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) began in 2002 with 250 people attending and has grown over the years to nearly 1000 participants from 100 different organizations.  This event brings branches of commerce and industry, history and tourism, environmental stewardship and recreation together to form a pathway to a vibrant future. A pathway where industrial and environmental concerns work together to foster mutual sustainability and where recreation and tourism have "open water" to pursue new and evolving ways of adding value to this region's greatest asset...its watershed.

The ORWC relies solely on the tax-free donations from its sponsors and on the unwavering support of its volunteer organizers.  These wonderful contributors to the ORWC provide an unequaled opportunity for attendees to learn about the history of this unique watershed.


Our Mission

  • To promote watershed stewardship, energy conservation, environmental education and outreach.
  • To provide networking opportunities that form lasting partnerships among diverse community interests.
  • To celebrate and encourage environmental initiatives that support the continual recovery of our water and land resources.

Our Vision

To enhance the national significance, quality of life and the natural resources of the Ohio River Watershed in Western Pennsylvania and neighboring states through an annual Ohio River Watershed Celebration accomplished in partnership with watershed groups, non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, industry, citizens and students.