“All the water that will ever be is, right now.”
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Spring Wetlands Walk

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Our popular family-friendly trek through the North Franklin Wetlands is coming soon! Everyone is welcome to join us on this fun and informative outing to learn about wetlands flora and fauna from Dr. Jason Kilgore, Associate Professor of Biology at Washington & Jefferson College.

Participants should wear boots and weather-appropriate clothing. The event will include a cleanup of the area, so gloves and a few heavy trash bags are also recommended.

Our all ages walk is free, but registration is required. For more information (location, parking, etc.) and to register, please call Josh at 724-579-6194 or email him at joshua.dunkle@gmail.com.

Spring Stream Monitoring

2 more events in May 2015

The Spring segment of our semi-annual stream monitoring is now underway…but we can still use volunteers to help test water quality at several locations. Our next monitoring date will be in mid-May.

We monitor streams for macro-invertebrates, chemicals, and flow at four locations in the upper Chartiers Creek Watershed. This is a fun and educational event, a perfect outing for the whole family.

ChCWA provides training, equipment, and supplies. Our experienced monitors will accompany and provide guidance for beginners. All you will need is transportation to the sites, and an interest in protecting the environment.

For dates and/or more details, please email Carrilee

Bacteriological Stream Monitoring Begins in June

Volunteer for this critical water quality project!

Right now ChCWA is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to finalize a program for monitoring Chartiers Creek streams for bacterial contamination.

Think about joining us for this important event, with volunteer training to be provided by the PA DEP.

Stay tuned for dates, locations and full details…!

2015 Shale Network Workshop

Thursday & Friday, May 7 & 8, 2015

Where: Atherton Hotel, State College, PA (adjacent to Penn State University campus)

Theme: “Lessons Learned about Water Issues in the Northeastern Region of Shale Gas Development”. The workshop will provide an opportunity for nonscientists, researchers, experts, government officials, and members of the gas and environmental industries to compare lessons learned about water issues within the northeastern region of shale gas development. For more info, click here.

About the Shale Network: Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Network is a collaborative effort between Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Dickinson and CUAHSI and the NSF to collect and analyze data on water quality in the Marcellus Shale drilling region.

UPDATE on Canonsburg Lake Restoration

A recent grant from a major foundation will help toward the restoration
of Canonsburg Lake, a valuable Washington County water resource for
fishing and boating. More details will be available shortly.

Right now, we are waiting for permit applications to be approved by the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the construction
phase of this project. This phase will involve installing a sediment forebay
that will capture sediment before it enters the Lake, then dredging sediment
from the Lake to increase the depth. The result will provide a healthier
habitat for fish and make the Lake easier to navigate for fishers and boaters.

Following permit approval, we will solicit construction bids. As we go
through this process, we are actively seeking additional grants and dona-
tions. You can help by making a donation or by contributing your time and
talents. See Save Canonsburg Lake website for more info and details.


Trout Season has opened!


Are you enjoying the great fishing at Canonsburg Lake or at a Chartiers Creek tributary stocked each year by the PA Fish & Boat Commission? As you cast your line at Little Chartiers Creek or Millers Run, please consider this . . .

The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is working hard on your behalf to keep these waters and their surroundings clean and pristine. But we need your help! Please join us in preserving your favorite fishing spots by becoming becoming a ChCWA member or just volunteering for a single project.

You - and the fish - will be glad you did.

Review of River Conservation Plan
and Management Plan

Through the creation of a review committee, ChCWA continues to promote implementation of the following major conservation plans in conjunction with the municipalities within the watershed.

  • 2003 Upper Chartiers Creek River Conservation Plan (RCP)

  • 2011 Management Plan

Take a closer look at the RCP by reading the current RCP Plan documents and viewing the related maps.