Clarion River named PA's River of the Year

Photo by Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

A wild and scenic river that draws legions of anglers, paddlers, and other outdoors enthusiasts throughout the seasons, the Clarion River in northwestern Pennsylvania has been voted the state’s 2019 River of the Year.
The Elk County Conservation District nominated the river for this year's competition.
"[We were] proud to nominate our beautiful Clarion River, that begins and winds through so much of our County," said Conservation Board Member and Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer. 
"Having the Clarion win is almost like having one of our citizens win, it's that much a part of our region," she said. 
The public was invited to vote online, choosing from among four waterways nominated across the state. Results were announced jointly Wednesday by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers.
Other waterways nominated were Conodoguinet Creek, Delaware River, and Lackawanna River.
“Congratulations to the supporting groups who rallied around a waterway most deserving of River of the Year honors,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Beyond its Wild and Scenic River status, this icon of our Pennsylvania Wilds defines a wilderness of clean water and healthy forests that draws back visitors again and again.
“This annual honor recognizes not only our state’s wealth of rivers and streams, but also the core of dedicated folks who fight to protect them.”
A total of 14,790 votes were cast, with the Clarion receiving 5,850; Delaware River, 4,748; Lackawanna River, 2,852; and Conodoguinet Creek, 1,340.
DCNR and POWR will work with the Allegheny Watershed Improvement Needs (WINs) Coalition to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the Clarion River as the 2019 PA River of the Year.

To read the rest of this article, see today's publication of the Ridgway Record. (Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019)