Spring Paddle Fest

Join us for our 2016 Spring Paddle Fest!

Enjoy a float down one of Pennsylvania’s Official Water Trails!
After the float, enjoy live music and a cookout with fellow paddlers.
Registration 7:30am – 10am at Pymatuning State Park
Drop your gear at the launch below the dam in Pymatuning State Park, then proceed to Riverside Park (Greenville, PA) and park your vehicle.
From there, take our bus shuttle back to the launch, and put-in when you’re ready.
Bussing from Riverside Park to Pymatuning will be provided
$15 per person
Lunch provided @ Riverside Park, Greenville
Launch from Pymatuning State Park float to Riverside Park (9 miles, ~3.5 hours Class 1 Water)
Restrooms Available at launch, mid-float (Halfway Rd), and at take out.

Bus Schedule
Riverside Park: 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30
Paddle Fest T-shirts will be available!
Please Pre-Order by June 3rd


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Fly Casting Clinic May 1st

Join us for our FREE Fly Casting Clinic with Ted Fauceglia on Sunday May 1st at 2pm in Buhl Park!


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Have you ever wanted to know more about fly fishing? Have you tried fly fishing, but you aren’t sure you have the proper equipment? Are you an avid fly fisherman, but you don’t know or have not perfected all your casting skills?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above, we have a treat for you!

Ted Fauceglia, author of Mayfiles, Major Eastern and Midwestern Hatches, renowned photographer and certified casting instructor has offered to give a free Fly Fishing Casting Techniques Seminar/Clinic at Buhl Park on Sunday, May 1st at 2:00pm. Not only will Ted give us a brief discussion about equipment, he will demonstrate and teach several popular casting techniques and some difficult casts so you are better prepared for fly fishing on our local streams and river!
Ted became a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting instructor after years of fly fishing and months of hard work, classes and testing and he is ready to share what he learned with Shenango River Watchers! We hope you will join us to learn from this incredible teacher!
We will meet at the grassy area next to the eastern part of Lake Julia (east of the bridge) at 2:00pm. It is not necessary that you have equipment to attend this class, but if you have it, bring it!

Earth Day Cleanup April 23rd

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Our Earth Day Cleanup is just around the corner!
We will meet in the parking lot behind O’Neill Coffee in West Middlesex at 9AM on Saturday April 23rd.

The cleanup site is just past the Dairy Farmers of America building, we will walk up together from the parking lot. The site has a lot of tires that need to be removed from the area. We will have 1 or 2 semi trucks there to load the tires onto. We will NOT be getting on the river this day, but the land we are cleaning up runs along the river, and there is also a decent size wetland area on this property that has some tires in it, so bringing your waders might be helpful. We are concentrating on the large tire piles (that are on dry land) first, and if we can get through them, we will move on towards the wetlands to cleanup that area.
Below are some photos of the tire piles that we will be tackling!

Your support and time is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you all there! Bring a friend!

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SRW Phantoms Game Fundraiser

Join us April 2nd at the Covelli Centre for an evening of hockey! Ticket forms can be turned into our office until Thursday March 31st at 4:30 pm.


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Scholarship Deadline Extension

Attention: We are extending the deadline on the Del Williams Memorial Environmental Scholarship to MONDAY MARCH 21, 2016.

This scholarship is open to any high school senior who is a member of or has volunteered with the Shenango River Watchers and/or resides in the Shenango River Watershed, who is entering a four-year college and has shown an interest in preservation of the environment by volunteering his or her time in a community within the Shenango River Watershed of Pa/OH.

Application and more guidelines can be found here.


Family Cleanup Day

Join us for our Family Cleanup Day on April 2nd 9am – 1pm at the Clark Boat and Recreation Area!

Spend the day with your family while protecting our environment! Lunch will be provided at the Tara. Come with your family, club, scout troop, organization, a group of friends, or come solo! All are welcome!

Please RSVP by March 29th! This helps ensure that we have enough food for our volunteers!

Sponsored by the Tara -A Country Inn, and Steve’s Teez

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You can RSVP by contacting our office (724)342-5453; info@shenangoriverwatchers.org

Annual Public Meeting

Our annual Public Meeting will be held on February 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Activities Building in Buhl Park (directly across from our office, by the South Forker Entrance).

We will be discussing the accomplishments of 2015, as well as what we hope to accomplish in 2016 as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! Each committee will have a chance to speak and take questions from members, volunteers, and anyone who is interested. Our Research Committee will be discussing the results of the Fish Survey conducted on the Shenango River – Summer 2015. Volunteer opportunities will be announced, and sign ups will be available. All are welcome!

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Celebrating 15 Years of Amazing People, Amazing Communities, One Amazing River

Shenango River Watchers, SRW, is an award-winning environmental organization. In 2016, we are excited to celebrate our 15th year as a 501(c)(3) non-profit group working to restore and protect the environmental, scenic, and recreational attributes of the Shenango River and its watershed. We invite you to learn more about our organization, our mission, projects and our people.

Some milestones during our first 15 years:

  • Cleared the river and watershed communities of 1.3 million pounds of illegally dumped trash and properly disposed of 50,000 tires
  • Recently received the 2014-2015 Distinguished Organization of the Year (Tri-County Clean Ways) and the 2013 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award (Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion)
  • Received more than $200,000 in grant funding
  • Provided nearly 1,800 5th grade students with outdoor, hands-on environmental education through our Environmental Education Days held in partnership with Buhl Park
  • Awarded more than $8,000 in college scholarships through our Del Williams Memorial Scholarship
  • Conducted research projects of varying sizes and collaborated with students and individuals from local colleges and universities and area high school students.
  • Among our many recreation and community projects, both large and small:

The Upper Shenango River Water Trail
Sharon Bicentennial Park and Handicap Accessible Fishing Pier (on-going)
Buhl Park Get Outdoors Day, Hermitage, PA
Riverfront Park Revitalization; Sharon, PA
Riverside Park, Canoe Launch and Drive; Greenville, PA
Stabilization of the bank along the Rails-to-Trails project in Greenville
Storm Drain Stenciling Project; Sharon, PA
Budd Street Canoe Launch; Sharon PA
Bench Restoration, Outflow Area of Shenango Dam; Sharpsville, PA

2016 Calendar of Events

February 14th – Buhl Park’s Winter Fest – Buhl Park, Hermitage, PA
February 23rd – SRW Public Meeting – 7pm Buhl Park Activities Building, Hermitage, PA
April 2nd – Family Cleanup – 9AM Clark Boat & Recreation Area, Clark, PA
April 9th – PSU Shenango Earth Fest – Penn State Shenango, Sharon, PA
April 23rd – Earth Day Cleanup – Location TBD
May 1st – Fly Casting Clinic with Ted Fauceglia – 2PM Buhl Park, Hermitage, PA
May 28th – Tire Recycling – 9AM Buhl Park, Hermitage, PA
June 11th – River Month Cleanup – Location TBD
June 25th – Spring Paddle Fest – Details to come!
August 13th – Lawrence County Cleanup – Location TBD
August 28th – SRW 15th Anniversary Picnic – Mercer County Shrine Club, Hermitage, PA

Fall Events Coming Soon!