Blacklick Creek Watershed Association (BCWA) is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 1993, providing a structure and focal point to improve the quality of the Blacklick Creek Watershed.
The Blacklick Creek watershed encompasses 420 square miles in Indiana and Cambria counties of southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to the main stem of Blacklick Creek, the major sub-basins include South Branch Blacklick Creek, North Branch Blacklick Creek, Twolick Creek, and Yellow Creek, which is a sub-basin of Twolick. Blacklick Creek drains to the Conemaugh River, entering the river in the pool of the Conemaugh River Lake, a flood control and electric power generating project operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Blacklick Creek provides thirty percent of the flow of the entire Conemaugh River basin, thus having a significant influence on the quality of the Conemaugh as well as on the Kiskiminetas River further downstream. Some upper stream segments of the Blacklick basin are of excellent quality, serving as potable water supply sources and recreational destinations. Other segments, mostly in the middle of the basin, have been rapidly improving in quality and now support fish and other aquatic life after being devoid of life for decades. The lower sections of Yellow Creek, Twolick Creek, and the main stem remain substantially degraded by abandoned mine drainage and siltation and provide significant opportunities for water quality improvement projects.
The Association is organized to:
- Promote conservation of watersheds natural resources.
- Conduct educational & scientific investigation & research related to environment within and borders with the watershed.
- Distribute information regarding the resources of the watershed to interested parties and the general public.
- Educate individuals and organizations in the value of stream controls.
- Accelerate existing government programs and promote necessary conservation to those beneficial to the watershed.
- Obtain assistance from various sources to develop and protect the watershed resources.
- Accelerate existing governmental programs and promote additional programs for sound conservation. Practices, including acquisition, leasing, and development of lands in the watershed, in order to promote the watershed’s founding purposes.
The Association has the following objectives to:
- Identify environmental problems of the Blacklick Creek Watershed.
- Develop a watershed management program based on the results of past and continuing studies.
- Promote local interest in the problems of natural resources conservation; the watershed will solicit local support on the programs developed to correct the problem conditions.
- Develop beautification programs and recreational facilities.
- Promote industrial and environmental harmony in the Blacklick Creek Watershed.