Schuylkill River Initiative
With funding from the William Penn Foundation, the Wyomissing Foundation, the Claneil Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Initiative has involved over 25 nonprofit organizations and representatives from DCNR, DEP and the Philadelphia Water Department.
Founded in 1996 and managed by The Conservation Fund, the Schuylkill Initiative has been a catalyst for two large-scale projects—the Schuylkill River Conservation Plan and the Report on the State of the Schuylkill Watershed (Report).
The Schuylkill River Report is available for download (PDF), completed in 2002, is the first attempt in developing indicators to begin to understand the watershed as a whole and how well it is doing. It is intended to serve as a baseline that should be further developed and updated in future years.
Its other primary purpose is to encourage continued collaboration among participating nonprofit groups and others, to strengthen their individual activities in the watershed. We hope that the report will be of interest to a broad audience of watershed communities, nonprofit organizations, current and prospective funders, and the public at-large—to inspire all activities that will benefit the watershed.