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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: “To promote the conservation of the natural resources of the Swatara Watershed by conducting scientific investigations and research, disseminating information, conducting educational programs, sponsoring conservation projects and all activities incidental thereto.”

Results: During the Swatara Sojourn each year, we help to develop stewards of the Swatara Watershed by canoeing and cleaning up litter.  People from 8-80 help with this endeavor.  2009 was our 21st year.

Target demographics: Adults Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Program establishing a watershed management plan for the swatara creek which will benefit residents in berks, dauphin and schuykill counties including related projects

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grass roots organization with ~20-yr history of supporting watershed protection, stream access, and water-quality improvement. Efforts by Schuylkill and Lebanon Counties to clean up pollution from abandoned mines were supported and promoted by SWA through educational field trips and community meetings. Recent acquisition by SWA of 30+ acre private canoe rental and camping facility along Swatara Creek, now called Swatara Watershed Park, demonstrates commitment for public use of the water by future generations. Annual Swatara Sojourn showcases the free flowing stream, Swatara State Park, Swatara Watershed Park, and other features to all ages and interests.

Jo Ellen Litz

Board Member

Rating: 5

This all volunteer organization has been guardians of the Swatara Creek for decades. They clean-up the Swatara, created a Water Trail, organize Sojourns, educate the public on the need for water conservation, interview and document the history of the Swatara, helped farmers install Best Management Practices, adopted the Bordner Cabin, acquired Swatara Watershed Park for public boating and fishing access to the Swatara....