Sep
26
11:30am11:30am

Delaware Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Open House

  • The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After 20 years, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) is being revised! The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is taking the lead to assemble collective action and enhance the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

Through a series of open house-style workshops, we are reaching out to local partners and communities to get new ideas for a draft set of strategies for clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats in and around the Delaware River and Bay. Please reference this Core Elements Document for a set of draft goals, objectives, and strategies for the revised CCMP.

Below is a list of workshop locations and times. To register for any of these, please click the green "register" button above, then select the ticket for the workshop(s) you would like to attend. You can make multiple selections. Once registered, additional information for the items of your choice, including workshop materials and parking information, will be emailed to you in advance.

Registration is free and optional, and encouraged to help us plan for group sizes.

Open House Meeting Schedule:

Attendees may drop in at any time during the open houses and are welcome to stay for as long as their schedule allows! A brief presentation will take place during Morning/Afternoon meetings (11:30am-1:30pm) at 12:15pm and during Evening meetings (4:30-6:30pm) at 5:15pm.

  • 9/12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Tulpehaking Nature Center (Trenton, NJ)
  • 9/12, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA)
  • 9/13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA)
  • 9/19, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin, DE)
  • 9/26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (Lewes, DE)
  • 9/28, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Camden County Environmental Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • 9/28, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 10/5, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris, NJ)

Note: Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Please email Emily Baumbach at ebaumbach@DelawareEstuary.org if you have any questions.

Here are some additional sources of information that may be helpful:

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Sep
28
11:30am11:30am

Delaware Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Open House

  • Camden County Environmental Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After 20 years, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) is being revised! The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is taking the lead to assemble collective action and enhance the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

Through a series of open house-style workshops, we are reaching out to local partners and communities to get new ideas for a draft set of strategies for clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats in and around the Delaware River and Bay. Please reference this Core Elements Document for a set of draft goals, objectives, and strategies for the revised CCMP.

Below is a list of workshop locations and times. To register for any of these, please click the green "register" button above, then select the ticket for the workshop(s) you would like to attend. You can make multiple selections. Once registered, additional information for the items of your choice, including workshop materials and parking information, will be emailed to you in advance.

Registration is free and optional, and encouraged to help us plan for group sizes.

Open House Meeting Schedule:

Attendees may drop in at any time during the open houses and are welcome to stay for as long as their schedule allows! A brief presentation will take place during Morning/Afternoon meetings (11:30am-1:30pm) at 12:15pm and during Evening meetings (4:30-6:30pm) at 5:15pm.

  • 9/12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Tulpehaking Nature Center (Trenton, NJ)
  • 9/12, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA)
  • 9/13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA)
  • 9/19, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin, DE)
  • 9/26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (Lewes, DE)
  • 9/28, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Camden County Environmental Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • 9/28, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 10/5, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris, NJ)

Note: Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Please email Emily Baumbach at ebaumbach@DelawareEstuary.org if you have any questions.

Here are some additional sources of information that may be helpful:

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Sep
28
4:30pm 4:30pm

Delaware Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Open House

After 20 years, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) is being revised! The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is taking the lead to assemble collective action and enhance the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

Through a series of open house-style workshops, we are reaching out to local partners and communities to get new ideas for a draft set of strategies for clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats in and around the Delaware River and Bay. Please reference this Core Elements Document for a set of draft goals, objectives, and strategies for the revised CCMP.

Below is a list of workshop locations and times. To register for any of these, please click the green "register" button above, then select the ticket for the workshop(s) you would like to attend. You can make multiple selections. Once registered, additional information for the items of your choice, including workshop materials and parking information, will be emailed to you in advance.

Registration is free and optional, and encouraged to help us plan for group sizes.

Open House Meeting Schedule:

Attendees may drop in at any time during the open houses and are welcome to stay for as long as their schedule allows! A brief presentation will take place during Morning/Afternoon meetings (11:30am-1:30pm) at 12:15pm and during Evening meetings (4:30-6:30pm) at 5:15pm.

  • 9/12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Tulpehaking Nature Center (Trenton, NJ)
  • 9/12, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA)
  • 9/13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA)
  • 9/19, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin, DE)
  • 9/26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (Lewes, DE)
  • 9/28, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Camden County Environmental Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • 9/28, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 10/5, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris, NJ)

Note: Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Please email Emily Baumbach at ebaumbach@DelawareEstuary.org if you have any questions.

Here are some additional sources of information that may be helpful:

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Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River Management Council Meeting

  • Plumstead Twp Municipal Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Two big announcements for the September meeting:

  • Introduction of the new Mini Grant Program offered by the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic.
  • Viewing of a documentary film on fracking, called Groundswell Rising. This film is by invitation only. Your receipt of this email is your invitation.The Executive Producer of the film will be in attendance and will introduce the film as well as answer questions afterward.


Groundswell Rising

Groundswell Rising - a new powerful documentary film focused on fracking in communities across America.  Groundswell Rising documents a social movement that sprung forth from a heated debate over fracking and communities being sacrificed for the extraction of another fossil fuel. It's about people taking charge of their communities and not allowing a dangerous industry to move in and harm their ways of life and finding new, healthy energy solutions.
 
“This film should be watched by everyone on the side of industry and those considering leasing their land to the gas companies. Plain and simply, it’s the human side of this debate. ”  — Mark Ruffalo

Time & Location:

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7 pm

Where: Plumstead Township Municipal Building - 5186 Stump Road, Plumstead, PA 18949

Agenda:

  • 7:00 pm - Welcome - Richard Dodds, chair
  • 7:05 pm - Mark Lichty, Executive Producer of Groundswell Rising, introduces the film
  • 7:10 pm - Groundswell Rising
  • 8:00 pm - Q&A and Discussion
  • 8:20 pm -Discussion of Mini-Grant program. You can view the information ahead of time by going to www.lowerdelawarewildandscenic.org. Applications will be available at the meeting.
  • 8:30 pm - Adjournment
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Oct
5
4:30pm 4:30pm

Delaware Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Open House

After 20 years, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) is being revised! The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is taking the lead to assemble collective action and enhance the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

Through a series of open house-style workshops, we are reaching out to local partners and communities to get new ideas for a draft set of strategies for clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats in and around the Delaware River and Bay. Please reference this Core Elements Document for a set of draft goals, objectives, and strategies for the revised CCMP.

Below is a list of workshop locations and times. To register for any of these, please click the green "register" button above, then select the ticket for the workshop(s) you would like to attend. You can make multiple selections. Once registered, additional information for the items of your choice, including workshop materials and parking information, will be emailed to you in advance.

Registration is free and optional, and encouraged to help us plan for group sizes.

Open House Meeting Schedule:

Attendees may drop in at any time during the open houses and are welcome to stay for as long as their schedule allows! A brief presentation will take place during Morning/Afternoon meetings (11:30am-1:30pm) at 12:15pm and during Evening meetings (4:30-6:30pm) at 5:15pm.

  • 9/12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Tulpehaking Nature Center (Trenton, NJ)
  • 9/12, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA)
  • 9/13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA)
  • 9/19, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin, DE)
  • 9/26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (Lewes, DE)
  • 9/28, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Camden County Environmental Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • 9/28, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 10/5, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris, NJ)

Note: Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Please email Emily Baumbach at ebaumbach@DelawareEstuary.org if you have any questions.

Here are some additional sources of information that may be helpful:

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Oct
10
9:00am 9:00am

Villanova’s 2017 Municipal Stormwater Workshop

Beyond Regulations: Motivating Community Participation in Stormwater Reduction

Please see the attached FLYER for more details

Time:               9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, with optional campus stormwater tour following the presentations and interactive panel discussion.

Location:         Villanova University.

Audience:        Municipal officials and staff.

Cost:                Pre- Registration is required, cost $50.

This workshop is hosted as a part of the Villanova University Urban Stormwater Partnership Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium.

The organizing committee was comprised of: the Brandywine Conservancy, the Chester County Water Resources Authority, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership.
 

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Apr
12
to Apr 14

2018 PA Land Conservation Conference

Our Theme this coming year is

Land & Water Conservation in a Changing World

This conference will attempt to address the various challenges and unknowns that so many organizations are confronting these days, including evolving missions, expanded service areas, new and innovative collaborations, updated fundraising strategies, changing climate, land use trends, diversification and shifting demographics, ever-changing public policy, and just maintaining relevance in a changing world. Plus we'll cover traditional topics such as land conservation, stewardship, water protection, stream and wetlands restoration, stormwater management, land use planning, forestry, organizational development, communications/outreach, fundraising, and finance. 

Submit a workshop on one or more of the above topics (or your own idea). Formats include half-day and full-day seminars, short workshops and roundtables. Feel free to call Nicole Faraguna at 717.909.1298 to discuss an idea or topic.

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Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Webinar: Forest Management in a Changing Climate

The climate in the upper Delaware river watershed is getting warmer, wetter, and more volatile; these trends are expected to continue over the next several decades. What does this mean for your land? Forest management is complicated enough; changes in weather patterns will make it even harder. Sugar maples and cherries are moving north. Invasive plants are crowding the understory and pests are spreading. Floods are becoming stronger; summers are getting hotter. Cold-water fish are facing more thermal stress.

Join us for a webinar that will detail how climate change is likely to affect your woods, and what you can do to make sure they still work for you. We will focus on principles of forest management, how local forests may change over the next few decades due to climate change, what steps landowners and managers can take to make forests more resilient, and resources -- both expertise and financial support – that will help you address these challenges in ways that work best for you and your land.

Who should participate? Landowners, foresters, natural resource managers, and anyone who is interested in local climate change impacts and solutions!

For more information about climate change impacts in the upper half of the Delaware Basin, visit http://commonwatersfund.org/forest-adaptation.

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Sep
19
4:30pm 4:30pm

Delaware Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Open House

After 20 years, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) is being revised! The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is taking the lead to assemble collective action and enhance the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

Through a series of open house-style workshops, we are reaching out to local partners and communities to get new ideas for a draft set of strategies for clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats in and around the Delaware River and Bay. Please reference this Core Elements Document for a set of draft goals, objectives, and strategies for the revised CCMP.

Below is a list of workshop locations and times. To register for any of these, please click the green "register" button above, then select the ticket for the workshop(s) you would like to attend. You can make multiple selections. Once registered, additional information for the items of your choice, including workshop materials and parking information, will be emailed to you in advance.

Registration is free and optional, and encouraged to help us plan for group sizes.

Open House Meeting Schedule:

Attendees may drop in at any time during the open houses and are welcome to stay for as long as their schedule allows! A brief presentation will take place during Morning/Afternoon meetings (11:30am-1:30pm) at 12:15pm and during Evening meetings (4:30-6:30pm) at 5:15pm.

  • 9/12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Tulpehaking Nature Center (Trenton, NJ)
  • 9/12, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA)
  • 9/13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA)
  • 9/19, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin, DE)
  • 9/26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (Lewes, DE)
  • 9/28, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Camden County Environmental Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • 9/28, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 10/5, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris, NJ)

Note: Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Please email Emily Baumbach at ebaumbach@DelawareEstuary.org if you have any questions.

Here are some additional sources of information that may be helpful:

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Sep
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Webinar: Forest Management in a Changing Climate

The climate in the upper Delaware river watershed is getting warmer, wetter, and more volatile; these trends are expected to continue over the next several decades. What does this mean for your land? Forest management is complicated enough; changes in weather patterns will make it even harder. Sugar maples and cherries are moving north. Invasive plants are crowding the understory and pests are spreading. Floods are becoming stronger; summers are getting hotter. Cold-water fish are facing more thermal stress.

Join us for a webinar that will detail how climate change is likely to affect your woods, and what you can do to make sure they still work for you. We will focus on principles of forest management, how local forests may change over the next few decades due to climate change, what steps landowners and managers can take to make forests more resilient, and resources -- both expertise and financial support – that will help you address these challenges in ways that work best for you and your land.

Who should participate? Landowners, foresters, natural resource managers, and anyone who is interested in local climate change impacts and solutions!

For more information about climate change impacts in the upper half of the Delaware Basin, visit http://commonwatersfund.org/forest-adaptation.

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Sep
19
10:00am10:00am

The Power of Drones and New Technology to Advance Conservation

Get actionable intelligence. Make informed decisions. Share great stories.

September 19, 2017 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (coffee & refreshments at 9:30 am)

REGISTER TODAY | DOWNLOAD AGENDA

Interest in the use of drones for aerial inspections, evaluations and surveys is expanding rapidly across many fields. Land and water conservation is no exception. Learn how drones have become the latest tool in conserving and stewarding land.

The day will include a complete introduction to drones (and ground-based video recorded by smartphones and action cameras) and an explanation of the advantages that these devices provide for conservation - from very practical applications such as aerial inspections for stewardship and monitoring easements, to creating great stories with video for fundraising, increasing engagement and advocacy. You'll hear real examples of how conservation organizations are incorporating aerial and ground-based video into their conservation efforts.  The day will conclude with hands-on drone flight demonstrations where you'll be able to get up close and see first-hand how unmanned aerial vehicles work.

There will be plenty of time for Q & A and opportunities to speak directly with colleagues in conservation about how they are using drones.

$30 registration fee (includes lunch). Late fee applies to registrations received after September 8th.

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Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

River Days: Kayak the Schuylkill River

Manayunk’s stretch of the Schuylkill River has undergone extraordinary change. Once written off as almost dead, the river has been ecologically reborn, and once-industrial buildings along the banks are busily being repurposed for residential use.  

As part of the regional River Days celebration, Executive Director Mike Weilbacher is joined by Kay Sykora, founder of Destination Schuylkill River, on a kayak tour of the Schuylkill’s Manayunk waterway. Paddling from the Pencoyd to Manayunk bridges, we’ll see—and learn the stories of—mills, locks, bridges and the canal, using old maps and photos to tell the story of Manayunk and its beloved river.

Members: $30 Non-members: $40

As kayaks are limited, registration is required. 

This program made possible with support from the Alliance for Watershed Education.

 

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Sep
15
8:45am 8:45am

The Delaware River Watershed: Protecting Today and Tomorrow

The Delaware River Watershed spans four states, contains vital ecological resources, is home to more than eight million residents and provides drinking water to millions more. As the region faces stress from pollution, overuse and a changing global climate, recent moves in Washington D.C. to change federal regulations are also complicating the picture; questions abound on both the quantity and quality of the area’s water supplies.

At this NJ Spotlight/State Impact event, our panel of experts will examine the impacts of the changing regulations and take a closer look at both how and if state governments and policymakers should respond to growing challenges in managing these resources. 

Admission is free, but registration is required.

Continental breakfast will be served.

Keynote Speaker

Carol Collier, Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University; Former Executive Director, Delaware River Basin.

Panel Discussion

Jennifer Adkins, Executive Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Tim Dillingham, Executive Director, American Littoral Society

Additional panelists to be announced as confirmed.

StateImpact Pennsylvania is a collaboration between WHYY and WITF.

Sponsored By:

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Sep
12
4:30pm 4:30pm

Delaware Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Open House

After 20 years, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) is being revised! The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is taking the lead to assemble collective action and enhance the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

Through a series of open house-style workshops, we are reaching out to local partners and communities to get new ideas for a draft set of strategies for clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats in and around the Delaware River and Bay. Please reference this Core Elements Document for a set of draft goals, objectives, and strategies for the revised CCMP.

Below is a list of workshop locations and times. To register for any of these, please click the green "register" button above, then select the ticket for the workshop(s) you would like to attend. You can make multiple selections. Once registered, additional information for the items of your choice, including workshop materials and parking information, will be emailed to you in advance.

Registration is free and optional, and encouraged to help us plan for group sizes.

Open House Meeting Schedule:

Attendees may drop in at any time during the open houses and are welcome to stay for as long as their schedule allows! A brief presentation will take place during Morning/Afternoon meetings (11:30am-1:30pm) at 12:15pm and during Evening meetings (4:30-6:30pm) at 5:15pm.

  • 9/12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Tulpehaking Nature Center (Trenton, NJ)
  • 9/12, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA)
  • 9/13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA)
  • 9/19, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin, DE)
  • 9/26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (Lewes, DE)
  • 9/28, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Camden County Environmental Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • 9/28, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 10/5, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris, NJ)

Note: Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Please email Emily Baumbach at ebaumbach@DelawareEstuary.org if you have any questions.

Here are some additional sources of information that may be helpful:

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Sep
12
11:30am11:30am

Delaware Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Open House

After 20 years, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) is being revised! The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is taking the lead to assemble collective action and enhance the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

Through a series of open house-style workshops, we are reaching out to local partners and communities to get new ideas for a draft set of strategies for clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats in and around the Delaware River and Bay. Please reference this Core Elements Document for a set of draft goals, objectives, and strategies for the revised CCMP.

Below is a list of workshop locations and times. To register for any of these, please click the green "register" button above, then select the ticket for the workshop(s) you would like to attend. You can make multiple selections. Once registered, additional information for the items of your choice, including workshop materials and parking information, will be emailed to you in advance.

Registration is free and optional, and encouraged to help us plan for group sizes.

Open House Meeting Schedule:

Attendees may drop in at any time during the open houses and are welcome to stay for as long as their schedule allows! A brief presentation will take place during Morning/Afternoon meetings (11:30am-1:30pm) at 12:15pm and during Evening meetings (4:30-6:30pm) at 5:15pm.

  • 9/12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Tulpehaking Nature Center (Trenton, NJ)
  • 9/12, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA)
  • 9/13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA)
  • 9/19, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin, DE)
  • 9/26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (Lewes, DE)
  • 9/28, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Camden County Environmental Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • 9/28, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 10/5, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris, NJ)

Note: Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Please email Emily Baumbach at ebaumbach@DelawareEstuary.org if you have any questions.

Here are some additional sources of information that may be helpful:

 

 

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Sep
10
7:00am 7:00am

River Days: Walnut2Walnut Challenge

Are you up for the Walnut2Walnut Challenge? Paddle or row down the Schuylkill River and up the Delaware for a scenic trip around Philadelphia's peninsula. The race 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 fifteen miles along both rivers. The Walnut2Walnut Challenge is suitable for all skill levels so whether you are an experienced rower or looking for a new way to get in touch with Philadelphia’s waterways, this event is for you!

At the conclusion of the challenge, join us for the after party at the Seaport Museum's waterfront Beer Garden "Deck", where food and beverage will be available for purchase. 

Want to volunteer at the Walnut2Walnut Challenge? Here's how

Register

Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members

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Aug
29
12:00pm12:00pm

Press Conference: Delaware River at Risk from Trump Budget Cuts (NJ)

WHAT: Restoration efforts for the Delaware River and its entire watershed--which provide drinking water for more than 3 million New Jerseyans – face uncertainty if budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration go into effect, says a new environmental analysis being released early next week. With the deadline rapidly approaching for Congress to approve the federal budget a little over a month away on September 30, a new report by Environment New Jersey documents how budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration to the U. S. EPA could do irreparable harm to the Delaware River watershed—and undo decades of work to restore this iconic waterway.  New Jersey’s entire Congressional delegation will clearly play a pivotal role in this ongoing debate.

WHEN:  12 p.m., Tuesday, August 29

WHERE:   Plaza immediately adjoining the Trenton State House next to the fountain (between the State House and the Annex), within sight of the Delaware River

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Aug
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Philadelphia Clean Water Advocacy Event

Clean water is essential for all people and vital for our national parks. Want to speak up in defense of clean water? Come out Aug. 24th for an advocacy event.

The EPA is trying to repeal the widely supported Clean Water Rule, a federal regulation that clarifies which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act, and replace it with a weaker rule that would roll back decades of progress. Dismantling the Clean Water Rule puts people, wildlife and national parks at serious risk. There is simply no reason to jeopardize the health of our parks and the drinking water for millions of people.

Thursday’s comment-writing workshop, a collaborative effort between NPCA, United By Blue and our clean water partners, gives us all the chance to make a difference. We will urge the EPA to maintain a strong Clean Water Act and uphold its duty to protect the health of our waters.

The Clean Water Rule took nearly a decade to develop, after extensive engagement with the public, scientists, community leaders, farmers, ranchers, hunters, anglers and state and local governments. I hope you will join the #bluemovement and let your voice be heard.

Event Details

WHAT: Clean Water Rule Defense Event

WHEN: Thursday, August 24, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: United By Blue flagship store, 144 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (We recommend taking public transportation as street parking is scarce, though nearby parking garages are available.)

WHO: NPCA, United By Blue, clean water partners and YOU! Please invite anyone else who cares about clean water.

OTHER: Light refreshments will be provided. In addition to the advocacy opportunity, this event will celebrate United By Blue’s recent milestone of removing 1 millions pounds of trash from American waterways. The store will be offering 15% off all merchandise during the event.

RSVP: Please register online.

QUESTIONS? Please direct all questions to United By Blue: flagship@unitedbyblue.com.

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Aug
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Free Seminar: Neighborly Natural Landscaping

How to decrease mowing and increase pollinators and birds

Ed Perry from the National Wildlife Federation will present  “Neighborly Natural Landscaping: How to decrease mowing and increase pollinators and birds”. Learn ways to reduce the population decline of bird species and pollinators right in your own backyard. Learn what to plant, where to plant and where to get your plants, how to start a meadow, and how all this benefits our waterways.

Did you know running a lawn mower for one hour emits the same amount of carbon pollution as driving a car for one hundred miles?

Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, president of the Northeast PA Audubon Society will discuss native versus invasive species.

Each attendee will also receive a free “Seeds Ball”.

This event is being sponsored by local Wayne/Pike County partners in conservation, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), the Northeast PA, Audubon Society, Wayne Conservation District, and Delaware Highlands Conservancy with the National Wildlife Federation.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00 pm

WHERE:  Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street in Honesdale, near Wayne Memorial Hospital

PRESENTED BY:  The National Wildlife Federation, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), the Northeast Audubon Society, the Wayne Conservation District and Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

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Aug
19
9:00am 9:00am

Water Quality Paddle from Riverfront park to Linfield

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is teaming up with Green Valleys Watershed Association to offer a one-time water quality paddle from Pottstown to Linfield. Participants will meet up at Pottstown’s Riverfront Park. There, following a brief discussion on water quality issues, invasive species and river health, they will launch and begin paddling toward Linfield. Midway they will stop for water quality testing using the Green Valleys Bluetooth-enabled sensors and talk about the findings. Then they will continue onto Linfield Park and take a shuttle back to Pottstown. Cost is $25 per person; $35 if you need to rent a boat. Must be 16 and up to participate; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Space limited to 12 participants.

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Aug
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Free Webinar: Using Communications to Put a Face on the Federal Budget Cuts

Hosted by River Network

Liz Banse from Resource Media will give an overview of how the media has covered the proposed budget cuts to date and what opportunities this presents to us in getting our message out. She will talk through persuasive messaging on the proposed cuts and how to tell effective stories about the impacts. We will also have a River Network member share how they’ve documented the benefits of federal spending and successfully communicated them to protect investments in their region.

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Aug
10
4:30pm 4:30pm

Delaware Estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Open House

After 20 years, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary (CCMP) is being revised! The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is taking the lead to assemble collective action and enhance the tidal Delaware River and Bay.

Through a series of open house-style workshops, we are reaching out to local partners and communities to get new ideas for a draft set of strategies for clean water, strong communities, and healthy habitats in and around the Delaware River and Bay. Please reference this Core Elements Document for a set of draft goals, objectives, and strategies for the revised CCMP.

Below is a list of workshop locations and times. To register for any of these, please click the green "register" button above, then select the ticket for the workshop(s) you would like to attend. You can make multiple selections. Once registered, additional information for the items of your choice, including workshop materials and parking information, will be emailed to you in advance.

Registration is free and optional, and encouraged to help us plan for group sizes.

Open House Meeting Schedule:

Attendees may drop in at any time during the open houses and are welcome to stay for as long as their schedule allows! A brief presentation will take place during Morning/Afternoon meetings (11:30am-1:30pm) at 12:15pm and during Evening meetings (4:30-6:30pm) at 5:15pm.

  • 9/12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Tulpehaking Nature Center (Trenton, NJ)
  • 9/12, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol, PA)
  • 9/13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Hildacy Preserve (Media, PA)
  • 9/19, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin, DE)
  • 9/26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - The Virden Retreat Center at University of Delaware (Lewes, DE)
  • 9/28, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Camden County Environmental Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • 9/28, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bartram's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 10/5, 4:30 to 6:30 pm - Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Port Norris, NJ)

Note: Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions. Please email Emily Baumbach at ebaumbach@DelawareEstuary.org if you have any questions.

Here are some additional sources of information that may be helpful:

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Jul
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

Managing Leadership Transitions

Many organizations are facing a major leadership transition in the next few years. Is it possible to use such a leadership change as an opportunity to grow the capacity of your organization? Managed well, a leadership change honors the past, inspires creativity among board members and staff, lays the foundation for expanded organizational performance, and creates an environment in which the new leader is likely to thrive. Managed poorly, a leadership change is often a stressful, anxious experience that causes an organization to lose momentum, compromise the services it provides, jeopardize key relationships with stakeholders, and make it difficult for the new leader to succeed. Learn how to set your organization up for success.

 

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Jul
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Healthy Watersheds Tour

LandStudies to lead a "Healthy Watersheds Tour" in Lancaster County

LandStudies is a Lititz-based company with extensive experience in environmental restoration, planning, and water resource management: from naturalizing floodplains to creating nature-based stormwater solutions in cities. On their Healthy Watersheds Tour, professionals, government officials, landowners, educators, and students will visit and learn from projects that demonstrate environmental, regulatory, and community benefits.

For more information on this tour, click here! To sign-up, call LandStudies at 717-627-4440!

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Jul
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting

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Join Jersey Water Works at their second annual Membership Meeting to celebrate the work of the collaborative, network with members, learn from national experts and brainstorm how to move forward top priorities in the next few years.

For more information on this event, click here!

To learn about last year's event, click here!

To go directly to registration for this event, click here!

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Jul
14
10:00am10:00am

Clean Water & Drinking Water State Revolving Funds Workshop

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Office of the Secretary, Environmental Finance, and Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health, Office of Drinking Water, will host a public workshop from 10 a.m. to noon July 14 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, in preparation for the development of fiscal 2017 project priority lists for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds.

Workshop participants will learn about the CWSRF and DWSRF program changes and infrastructure financing tools, including:

— One-stop loan application process for Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Project Assistance.

— CWSRF and DWSRF program loan interest rates, currently 2 percent.

— Land conservation and water quality improvement loan sponsorship programs.

— Source water protection loans for drinking water supplies.

— Wastewater, drinking water and stormwater facilities matching planning grants.

— Community water quality improvement grants.

— Asset Management Plan development incentives.

— Project planning advances.

— Expanded eligibilities for privately owned businesses.

In addition, detailed information will be presented regarding how and when to submit projects for funding consideration, project ranking criteria, project construction requirements and how to apply for infrastructure planning grants.

To RVSP, email laura.rafferty@state.de.us or call 717-739-9941.

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Jul
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

Happy Hour and Oil Trains Documentary Premiere

Join PennFuture for a special happy hour event from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at our Philadelphia office to view the feature debut of a documentary film capturing the issue of pollution from oil trains.

The film centers on Jeremy Griffin, a local resident, student and activist living within the oil train blast zone. More than 700,000 Philadelphia residents (and more statewide) live in proximity to the rail routes, which run crude oil through their yards, past their hospitals and childcare centers, and alongside their bike paths and highways.

In Pennsylvania, there is poor oversight of railroad bridges, a lack of transparency, and minimal access to rail maintenance records, along with insufficient penalties for regulatory violations. In the Delaware River Basin, a watershed that provides drinking water to more than 15 million people, the consequences of an accident could be enormous.

Event Location:

PennFuture Philadelphia Office
1429 Walnut Street
Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Click here for a sneak preview.

Click here to RSVP no later than July 11.

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Jul
13
1:00pm 1:00pm

Public Meeting: Draft Water Supply Master Plan

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The Department of Environmental Protection released its draft revisions to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan and scheduled four public hearings on the draft proposal. The current plan was last revised and adopted in 1996.

The draft revisions are available here: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/wsp.html

Meeting Dates include:

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00 PM, NJDEP, 401 East State Street, Trenton
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM, USGS, 3450 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 PM, Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
  • Thursday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

Public Comments May be submitted until close of business on Friday July 21st, to:

watersupply@dep.nj.gov – please write “Draft Water Supply Plan Comments” in the Subject Line

NJDEP-Division of Water Supply & Geoscience
Mail Code 401-04Q
P.O. Box 420
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Subject: Draft Water Supply Plan Comments

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Jul
12
3:00pm 3:00pm

Public Meeting: Draft Water Supply Master Plan

Department of Environmental Protection released its draft revisions to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan and scheduled four public hearings on the draft proposal. The current plan was last revised and adopted in 1996.

The draft revisions are available here: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/wsp.html

Meeting Dates include:

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00 PM, NJDEP, 401 East State Street, Trenton
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM, USGS, 3450 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 PM, Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
  • Thursday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

Public Comments May be submitted until close of business on Friday July 21st, to:

watersupply@dep.nj.gov – please write “Draft Water Supply Plan Comments” in the Subject Line

NJDEP-Division of Water Supply & Geoscience
Mail Code 401-04Q
P.O. Box 420
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Subject: Draft Water Supply Plan Comments

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Jul
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Public Meeting: Draft Water Supply Master Plan

Department of Environmental Protection released its draft revisions to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan and scheduled four public hearings on the draft proposal. The current plan was last revised and adopted in 1996.

The draft revisions are available here: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/wsp.html

Meeting Dates include:

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00 PM, NJDEP, 401 East State Street, Trenton
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM, USGS, 3450 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township
  • Wednesday, July 12 at 3:00 PM, Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
  • Thursday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, Campus Center, Board of Trustees Room

Public Comments May be submitted until close of business on Friday July 21st, to:

watersupply@dep.nj.gov – please write “Draft Water Supply Plan Comments” in the Subject Line

NJDEP-Division of Water Supply & Geoscience
Mail Code 401-04Q
P.O. Box 420
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Subject: Draft Water Supply Plan Comments

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Jul
11
2:30pm 2:30pm

Webinar: Briefing & Discussion on Integrating Small Scale Watershed Planning Tools in Farm Bill Conservation

 

Overview:

The purpose of this briefing is to introduce House and Senate staff to the new Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) developed by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) after the last farm bill. The ACPF includes a powerful GIS watershed planning tool for producers, county conservation districts, state agencies, and other community stakeholders implementing conservation practices to address nutrient and sediment runoff. After a technical introduction to the ACPF GIS tool by its developers, an NRCS official from Kansas and a trade group from Iowa will talk about their on-the-ground experiences in small-scale watershed planning and why the ACPF is a game-changer for implementing conservation practices and improving water quality.

Please RSVP to glasera@nwf.org

Introduction:

Jamie Konopacky, Attorney and Watershed Policy Fellow, Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative

Expert Panel:

Mark Tomer and Dave James, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Dean Krehbiel, State Resource Conservationist, Kansas Natural Resource Conservation Service

Adam Kiel, Iowa Soybean Association Research, Environmental Programs and Services

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