watershed groups are made up of people from every walk of life.
No matter what you're interested in or what skills you have, volunteering for a watershed group provides a very important service to the community by keeping an eye on water quality health and happenings on land around the watershed.
Originally founded in 1999, this organization operates in the Raccoon Creek region; a watershed that crosses political boundaries with a footprint in both Allegheny and Butler counties.
Covering just 6.5 square miles, this watershed is site to the largest urban stream restoration in the country which was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Founded in 1969 by North Hills residents, the group engages in ecological restoration projects, land conservation, education, advocacy, and scientific research in the Pine Creek Watershed.
This group conducts scientific assessments, inventories and research relevant to the natural resources of the watershed in order to develop and implement a watershed protection plan.
This watershed occupies the east central portion of Allegheny County which includes the communities of Braddock, Murrysville, New Kensington East and New Kensington West.
An all volunteer, nonprofit organization, this group has completed projects on abandoned mine drainage (AMD) reclamation, fish habitat restoration, as well as wetland trail creation and maintenance.
This watershed group spans two counties and has over 40 years of history protecting and improving the Turtle Creek Watershed by bringing together government organization, citizens, and other community members.
WHAT GROUPS DO
The environmental professionals paid to monitor and repair water quality issues can't be everywhere at once or fix everything. Watershed groups fill this gap by monitoring what's going on in their watershed. This is so important! They bring attention to critical issues, educate the public, and make improvement projects happen. Each watershed group is different, but some common activities include water quality monitoring, walking the watershed to check out existing and potential problems, organize stream clean up days, plant stream side trees, get grant money to complete habitat improvement projects for fish and work with students and neighbors to spread the word about watershed issues.
WORKING WITH MUNICIPALITIES
Watershed groups and municipalities can work together to complete stream improvement and outreach projects. This could be streamside plantings, creating a display for the public library, joint community day booth, or creating and sponsoring collaborative watershed maps and educational materials.
WORKING WITH STUDENTS
Education is key to improving water quality and habitat for fish and animals. There are many ways to reach out to students of any age group: groups can host watershed walks, advertise stream clean up days in schools, create watershed health displays for the local library, and create lesson plans to speak in schools or as an extracurricular activity.
FIND A WATERSHED GROUP NEAR YOU
Groups exist throughout Allegheny County, with many crossing municipality and county lines. Use this map to locate one near you.
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