“All the water that will ever be is, right now.”
- National Geographic, October 1993

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The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association (ChCWA) is a group of volunteers who
work to ensure the high quality of the upper portion of Chartiers Creek. ChCWA monitors
streams, promotes good water conservation practices, and conducts educational and
recreational events for its members and the general public. Read more . . .


Riparian Buffer / Stream Bank Restoration Training

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10 am to 12 noon
Cecil Township Municipal Building

New event! A training session for creating riparian buffers and restoring stream banks
will be presented by the Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW).

WHO might be interested in this event?
  • Master gardeners and landscape architects
  • Municipal officials
  • Members of watershed organizations
  • Environmental clubs
  • …Or anyone whose property is close to a stream or other water body

WHAT will attendees learn?
  • What a riparian buffer is, and what it does
  • What to plant in the buffer
  • What to do if you don’t have a buffer
  • What stream bank restoration is and what its techniques are
  • Resources available for riparian buffers and stream bank restoration

This training will be provided by Kristina Strosneider,
Executive Director of Natural Biodiversity, a conservation
strategy group. Kristina holds a Masters in Landscape
Architecture from the University of Oklahoma, and is active
in numerous community environmental and conservation
initiatives. (For more information on Natural Biodiversity,
see www.naturalbiodiversity.org.)

or Jacob at 724-705-7098 or email Beth at bethk@pawccd.org

Riparian buffer training is a C-SAW event, provided by the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy (CVC).
C-SAW is administered by the Poconos Northwest Resource Conservation and Development Council.

A Riparian Buffer is . . .

. . . a vegetated area maintained along the shore of a stream or other water body. A buffer
helps shade and partially protect the stream from the impact of adjacent land uses (like
farming or landscaping), and plays a key role in enhancing the water quality of associated
bodies of water – such as the streams, rivers and wetlands of the Chartiers Creek Watershed.


Catfish Creek Stream Restoration
Early Fall – watch for updates!

Early this fall, we will continue our efforts to restore portions
of the stream bank along Catfish Creek in Washington Park.
Working again with the City of Washington, we’ll focus on
the opposite side of the stream from our 2013 restoration
project, stabilizing the bank and doing plantings. This project
is made possible with a grant of $2,300 from Dominion and the
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Events in the Community . . .
Throughout the year!

During 2014 we will represent the ChCWA at public events . . .

August 9 thru 16 - Washington County Fair
Come out and visit our exhibit at this popular summer event.
We’d love to see you there!

Other Conservation Events…
Throughout the year!

ChCWA actively supports other conservation groups
through participation at their events . . .

Saturday, June 7 – Fracking in the Coalfields Tour:
Co-sponsored by the Center for Coalfield Justice and
Pittsburgh Sierra Club, this Greene County tour will observe the
impacts of longwall mining and fracking occurring in the same place.

For more information, email Veronica at
veronica@coalfieldjustice.org or call her at 724-229-3550.