“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 . . .


Catfish Creek Streambanks Now Restored!

An eroding streambank on Catfish Creek in the City of Washington had been worrying the neighboring homeowner for a long time…but not anymore.



Financial support for this project was provided by the Dominion Foundation, which is dedicated to the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion companies.

The grant program was administered by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in commitment to its core mission of conserving Pennsylvania's diverse ecosystems through science-based strategy, leadership, and collaboration.

Giant Eagle and Tim Hortons donated food for the volunteers who worked on the project.

The streambank was recently built up and restored through the joint efforts of four local conservation groups:
  • The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association (CHCWA)
  • The Washington County Watershed Alliance (WCWA)
  • The Washington County Conservation District (WCCD)
  • The City of Washington.
This project was designed and supervised by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and was a learning experience for the City and ChCWA.

Here’s how we accomplished this task . . .


First, we dug out the streambank areas that were eroded or had little to no vegetation. Root wads, provided by Wetland Plants from Apollo PA, were then placed in these locations against the flow of the stream to create deflectors. We then drilled holes into the root wads and filled them with rebar to keep the wads in place.


We then covered the root wad trunks with large rocks, placed strategically along the bank to hold it back and prevent further erosion. Top soil was then added to create a sloped grade between the rocks and the neighbor’s yard.

ChCWA planted trees and shrubs along the bank to encourage future stream stability. We then applied grass seed and hay to the yard and near streambank.

This October 2014 streambank restoration completes the project we started last year, when we stabilized and planted the other side of the creek. ChCWA and the City will continue to keep a close eye on this project to make sure everything works as intended.

THANKS to donors who made our “Day”!

On September 10 Washington County’s annual “Day of Giving,” donors contributed $534,000 to the Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF), which raises funds for a long list of county organizations. This donation was augmented by a $100,000 bonus pool provided by “Gives day” sponsors, for a grand total of $634,000! Read more . . .

Can you help with funding for Canonsburg Lake Restoration?

Additional funds are being sought to complete the restoration of Canonsburg Lake, a prime resource for fishing, boating, and recreation in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Right now, the Save Canonsburg Lake Committee is waiting for federal and state approval of construction permits, which are expected before the end of 2014. Construction bids will be sought soon after that . . .

But the project can’t proceed without additional monetary backing. You can help by making a donation, or by contributing your time and talents. See http://www.savecanonsburglake.org/what.htm.