2013 River of the Year

About 2013 River of the Year

2013 River of the Year

Laura 1In 2013, the Mon River Towns rallied to secure a special honor. The Monongahela River was up against the Schuylkill River for the designation of 2013 PA River of the Year. The River Towns “got out the vote” and generated enough general public votes to beat out the Schuylkill. The communities relished in the win knowing that an engaged citizenry was able to secure more votes than in the most populated parts of the state. (The Schuylkill went on to win the 2014 River of the Year designation.)

The year-long honor was celebrated throughout the River Towns in 2013, tying the designation to a number of existing riverfront festivals and also hosting three successful paddle trips. The year may have passed, but the Mon River will always be “2013 PA River of the Year.”

Don’t take our word for what’s special about “the Mon.” A consultant who helped in marketing the 2013 honor had this to say about getting to know the Mon Valley:

Captn's Watch

Some of the gems that I discovered during my field work moving south to north, following the flow of the river:

(This outsider’s perspective on the Mon Valley courtesy of Amy Camp of Cycle Forward.)

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