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DCNR Secretary Honors Lackawanna River

Lackawanna River Named 2020 Pennsylvania River of the Year

Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), visited Scranton to celebrate the Lackawanna River being named the 2020 Pennsylvania River of the Year. Dunn joined the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) and local officials at Sweeney’s Beach on June 22.

Secretary Dunn visited in honor of National Rivers Month. She praised LRCA for restoring the river and transforming it into a destination for outdoor recreation.

The Lackawanna River formerly struggled with pollution from mining, railroading and urban development. Thanks to local efforts, the river is now a cold-water Class A fishery and a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing.

The Lackawanna River was one of five nominees for DCNR’s Pennsylvania River of the Year contest. It received a record number of votes and earned the title in January.

As the nominating organization, LRCA received a $10,000 grant to go toward events and activities. Their annual Riverfest was cancelled due to the pandemic, but they are currently holding a virtual kayak challenge. They’re hoping to host a smaller festival and a river sojourn later in the year.

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