Water Matters Series

Fishing the Youghiogheny

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Posts, Water, Water Matters Series, Yough River | Comments Off on Fishing the Youghiogheny

Fishing the Youghiogheny

We’ve been talking a lot about clean water and who uses it- but what about the fish?! They are 100% dependent on clean water in order to  survive. Ryan McCauley, a freelance fly fishing guide, can attest that clean water is essential for a diverse and strong fish population. He said, “It’s pretty simple really, without clean water there is no life, which translates to no vegetation, no macro invertebrates, no crustaceans, and no fish.” That pretty much sums it up. For the river to thrive the water needs to be clean. We are very fortunate to have such great access to a river as incredible as...

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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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Water Matters: Dogs Need Clean Water Too!

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Posts, Water, Water Matters Series | Comments Off on Water Matters: Dogs Need Clean Water Too!

Water Matters: Dogs Need Clean Water Too!

Local recreation enthusiasts and dog lovers Jim and Louise Sprowls say that clean water is not only important to them but to their beloved dogs as well. Their three dogs, Charlie, Ruairi, and Tague, not only need the clean water to drink, but they need the clean water to bathe and swim. From their walks on the trail, to their walks along Lake Erie, the three cannot seem to stay out of the water. Charlie loves to swim, Ruairi enjoys bobbing for apples in the fall and Tague adores splashing around! This is fun when the water is clean but what if it’s not? One problem that could arise for the...

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Water Matters: Clean Water = Jobs & Recreation

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Posts, Water, Water Matters Series, Yough River | Comments Off on Water Matters: Clean Water = Jobs & Recreation

Water Matters: Clean Water = Jobs & Recreation

Clean water is an incredibly important economic driver here in the Laurel Highlands region. Wilderness Voyageurs, the oldest rafting company on the east coast, is a top destination in the Youghiogheny River watershed. They offer a great variety of adventures to fulfill any adrenaline junkie’s needs– as well more relaxing choices. After speaking with the Operations Manager, Ben Scoville, it’s clear to see why nearly 14,000 people annually take advantage of the activities WV provides– including white water rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, and rock...

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Water Matters: A Farmer’s Story

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Coal, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Water Matters Series, Yough River | 2 comments

Water Matters: A Farmer’s Story

This post is part of a series called Water Matters.  Click here for other posts in this series. “The grass is greener where you water it.” –Neil Barringham No one knows this statement to be more accurate than our farmers, but what if this water that we’re using isn’t clean? Would the grass still be greener? Roger Latuch of Latuch Brothers Farm in Somerset County knows what the impact would be if he did not have clean water to water his crops and his cattle. Roger lives in the Casselman River watershed adjacent to the 700 acres of land that Latuch Brothers own and use. They are...

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Water Matters Storytelling Blog Series

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Indian Creek, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Water Matters Series, Yough River | Comments Off on Water Matters Storytelling Blog Series

Water Matters Storytelling Blog Series

Clean water is essential for life. People, animals and plants all need water to survive— and not just any water but clean, healthy, safe water. Mountain Watershed Association is dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring water quality so the people of our watershed and those downstream can have access to safe water. We oftentimes focus on the obvious ways we need clean water. As mentioned before, we know water is essential for humans, plants and animals to live because it keeps us hydrated, is necessary for cooking our food, for bathing, and for many other activities of daily...

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