Ohio River Trail Council

“Joining communities through fitness, recreation, heritage and transportation networks”

aka Ohio River Trail   |   Moon Township, PA   |  www.ohiorivertrail.org

Mission

The Ohio River Trail Council is a volunteer-led multifaceted public benefit corporation whose mission is to establish, promote, protect and preserve a multi-use trail, the Ohio River Trail (ORT), along the Ohio River and its tributaries. The ORTC is composed of a dedicated and visionary leadership, which embraces a team strategy to implement our community-based initiatives with the intention to guarantee a bright future for our rivers, forests, and towns. The ORTC works to bring individuals, groups, businesses, and all levels of government together to honor our past and build a "path" to our future by providing active transportation networks, brownfield remediation, economic development, environmental stewardship, heritage preservation, land conservation, and recreation opportunities.

Ruling year info

2009

President and CEO

Dr. Vincent Troia

Vice President

Mr. Mario Leone

Main address

1519 Staunton Drive Troia Building

Moon Township, PA 15108 USA

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EIN

35-2366103

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

Economic Development (S30)

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Ohio River Water Trail

The Ohio River Water Trail is under the stewardship of the Ohio River Trail Council. The official Pennsylvania State Water Trail geographically extends through three states from the Three Rivers Water Trail in Pittsburgh, PA to Newell, WV and East Liverpool, OH. The 69-mile Ohio River Water Trail (ORWT) includes thirteen-miles of the Ohio River (Three Rivers Water Trail) from the "Point" in Pittsburgh at milepost zero downstream to the Dashields Lock and Dam at milepost 13. Thirty-three-miles of the Ohio River from Dashields Dam at milepost 13, downstream to Newell, WV at milepost 46.0. Sixteen-miles of the Little Beaver Creek to Beaver Creek State Park. Three-miles of the Beaver River to the Townsend (Fallston) Dam, and four-miles of the Raccoon Creek.

Water trails are similar to land trails as they provide safe canoe, kayak and rowing access to our local waterways while also providing connections to our history, ecology, geology, heritage and wildlife. Boaters, kayakers, nature enthusiasts, weekend recreationalists, as well as tourists utilize water trails. Water trails includes small-boat launches, shore access, overnight campsites, boat storage, and interpretive signage highlighting significant historical, geological, and environmental information.

The Ohio River Water Trail earned the outstanding distinction of a National Recreation Trail (NRT) on June 4, 2015. The NRT is a designation given to trails that contribute to the health, conservation, and recreation goals in the United States.

The National Park Service (part of the United States Department of the Interior) and the United States Forest Service (part of the United States Department of Agriculture) jointly administer the National Recreation Trails Program with help from a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, the lead nonprofit for developing and promoting NRTs.

Water trails are similar to land trails as they provide access to places of interest, communities, and natural places. Water trails are utilized by boaters, kayakers, nature enthusiasts, weekend recreationalists, as well as tourists. Water trails includes small-boat launches, shore access, overnight campsites, boat storage, and interpretive signage highlighting significant historical, geological, and environmental information. The ORTC is sponsoring safe canoe, kayak and rowing access to our local waterways while also providing connections to our history, ecology, geology, heritage and wildlife.

The Ohio River Water Trail Map and Guide from Pittsburgh to the state line is available through the ORTC and the Beaver County Recreation & Tourism Office.

This Ohio River Water Trail project is nearly complete. The ORTC is adding additional canoe and kayak launch points along the Ohio River as well as installing Outdoor Message Centers and kayak storage racks.

Population(s) Served

The Ohio River Trail Council supports the development of a multi-use trail in Allegheny County called the Ohio River Greenway Trail (ORGT). The communities involved are Leetsdale, Edgeworth, Sewickley, Glen Osborne, Crescent Township, Moon Township, Coraopolis, Pa. and Findlay Township. The ORGT will improve the quality of life of its users by providing fitness and recreation opportunities. The ORGT can also serve as an alternative transportation corridor between communities, as well as reducing vehicle congestion and pollution. The project includes the reallocation of abandoned rail corridors, bridges, interurban or trolley lines, and canal towpaths as public multi-use trails. Feasibility studies have been completed which permits entering the next stage of development, which includes the design, engineering, and construction of the Ohio River Greenway Trail in Allegheny County. The Ohio River Trail Council is adding additional trailheads along the Ohio River as well as installing Outdoor Message Centers and bicycle storage racks.

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Ohio River Trail Council

Board of directors
as of 2/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Vincent Troia

Troia Eye & Laser PC

Term: 2008 - 2014


Board co-chair

Mario Leone

Monaca Borough

Term: 2008 - 2014

John Szatkiewicz

Mayor of Ohioville

Donna Campbell

Ferguson Transportation

Pam Ronczka

Wright Contracting

Vincent Troia

Troia Eye & Laser PC

Mario Leone

Monaca Borough

Jack Manning

Pinebrook Consulting

William Sweterlitsch

Coraopolis True Value Hardware

Nathan Bible

James J. Loll, P.C.

John Orndorff

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