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Welcome to the Kiskiminetas Watershed

Our monthly board meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Check our Facebook page for meeting locations and to stay up to date with what’s happening in the watershed. We look forward to meeting you!

About Us

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the environmental education, recreation, and conservation & rehabilitation of the natural & historical resources of the Kiski River and its tributaries. A 100+ year history of abandoned mine drainage (AMD) left the river lifeless. Today, thanks to the efforts of the KWA and other like-minded environmental organizations, the Kiski has made a remarkable recovery. As the water quality has improved, aquatic life is rebounding with the presence of freshwater mussels, hellbender salamanders, and threatened fish species.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains all the streams and rainfall to a common outlet such as the outflow of a reservoir, mouth of a bay, or any point along a stream channel. Watersheds can be as small as a footprint or large enough to encompass all the land that drains water into the Atlantic Ocean. A watershed consists of surface water–lakes, streams, reservoirs, and wetlands–and all the underlying groundwater.

At Saltsburg, the Conemaugh River and Loyalhanna Creek meet to form the Kiskiminetas River, which flows 26 miles to Freeport to the Allegheny River. The 217 square mile watershed encompasses three counties (Westmoreland, Armstrong, and Indiana) and a number of sub-watersheds: Carnahan Run, Pine Run, Beaver Run, Roaring Run, and Blackleggs Creek. There are a number of boat/kayak launches within the area.

How You Can Help

Consider donating to help stock the Kiski River with trout or provide a general donation to go towards other improvements within the watershed.

Become a member today by filling out our membership form and mailing it in. Membership renewals are due by April 1st of every year.

Do you want to jump right in? Consider becoming a volunteer by filling out a contact form and letting us know what you are interested in getting involved in!