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 and happenings on land around the watershed.
The Independence Conservancy represents the Potato Garden Run, Little Raccoon Run, & Raccoon Creek Watersheds. The IC truly represents the watershed concept by stewarding in 3 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, & Washington.
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.
In partnership with Economic Development South, this group seeks to inspire communities in the Saw Mill Run and Streets Run Watersheds by providing environmental leadership, engaging citizens in direct action, and partnering on key issues that affect the well-being of the watershed.
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.
Recognizing the need to work as a complete watershed, the municipalities of Bridgeville, McDonald, North Fayette, and Oakdale are working together to engage residents & implement solutions to reduce flooding & improve water quality.
WHAT GROUPS DO
According to the EPA, 80% of U.S. streams are not monitored. Environmental professionals paid to monitor and improve water can't be everywhere or fix everything. Watershed groups fill this gap by monitoring what's going on in their watershed. They bring attention to critical issues, educate the public, and complete stream improvement projects. Each watershed group is different, but some common activities include water quality monitoring, walking the watershed to check out existing and potential problems, organizing stream clean up days, planting trees, completing stream improvement projects, and educating the public.
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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