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Positive Results Seen In Indian Creek

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Positive Results Seen In Indian Creek

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s “2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring Report.” This report is a snapshot of the waterbodies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and evaluates if streams, rivers, and lakes are achieving federal water quality standards to protect and provide clean water for aquatic life, water supply, fish consumption, and recreational uses. The Good News?- The majority of the Indian Creek watershed is attaining its designated use, including the...

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Important Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Update

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Coal, Deep Mine, Events, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Important Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Update

As MWA has discussed before multiple times, we have been fighting the Rustic Ridge mine for various reasons – the effect on property values, traffic, air pollution, aesthetic beauty of our community, etc. However, in front of the Environmental Hearing Board, our case primarily rested on the effect the mine has on our watershed. In particular, we had two strong points in our case: 1) The barrier between the old Melcroft mine and Rustic Ridge was insufficient, and a breach could lead to devastating discharges in our watershed and 2) The...

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The Sweet Green Project: We’re Off the Grid!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Energy Conservation Series, Indian Creek, Posts, Yough River | 0 comments

The Sweet Green Project: We’re Off the Grid!

Mountain Watershed Association is officially off of the power grid! During the third week of November our office building had a solar array (solar panels) installed on the roof. MWA was able to fulfill an exciting goal set to become more self-efficient in our energy needs. The panels took a little over a week to fully install. The team from Envinity, who came to perform the installation, worked diligently to complete the work in a timely fashion. Envinity, a company from State College that offers design, building, and energy services to...

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Rustic Ridge Blasting Update

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on Rustic Ridge Blasting Update

Rustic Ridge Blasting Update

On December 21, 2017, CME Engineering sent out a Notice of Pre-Blast Survey on behalf of LCT Energy for the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine. The notice indicated that LCT Energy intends to begin blasting to open up the portal for the deep mine on January 22nd. However, according to the DEP Blasting Inspector, LCT Energy has not submitted the necessary materials for their blasting permit, which is required before any blasting takes place. The Blasting Inspector stated that these materials often take at least a month to review. As a result, it is highly...

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EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Events, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

UPDATE:  Thank you to everyone who participated in our EcoSaurus Coloring Contest. We were impressed by the creativity and originality of each entry we received! We are excited to announce the winner of the contest – Ella Horst, age 9, and her EcoSaurus “Stephanie”. The volunteer committee who chose the winning entry noted that the blue, distinctive linework on the dinosaur reminded them of the waterways that we all work to protect on a daily basis. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has kindly donated four day-passes for the winner...

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Make a Year End Contribution to Ensure a Successful 2018

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Allegheny Energy Center, Bomb Trains, Coal, Curry, Deep Mine, Energy Conservation Series, Events, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Swimmable Waters, Water, Water Matters Series, Yough River | Comments Off on Make a Year End Contribution to Ensure a Successful 2018

Make a Year End Contribution to Ensure a Successful 2018

As 2017 comes to a close we are reflecting on an incredibly successful year for our organization and our river community. This success would not have been possible without your generous support. We are grateful for your energy, your creativity and your wisdom. Your past investments have made the following possible: We secured Exceptional Value status, reserved for Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams, for Stony Run in the Indian Creek watershed as a result of a petition we submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection. This designation...

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There’s a Dinosaur in Donegal

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water | Comments Off on There’s a Dinosaur in Donegal

There’s a Dinosaur in Donegal

Within view of the entrance of LCT Energy’s Rustic Ridge Deep Mine in Donegal and Saltlick Townships, passersby now see a brightly colored stegosaurus veering out of the treeline. With messaging that reads “Our Water, Our Mountain” and “Stop the Coal Mine”, the dinosaur installation takes a stand against the deep mine and its potential impacts. Designed and constructed by community members who live within or near the footprint of the deep coal mine, the dinosaur provides a way to creatively engage with others and draw attention to the mine....

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Economic Impacts of the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Yough River | Comments Off on Economic Impacts of the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine

Economic Impacts of the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine

Looking to get away from the city of Greensburg, Jennifer Bertha and her family have had their hopes set on moving to a quiet mountain town. When they found a house for sale on Ruff Lane in Donegal, the family felt they had found the perfect match.  “The house checked off for us across the board. We loved it, and it was move-in ready,” Jennifer noted. That was until their real estate agent informed them that the home was in the footprint of LCT Energy’s Rustic Ridge Deep Mine, with the entrance to the mine just over 1,000 feet away. The...

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Education and Outreach: A Part of MWA’s Mission

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Posts | Comments Off on Education and Outreach: A Part of MWA’s Mission

Education and Outreach: A Part of MWA’s Mission

As a part of MWA’s mission, we provide free, educational outreach programs to the community by visiting classrooms, scout groups, civic groups, and other organizations. We provide information about the issues surrounding clean water but also provide the tools needed for folks to help protect and preserve water in their community and downstream. We offer a variety of informational programs that include hands-on learning, classroom activities as well as outdoor activities such as, water quality monitoring including biological...

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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 | Comments Off on Coming Soon- New Youghiogheny River Water Trail Maps

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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