Thank you for all your past Support!!!
Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary This Year!!!
CCWA Mission is to promote the health of Conewango Creek so that landowners, citizens, visitors, and municipal officials together take an active role in sustaining the resources of the creek and its watershed. Our main focus is education and hands-on experiences that improve the creek, and watershed and re-connect people to the water. We focus on free or inexpensive education, practical solutions, and hands-on experiences for local citizens. Together we can have an IMPACT!
CCWA Has organized over 30 streams, lakes, and watershed cleanups over the past 13 years. We have removed tons of trash, and hundreds of tires. Hundreds of volunteers have donated thousands of hours to this effort. People notice this improvement and thank us often. Dozens of Businesses have supported CCWA in our efforts with in-kind and cash donations.
Watershed Cleanups: This year we will have our three cleanups, two of which will be in-person and one will be virtual. The Chautauqua Spring Watershed Cleanup be held on Sat., May 21, 2022, from 9 am to 1 pm with lunch provided.
Our Virtual cleanup last year went very well so we are repeating it and expanding the time frame. It will run from May 1 thru Aug 31, 2022
Our Conewango Fall Cleanup will be held Sat. Sept 10, 2022. Watch our website for more details as they develop.
Chautauqua-Conewango Consortium- A Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate: A dedicated group of concerned individuals came to CCWA wishing to form a Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate group. Throughout 2019 and 2020 we worked together with this group to apply and get approved to be an Official Affiliate of the Waterkeeper Alliance. It is operating as a committee of the CCWA. They already have accomplished a great deal. We encourage you to check them out at their new website: www.cccwaters.org.
Water Quality Monitoring: We started a volunteer water quality monitoring program about 5 years ago. Right now we are updating our program with a new Monitoring Study Design. Once that is completed, we will ask for more volunteers and hold training for them later this year. People love to do this and we are getting some baseline data for our local streams.
Safe Drinking Water Clinics: We plan to have several safe drinking water clinics that educate homeowners about their private water supplies such as wells. They learn how to protect their wells, and get free water testing while learning what the tests mean. Research studies from Penn State Cooperative Extension indicate that a vast majority of landowners have never tested their wells, while at the same time as many as 70% of private water supplies may have health-related contamination that the owners are not aware of.
Past Projects: We have had rain barrel workshops, and educational speakers, support the three County Envirothon Competitions, planted a rain garden, planted stream buffers, given talks, sponsored the 2015 PA River of the Year” for Conewango Creek among other projects. CCWA is also the official sponsor of the Conewango Creek Water Trail.
We thank all past supporters!!! We couldn’t do what we do without the support of so many in our community!