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. 



Big Changes in Store for the 13th Annual ORWC

PITTSBURGH- Major changes highlight the 13th Annual Ohio River Watershed Celebration which is set for Thursday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For the first time, the celebration will be held on land at Allegheny County’s North Park.   This year’s theme: “Connected through Our Streams-The Pine Creek Experience” focuses on the great progress that has been made in restoring streams and creeks in the Ohio River Watershed. 

Pine Creek is a perfect example.  It’s 22.8 miles long.  It winds its way through northern Allegheny County before entering the Allegheny River at Etna. As part of this year’s celebration, some participants will be able to take a bus tour of the creek’s watershed and get a first-hand look at the work that has been done to improve the creek.

Other venues include a morning Networking event in the Rose Barn with speakers, a falconry demonstration by the National Aviary, a display of alternative fuel vehicles, a drone that can collect water samples from the lake, free canoeing thanks to the PA Fish & Boat Commission, table displays with opportunities to learn about energy conservation and watershed restoration efforts, plus plenty of activities for kids at the Pool area.

Past Watershed Celebrations were held on the Pittsburgh’s three rivers. However, so much of the region’s rich abundance of water resource is due to the many streams and creeks that flow into the rivers, it was decided to hold this year’s event on land- right in the middle of a creek’s watershed.

The event is free thanks to generous donations from a number of sponsors. Join representatives from business, industry, grassroots organizations, watershed groups, foundations, educational institutions, scientific societies, non-profit organizations and all levels of government for this very special event. 

To attend, pre-registration is required. Each person attending must register separately. Registration is easy.  Simply go to the website http://www.orwc.org/ . There is limited seating for the bus tour of the Pine Creek Watershed. When you register please indicate if you would be interested to go on the tour or for free canoeing.