River Conservation Plans

A River Conservation Plan is a comprehensive document detailing all the characteristics of a watershed, providing a holistic approach to preservation and protection. The document overviews all the existing studies for the region and will include a list of recommendations, that when implemented, will improve conditions within the watershed. Mountain Watershed Association, under the guidance of Project Steering Committee, is currently working to update the existing Indian Creek River Conservation Plan. In 2023 MWA completed the Youghiogheny River Conservation Plan: Part 1, Dunbar Creek to Headwaters.

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Benefits of a River Conservation Plan

Having a River Conservation plan provides a prioritized plan of action for improving our watershed community. The plan will compile all the information known about the Indian Creek watershed in one “go-to” document. Once the plan has been completed and is recognized on the Pennsylvania River’s Registry, funding opportunities are available for projects identified within the plan.

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What's in the plan

The plan is broken down into five resource chapters and a list of recommended projects. The five resource chapters include Project Area Characteristics, Land Resources, Water Resources, Biological Resources and Cultural Resources.

Youghiogheny River Conservation Plan: Part 1

Headwaters to Dunbar Creek

Read the entire plan, or view individual chapters at the links below!

News & Updates

Opening the Steyer Bridge!

October 25, 2023

Our latest Indian Creek Valley Trail project is finally done! On on Oct 17, 2023, we celebrated the completion of the Steyer Bridge (and the trail leading to it) with a fun, community celebration in Mill Run.

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Another Successful Golf Scramble for the ICV Trail! 

June 28, 2023

We held our third annual golf scramble for the Indian Creek Valley Trail on Saturday, June 24 at Donegal Highlands Golf Course. This year’s fundraiser benefitted the gorge washout on…

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Survey Results Are in for the Potential Sale of the ICV Water Authority

June 7, 2023

From February through May of 2023, the Mountain Watershed Association (“MWA”) collected responses to a public opinion survey on the potential sale of the Indian Creek Valley Water Authority to…

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