SHENANGO RIVER WATCHERS
SERVING LAWRENCE COUNTY, THE SHENANGO VALLEY, AND GREENVILLE / NORTHERN MERCER COUNTY
AMOUNT DONATED: $5,328
Shenango River Watchers is a 501(c)(3)non-profit watershed group formed to restore and protect the environmental, scenic, and recreational attributes of the Shenango River Watershed. Working together, our members, volunteers and donors have made SRW an award-winning organization. Our projects include environmental education, water quality and aquatic life research, cleanups and recycling as well as creating recreational opportunities.
Giving Week Progress:
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $10,000
Programs Supported by Your Donations
Our educational programs and informational presentations bring together donors, volunteers, civic organizations and businesses to engage, encourage and excite our residents of all ages about the importance of our environment and our watershed. Since its inception in 2011 nearly 1,800 area 5th grade students have participated in our Outdoor Environmental Education Day of outdoor, hands-on-education. Volunteers from many areas of our watershed and from many professions, provide a fun and informative day. Our young students learn about watersheds, stream conservation, fishing, orienteering, food webs and much more. In addition to our educational programs, we conduct and promote educational aquatic life and water quality research to study watershed health. Nearly 127,000 people receive their drinking water from the Shenango River. In order to help protect that drinking water we host litter cleanups and have removed 1.5 million pounds of illegally dumped trash from the watershed. All while promoting the recreational use of our river through paddle events on the Upper Shenango River Water Trail which is 23 miles of river we maintain and educational hikes on the Shenango Hiking Trail which our volunteers and organization are working hard on improving and maintaining.
Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help
Because much of our annual income is from our fundraising events, which could not be held during Covid-19, our programs have suffered. Although the volunteers have been doing their best to help continue these, with lack of funding we are unable to provide the necessary supplies to fully conduct our children’s educational programs; maintenance of the Upper Shenango River Water Trail and its canoe launches; maintenance of the Shenango Hiking Trail; litter cleanups; and complete water testing. These are important as we continue to help provide a safe and healthy environment to the residents of our community and beyond.