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Our Association

Who We Are

The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association (ChCWA) is a group of volunteers who work to ensure the high environmental quality of the upper portion of Chartiers Creek – the portion located in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The lower portion of Chartiers Creek is located in Allegheny County.

ChCWA is a nonprofit water and natural resources conservation group, one of eight such groups under the auspices of the Washington County Watershed Alliance, an umbrella organization that serves as our fiscal agent for grants and helps coordinate our conservation efforts.

Membership in our association is open to anyone who lives, conducts business, or is actively involved within the Chartiers Creek Watershed. We also welcome other individuals and businesses concerned about ensuring the quality of our watershed streams and lakes.

What We Do

ChCWA maintains an ongoing schedule of events and projects that help protect our waterways. Our group monitors streams, promotes good water conservation practices, and conducts educational and recreational events for our members and the general public.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is to enhance, protect, and develop the ecosystem of the watershed by undertaking the following activities:
  1. Study the natural resources of the watershed

  2. Develop programs to maintain and improve the water resources of the watershed

  3. Promote local interest in natural resource conservation

  4. Involve local support to correct conditions that cause problems for the watershed

  5. Identify federal, state, and local programs (financial, technical, and scientific) that would benefit the watershed

To achieve these goals, ChCWA is committed to working with the real estate community, governments, and other segments of our community, and to be a resource and forum for concepts in the following areas:
  • Land development

  • On-site stormwater retention

  • Watershed management

  • Public policy

Our History

The Chartiers Creek Watershed Association was formally organized on September 29, 1999 by a small group of volunteers who wanted to provide ways and means for protecting the watershed’s natural resources.

At this initial meeting, the group adopted by-laws and elected officers.