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.

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Special thanks to the Westmoreland Conservation District for the Map

OUR TEAM

You can call on any of us to help in safeguarding your watershed.

Susan Huba
Executive DirectorSusan Huba
Josh Penatzer
Project ManagerJosh Penatzer
Cathy Johnston
Administrative ManagerCathy Johnston
About us

Our Mission

In 1971, the Loyalhanna Watershed Association (LWA) was founded to address the various pollution impacts throughout the 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.

Vision

We envision a Loyalhanna Creek and surrounding environment that is recognized as a scenic and pristine destination for inhabitants and visitors that positively contributes to the quality of life in our region.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OUR BOARD

  • Ormond Bellas
  • Tammy Colt
  • William Danchuk
  • Daryle Fish
  • Gary Gula
  • Herb Gundy (Vice-President)
  • Charles Jacobina
  • William Knowles (President)
  • Wilma Light
  • David Miller
  • William Repko (Secretary)
  • George Seifert
  • Christopher Sheedy (Treasurer)
  • Regis Synan
  • Carole Wright
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6 Old Lincoln Highway West
Ligonier, PA 15658

  • 1-724-238-7560

  • cathy@loyalwater.com

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