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Your membership has allowed us to accomplish so many wonderful environmental and community enriching projects that we can’t even list them all! Over the past 20 years, you have helped us: remove over 1.5 million pounds of trash from the watershed, dispose of more than 55,000 tires, clean up a two-story dump along the Rail-to-Trail project in Greenville and create the Upper Shenango River Water Trail that opened our beautiful river to thousands of paddlers from our watershed and beyond.
Your support also contributed to the construction of a wheelchair accessible fishing pier in Sharon, and helped us to implement a hands on environmental education program at Buhl Park for local schools, and create recreational opportunities such as the Sheango Trail and the Upper Shenango River Water Trail.
As you can see, our volunteers, community and donors help us to accomplish so much, but it’s YOU, our members whose support through membership fees sustains our organization. SRW helped pave the way for many other non-profits that have blossomed over the past decade to the revitalize Downtown Sharon, increase tourism and promote our community. We are proud of our work in the region and hope you will renew your membership so we can accomplish even more. Current projects include:
¨ Restoration and maintenance of the Shenango Hiking Trail that is parallel to the former Erie Canal Extension Tow Path and the Shenango River.
¨ Continuation of our water quality research and fish studies within the Shenango River watershed.
We have a busy year ahead of us and hope you will show your excitement by renewing or becoming a member of Shenango River Watchers TODAY!
Join us for our annual Public Meeting on Tuesday April 6th at 6:00 PM at the Buhl Park PAC (bandshell/amphitheater) as we discuss plans for our 20th Anniversary and River of the Year celebrations. This will be a great opportunity to check your membership standings and sign up for volunteer opportunities. We will also be voting on changes to the SRW bylaws, please review the changes prior to the meeting.
The Shenango River has been nominated as PA’s 2021 River of the Year! Winning this award would allow for the Shenango River Watchers to host a long list of events to celebrate the Shenango as River of the Year. This is a great chance to share the beauty of the Shenango River with people from all over the commonwealth as we celebrate SRW’s 20th Anniversary! Please follow the link below to vote and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
The Shenango River winds through Northwestern Pennsylvania, connecting Pymatuning and Shenango Lakes with the Beaver River via 82 miles of scenic, peaceful river. Its history includes use as part of the Erie Canal system during the Industrial Revolution, remnants of which can still be found along the historic Shenango Trail which follows part of its eastern bank. In addition to the swimming, boating, fishing, and waterfowl hunting offered on the lakes, the Shenango River has become a paddler’s paradise, bringing kayakers and canoers from many states to enjoy the diverse wildlife and riparian forest views.
The upper Shenango and its tributaries offer excellent fly fishing for trout, bass, and other choice species. The Upper Shenango River Water Trail runs from Pymatuning Dam, through downtown Greenville’s Riverside Park and, under the historic Kidd’s Mill covered bridge, to Shenango Lake. The Water Trail offers a 23-mile sojourn with Class 1 rapids, easily accessible launch areas, more fishing opportunities, and fabulous bird-watching; including majestic bald eagles, ospreys, kingfishers, and many other waterfowl and songbird species.
In Sharon, the Shenango River is home to WaterFire Sharon, one of America’s premier art and music festivals. From Sharon to New Castle, where the Shenango merges with the Mahoning to form the Beaver River, the Shenango continues to offer beautiful scenery and plentiful launch areas. The Shenango River Watchers and their partner organizations have worked together to clean up the less savory remnants of the River’s industrial past and maintain it as a beautiful destination.