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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 | 0 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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An Opportunity to Help Protect Clean Water!

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Coal, Posts, Water | 0 comments

An Opportunity to Help Protect Clean Water!

On April 13, 2017, SB 624 was introduced to the Pennsylvania Senate. According to the Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ), “SB 624 attempts to exempt predicted damage to streams from the Clean Streams Law for underground coal mine companies, creating an unconstitutional special rule for them.” This bill would also alter the role the PA Department of Environmental Protection (the Department) plays in protecting streams and waterways: Currently, the Department is obligated to protect a stream’s aquatic life uses and the community’s ability to...

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Swimmable Waters is Back… And We Need Your Help!

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Posts, Swimmable Waters | 0 comments

Swimmable Waters is Back… And We Need Your Help!

The swim season is here again! For the second year, MWA will be testing popular swimming, wading, and paddling spots for E. coli during the swim season — May 1 to September 30 — so that users like you can make informed decisions about where to safely recreate… But we need your help! While on the Yough this summer swimming, paddling, fishing, or even splashing around with your dog, you’re likely to get some great snapshots. Once you capture the perfect picture expressing exactly why you love the Yough, upload it to Instagram...

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Renewable Energy Is The Real Job Creator

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Coal, Posts | 0 comments

Renewable Energy Is The Real Job Creator

Earlier this week, an executive order was signed which pulled back numerous restrictions on fossil fuel extraction previously set in place by the Clean Power Plan. The current administration is claiming an end to the “War on Coal” and promising to bring back jobs for unemployed coal miners. The problem with this proclamation – and larger line of thinking – is that it completely ignores multiple factors pushing against a revival of the coal industry. “Can the coal industry be brought back? The answer is, I’ve suggested to President Trump...

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Maryland Will Ban Fracking!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Maryland Will Ban Fracking!

Last evening the Maryland Senate passed HB 1325, a bill that would ban fracking statewide, by a vote of 35 to 10. Passage of this bill comes after an incredibly powerful grassroots movement which included organizing, marches, phone call drives, community meetings, and petition deliveries by thousands of people across Maryland. The bill will now go to Governor Hogan’s desk. He is expected to sign it after announcing his support for a ban on fracking earlier in March. Governor Hogan’s signature will make Maryland the first...

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Overflow Crowd Questions Chevron about Proposed Water Withdrawal

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Posts | 0 comments

Overflow Crowd Questions Chevron about Proposed Water Withdrawal

Approximately 50 people filled the West Newton VFW last night after the regular venue for West Newton Borough Council meeting exceeded capacity, unable to accommodate the overflow crowd. Chevron representatives in attendance discussed specifics regarding the right-of-way proposal presented to the borough council including the following: A 416-foot right-of-way is proposed on borough property The entire pipeline would span approximately 3 miles and would support Chevron’s future development area in Sewickley Township Chevron must apply for a...

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AmeriCorps Internship Available for Summer 2017

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Posts, Swimmable Waters, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

AmeriCorps Internship Available for Summer 2017

We’re hiring an AmeriCorps Volunteer to assist with our Swimmable Waters program this summer! Do you want to work for clean water in the Laurel Highlands this summer? This position is offered through the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corporation and is a 300 hour temporary position from June 12, 2017 – August 11, 2017. While the internship is unpaid, volunteers will at the completion of the internship period and after the terms of the PMSC agreement are met receive an education award of $1,221.96.  Responsibilities: Coordinate water...

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Siding Dumped Illegally Along Yough near Draketown

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Siding Dumped Illegally Along Yough near Draketown

While the good folks from the Turkeyfoot Fish and Game Association did the heavy lifting, we recently provided a dumpster for the clean up of a house-load of siding dumped along the Yough on river right just downstream of Confluence. Many thanks to all of the community members who spent much of last weekend gathering up the siding– and then picking up trash along both sides of the river in the same area! We’d like to know who is using our beloved river as a dumping ground. If you know who dumped the vinyl siding please contact our...

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