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EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Events, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

The County Line Road EcoSaurus near the entrance of the proposed Rustic Ridge deep coal mine has been stirring up a lot of conversation in our community. Many people have asked to keep the discussion going by building additional dinosaurs nearby the original installation. Before we do that, we’d like your input on what these new dinosaurs should look like! So, Mountain Watershed Association will be hosting an EcoSaur coloring contest for ages 12 and under. We are asking all participants to color their own EcoSaurus and give it a creative...

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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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Direct Support Funds Available For Shale Gas Advocacy

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on Direct Support Funds Available For Shale Gas Advocacy

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 | 2 comments

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 | 1 comment

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 | Comments Off on Blowout Spills into the Yough River

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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