The Monongahela River, which flows north from West Virginia through southwestern Pennsylvania and ends at The Point in Pittsburgh, took second place in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ annual River of the Year competition.
The DCNR announced earlier this week that the French Creek River is the state’s 2022 River of the Year.
“River of the Year highlights Pennsylvania’s amazing waterways each year,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn in a press release. “Our waterways are a great way to connect with nature to unwind and unwind. They also provide a great opportunity to learn about the regions they flow through.”
The voting for the River of the Year opened in December 2021. Pennsylvania residents have been encouraged to vote online for their favorite of four state rivers through Jan. 14.
When the votes were tallied, the Monongahela River won silver in the region, finishing second behind French Creek River.
The Mon received more than 3,300 votes out of a total of 13,972. Catawissa Creek and Connoquenessing Creek took third and fourth place respectively.
More than 80 species of fish and 27 species of freshwater mussels live in the French Creek River, which begins in southern New York, flows through northern Pennsylvania and finally empties into the Allegheny River in Venango County.
The tributary is famous for being home to North America’s largest salamander: the eastern hellbender, which was recently named Pennsylvania’s official amphibian.
The Monongahela River was the first river to be equipped with locks and dams installed and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, making it the first US river with total navigational control.