Protecting, Preserving, and Restoring the Youghiogheny River Watershed

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We advocate to prevent continued impacts to the watershed primarily caused by fossil fuel extraction.

Learn about how we are pursuing on-the-ground restoration of past environmental damages.

We help to create and enhance recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors.

About MWA

Mountain Watershed Association's mission is to protect, preserve and restore the Youghiogheny River watershed and its broader communities through conservation, recreation, education, and advocacy. We pursue on-the-ground restoration of past environmental damages while we advocate to protect the watershed from new sources of pollution, primarily caused by fossil fuel development.

Our best ICV Trail Golf Scramble Yet!

June 12, 2024

Four years ago, our Indian Creek Valley Trail committee suggested holding a golf scramble to raise money for the trail. Our organization does lots of outdoor activities, but very few…

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Putting the Dead to Rest: Why Legislation to Halt Zombie Mines Is Essential

June 11, 2024

On April 11, 2024, Pennsylvania Congressman, Matt Cartwright, introduced two bills in the U.S. House to assuage issues associated with “zombie mines,” coal mines that no longer produce coal, but…

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Did you miss it? Rustic Ridge Town Hall Recap

May 29, 2024

On May 14, the MWA Advocacy team (including two on-staff attorneys), staff from Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, and members of the Rustic Ridge Action Committee joined about 30 residents of…

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Welcome to our Summer AmeriCorps Members!

May 29, 2024

We have two awesome new Summer AmeriCorps members at MWA this year! We’d like to wish them a warm welcome to our team! Carlee Shreve (Education and Outreach): Carlee was…

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MWA Receives $30,000 in Education Funding

May 28, 2024

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded MWA a grant to continue expanding our outdoor education programs in the Youghiogheny River watershed! Over the past 30 years, we’ve provided…

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Our best ICV Trail Golf Scramble Yet!

June 12, 2024

Four years ago, our Indian Creek Valley Trail committee suggested holding a golf scramble to raise money for the trail. Our organization does lots of outdoor activities, but very few…

Read More

Putting the Dead to Rest: Why Legislation to Halt Zombie Mines Is Essential

June 11, 2024

On April 11, 2024, Pennsylvania Congressman, Matt Cartwright, introduced two bills in the U.S. House to assuage issues associated with “zombie mines,” coal mines that no longer produce coal, but…

Read More

Did you miss it? Rustic Ridge Town Hall Recap

May 29, 2024

On May 14, the MWA Advocacy team (including two on-staff attorneys), staff from Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, and members of the Rustic Ridge Action Committee joined about 30 residents of…

Read More

Welcome to our Summer AmeriCorps Members!

May 29, 2024

We have two awesome new Summer AmeriCorps members at MWA this year! We’d like to wish them a warm welcome to our team! Carlee Shreve (Education and Outreach): Carlee was…

Read More

MWA Receives $30,000 in Education Funding

May 28, 2024

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded MWA a grant to continue expanding our outdoor education programs in the Youghiogheny River watershed! Over the past 30 years, we’ve provided…

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Upcoming Events

Guided Hike at Twin Lakes Park

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twin Lakes Park
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Yough River Float Trip

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hazelbaker’s Canoe Rentals
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HeART of the Laurel Highlands: Intro to Forest Bathing

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Stories of the River

In watersheds every action affects the entire system. We work towards a world where our communities and decision-makers learn from watersheds and act as if what affects one of us affects all of us.

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MWA is fighting the good fight and going up against the big hitters to restore the Yough to what it is meant to be.

- Jesse Wilson, a recreation-loving bike tour manager who is often dependent on the creaks as a source of drinking water when out on his adventures. Due to extensive resource extraction, AMD runoff, E. Coli, etc., the water is frequently not drinkable even after filtration.

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I appreciate MWA because without them, I wouldn’t have known how to do this alone. MWA is helping me and my community fight.

- Peg Mansberry, a resident near Poplar Run working with her community to fight a proposed strip mine that would pollute the river and bring back the toxic, orange waters of her youth.

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“The Mountain Watershed were the only people we could talk to that actually understood,” says Mary Jo, “They tried everything they could, the advice they gave, just knowing someone was there listening to us.”

- Mike and Mary Jo Picklo, residents impacted by the Acosta deep mine who turned to Mountain Watershed for legal education and direct action support.

MWA is fighting the good fight and going up against the big hitters to restore this place to what it is meant to be.

- Jesse Wilson, a recreation-loving bike tour manager who is often dependent on the creaks as a source of drinking water when out on his adventures. Due to extensive resource extraction, AMD runoff, E. Coli, etc., the water is frequently not drinkable even after filtration.

I appreciate MWA because without them, I wouldn’t have known how to do this alone.

- Peg Mansberry, a resident near Poplar Run working with her community to fight a proposed strip mine that would pollute the river and bring back the toxic, orange waters of her youth.

Direct Support Fund

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APPLY TO MWA'S DIRECT SUPPORT FUND!

The Direct Support Fund provides small grants to grassroots groups and advocates working toward social change on environmental justice, shale gas and petrochemical issues.

Direct Support Fund

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APPLY TO MWA'S DIRECT SUPPORT FUND!

The Direct Support Fund provides small grants to grassroots groups and advocates working toward social change on environmental justice, shale gas and petrochemical issues.

Support Our Conservation and Advocacy Work

LAND CONSERVATION

Mountain Watershed Association protects, conserves and restores land and water for the diversity of the region’s plants, animals and their ecosystems.

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RUSTIC RIDGE COAL MINE

Stop the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Expansion

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GORGE WASHOUT TRAIL PROJECT

Mountain Watershed Association (MWA) is exploring options for fixing the 2021 wash out on the gorge section of the Indian Creek Valley Trail.

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Support Our Conservation and Advocacy Work

LAND CONSERVATION

Mountain Watershed Association protects, conserves and restores land and water for the diversity of the region’s plants, animals and their ecosystems.

Learn more

RUSTIC RIDGE COAL MINE

Stop the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Expansion

Learn more

GORGE WASHOUT TRAIL PROJECT

Mountain Watershed Association (MWA) is exploring options for fixing the 2021 wash out on the gorge section of the Indian Creek Valley Trail.

Learn more
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