Education and Outreach

In the Schuylkill River Watershed, residents are accustomed to turning on a tap and receiving clean, safe drinking water, with little or no thought given to the source of that water or its availability. However, clean water is not a given, and polluted water is everyone’s concern. Through concentrated public education and outreach efforts, people learn how their decisions and daily actions can directly impact the water they drink, the recreation they enjoy, regional wildlife habitat, human health, and sustainability for future generations.

The Education and Outreach Workgroup focuses on educating and engaging people in protecting the Schuylkill River Watershed. The workgroup does this by developing various outreach programs, campaigns, and providing support to the other workgroups. 

An educated public can be the most valuable resource tool in restoring the health of an entire watershed. People of all ages can help improve water quality by volunteering, making better decisions at home, influencing BMPs at work and in their communities.

Workgroup Chair: Virginia Vassalotti, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary



Bus Tours

The Schuylkill Action Network and partners coordinate an annual bus tour of completed projects. 

Protecting Our Water Award

Every year, the Schuylkill Action Network awards school(s) in the Schuylkill Watershed that help protect sources of drinking water - that is the creeks, streams, and rivers where we get our water from. Nominations are open from March-April and awards are give in May during National Drinking Water Week each year.

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is an annual week long service-learning program that will be offered to a team of fifteen high school students from communities within the Schuylkill River Watershed.

Schuylkill Scrub

The Schuylkill Scrub is a watershed-wide clean-up initiative that ​takes place from March 1st through May 31st every spring. ​

Schuylkill Storm Drain Markers

The Schuylkill Action Network deveoped custom storm drain markers for any groups, organizations, or municipalities to purchase within the Schuylkill Watershed.

Schuylkill Street Art Contest

The Schuylkill Street Art Contest is an art contest for students in grades 6-12 in Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Schuylkill Counties. The winner of each county will have their artwork transformed into street art!

Sojourn Steward

Every year in June, Schuylkill River Greenways (SRG) hosts the annual Schuylkill River Sojourn. The SAN sponsors an individual to participate in the sojourn and complete a stewardship activity while kayaking the Schuylkill River.

Related Documents

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Blue Guide for Water Conservation

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Understanding the Urban Watershed: A Curriculum Guide for the Classroom (Philadelphia)

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Understanding the Urban Watershed: A Curriculum Guide for the Classroom (Regional)

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Freshwater Mussel Volunteer Guidebook

January 9, 2018 Download View

Clean Water Partners Guide

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