Vote for a 2014 River of the Year!

Thanks to everyone who voted! The 2014 PA River of the Year contest has ended.  Stay posted, though! The winning river will be announced in early January!

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51 thoughts on “Vote for a 2014 River of the Year!

  • Marjorie Van Tassel

    After retiring from the University of Pittsburgh and living in the suburbs I moved up to Armstrong County and live on the Kiskiminetas River between Leechburg and Apollo. I looked at quite a few towns before I chose this spot and am happy I did so. I have seen tremendous growth in this area since the Kiski River has become such a popular river and is so clean it is as beautiful when it flows as when it is still. It has been called “The Mighty Kiski” and has drawn more and more visitors to canoe, kayak, fish and just enjoy its diverse scenery. Wildlife including majestic eagles can be seen fishing in it also and are enjoyed by those who like to hike, walk, fish, canoe, kayak, or just drive along Route 66 and see it closeby. The Roaring Run Trail which has also grown and draws folks from other areas follows it for some time. So many people have had a hand in improving this area that having the Kiski River recognized for the beautiful and enjoyable river it is would also make them proud. Want to see why it is becoming so popular? Come and enjoy it any season!

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  • Tom Metzgar

    I voted for two of Westmoreland County’s five rivers – the Conemaugh and the Kiskiminetas. (The other three are the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Youghiogheny … Westmoreland is a county of rivers!). Even my high school alma mater is named for river – Kiski Area.

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  • Christina

    Voted for the Kiski. It has come a long way in recent years and is a wonderful place to kayak or hike along the edge. The small ones are often overlooked, but it is a beautiful river and deserves recognition.

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  • Becky Kane

    My vote is for the Kiski. When I moved back to this area 30+ years ago the river was a disaster. No fish, the rocks and river bed were orange. There has been a total reversal because of the RRWS. The river now has fish, the water is clear, Blue Heron and Osprey are living along the banks and hundreds of people fish, kayak and enjoy the recreational opportunities of the river. In my estimation truly a miracle.

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  • Kathleen Susa

    We love the “Kiski” River for its beauty, accessibility, and cleanliness. We vote for the “Kiski” River.

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  • Heidi Secord

    Before the big majestic rivers come the smaller, more subtle beautiful, tranquil and powerful tributary rivers like the Brodhead! If you haven’t visited the Brodhead, you’re missing out! Instead of voting for the bid Goliath’s in the world, think about voting for the David’s…vote for our small and mighty Brodhead!

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  • PA native

    I’m sure all the PA rivers deserve appreciation and recognition, I know quite a few that do! (the yough, the monongahela etc…) The Schuke is probably the most populous area though, so take that into consideration when viewing the voting stats! All our rivers are great

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  • Sharon

    The Schuylkill River is a beautiful river. But I have to mention that in Pottstown, PA the river needs cleaning up because of high water from a lot of rain. The bunches of trees and large limbs get caught up on the columns that come down from the Route 100 bypass and no one cleans it up.

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  • Leo Sheng

    Being a recreational and sustainable angler that has fished in the City of Brotherly Love, I can say that the Schuylkill River holds by far some of the best fishing spots in and around Philadelphia. When it comes to fishing, it’s a great place in terms of fish diversity, trophy fish (especially when it comes to Flatheads and Carp), not to mention that the River itself has a Shad and Striped Bass Spring migration.

    For us — anglers, the Schuylkill River is definitely a little hidden treasure in the heart of the city, and I can’t recall how many of my fishing friends actually started their passion for the sport on the Banks of this wonderful River. Even Mike Iaconelli — Bass fishing pro — learned how to fish for different Species of fish on the banks of the Schuylkill.

    Myself, I would love to fish and see all the other 4 bodies of water in this contest , and I’m sure that each of them will have their own beauty. However, the Schuylkill holds a special place in my heart since it’s where I started to fish in the United States of America. So many good memories!

    Not only that…Some commented on the quality of the River already, and It’s hard to believe that the Schuylkill River was a dead body of water nearly 130 years ago!

    From the 1880’s to 1900, the River was at its worst state. It was heavily polluted with almost no signs of life, and its water was barely potable. As a consequence, more than 16 thousand Philadelphians died of Typhoid Fever due to the poor quality of the water. The water department was very concerned with it; therefore, everything changed when Chlorine was introduced in 1902, finally creating “potable filtrated water” for the population.

    Since then, it’s been a struggle; however, the Schuylkill River is living proof that there’s no “quick fix” when it comes to certain things in our world. Nowadays, a lot of people look for an “easier way,” a “faster way;” however, most of the times progress comes from hard labor and a lot of sweat. For the Schuylkill to be the way it’s today, it took a lot of people and a long while.

    Summarizing…that’s exactly why I’m voting for this particular body of water: it’s a great place to fish and a great example of how good environmental management can result in healthier ecosystems; thus, moving us towards a more sustainable world.

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  • Randy Csiszar

    Every River is beautiful.
    The mighty Ohio is the most important to the state and to the nation.
    979 – 981 miles in length – making the Ohio – the 10th longest river in USA.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_rivers_of_the_United_States_%28by_main_stem%29
    2,258 miles in length 2nd longest river?
    Subjective note follows: the naming of rivers is arbitrary at best. Also Native Americans believed it to be one river from headwaters of the Allegheny – all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. That being said – if one counted the Allegheny and the portion of the Mississippi from Cairo Illinois down to the Gulf of Mexico as all the same river – it would be 2,258 miles in length (325 for current Allegheny River portion, 979 for the undisputed Ohio River portion and 954 miles in the portion of the “Miss.” (Cairo – Gulf). At 2,258 miles it would be the 2nd longest river in the USA. Only the Missouri would be longer at 2,341 miles.
    Hugely important to American Indians for both transportation and Trade.
    This river has had 59 different names:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_variant_names_of_the_Ohio_River
    Not being settled until a vote by “the Board on Geographic Names” in 1931
    The Confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio is considered by many (back when and now both) to be hugely “strategic” to America.
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition. The boats for the adventure were built near McKeesport PA, transported along the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers and officially began their Survey at the “Point of Origin of Survey of The Lands of The (then) “Northwest Territory”” which is located at PA-OH-WV state line Ohioville, PA
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beginning_Point_of_the_U.S._Public_Land_Survey
    Fort Macintosh, First home of America’s First Regiment (led by George Washington and Equivalent to America’s first Army).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_McIntosh_%28Pennsylvania%29
    More water than the Mississippi (as measured at their juncture at Cairo Illinois).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_River
    Was vitally important to the canal era
    Google “canal era” and system map image search:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=canal+era+and+system+map&newwindow=1&client=firefox-a&hs=X56&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=yn6XUq-_OcS_kQe3i4DYCQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1364&bih=561#imgdii=_
    Two of those canals were in Beaver County , PA.
    Note: Cleveland Ohio is closer to London England via the Saint Lawrence Seaway- vs. the sea distance of New York City. (Due to the curvature of the earth.)
    “Port of Pittsburgh” is the 21st largest port (in tonnage) in USA and 2nd largest inland port in USA
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Pittsburgh
    It was formerly until 1980-ish the Third largest port in USA and the largest inland post in USA.
    Tremendous (but as yet untapped) capacity to generate hydro-electricity. The Montgomery Island Dam in potter township (Monaca, PA mailing address)has the highest capacity for hydro of any Dam in Pennsylvania, and the 24th highest untapped potential of any dam in USA.
    http://www.ecology.com/2012/04/29/untapped-hydroelectric-power-dams/
    The Montgomery Island Dam is pictured in the article.
    The Ohio forms the borders of five states.
    And the (substantially long) border of at least one “proposed state” “Westsylvania”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westsylvania
    Drains parts of 15 states.
    The Ohio was home to a State Capital for a time in the mid 1800’s Wheeling WV was the first capital of WV.
    The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge 22 islands 2 of which are in PA
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_River_Islands_National_Wildlife_Refuge

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  • Thomas Taggart

    Maybe you should divide the number of votes by the watershed area to make sure this isn’t simply a popularity contest.

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  • Marybeth Matz

    The Schuylkill River is a jewel and it glistens in the sunlight when we dine on the deck at the 3C’s Restaurant. It is great for fishing, kayaking and many other activities enjoyed by so many of us!

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  • Ruth Heil

    It’s tough to choose one when all of PA’s waterways are worth a vote. I’m voting for the Schuylkill because it represents resiliency. Often taken for granted, the river is Philadelphia’s life vein, and many, many people have worked darn hard to bring it back to its current health. In doing so, they have also contributed greatly to the knowledge of watershed management through observation and attentiveness. This vote is for them as much as the river itself. Besides, if you know how to spell it, you know the river well enough to cast a vote for it.

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  • Bill Cornell

    The natural beauty of the West Branch of the Susquehanna is a wonderful reflection of the treasures of the Northern Tier of our Commonwealth. Wondering some 245 miles through the heartland of our state, the West Branch matches the diverse heritage of our state going back beyond the earliest European settlers. More than a valued waterway for travel and commerce, the sylvania through which it passes still lives as a natural treasure for all to enjoy. Future generations will be blessed if the beauty and splender surrounding the West Branch can be responsibly protected.

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    • carley b

      Schuylkill River gets my vote. it is used for pleasure, transportation and beautifying the land. It is a fantastic travel waterway through Pennsylvania as well as commercial use. It has beauty for generations to come.

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  • Mike BROUSE Artist

    When I was a kid (now 55) I would float on an inner tube (with my friends in tow) from Allenwood, Pa. to Milton, Pa. on the West Branch of the Mighty Susquehanna River. In total I bet I floated her 50 times….and enjoyed every minute.

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  • Tom Davidock

    The Schuylkill is an amazing and beautiful river. So many people have seen the iconic pictures of Boathouse Row and the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, but there are over 170 miles of amazing water to be explored and enjoyed. The Schuylkill had a rough history with pollution, mining, and industry along its bank, but in recent times, the river is coming alive and is a true treasure for those who live, work, and play in Southeast PA. Vote Schuylkill!

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  • Jerry Walls, FAICP

    The West Branch Susquehanna River is certainly an often overlooked jewel. Our Susquehanna Greenway Partnership helped to secure National Recreational Trail and National Historic Trail (Captain John Smith Connector Trail) designations which may have partly encouraged the National Geographic Magazine (spring edition 2012) to call the West Branch Susquehanna one of the top 7 outdoor adventure destinations in the USA. In my 43 years of living along, paddling the SR West Branch and cycling alongside the River I have seen it in all seasonal transformations bring dramatic contrast to our river towns. For many river miles there is zero evidence of human habitation.

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  • jody wenzel

    My husband and I bike daily on the Schuylkill River Trail. We have traveled to many other areas/states to ride other ”Rails to trails”. We are overjoyed that these trail are so popular~ what a great way to exercise in such a beautiful environment! We are both in agreement that of many trailswe have biked, we have seen more wildlife on the Schuykill then any other including deer, foxes, raccoons, pheasants, wild turkey, turtles, birds, snakes and eagles! The landscape is also amazing! The only downside to the trail is the damage from the horses. The trail can be very, very uncomfortable due to the the large pitted areas caused by the horses’ hooves.

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  • Terrace L. O'Connor

    The West Branch of The Susquehanna is: A great river with major historic ramifications going back well over 12 thousand years of man’s use. It is the early east-west transportation system that enabled our ancestors to come to grips with a dynamic settled Pennsylvania as we know it now. It was critical to the formation of the “KEYSTONE STATE’. And it is so beautiful and wild.
    A place of wonderful outdoor adventure and exploration, exceptional to the Eastern U.S.

    now.

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  • Terrace L. O'Connor

    A great river with major historic ramification going back well over 12 thousands years. The early east-west transportation system that enabled man to come to grips with a dynamic settled Pennsylvania. It was critical to the formation of what we now know as the Keystone State.

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  • Jan Romer

    I’m within sight of the Schuylkill River, and I love it, so it has my vote. But wait a minute -
    River of the Year?

    They’re ALL the river of the year, as are the ones not nominated!

    Every river is special and precious to the life it supports.

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  • Dee Ross

    The Schuylkill is a true success story…once victim to the damage wrought by progress, now improving greatly by the efforts of municipalities, farmers, industries, nonprofits and individuals who are committed to greener land and stormwater management practices. It is rural, it is urban, and everything in-between…a true gem in this region that provides beauty, recreation, food,- and drinking water to over one million people.

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  • Kelly Germann

    The Schuylkill River may not be the most beautiful, or the most pristine, but that is exactly why I am voting for it! It has a long history of abuse and degradation but more recently, love, education, recreation and restoration. I can’t think of a river that deserves the funding for continued positive attention more than the Schuylkill.

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    • Dennis Livrone

      Well-said by Kelly Germann! The Schulykill deserves to win this year. It’s comeback has been phenomenal. Read Chari Towne’s book, “A River Again” to find out why and how.

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      • Dennis Livrone

        Related to Ruth Heil’s comment below, I do know how to spell Schuylkill, but was typing to fast and didn’t review before posting. BTW: I am enjoying all the comments as I am familiar with all the nominated rivers (not so much the Ohio) and it’s tough to pick just one!

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  • Lee Dane

    Don’t forget the importance of the little rivers — they are the backbone of the overall river system (they flow into those big ones, of course!) and need more attention. And — the Broadhead is beautiful — has it all.

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  • Thomas Harvey

    I was born on the West Branch of the Susquehanna at Williamsport. It’s a beautiful river, incidently the longest river in the eastern U.S.. From Clearfield to Sunbury it’s fantastic!

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  • Dr. Pat Kennedy

    Celebrate the many faces of the Brodhead Creek watershed this year! From the many calm shallows where kids uncover their first crayfish and net their first minnows, to secluded hemlock-shaded pools where native trout can be teased to rise with hand-tied flies, from twisting meanders overhung by centuries old trees, to miles of tube and kayak-friendly adventure, from its deep pools for swimming, to the sun splashed rills offering those moments of quiet contemplation away from the stresses of modern life. from the soul-steering sight of herons soaring to the night sounds of owls along the shore — the Brodhead is home to it all. Vote to make the Brodhead the waterway of the year.

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  • Mike

    I’ve been a resident of PA for 40+ years all across this great state and have enjoyed many wonderful waterways. However, anyone who votes for the Schuylkill over the Susquehanna is a dope.

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    • Kevin Bennett

      I have spent many countless hours photographing both rivers from my kayak. They are both favorites, worthy of voting for and are recovering from the problems of 150 years of industrialization; not all that different from any other Pennsylvania river. While the West Branch Susquehanna is a destination that seems to call annually, the Schuylkill is a 5-minute drive (almost walkable with my kayak and camera equipment) and is always there when my emotional self need’s a river fix.

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  • William Jordan

    The Schuylkill River is one of the most beautiful river in America and deserves to win as
    Pennsylvania’s most beautiful river.

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