SAN Connections - Summer 2016
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Saying Goodbye to our SAN Coordinator
DSC00300 After 8 years of leading the Schuylkill Action Network (SAN), Tom Davidock will be moving up to the Catskills to oversee recreational programs for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

He has been an amazing asset to the SAN and we will miss his leadership greatly.

Wish him the best of luck on his new life adventures before his last day (Friday, August 5)!

In the meantime if there are any questions regarding the SAN, please direct them towards Virginia Vassalotti, SAN Specialist. More information on hiring is below.

We're Hiring!
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is hiring for two full-time positions.
  • Senior Watersheds Coordinator - Under the supervision of the Outreach Programs Director, the Senior Watersheds Coordinator will coordinate, manage, and grow PDE's involvement in sub-watershed collaborations, including the SAN and clusters of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI). These are collaborations of partners sharing information, expertise, and technology to advance a shared vision of clean water and a healthy environment for specific geographies within the Delaware Estuary region. The Senior Watersheds Coordinator will play a leadership role in strategic planning and development of these and other potential sub-watershed collaborations, by working directly with partners in these areas, and by providing guidance and oversight to staff, including two direct reports.
  • Watershed Planning Specialist - Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Watersheds Coordinator, the Watershed Planning Specialist will support the education, outreach, and watershed collaboration activities of the organization, with a focus on southern New Jersey. The Specialist will help to plan, coordinate, implement, and manage creative programs and projects that engage partners and/or the public in improving water quality and community resilience in and around the Delaware Estuary. Transportation and the ability to travel extensively throughout the region, and particularly New Jersey, are required.
Interested applicants for both positions should submit a cover letter and resume by July 31, 2016 to: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Attn: Lisa Wool, 110 South Poplar Street, Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19801; or by email to:

Tracking Trash in the Schuylkill River
Where is trash commonly found along the river? What type of trash is commonly found?

Bradley Maule set out to answer these questions as our first Sojourn Steward. Using a GPS camera, he photographed trash he spotted while kayaking from Schuylkill Haven down to Boathouse Row during the 18th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn.

Read his blogs here and check out the trash map here.

Deep Roots Valley Farm
Deep Roots Valley Farm Farmers Will and Kelly Smith were awarded "Farmer of the Year" by the Berks County Conservation Distirct (BCCD) for their efforts in protecting Irish Creek. The farm now has over a dozen best management practices installed, including manure management and a forest buffer on their portion of the creek. Stroud Water Research Center will monitor the health of the Irish Creek over time to see how these restoration efforts are making a difference. Partners in this project include Stroud, BCCD, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Farm Service Agency.

Call for Abstracts
We're now accepting abstracts for the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit from January 22-25, 2017 in Cape May, NJ. 

Abstracts can range from scientific studies to educational programs and more. 

Submit your abstract here by July 29th!

Schuylkill Scrub
Angelica Creek cleanup 4 30 16 group photo (Jill Kemp) Thanks to all of the Schuylkill Scrub volunteers who helped make the Schuylkill River watershed a cleaner place!

Stay tuned for more on this year's stats.

Check out this year's photos here.

The Schuylkill River Generates Millions Each Year
A recent study evaluating the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area determined that it generates $589.9 million each year, supporting over 6,000 jobs and creating $37.7 million in tax revenue. 

Read the entire report here.
photo credit- Joe Hengel

Rain Garden Treats Runoff in Perkiomen Township
Perkiomen Township Rain Garden Montgomery County Conservation District and Perkiomen Township installed a rain garden, two vegetated swales, and rain barrels at the Township Building. Students from nearby Perkiomen Valley High School helped create the landscaping plan and plant the garden.

For their efforts, they were awarded a Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award.

Seniors Protecting our Environment for Future Generations
A group of senior volunteers, called the Senior Environmental Corps (SEC), are serving as educators and mentors to youth in Philadelphia. The SEC educates Philadelphia's youth about the importance of protecting our environment - knowledge that they'll bring home to their friends and family.  SEC

Mt. Penn Borough Municipal Authority's Vision for the Future
MPBMA education Mt. Penn Borough Municipal Authority (MPBMA) is making sure that its 10,400 consumers are getting the cleanest drinking water through their source water protection program. MPBMA is doing this through stormwater education and restoration of Crystal Lake, which eventually flows to the Schuylkill River.

Leadership Trainings
The Institute for Conservation Leadership's 2016-2017 Leading From Within Program is a great way to develop a leadership approach that leverages your strengths and prepares you to be ready to tackle any situation through greater self-awareness and confidence to impact others. Session I is November 15-18, 2016. Session II is May 9-12, 2017. Register by August 1 and receive an early bird discount of $250. The Institute for Conservation Leadership's 2016-2017 Executive Leadership Program helps leaders build their capacity and position their organization for greater impact through peer learning, executive coaching, and facilitated exposure to tools and resources. Session I is December 4-9, 2016 and Session II is April 23-25, 2017. Register by August 1 and receive an early bird discount of $500. 

Upcoming Events
  • August 10th, 10am-12pm - Agriculture Workgroup Meeting at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533
  • August 16th, 10am-12pm - Stormwater Workgroup Meeting at Perkiomen Township Building, 1 Trappe Road, Collegeville, PA 19426 
  • September 21st, 10am-12pm - Pathogens and Point Source Workgroup Meeting at DEP Reading, 1005 Crossroads Blvd, Reading, PA 19605


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