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 Comments on New DEP Requirements for Hazardous Waste Facility Permits

February 19, 2024

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) is responsible for providing guidance to applicants and interested parties regarding the permitting procedures of hazardous waste facilities.  On January 20, 2024,…

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MAX Settlement Case – Fairness Hearing Update

February 7, 2024

On Monday, January 29, a Fairness Hearing was held in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas. The Hearing, which was before Judge Harry Smail Jr., was a procedural step…

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MWA files “Unsuitable for Mining” Petition to protect the Laurel Highlands

January 22, 2024

MWA filed a petition with the DEP to request that they designate an area of the Laurel Highlands as “unsuitable for surface mining operations.”

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Meet MWA’s New Ford Lightning!

January 13, 2024

Mountain Watershed Association just took a big step toward a sustainable future! We received a donation from the Walter Limbach Family Fund specifically to purchase a Ford F-150 Lightning XLT in order to reduce our carbon footprint when traveling around the watershed!

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Seeking Land Committee Members!

January 5, 2024

“All nature is doing her best each moment to make us well—she exists for no other end. Do not resist her,” Henry David Thoreau (Journal, 23 August 1853).  Whether you…

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Our Comments on New DEP Requirements for Hazardous Waste Facility Permits

February 19, 2024

In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) is responsible for providing guidance to applicants and interested parties regarding the permitting procedures of hazardous waste facilities.  On January 20, 2024,…

Read More

MAX Settlement Case – Fairness Hearing Update

February 7, 2024

On Monday, January 29, a Fairness Hearing was held in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas. The Hearing, which was before Judge Harry Smail Jr., was a procedural step…

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MWA files “Unsuitable for Mining” Petition to protect the Laurel Highlands

January 22, 2024

MWA filed a petition with the DEP to request that they designate an area of the Laurel Highlands as “unsuitable for surface mining operations.”

Read More

Meet MWA’s New Ford Lightning!

January 13, 2024

Mountain Watershed Association just took a big step toward a sustainable future! We received a donation from the Walter Limbach Family Fund specifically to purchase a Ford F-150 Lightning XLT in order to reduce our carbon footprint when traveling around the watershed!

Read More

Seeking Land Committee Members!

January 5, 2024

“All nature is doing her best each moment to make us well—she exists for no other end. Do not resist her,” Henry David Thoreau (Journal, 23 August 1853).  Whether you…

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Upcoming Events

Family Field Day at Laurel Hill State Park

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Laurel Hill State Park
Free
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West Newton River Cleanup (Fall)

September 14 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bloom Brew
Free
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Indian Creek Watershed Festival

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
C.W. Resh Memorial Park
Free
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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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