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Coming Soon- New Youghiogheny River Water Trail Maps

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Coming Soon- New Youghiogheny River Water Trail Maps

We are proud to announce the arrival of new and revised Youghiogheny River Water Trail Maps. The popularity of water trails is exploding across the country and this project will encourage both visitorship and stewardship in the Youghiogheny River watershed. MWA manages the 74 mile trail, from Confluence to the mouth of the river at McKeesport. These maps will guide and enhance paddling opportunities on the river as well as highlight amenities in the surrounding area. 10,000 maps will be printed and distributed throughout the business and...

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Direct Support Funds Available For Shale Gas Advocacy

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Direct Support Funds Available For Shale Gas Advocacy

Since August 2014, Mountain Watershed Association, home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, has been working to fund grassroots efforts throughout communities impacted by Marcellus shale gas development. Made possible by several grants, the Direct Support Fund has distributed over $140,000 to support grassroots groups and individuals working to organize and protect their communities from the damaging repercussions of natural gas development. Some of the battles impacted communities have been fighting include well pads and power plants in...

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Elizabeth Township Commissioners Vote to Deny Invenergy’s Rezoning Application

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Allegheny Energy Center, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Yough River | 0 comments

Elizabeth Township Commissioners Vote to Deny Invenergy’s Rezoning Application

In an unexpected and commendable move during their meeting this past Monday, the Elizabeth Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to deny Invenergy’s rezoning proposal. The proposal was needed in order for Invenergy to build a 550-megawatt gas-fired power plant near the residential area of Smithdale and within a half-mile of the Youghiogheny River. Invenergy, via their subsidiary Allegheny Energy Center (AEC), has had their sights set on developing a gas-fired power plant in the suburban area of Elizabeth Township for over a year. The...

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Allegheny County Recommends No Rezoning for Power Plant in Elizabeth Township

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Allegheny Energy Center, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Allegheny County Recommends No Rezoning for Power Plant in Elizabeth Township

Recently, the Planning Division of Allegheny County Economic Development issued a comment to the Elizabeth Township Board of Commissioners on a proposed rezoning in order to develop a gas-fired power plant. The comment advised the Commissioners not to amend their zoning ordinance and zoning map for such an incompatible use in the township. For over a year, the Chicago-based corporation Invenergy has been looking to build a 550-megawatt gas-fired power plant known as the Allegheny Energy Center (AEC) in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County. In...

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Blowout Spills into the Yough River

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Blowout Spills into the Yough River

On Saturday, July 15, 2017 the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper (YRK) from the Mountain Watershed Association responded to a call about a mine blowout.  The blowout washed thousands of gallons of contaminated mine discharge into Jims Run (Jims Run flows directly into the Youghiogheny River), destroyed roadway infrastructure, and shut down Rt. 381 for several hours.  The source was located.  Water samples were collected, photos were taken, and pH was measured during the site investigation.  The pH was extremely acidic (pH=3) which is inhabitable by...

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MWA, Clean Air Council, and Delaware Riverkeeper Network File Legal Action to Halt Mariner East 2 Drilling

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Mariner East, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

MWA, Clean Air Council, and Delaware Riverkeeper Network File Legal Action to Halt Mariner East 2 Drilling

UPDATE: All drilling operations associated with the construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline have been temporarily halted as a result of the legal action of Mountain Watershed, Clean Air Council, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network! The shutdown of drilling will remain in effect until a full hearing can take place on our petition, which is scheduled for August 7 – 9, 2017. On July 19th, 2017, Mountain Watershed, Clean Air Council, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed legal action that calls on Sunoco Pipeline L.P. to halt drilling...

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Yoga for the Yough: One Way to Relax When Everyone Else is Losing Their Calm

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Yoga for the Yough: One Way to Relax When Everyone Else is Losing Their Calm

There are many creative ways to raise funds for the streams in the Yough Watershed, but perhaps one of the newer waves is “Yoga for the Yough.” Check it out on our Events Page. It will be a great time for a great cause! The benefits of yoga are widely known, but why are more people practicing yoga than ever before?  It could be that stress levels have reached new heights! Some people use yoga to focus, others to open their minds. Yoga can heal your body while making your body hurt.   Most, I would have to assume, do yoga because they...

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The Sweet Green Project

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Energy Conservation Series, Indian Creek, Posts, Yough River | 0 comments

The Sweet Green Project

Last summer an energy audit was performed on the office building by Envinity, a company from State College that offers design, building, and energy services to create money saving, energy efficient homes and work places. With this recent energy audit performed and recommendations given, MWA took greater strides into greening our office. This project was funded by a grant from West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF). When the audit was finished we were provided with information on how we could improve the energy and cost efficiency of...

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Standing in Solidarity Against the Acosta Deep Mine

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Coal, Posts, Water | 2 comments

Standing in Solidarity Against the Acosta Deep Mine

On June 8th, Governor Wolf and the employees, officials, and project partners of Corsa Coal celebrated the “Grand Opening” of the Acosta Deep Mine in Jenners Township, Somerset County – the same coal mine that President Trump touted in his speech announcing his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord last week. Meanwhile, a group of concerned community members – organized by Mountain Watershed Association, home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper – held a rally in opposition to the mine.   The protesters gathered just 600 feet...

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Plants of the Laurel Highlands: An Introduction

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Indian Creek Valley Trail, Posts | 0 comments

Plants of the Laurel Highlands: An Introduction

For those of you familiar with this area, this time of year brings beautiful new life blooming all around us. The spring flowers of our Laurel Highland region are truly unique and spectacular. If you haven’t yet witnessed this, now’s the time to get outside and experience it for yourself. Last month, MWA held a wildflower walk on the Gorge section of the Indian Creek Valley Trail so that folks from the community could do just that. Despite a few spurts of rain, we were able to share and enjoy the beauty of the Gorge with almost 30 people...

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