Dingmans Ferry, PA

Come out for a wonderful weekend of bird watching and beer tasting with Pocono Environmental Education Center!

Enjoy guided hikes that teach how to identify birds by sight, sound, and habitat. Program is geared towards beginners and experts alike. Saturday night PEEC provide transportation to one of their local breweries and the 1st round is on them! Includes two nights of lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
17
4:00 PM16:00

Oyster Shell Bagging, Wilmington, DE

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Join the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary in an afternoon of volunteering!

Did you know that PDE recycles oyster shells? Yep. PDE has agreements with Wilmington, Delaware area restaurants to save the shells from oysters they serve to customers. They pick them up and store them at a recycling lot for later use in living shoreline and other environmental projects.

At the lot, those shells go into a BIG pile where they cure. Later, PDE bags them before they’re transported for use. That’s where YOU enter the picture! PDE needs volunteers to help us put shells in to net bags. Individuals and groups are welcome to come and help. It’s also a great way to celebrate National Estuaries Week (Sept. 14-21) with PDE!

For more information and to register, click here!

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Sep
15
to Sep 27

Permaculture Design Certification, Wallingford, PA

Permaculture is a cutting-edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment. By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design our lives, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities, to be more abundant, more long-lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable.

This internationally respected Permaculture Design Course developed by Grow Permaculture™ is focused on giving you the tools to create a regenerative life, and a higher quality of life, through the basics of food, shelter, energy, water, health, nature, and community. It is a healthy mixture of theory, hands-on application, and group activities. Different learning styles are accommodated. The course will address strategies and techniques for both urban and rural areas in different climates and circumstances.

The training is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. We will offer written materials and study aids and exercises before the course and urge students to use them, as you will get much more out of the course.

Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

Birds & Brews, Chalfont, PA

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Are you looking for a great way to engage with like-minded peers for an evening of discovering the wonder of our natural world along with new craft beers? Join Bucks Audubon as they embark on a birding hike in their free “Birds & Brews” series!

They will start the birding hike at Pine Run and search for birds migrating through. Following the hike, join them at Tower Hill Brewery, just minutes away, in Chalfont, PA for a night of craft beers and great conversation. Bring along a friend or two – all adults are welcome.

Admission to our Birds & Brews event is free, but you may want to bring along some cash for the brewery portion of the evening. Registration is required so that they can make a reservation at the very popular brewery!

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
14
9:30 AM09:30

Petty’s Island History Hike, Pennsauken, NJ

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Please join NJ Audubon, NJ Natural Lands Trust, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations in an informative history hike in a soon-to-be State Park not yet accessible by the public!

Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. We will have fabulous opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks.

Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration.

Registration opens August 2. Please register here: https://pettyfallhh2019.eventbrite.com

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Sep
14
9:30 AM09:30

Connecting People to Places Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Please join fellow municipal colleagues/community volunteers in the region for a community-focused workshop and networking at The Discovery Center, a unique wildlife sanctuary on a protected reservoir in East Fairmount Park.

This solutions-oriented Workshop includes Green InfrastructurePolicy, and Community Outreach tracks that will highlight tools and resources designed for municipal use. County, Municipal, and Environmental Advisory Council presenters will describe plans, ordinances, projects and other initiatives implemented in their communities.

With generous support from the Elmwood Park Zoo, the workshop is being organized by Audubon PA, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. 

Attendees will also be eligible to apply for a mini grant of up to $1,500 to support new project ideas that come out of the workshop or existing projects related to workshop themes.

This workshop is $10.00 and includes breakfast, lunch and complimentary tour of the facility. Attendees may also opt for an early morning bird walk with Discovery Center staff from 8:00 am to 9:15am.

To register and view copy of the workshop agenda, please click here!

Please contact Valerie Peckham, Audubon PA (vpeckham@audubon.org or 610-666-5593 x114) for more information.


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Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

The Occasional Nature Warrior, Asbury, NJ

Please join Musconetcong Watershed Association for this adult summer camp program!

Part of MWA's Adult Camp experience: If they called it "Wilderness Skills" you wouldn't come because you probably live in New Jersey, and wilderness to you is Pennsylvania. But wilderness survival skills can be relevant to anyone visiting NJ’s beautiful parks and preserves, many of which are unattended and have large expanses of remote forested areas.

MWA can't make you experts at survival in a day, but in this camp session, you'll get some useful suburban survival information (like the ubiquitous backyard pant that treats a bee sting or how to keep calm when you think you're lost). They won't ask you to eat bugs, but they will treat you to a campfire lunch - just as soon as you are able to build a fire without a match!

You've all heard not to stand under a tree in a lightning storm, but what if you're in the woods when one blows in? What kinds of things can you do to signal for help? Could you purify some water for drinking without a device or a pill?

The scary ticks will still be in the woods, but at the end of this camp, you should have more confidence going deeper into our forested wilds.

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
13
9:30 AM09:30

Diversity Training: Exploring Race, Equity and Inclusion, Pennington, NJ

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Join the Watershed Institute in a diversity training session!

As conservationists, managers and environmental professionals, we all work hard to build and preserve accessible and inclusive open spaces that serve everyone. During this full-day training, you will have the opportunity to explore how we can grow in our understanding of issues related to race, class and gender, and to collectively build this foundation and progress toward an inclusive, diverse and equitable environment in open spaces, in our organizations, and throughout our lives. The schedule for the day will feature a combination of presentation, discussion and group activities. 

This training is a dynamic, 5-hour session professionally facilitated by Nancy Kohn from Kohn Strategies and Julia Raskin from The New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Kohn Strategies is a strategic planning firm dedicated to working with nonprofits, government agencies, and NGOs to plan and implement strategies rooted in social justice and racial equity. Julia Raskin is The New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s program manager for Camden Parks and Greenways, and an advocate for community equity and environmental justice.


Questions about the event can be directed to either Laura Szwak at laura@njconservation.org or Kimber Ray at kray@thewatershed.org

For more information, please click here!

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Sep
13
9:00 AM09:00

Schuylkill River Restoration Sites Tour, Montgomery County, PA

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The Schuylkill Action Network will host a tour of Schuylkill River Restoration Fund restoration sites in Montgomery County.

The tour will stop at restoration projects, including rain gardens, constructed wetlands, stormwater basins, stream restorations, and tree plantings.

This annual tour is free, but registration is required.

Click Here to register and for all the details, including a schedule and pick up points. 

Questions should be directed to Erica at ERossetti@DelawareEstuary.org or call 302-655-4990 ext. 122

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Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sierra Club Water Defenders Meeting, Bethlehem, PA

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Do you live in the Lehigh Valley and care about water quality? Do you want to learn how you can get more involved in protecting clean water? Become a Water Defender with the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter at this monthly meeting!

The Delaware River Watershed, spanning Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion and flooding, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a measurable impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations. Clean water needs YOUR voice!

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Water Defenders are a network of grassroots advocates working in our local communities focused on advocating for the protection of clean water in the Delaware River Watershed.

Come build advocacy, outreach, and leadership skills; explore your local waterways; and connect with other Water Defenders in your community. Join in for socializing, pizza, and clean water advocacy at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem, PA!

For details, contact Rachel Rosenfeld at rachel.rosenfeld@sierraclub.org.

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Sep
11
10:30 AM10:30

DRBC Public Business Meeting, West Trenton, NJ

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The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and a business meeting the following month on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. 

Hearing items include draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources.  Full details, including location information, the draft docket applications, and instructions on how to comment, are available at the above link.  Both the hearing and business meeting are open to the public.

If you represent a municipality or are a representative of a legislative district and are receiving this email, there is likely one or more projects that are associated with or affect your area.

The official Notice for the public hearing and business meeting is available on the Commission’s website by clicking here!

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