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

We’re Hiring!

September 16, 2013

Join our team!  We are currently accepting resumes for a full-time Community Advocate. Applicants must possess a Juris Doctorate Degree with a certificate or experience in environmental law, be enthusiastic…

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Yough Water Quality Info Available on Swim Guide

September 9, 2013

Through our comprehensive water quality monitoring program, we are documenting baseline water quality throughout the watershed.  We sample quarterly for several different parameters, one of which is E. coli.  E.…

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Monitoring Water Quality in the Yough

July 23, 2013

We spent much of last week conducting our quarterly water sampling in the Yough.  We sample 17 sites from the mouth in Allegheny County upstream into Maryland.  We sample nine…

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