ORWC Short Film by Andy McAllister

A film short about the Ohio River Watershed Celebration, a free cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet in Pittsburgh, PA  that discusses the water quality improvements that have occurred in the Ohio River Basin due to the hard work of grassroots watershed groups. Written, Edited, and Directed by Andy McAllister. Featuring music by Ken Bonfield. 



ORWC Benefit Dinner at Mad Mex, Shadyside on March 4, 2014

The Ohio River Watershed Celebration (ORWC), an annual cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet, is holding a Benefit Dinner at Mad Mex Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Fat Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 7pm.  A three course buffet dinner will include one adult beverage.  ORWC is accepting a $50 tax-deductible donation for dinner reservations.  100% of the proceeds of will go towards this year’s watershed celebration.  Valet parking is available.  Unfortunately, this facility is not handicapped accessible and space is limited.  Make your reservation early!

12th Annual Ohio River Watershed Celebration

The 12th Annual ORWC took place on Thursday, September 19, 2013.  We had a glorious day on the Ohio River on board two cruise ships filled to capacity!  The Empress hosted the Networker Cruise, where over 45 displays from local watershed groups, conservancies, as well as government, business, and industry explained to about 300 attendees how we are all “Working Together for Clean Water.”  Special guests included Christopher Abruzzo, Secretary of PA DEP;  Kristin Carter, Assistant State Geologist; Colonel Bernard Lindstrom, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Commander Lindsay Weaver-Marcenelle, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, Pittsburgh; and Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive.

11th Annual ORWC

It was bound to happen one of these years!  After 10 riverboat cruises, this one finally had something no previous event ever did—rain!  But the damp weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds of enthusiastic participants at the Ohio River Watershed Celebration on September 27th!  This year's theme, "Our Rivers - Get to the Point,” focused on how the three rivers that course through the Pittsburgh region have shaped the people and events that have influenced this country.  The way significant milestones in our history can be traced back as the rivers changed from free flowing and wild to navigable industrial corridors was interestingly explored and discussed.  Participants also learned how these once primarily utilitarian resources are being transformed into the life-blood of a new and more diverse and sustainable watershed. 

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