2013 River of the Year

Celebrate the Monongahela as River of the Year

The Monongahela River

The Monongahela River flowing through Green, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, has been named Pennsylvania’s 2013 River of the Year following public, online voting across the state.

“The number of votes cast this year in the River of the Year selection process is staggering,” said POWR Executive Director Janie French . “We congratulate the supporters of the Monongahela River, and thank the thousands of Pennsylvanians who voted. We are excited about this opportunity to showcase the successes and challenges facing the Monongahela and all of Pennsylvania’s waterways.”

Public voting determined the selection from among six candidates for River of the Year honors. Among 25,450 ballots cast, the Monongahela River received 8,156 votes.  The five other finalists and total votes received were:
Schuylkill River (8,010)
Lackawanna River (5,286)
Kiskiminetas River (2,310)
Swatara Creek (1,213)
Juniata River (475)

There are a number of other organizations working in partnership to support conservation and recreation activities along Monongahela River. Among them is the Brownsville Area Redevelopment Corporation, a community development corporation seeking economic development through outdoor recreation, community stewardship and historical preservation. The corporation nominated the Monongahela for this year’s honor and will serve as local organizer for River of the Year activities.

“We are all so excited to receive this honor and are blessed by the support of our friends far and near who recall many happy memories along the Monongahela River,” said Brownsville Area Redevelopment Corporation Treasurer Norma Ryan . “We are looking forward to many celebrations along the river as our communities join together to show our appreciation.”

Before joining the Allegheny River to form the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, the Monongahela River flows north 130 miles across the Allegheny Plateau in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. With an extensive lock and dam system still in use today, the river serves as an example of how industrial and recreational uses can coexist side by side.

Josh Karns

Having rebounded from the deadly effects of abandoned mine drainage and unchecked pollution, the Monongahela River carves out a 7,340 square-mile watershed containing woodlands, rolling farmland, active and reclaimed coal mines, and towns rich in the history of the Industrial Revolution. Its often shallow, swift currents gave rise to a redesigned steamboat that revolutionized navigation and opened the nation’s heartland to commerce.

The Monongahela River is the western boundary of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative. Led by DCNR, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and others, the initiative seeks to protect the unique character of the Laurel Highlands and recognize its communities as world-class heritage/recreation destinations as well as desirable places to work and live.

Six communities along the Monongahela River are participating in the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s River Town Program. This program assists distressed communities bordering a navigable river to develop an alternative economic engine, outdoor recreation, to aid in community revitalization.

The Monongahela River will be celebrated with an annual Rivers Month poster issued in June.

Several events throughout the year will celebrate the Monongahela River’s designation, including a sojourn offering canoeists, kayakers and other paddlers a chance to experience life on the river and encourage greater understanding of its challenges and potential. There are dozens of events scheduled this summer in the River Towns bordering the spectacular Monongahela River, recently designated Pennsylvania’s 2013 River of the Year.

Join all of the River Towns in a year long celebration of the Mon!


June 1 — River of the Year Award Presentation and Celebration, Brownsville
June 1 — All Town Yard Sale, Greensboro
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — Farmer’s Market, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Gazebo Park, Greensboro
June 7 — Movies in the Park (E.T.), Point Marion
June 7 — River Fest, 4:00 pm to 12:00 am, Rices Landing
June 8 — River Fest, 12:00 pm to 12:00 am, Rices Landing
June 8 — Paddling Trip from Rices Landing to Fredericktown
June 8, 9 — Riviera Rib Fest, Riviera Restaurant, Fredericktown
June 16 — Father’s Day Celebration, Paddle on the Mon, Bike Swap, Greensboro
June 16 — Music on the Mon, Julie Deckant, 6:00 pm, Nemacolin Castle Yard
June 22 — Country Sun Music Fest, Fredericktown
June 28 — Movies in the Park (Madagascar 3), Point Marion


July 3 — BARC Membership Picnic and Greater Brownsville Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Fireworks, Brownsville Luzerne Patsy Hillman Park, Brownsville
July 5 — Movies in the Park (The Dark Knight), Point Marion
July 6, 13, 20, 27 — Farmer’s Market, Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Gazebo Park, Greensboro
July 6 — Fredericktown River Fest with Fireworks and Lighted Boat Parade
July 7 — Music on the Mon, Harold Betters, 6:00 pm, Nemacolin Castle Yard
July 10, 17, 24, 31 — Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Market Street parking lot, Brownsville
July 19 — Movies in the Park (Hotel Transylvania), Point Marion
July 20 — Bee Graphix Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament, Greene Cove Pool Area, Fredericktown
July 20 — Ice Plant Restaurant Annual Car Show, Greensboro
July 20 — Cabbage Flats, Route 88 Mile Long Yard Sale, Greensboro
July 28 — VFW Band Concert, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Point Marion
July 28 — Rockin’ on the Mon, Fredericktown


August 1 — Summer Basketball League Championship Game, California
August 2, 3, 4 — Greene Fest – Music and Clam Bake, Greene Cove Marina, Fredericktown
August 3 — Community Festival, Ducky Race & Paddling Trip, Brownsville
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 — Farmer’s Market, Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Gazebo Park, Greensboro
August 4 — Music on the Mon, Abbacus Jones, 6:00 pm, Community Festival Stage, Brownsville
August 7,14, 21, 28 — Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Market Street parking lot, Brownsville (during Brownsville Community Festival)
August 16 — Movies in the Park (Oz, The Great and Powerful), Point Marion
August 17 — Paddle Trip from California to Brownsville
August 17, 18 — 2nd Annual River Fest, California
August 31 — Art Blast on the Mon, Gazebo Park, Greensboro


September 1 — Art Blast on the Mon, Gazebo Park, Greensboro
September 1 — Party at the Point & Cornhole Tournament, Fredericktown
September 4, 11, 18, 25 — Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Market Street parking lot, Brownsville
September 7, 14, 21, 28 — Farmer’s Market, Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Gazebo Park, Greensboro
September 21, 22 — Festi Fall, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Point Marion
September 28 — Bike Race, Point Marion Park


October 5 — BARC Taste of Italy, Brownsville
October 5 — Fall All Town Yard Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Greensboro
October 5 — IWLA Kids and Ladies Fishing Event, Ten Mile Creek, Clarksville
October 5, 12 — Final Farmer’s Market, Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Gazebo Park, Greensboro
October 12 — Shiver on the River Part 2, Riviera Restaurant, Outdoor Patio, Fredericktown
October 19 — Carnivale Cristoforo Colombo, Sons of Italy, Brownsville
October 25, 26 — Fright Night, Point Marion Park
October 31 — Greensboro Halloween Parade and Children’s Party, Gazebo Park, Greensboro
October TBA — Halloween Parade, Brownsville


November 29 — Light Up Night, Brownsville
November 29 — Candlelight Tours of Nemacolin Castle, Brownsville


December 1 — Light Up the Mon, Gazebo Park, Greensboro
December 14 — Christmas in the Park, Point Marion Park

One thought on “2013 River of the Year

  • Brenda Beatty

    This makes me so happy! someone just sent me a link of an active eagle nest along the Monongahela. I can tell you that when i was growing up, we lived right along the Mon, in the 1960s. I never once saw a fish, duck, goose, heron, or eagle. I did see lots of raw sewage. I am elated that ecological functions have been restored to this river.

    I read that there is a free poster for this, would it be possible for me to obtain one?


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