Swimmable Waters

Swimmable Waters is Back… And We Need Your Help!

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Posts, Swimmable Waters | Comments Off on Swimmable Waters is Back… And We Need Your Help!

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 or Facebook and tag it #youghriver. Your photo...

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AmeriCorps Internship Available for Summer 2017

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Posts, Swimmable Waters, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on AmeriCorps Internship Available for Summer 2017

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 quality sampling at 14 locations within the...

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Support Clean Water with a Year-End Contribution

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Allegheny Energy Center, Coal, Curry, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Swimmable Waters, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on Support Clean Water with a Year-End Contribution

Support Clean Water with a Year-End Contribution

As 2016 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. We encourage you to take a look at our 2016 Annual Report to see what we’ve accomplished. You 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...

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Swim Guide can help you discover the best places to swim!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Indian Creek, Posts, Swimmable Waters, Water, Water Matters Series | Comments Off on Swim Guide can help you discover the best places to swim!

Swim Guide can help you discover the best places to swim!

Heading to the river this weekend? The free Swim Guide app can help you find the best places to swim! Visit theswimguide.org for information! The Waterkeeper Swim Guide app and Swim Guide website (theswimguide.org) contain over 7,000 popular places to swim across the US, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. It shows you which ones are closest to you and other popular locations nearby. In the Laurel Highlands, Swim Guide provides the most up-to-date water quality information on 15 locations, helping you identify the best places to cool off this summer. For summer 2016, the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper...

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Swimmable Waters Sampling has Begun!

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Posts, Swimmable Waters, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on Swimmable Waters Sampling has Begun!

Swimmable Waters Sampling has Begun!

As the school year nears its end and we start looking forward to warmer weather and time spent on the water, happy people are flocking to the Youghiogheny River watershed.  We can help you make an informed decision about where you can safely splash or swim.  We will be testing popular swimming, wading and paddling spots around the watershed for E. coli weekly between May 1 and September 30.  Data will be available by Thursday of each week.  E. coli, and in particular one strain called O157:H7, is an emerging cause of foodborne and waterborne illness. Beaches and other designated swimming...

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MWA Receives Funds to Continue Swimmable Waters Project in 2016

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Posts, Swimmable Waters | Comments Off on MWA Receives Funds to Continue Swimmable Waters Project in 2016

MWA Receives Funds to Continue Swimmable Waters Project in 2016

We’re pleased to announce we’ve recently received $25,000 from The Pittsburgh Foundation to support our 2016 Swimmable Waters project.  Included in this project are funds to construct an in-house laboratory to process E. coli samples.  Processing the samples in-house will reduce the cost per sample from $32 to approximately $12. This project began in Summer of 2014 as we sampled monthly at popular swimming spots around the watershed.  We published the data on the Waterkeeper Alliance Swim Guide (theswimguide.org) so that members of the public could make informed decisions about...

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