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[ Loyalsock Creek Named PA 2018 River Of The Year In Public Voting ]

Loyalsock Creek has been voted the 2018 Pennsylvania River of the Year.
The public was invited to vote online, choosing from among five waterways nominated across the state. Results were announced jointly by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Organization for Waterways and Rivers.
Other waterways nominated were: Connoquenessing Creek, Lackawanna River, Little Juniata River and Lower Susquehanna River/Susquehanna Riverlands.
“There are winning qualities in all five of these waterways that their supporters recognize and respect,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “The number of waterways nominated, coupled with a vote tally that increases every year, showcases both the unique diversity of Pennsylvania’s rivers and the strong community allegiances that protect and enhance them.”
A total of 15,061 votes were cast, with the Loyalsock receiving 6,100; Connoquenessing Creek, 5,381; Lackawanna River, 1,676; Lower Susquehanna/Susquehanna Riverlands, 1,113; and Little Juniata, 791.
Loyalsock Creek flows through Worlds End State Park, a highly popular destination state park encompassing 780 acres, and Loyalsock Trail, a well-trekked 59-mile trail providing vistas overlooking the stream below.
Extraction of coal, lumber and natural gas all have presented conservation challenges, both past and present, to the waterway. Also, erosion and sedimentation issues continue to be addressed by government and private agencies and organizations.
In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices was overseen by the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, an affiliate of the PA Environmental Council.
POWR administers the River of the Year program with funding from DCNR. Presented annually since 1983, the 2017 River of the Year designation was awarded to the Allegheny River in southwestern Pennsylvania.
A commemorative River of the Year sojourn is among many paddling trips supported by DCNR and POWR each year. An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers.
These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers, and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers.
To learn more about the River of the Year Program, the nominated waterways, and past winners, visit the Pennsylvania River of the Year website.

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