“All the water that will ever be is, right now.”
- National Geographic, October 1993

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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 the Washington County Conservation District at 724-705-7098, or email them at washcocd@yahoo.com.

Spring Stream Monitoring

Four dates in April and May – Stay tuned!

Looks like Spring is finally here! Time for ChCWA to wade right into our streams to test the quality of the water. We monitor streams for macro-invertebrates, chemicals, and flow at four locations in the upper Chartiers Creek Watershed.

This is fun and educational volunteer event, a perfect outing for the whole family. We provide 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.

Watch this space for dates / times / details!





W&J Earth Day Celebration – April 16

Visit our display at Washington & Jefferson College!

Chartiers Creek Watershed Association will staff a display at W&J’s annual Earth Day
event. We’ll provide sign-up opportunities for students interested in volunteering
for / attending our activities. ChCWA members will be on hand to talk about our
water conservation goals and to distribute handouts.




WCWA Cleanup in Canonsburg

Clean up at this event on Saturday, May 16!

Join volunteers from ChCWA and other watershed groups to do some “spring cleaning” in the Borough of Canonsburg! This family- and youth-friendly event is sponsored by the Washington County Watershed Alliance. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 am…destination to be announced. For more details and to sign up, email Beth at bethk@pawccd.org, or call her at 724-503-4785.






ChCWA Members Show “What We Do for You”

at Washington County Ag Days






Watershed Groups “Work and Network”

at WCWA 3rd Annual Banquet



Foregoing the standard “sit-down” dinner / special program, the Washington County Watershed Alliance (WCWA) invited attendees to use this year’s annual meeting as a venue to mix, mingle, and exchange ideas . . . and to work on critical issues that challenge all of our groups. So we members and volunteers of Washington’s watershed associations engaged in a lively and informative exchange, tackling items ranging from addressing environmental concerns to attracting volunteers.

Providing displays and contributing their own expertise were special guests from other area organizations, including:

The Allegheny Land Trust Protectors of Mingo
Center for Coalfield Justice Robison Acres
Independence Conservancy W&J College Community Engagement
Master Gardeners Washington County Community Foundation
Pennsylvania (PA) American Water Washington County Conservation District
PA Resources Council West Virginia Water Research Institute

Lots of good ideas emerged, energizing our groups for another year of community service in the interests of watershed quality. The Washington County Watershed Alliance is a nonprofit umbrella organization for the county’s watershed associations.





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.






FISHING ENTHUSIASTS . . .

Trout Season opens 4/18!

 

If you’re eagerly anticipating the opening of Trout Season in a few weeks,
you may be heading to Canonsburg Lake or to 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 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

ChCWA has created a committee to review and update two critical documents:

  • 2003 Upper Chartiers Creek River Conservation Plan (RCP)

  • 2011 Management Plan

The RCP represents an essential first step toward improving and protecting the resources of the Upper Chartiers Creek watershed. It can help us accomplish the following:

  • Serve as a tool that local and multi-municipal planners can use to address the identified problems.

  • Be an asset to municipalities and organizations seeking funds for projects to implement the recommendations of the plan

  • Serve as our watershed’s best guide for land stewardship, and for creating consistent and comprehensive concepts and practices for natural resource conservation.

ChCWA continues to seek implementation of this plan in conjunction with the municipalities within the watershed. Take a closer look at the plan by reading the current RCP Plan documents and viewing the related maps.