WCCF Day of Giving – September 9, 2015
Donate to ChCWA through Washington County's
Annual Fundraising Event!
The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association has lots of exciting projects on tap for
2016 . . . but we need funding to make them a reality! YOU CAN HELP . . .
Each fall, the
Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) conducts WCCF Gives, an official
one-day event to raise funds for County charities. Every donation you make to your
favorite charity on this day is increased by a percentage of a bonus pool – estimated
to be at least $100,000. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000
in grants to local charities through WCCF Gives.
The minimum contribution is $25, but donors are welcome to give as much and to as many
charities as they would like.
Here’s how it works . . .
You can support either the Washington County Watershed Alliance (WCWA) or the Chartiers
Creek Watershed Association (ChCWA), but it’s even better to support both! So,
although all donations go automatically to WCWA . . .
See How to Donate . . .
- you may direct some of your contribution to ChCWA
- If you are a member of WCWA or ChCWA, or want to join either / both
organization(s), you can apply your donation toward your 2016
CANONSBURG LAKE RESTORATION
with Venture Outdoors!
Sunday, October 4th – 1 to 3 pm
FALL “MACRO” MONITORING
BEGINS IN OCTOBER
Volunteer now – it’s fun and educational!
The fall segment of our twice-yearly macro monitoring will kick off in October.
This sampling involves collecting and analyzing stream samples from 4 different
locations in the Upper Chartiers Creek.
Volunteer openings to help with this sampling can range from just two consecutive
dates to a complete multi-week schedule. ChCWA provides all training and supplies,
along with experienced guides to accompany volunteers.
Consider joining us for this important project! All you will need is transportation
to the sites, and an interest in protecting the environment.
For more details, please email Carrilee.
NEW METHANE SAMPLING
Data will be available soon on the web!
The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is enhancing its stream monitoring agenda
with a totally new program – methane sampling! Our volunteers are collecting stream
samples throughout the watershed for study by Penn State researcher Susan Brantley
and her colleagues. When analyzed, these samples will enable the researchers to
estimate the amount of methane in groundwater discharge to streams.
Methane in streams can come from a variety of sources: microbial methane (naturally
occurring, or from landfills, septic installations, agriculture), natural thermogenic
methane, and leaks of thermogenic methane from gas wells.
Ms. Brantley’s group began their methane research with a pilot study in northern
Pennsylvania. The study was a collaboration of researchers from the United States
Geologic Study (USGS), Penn State, and the University of Utah. To view a presentation
of the Penn State pilot study, go to
In the list of presentations, click on “Stream Monitoring for Estimating Methane”
(Susan Brantley, et al).
Penn State is expanding the study to Chartiers Creek and other streams by using
volunteer monitors. Our ChCWA volunteers were trained this summer (2015), collecting
their first samples in Little Chartiers Creek.
Samples will continue to be collected on a regular basis, every other month, and the
data will be viewable on the web using
a free, open source GIS-enabled desktop application. Click on “HydroDesktop” above
for more information, plus links for downloading and a helpful tutorial.
Summer Sampling Completed in August . . .
. . . thanks to PA DEP and our great volunteers!
We’re done! This summer we completed our annual bacteriological stream monitoring –
and started a new methane monitoring program – in spite of a few obstacles!
The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is a member of the
Washington County Watershed Alliance
2800 N Main St Ext, Ste 105
Washington, PA 15301