Grantee of the Month – April 2012

Grantee of the Month

TRCF is proud to recognize our grantees throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania that promote social justice and change through their activities. Each month we will recognize one of these organizations as our Grantee of the Month.

Mountain Watershed Association

Grantee of the Month, April 2012

The Mountain Watershed Association, formed in 1994, focuses on remediation of the numerous abandoned mine discharges that resulted from over 125 years of mining in the Indian Creek Watershed, developing community awareness, promoting cooperative community efforts for remediation and encouraging sound environmental practices.

The organization was formed by concerned citizens who acted in response to 125 years of poor mining practices in the watershed. The citizens are dedicated to environmental stewardship. Since its founding, MWA has built numerous treatment systems and complete many other projects that have improved the water quality in the Indian Creek Watershed.

There are at least twenty-one tributaries flowing into Indian Creek so excellent water quality is a must. In 2003, MWA partnered with the International Waterkeeper Alliance to create the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, a program of MWA.  Since then, their vision has expanded into the larger Youghiogheny River Watershed.

Today MWA is a non-profit organization consisting of over 850 members and is always looking for more. They are governed by a board of directors. They are working on promoting cooperative community efforts for remediation and encouraging sound environmental practices. In addition, one of their major purposes is to bring about the remediation of the numerous abandoned mine discharges from the many years of poor mining practices in the Indian Creek Watershed.

Upcoming events for the WMA include their Annual Banquet on April 21st. It starts at 5:00PM AT Brady’s Restaurant in Donegal, PA. The cost of tickets are $25.00. They will also be having a Wildflower Walk on April 28th starting at 9:00am at the entrance to the Indian Creek Gorge near the Camp Christian Sign near Mill Run, PA.

If you’re interested in the MWA and their work please join their Marcellus mailing list to get alerts of upcoming events. You can join their mailing list by contacting Veronica Coptis, MWA community organizer, at veronica@mtwatershed.com or by visiting their website at www.mtwatershed.com.

 

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