Saturday, August 29, 2015

Looking for Delaware River ambassadors

After a successful inaugural year, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is looking for a second group of people to serve as Delaware River ambassadors.

Looking for Delaware River ambassadors

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Are you a river rat? Do you boat or fish or scan for water birds?

After a successful inaugural year, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is looking for a second group of people to serve as Delaware River ambassadors.

The idea is that the ambassadors will will organize activities and tours along the river’s tidal portion -- that's the part from Trenton/Morrisville to Marcus Hook -- and along the Schuylkill River south of the Art Museum.  The goal is to educate people about the importance of the river and to encourage people to get out there and enjoy it.

Last year's ambassadors held fishing derbies, sailing tours and clean-ups.

“I think that getting people on the river, not just looking at it, helps residents and tourists learn ways they can protect the environment, and provides lifelong memories,” said Kia Linder, an ambassador last year, in a press release.

Here's the deal, as the PEC decribes it:

• PEC will select between 20 and 30 trainees to participate in an eight-week training program where they will learn about history, ecological restoration, safe recreation opportunities, waterfront redevelopment and wildlife from guest speakers and local experts.

• Selected trainees will pay a $75 registration fee to help cover the cost of training materials

• After completing the educational classroom training program, trainees must organize and host their first tour, presentation or cleanup effort.

• Trainees who have successfully completed the program will graduate and officially become Delaware River Ambassadors.

• River Ambassadors will each organize three to five activities per year.

 The deadline to apply is March 1.

Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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