Our Watershed

The 298 square-mile Loyalhanna Creek Watershed is located in Westmoreland County in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Loyalhanna Creek originates on the western slope of Laurel Ridge, south of Ligonier Township, and flows northwest through Ligonier, Latrobe, New Alexandria, and finally on to Saltsburg where it meets the Conemaugh River. Together, they form the Kiskiminetas River, which flows into the Allegheny River.

The Loyalhanna Creek Watershed is comprised of 2,500 miles of stream, each varying in origin, size, and quality. Despite abundant forests in the headwaters and natural areas throughout its middle section, the Loyalhanna Creek Watershed is impacted by a series of challenges including abandoned mine drainage (AMD), sedimentation as a result of erosion and nutrient loading. The combination of historic coal mining, farming, and development threaten the Loyalhanna Creek Watershed and its quality.

Special thanks to the Westmoreland Conservation District for the Map


Contact any of us with questions or concerns!

Susan L. Huba
Executive DirectorSusan L. Huba
Josh Penatzer
Director of Environmental ProjectsJosh Penatzer
Tara Jellison
Administrative & Outreach ManagerTara Jellison
About us

Our Mission

In 1971, the Loyalhanna Watershed Association (LWA) was founded to address the various pollution impacts throughout the Loyalhanna Creek Watershed and to preserve natural areas. Today, LWA's primary objectives remain to protect and improve our area waterways, conserve land parcels and riparian corridors as green, open space, provide educational opportunities to students of all ages and backgrounds, and foster a watershed stewardship ethic in the communities we serve.


We envision the Loyalhanna Creek Watershed as a pristine and healthy environment, contributing to a high quality of life for inhabitants and visitors.


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  • Ms. Kim Bellas
  • Dr. Hugh Brallier
  • Mr. Roger Brown
  • Dr. Conrad Bures (Compliance Assurance Officer)
  • Dr. Alan Christianson
  • Dr. Daryle Fish (Secretary)
  • Mr. Brian Jones
  • Mr. William Knowles (Vice-President)
  • Dr. Wilma Light
  • Mr. David Miller (Treasurer)
  • Mr. Thomas Smith, Esq. (President)
  • Dr. JoAnn Thistlethwaite
  • Dr. Donna Wenzel