Beginning as early as the 1970s, watershed organizations and conservation groups began mobilizing to address the problems within the Kiski-Conemaugh River Valley. Industry and mining left the rivers orange and polluted. In the 90s, many issues within the watershed were documented in the original Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Conservation Plan. Heavily utilized, about 88% of its 120 recommendations were implemented to some degree.
The waterways improved, and in 2013, the Stream Team secured funds to update the plan and document the recovery of our streams and rivers. Over four years of data collection, tabulation, and evaluation are gathered in The State of the Kiski-Conemaugh River Watershed: Community Shift. This document reveals that many our streams and rivers are transforming, changing from their once net acidic state to net alkaline; from fish poor to fish rich. Much work remains, but we are moving in the right direction.
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Download The State of the Kiski-Conemaugh River Watershed: Community Shift (PDF, 41 MB)