Are There Any Local Watershed Organizations?
There are various organizations through Cambria County that collaborate with the Conservation District in order to monitor and maintain stream health throughout the county. Please visit the various organization’s websites for additional information regarding past and upcoming projects, community outreach, and further watershed explanation.
Chest Creek Watershed Alliance
The Chest Creek Watershed Alliance (CCWA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was formed in 2003 to cover Chest Creek, from its source near Wintercrest in Cambria County, to its juncture with the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Mahaffey, Clearfield County. The Clearfield & Cambria County Conservation Districts, along with their expert watershed specialists, guided this undertaking and the Chest Creek Watershed Alliance was born.
West Branch Susquehanna Rescue
The West Branch Susquehanna Rescue’s mission is to restore local sections of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, while promoting cold water conservation through education and community involvement.
clearfield Creek Watershed Association
The Clearfield Creek Watershed Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization was founded in 2001. Since that time CCWA has worked to improve the water quality of Clearfield Creek. Clearfield Creek suffers from degraded water due to abandoned mine drainage (AMD). CCWA has worked to improve these impairments and return life to the stream. CCWA has completed a variety of projects in the watershed and continues to work to improve the stream.
Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project (SCRIP)
The Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project (SCRIP) was created in 1991 to address water quality problems in the Upper Conemaugh Basin. The basin includes Stonycreek River and Little Conemaugh River, which meet in Johnstown to form the Conemaugh River. The Conemaugh’s confluence with Loyalhanna Creek creates the Kiskiminetas River, which flows into the Allegheny River.
Blacklick Creek Watershed Association
During the planning and construction of the Ghost Town Trail, it became obvious that the Blacklick Creek was severely polluted by acid mine drainage. A group of local residents gathered to discuss what could be done to clean up the streams. As a result of these meetings, Blacklick Creek Watershed Association (BCWA) was formed in 1993. The association works to improve the water quality of the waters in the Blacklick Creek watershed that runs through Indiana and Cambria counties.