SAN Connections - Summer 2015
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Photo Contest Ends July 31
Do you have some great shots of the Schuylkill? Share them with us in our Delaware Estuary Photo Contest by visiting and    submitting your best pictures.

Not in the Schuylkill? No worries... the photo contest is for the entire Delaware Estuary!

Check out the official rules here.
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Schuylkill Scrub in Review
Thanks to everyone who hosted and/or volunteered at a Schuylkill Scrub cleanup this year! From the beginning of March until the end of May, there were a total of 108 cleanups that took place in the Schuylkill Watershed. Stay tuned for the amount of trash that was removed from the watershed this year!
Scholastic Drinking
Water Awards
Every year, the Schuylkill Action Network recognizes three schools that help protect sources
of drinking water - that is the streams and rivers
in the Schuylkill Watershed where we get our
water from.

This year, the SAN awarded the following schools.
To learn more about the projects, click here.

2015 Scholastic Drinking Water Awards
New Street Art in Reading
Just last week, the SAN  and the Berks Conservancy worked together to install new stormwater street art in City Park, Reading, PA. The design was drawn by an eighth grader, Bence Veres, the winner of the Schuylkill Students Street Art Contest. Many people are unaware that stormdrains empty directly into streams without any treatment beforehand. Through stormwater street art, the SAN and Berks Conservancy seek to educate people about this connection and reduce pollution entering our stormdrains and streams. 
485 Acres Preserved in the Schuylkill Watershed
  • The Natural Lands Trust preserved the    234 acre Gibraltar Hill as an addition to    PA State Forests. 
  • A partnership between the Berks Conservancy and Wells Fargo has   preserved 200 acres outside of Birdsboro   as the Ephraim Malickson Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • The Berks Conservancy, the Pine Creek Valley Associaiton, and the Pike Oley   District Preservation Coalition preserved    51 acres in the Oley Hills.

Gibraltar Hills
Above: Conservationists and elected officials celebrate the protection of 234 acres at Gibraltar Hill
Clean Water Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have finalized the Clean Water Rule, which now ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and protected from pollution and degradation.
Blue Guide for Water Conservation

The new Blue Guide for Water Conservation makes    it a little easier to show your community how to reduce water use at home, work, and play! 

Download an electronic copy here.

A PowerPoint is also available here.

You can also request hard copies of the guide by contacting Virginia Vassalotti at
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
Vote for the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia as the     Best Urban Trail
The trail is currently #1 out of 20 urban trails in the U.S.! Vote daily for the SRT here.
Invisible River 2015
On August 29th, from 4-10PM at Philadelphia's East Fairmount Park, Invisible River attendees can  participate in free boat rentals and paddling lessons, engage in interactive installations about the future of   the park and the river, and enjoy local food and a beer garden from Sly Fox Brewery.    The day will conclude with a grand finale of stand up paddleboard dancers encircling the Strawberry Mansion Bridge while aerialists descend from above. It's a FREE, all-ages family event.

See the 2014 video here.
Upcoming Events:
  • July 10th 10am-12pm - SAN Education and Outreach Workgroup Meeting at Schuylkill River Heritage Area
  • July 11th-18th - Schuylkill Acts & Impacts
  • July 14th 10am-1pm - SAN Strategic Planning Session at Bartram's Garden. Anyone is welcome, but registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
  • August 29th 4pm-10pm - Invisible River 2015 (more information listed above)
  • September 11th - SAN Stormwater Tour. The tour will start in Philadelphia, visiting some of the Philadelphia Water Department's stormwater improvement projects and will venture outside of the city to the suburbs of Montgomery County to visit some larger scale stormwater projects. Registration will be announced via the SAN membership list in August. Not a member? JOIN NOW! 

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