2020 Southeast PA Regional Watershed Group Workshop

March 25, 2020 8:30am to 3:30pm

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Time: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Location: Willistown Conservation Trust, Rushton Conservation Center (925 Providence Rd., Newtown Square, Chester County, PA 19073)

Cost: $15. All attendees must REGISTER

Please join the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for a gathering of watershed group leaders to share resource information, learn techniques to help build capacity, and network with other groups in the Southeast Pennsylvania region. Building on the success of the regional meetings held in 2018 and the 2019 conference, POWR and PEC are once again convening meetings across the state to identify needs and provide organizational capacity and technical resource tools. Invited guests include staff from ALLARM, PA DCNR, County Conservation Districts and regional and local environmental organizations with watershed-focused programs and resources.

We hope you'll join us on Wednesday March 25 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Rushton Conservation Center, home of The Willistown Conservation Trust in Newtown PA. The $15.00 registration fee includes lunch.

For more information, please contact Tali MacArthur, Program Manager for Watershed Outreach - Pennsylvania Environmental Council at tmacarthur@pecpa.org or 570-718-6507

In addition to hearing from our presenters, we want to hear from you! Please come prepared to share your accomplishments and challenges. Feel free to bring photos, maps or other printed materials about your watershed organization to share with others.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration, Coffee and Networking
9:00 – 10:00 Welcome from POWR and host (Lauren McGrath, WC Trust) and CWO Round Robin: Achievements and Challenges
Share your organization’s projects, program, and challenges with the group. Facilitated by Tali MacArthur, Pennsylvania Organization of Watersheds and Rivers and Susan Myerov, PEC
10:00 – 11:00 Volunteer Management Best Practices, Julie Vastine, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring
11:00 – 11:15: Networking Break
11:15 – 11:45: Getting Your Story Out: How to Attract Media Coverage for Your Events” Leza Raffel, President, The Communication Solutions Group, Inc.
11:45 – 12:15 Advocacy vs. Lobbying- what’s the difference and why should my organization advocate? Brenna Goggin, River Network
12:15 – 1:00 Networking Lunch
1:00 – 2:20 Funding, Resources, Partnership, and Technical “Shorties”

  • Who and what is your local Community Foundation Heidi Williamson, Vice President for Programs and Initiatives, Berks County Community Foundation and Stephanie Stevens, Community Engagement Officer, Chester County Community Foundation (20 min)
  • E&S Program/Active Construction Permits and the Role of the Concerned Citizen Shana Stephens and Gordon Roscovich, Chester County Conservation District and Linda Mackey, Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast Regional Office (20 min)
  • Working with Your Municipality Sandra Yerger, Heritage Conservancy (30 min)

2:30 – 3:00: Penn’s Parks for All Survey and Lessons Learned: Paul Zeph, DCNR Bureau of State Parks
3: 00 – 3:30: New POWR Programs and Projects Presented by: PEC/POWR staff
3:30 – 4:00 Optional: One-on-One Organizational Development Mentoring/Assistance with Brenna Goggin



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