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Mountain Watershed Association

Melcroft, PA   |  www.mtwatershed.com

Mission

Protect, preserve, and restore the Youghiogheny River Watershed and its broader communities through conservation, recreation, education, and advocacy.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms Ashley Funk

Main address

PO Box 408 1414B Indian Creek Valley Road

Melcroft, PA 15462 USA

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EIN

25-1730301

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Comprehensive Restoration of the Watershed

In 1999 MWA developed a plan to clean up the mine discharges throughout the Indian Creek Watershed. A technical study to have the area designated unsuitable for mining identified more than 130 discharges in 125 square mile watershed. Of those 130 discharges, twelve discharge areas were having the most negative cumulative impact. These areas became the target of the comprehensive restoration plan. MWA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a department of the USDA, completed a second assessment in 2000 that included a cost/benefit analysis. The analysis concluded that for every $1.00 spent on mine drainage clean up, the community would benefit economically by $2.40. Over the next 12 years five treatment system were constructed to address these problems. In addition, MWA completed a Rivers Conservation Plan which placed Indian Creek on the Pennsylvania River Registry. This plan identified projects such as streambank restoration to restore the watershed to a healthy ecosystem.

Population(s) Served

Stewardship of the Indian Creek Watershed includes protecting, preserving, and conserving a 125 square mile area. The Board of Directors supports overseeing activities throughout the watershed that could potentially cause further harm to the water resouces and habitat, including human habitat and the quality of life in the community. We review land use permit applications such as mining, gas development, and water withdrawal. We submit comments in response to regulatory agencies' requests for public comment. The organization responds to questions and concerns from community members regarding blasting damage, sewage discharges, and potable water needs. We have a rough Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement plan for maintaining all the treatment systems and streambank projects throughout the watershed that we are currently updating. This involves water and macroinvertebrate sampling at the major discharge areas throughout the watershed that supports stream redesignation and petitions for areas unsuitable for mining.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2003 MWA petitioned the international Waterkeeper Alliance to become the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. As Riverkeeper, we serve as the public advocate for the Youghiogheny River watershed within Pennsylvania; we advocate on behalf of, defend and enforce the protection and restoration of ground and surface waters in the watershed. The Youghiogheny Riverkeeper is dedicated to conserving, preserving and protecting the Youghiogheny River watershed through litigation and advocacy of the local, regional, and national issues, particularly focusing on the coal cycle, that impact the water resources and quality of life within the watershed. The activist role of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper strengthens and expands the advocacy program of the Mountain Watershed Association. We are now sampling quarterly at 17 stream sites throughout the Yough Watershed to acquire baseline water quality data.

Population(s) Served

The Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project (MSCP) has been developed to assist citizens in taking steps to protect their property, their health, and the environment from impacts of Marcellus shale development. Through Visual Assessment Trainings we aim to provide citizens with the tools and knowledge to responsibly monitor Marcellus development in order to increase protections for communities and water. Citizens can easily report pollution or other impacts through reporting forms developed specifically for this project. The MCSP is centered in the Youghiogheny River Watershed but has been developed to serve as a model so that it can easily be expanded into other areas. We have a full-time Community Organizer to coordinate the MCSP; our organizer is available to assist citizens with implementing the project in their own communities. In the past year we have trained over 400 people through this program. We now serve 20 counties.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The purpose of the Laurel Highlands Monitoring Project is to gather defensible baseline water quality data on streams throughout the Laurel Highlands region. This project is a joint effort between MWA and several other watershed organizations in the region. The acquisition of long term water quality data to pinpoint pollution episodes and alert regulatory agencies to prevent large scale ecological disasters is invaluable to preserve the integrity of the Laurel Highlands region. Through this project we use instream datalogging devices, macroinvertebrate sampling, and water quality sampling in order to establish baseline stream conditions. Should a pollution event occur, this data will provide a reference point to which a stream must be restored.

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Mountain Watershed Association

Board of directors
as of 04/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Roger Pritts

Retired teacher

Term: 2013 - 2013


Board co-chair

Mr. Jerry Gearhart

Self-employed owner of Gearhart Electric

Term: 2013 - 2013

Robert Basinger

retired

William Brisbane

retired from World Bank

Jerry Gearhart

Self-employed owner of Gearhart Electric

Kurt Limbach

retired partner in a green HVAC business

Roger Pritts

retired teacher

Virgil Shaffer

First Energy employee and union rep

Janice Angelo

owner operator of Angelo's Trout Hatchery

Paul Cline

Bank of New York, Mellon

Hank Croft

Loyalhanna Veterinary Associates, vet

Paige Dix

Allan Ferens

Homestead Defense Systems owner

Katherine Ferrarri

graduate student

Kenneth Gfroerer

sales

Alonzo Kalp

retired carpenter

Roger Loughney

medical sales

Jan Show

retired teacher

Louise Sprowls

Master Gardener

Amy Mathews

Insuance agent, accountant

Joel Martin

Lawn care provider

Geri Lowe

Nurse

Jim Sprowls

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No