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Reservations Now Open For Port of Pittsburgh-Ohio River Watershed Celebration
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You can now make reservations for the 9th Annual Port of Pittsburgh-Ohio River Watershed Celebration set for September 15 in Pittsburgh, reserve your spot now online.

            You can also nominate individuals, groups and local governments for the annual awards program by sending an email to Tom Grote at: tfgrote@verizon.net.
            The theme of the Celebration this year is "Touch the Water" to reflect the improving water quality in the Three Rivers around Pittsburgh.
            The Celebration continues to be free to the public through sponsorships from local businesses, industry, foundations, private citizens, and state agencies.  The Prime Sponsor for this year’s Celebration is CONSOL Energy Inc. 
            The Celebration consists of two cruises: the Imagination Cruise on the “Empress” for students, parents and educators, and the Networker Cruise on the “Majestic” for adults (18 and over).  The Imagination Cruise is full however the Networker Cruise is still accepting registration.
            The Imagination Cruise will enable 400 home school/cyber school students (of various ages) and their parents/teachers (aboard the Gateway Clipper’s “Empress”) to sail the Allegheny River. Allow your student’s imagination to set sail during this fascinating and fun voyage upon the Allegheny River. Regional organizations dedicated to providing quality outdoor experiences will facilitate interactive activity stations aboard the “Empress” boat. 
            This cruise is a hands-on exploration of the Allegheny River Watershed for school age students, their parents and teachers. Students will receive a wealth of free materials, information and fuel for their imagination.
            The Networker Cruise will sail on the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s “Majestic” on the Allegheny River through the USACOE Highland Park Lock and Dam.  Presentations relating to watersheds and energy will be provided throughout the cruise.  Many points of interest, current and historical, will be highlighted with a very informative narration.  
            Over 60 displays from local watershed groups, businesses, private foundations, and government agencies will provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about and celebrate our history, our accomplishments, and our future at a very relaxing and fun event!  More specifically, this enjoyable cruise focuses on the Port of Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Watershed’s history of water quality.  
            Learn how partnering organizations have made a dedicated effort in restoring the watershed so that everyone can “Touch the Water”.
            Sponsors of the Celebration include: CONSOL Energy, Port of Pittsburgh Commission, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Dominion Foundation, BioMost, Inc., The Municipal Authority of West View, David Hess, Former Secretary of DEP, PA American Water, Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, PA DCNR Bureau of State Parks, PlasTie, Inc., Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, Commonwealth Connections Academy, Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, ALCOSAN, Allegheny Energy, W. K. Merriman, Inc., and two anonymous doners. 
            Partners include:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Boat Commission, Conservation Consultants Inc., Creek Connections, Jennings Environmental Education Center (DCNR),Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Butler County Dept. of Recycling & Waste Management, Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission - Drake’s Well Museum, National Aviary in Pittsburgh, RiverQuest, Solar Power Industries, Family Tyes, Commonwealth Connections Academy,  Carnegie Science Center, Venture Outdoors, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Protection, Game Commission, 241 Computers, Gateway Clipper Fleet, Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team, Jane Nugent, Quality Aggregates, U.S. Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Carbon Sequestration Council, Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition, Dave Plank, Pittsburgh Conference (PittCon) on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Stream Restoration Inc.
            Act now before the boats fill up! Click here to see a summary of last year's events.

7/26/2010

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