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. 




The Ohio River Watershed Celebration (ORWC) focuses on the efforts and impacts that small local organizations have had on the restoration of their watershed. These groups are run by dedicated volunteers addressing local issues, but are a very  important “cog” in the overall Ohio River Watershed recovery. Many watershed organizations are usually run on the proverbial “shoe string” budget. The ORWC Organizing Committee is celebrating these committed groups and will honor them with four $500.00 awards and four $250.00 awards to be used to meet their organizations goals.

How can your group be a recipient of an award? Register and bring a poster display at the event. Your display will be judged and voted on by during the day by a panel of judges. The award categories are: Most Innovative Program, Best Overall Display, Community Education and Outreach, and Best Partnership Effort.  The results will be announced during the event and checks awarded at that time.

Eligibility Requirements: Organizations must

  • Be from the Ohio River Watershed.
  • Work on a local watershed issue.
  • Be a formal or informal association, alliance, conservancy, hunting or fishing club, school group, environmental group, FFA, 4H or other like minded organization.
  • Not be a local, state or federal agency or private consulting firm.


Award Categories Place Award Recipients
Most Innovative Program 1st Allegheny Cleanways
2nd Cowanshannock Creek Watershed Association
Best Overall Display 1st Crooked Creek Watershed Association
2nd Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center
Community Education and Outreach 1st Pine Creek Watershed Coalition
2nd 3 Rivers Rain Garden Alliance
Best Partnership Effort 1st Roaring Run Watershed Association
2nd Kiskiminetas Watershed Association

1st Place Awardees are given a $500.00 cash prize.  2nd Place Awardees are given a $250.00 cash prize.


Thanks to the wonderful, wonderful generosity of our sponsors, special awards were also given this year to recognize the participation of watershed groups in the event.  The amount of the award was based upon the number of years in attendance.  


Award Categories Award Recipients
1 Year

Pine Creek Watershed Coalition

Paint Creek Regional Watershed Alliance

3 Rivers Rain Garden Alliance

2-5 Years

Allegheny Cleanways

Kikiminetas Watershed Association

Evergreen Conservancy

6-12 Years

Cowanshannock Creek Watershed Association

Crooked Creek Watershed Association

Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center

13 Years (Every Year!!)

Kiski-Conemaugh StreamTeam

Raccoon Creek Watershed Association

Roaring Run Watershed Association

Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

1st Year Awardees were given a $50 cash prize.  2-5 Year Awardees were given a $100 cash prize.  

6-12 Year Awardees were given a $200.00 cash prize.  13 Year Awardees were given a $500 cash prize.