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SPACES GOING FAST…REGISTER NOW for
ChCWA / VO SPRING PADDLE!

Sunday, May 29th from 1 to 3 pm

The Canonsburg Lake Restoration Paddle, sponsored jointly by ChCWA and Venture Outdoors, is almost here! If you like to kayak, sign up now for this popular event, featuring:

  • A scenic paddle on Canonsburg Lake

  • Update on the lake restoration project
  • Info on ChCWA & VO activities

To register, call Venture Outdoors at 412-255-0564.

Get more info on this trip . . .

plus photos of last Fall’s trip . . .


News and Updates

ChCWA receives Dominion 2016
Watershed Mini-Grant Award

Carrilee Hemington, ChCWA secretary, accepts a watershed mini-grant of $850 from Don Houser, Director of Regional Federal, State, and Local Affairs for Dominion. With this grant, we will be able to purchase a new swing sampler and attachments for stream monitoring, and to color print four issues of our newsletter. ChCWA wishes to thank the Dominion Foundation for this award, a vital addition to our watershed conservation work.

Carrilee also accepted a Dominion mini-grant of $1,650, on behalf of the Washington County Watershed Alliance, for water quality monitor maintenance supplies and for producing a watershed map.

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

This 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.




“Trees near stream should have stayed . . .”

That was the message of ChCWA’s May 14th letter-to-the-editor, written by Carrilee Hemington and published in the Washington Observor-Reporter. Carrilee was referring to the cutting down of trees and shrubs along Chartiers Creek, near Chartiers-Houston Junior/Senior High School. Her letter was in response to an earlier letter by Gary Popiolowski, a science teacher at Chartiers-Houston, who wrote to protest the tree and shrub removal by Chartiers Township. Both letters expressed the hope that the township would replant the area and, in the future, refrain from removing treed riparian buffers along streambanks.

Read entire versions of both letters . . .




Click Here for a larger photo . . .




See more photos of the Wetlands Walk . . .




ChCWA joins W&J Eco Expo
to celebrate Earth Month






Each April students from the Washington & Jefferson College's Green Club invite local environmental groups to set up displays and talk about their work to interested students.

ChCWA members Carrilee (left) and Joan (not pictured) staffed our 2016 display, distributing flyers and collecting student signatures for future volunteer stints.







Catfish Creek Before & After:
A Streambank Success!


It’s been nearly a year and a half since ChCWA joined other local organizations to finish restoring an eroding stream bank along Catfish Creek in Washington City. In this recent photo (April 2016) of the restoration site, it’s clear that our efforts have paid off.

The stream bank – built up through the joint efforts of the City of Washington and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – is quite stable. The native plants and bushes strategically placed by ChCWA volunteers have more than doubled in size.

This project was made possible through coordination with the Washington County Conservation District (WCCD) and with the financial support of the Dominion Foundation. Unused funds were later used to plant rain gardens near 2 homes being built in North Franklin Township by Habitat for Humanity.

Photos by Carrilee Hemington












The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is a member of the
Washington County Watershed Alliance
2800 N Main St Ext, Ste 105
Washington, PA 15301


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