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

Invasive insect traps placed along ICV Trail

June 5, 2023

Mountain Watershed Association is partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture along the Indian Creek Trail to look for invasive insects. Using a trap like the one in the picture,…

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Call to Action: Sign on to the Letter “DEP, Do Better for the Laurel Highlands”

April 26, 2023

Over the last decade, the Laurel Highlands has witnessed continued efforts by industry to expand resource extraction in the region. Coal, a resource that experiences “boom and bust” cycles in…

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Nearly 200 Acres Along Rasler Run To Be Protected

March 6, 2023

MWA is proud to announce that we are now the sole owners of 186.17 acres of property in the Indian Creek Valley Gorge. The property is located in Springfield Township…

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