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{ Sunday, April 24th, 2 - 4 pm }



Will you find a strange-looking plant? Bugs that live underwater? There are always lots of surprises on our fun and family-friendly trek through the North Franklin Wetlands, led by Dr. Jason Kilgore of Washington & Jefferson College. Read more . . .

Event Date: Saturday, April 23rd @ 10 am

Info and/or Register: Email ChCWA or call Jennifer at 724-705-7098.

Spring Stream Monitoring began April 2nd

3 more events planned in April – 9 am to ~12:30 pm

The Spring portion of our bi-annual stream monitoring got off to a great start on April 2, with 5 volunteers conducting multiple tests on water samples from Chartiers Creek, near Scotty’s Ice Cream stand (North Franklin Township). We also collected and sampled macro-invertebrates. Learn more about what we found, click here


Future monitoring dates/locations:

April 16 – Chartiers Run (behind Houston American Legion, Post 902, 124 W. Pike St, Houston, PA)

April 30 – Little Chartiers Creek (at Linden Rd / Linden Creek Rd, North Strabane Township)

TBD – Chartiers Creek (at Houston Ballfield)

For info about stream monitoring and volunteer opportunities, email Carrilee.


Sunday, May 29th from 1 to 3 pm


Registration for our second kayak trip on Canonsburg Lake is now open. You can sign up for this paddle, sponsored jointly by ChCWA and Venture Outdoors, by calling Venture Outdoors at 412-255-0564.

More details on upcoming trip . . .

Read about last Fall’s (2015) kayak trip . . .

Don’t Miss Climate Lecture by Dr. Michael Mann

Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 pm

Washington & Jefferson College, Dieter Porter 100 Lecture Hall


Dr. Michael Mann, an award-winning climate scientist,, will speak on the W&J College campus on April 20th. A central figure in the climate debate, Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University and the author of two major publications on climate change.

The lecture, open to the community, is being sponsored by W&J's Environmental Studies Program and Center for Energy Policy & Management.

News and Updates

W&J Student Participation
Enhances WCWA 2016 Annual Meeting


Six students from Washington & Jefferson College attended the WCWA Annual Meeting on March 17th at the Buffalo Township Municipal Building. The students, enrolled in the college’s Environmental Studies Program, came to learn more about our watershed work and programs, and to add their own perspectives on ecology. Read more . . .

Virginia and Carrilee show how we help protect watershed
streams at the 2016 Ag Days exhibit at Washington
Crowne Center. We had many visitors at our display,
with folks signing up to volunteer for various activities
and to receive info on upcoming events.

Photo by Christine Soltis

New Watershed Alliance Will Support
Groups in Allegheny County

A new organization – The Allegheny Watershed Alliance
AWA) – is being formed to help grow and strengthen the role
of watershed groups in Allegheny County. The Alliance will
serve as a 501 c (3) umbrella organization and mission-centric
clearinghouse for its members.

ChCWA welcomes the AWA and we look forward to future
cooperative efforts to address conservation issues shared by
both Allegheny and Washington counties.

For more information about AWA, email Rebecca Zeyzus at or telephone her at 412-291-8006.

The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is a member of the
Washington County Watershed Alliance
2800 N Main St Ext, Ste 105
Washington, PA 15301

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