Trout Trail Fly-Fishing March 21

Trout Trail Event Planned

The 4th annual Laurel Highlands Trout Trail will hold an opening reception at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Lincoln Highway Experience.  The evening will start with a presentation by Leo Vense, a premiere fly-fishing guide, and includes a short fishing DVD; an exhibit of vintage fly-fishing rods and reels; demonstrations by Ken Vallino and Scott Minster, whiz fly-tiers; and a sampling of juried artisan items with a trout theme.

The program, for $10 per person, includes craft beers, select wines, and assorted appetizers. To register, visit the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor at, click on Gift Shop, then Event Tickets.

The Trout Trail was recently listed on VisitPA’s Ten Places to Fish promotion!


Rubber Ducky Fund Raiser & FREE Children’s Fishing Day

Mountain Watershed Association is hosting a free children’s fishing day and a Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser on Saturday October 4, 2014 at Resh Park in Indian Head, PA.

The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. when the fishing starts. Kids ages 12 and under can participate with adult supervision. This event is FREE of charge. There will be a break in the fishing action for lunch, which is provided, around 11:45 and door prize winners will be announced. Participants must bring their own rod, tackle, and bait. All participants will be entered into the Door Prize drawing. Pre-registration is not required, but would be appreciated.

During the fishing day MWA will host its annual Rubber Ducky Race at 1:30 p.m. when 1,000 rubber duckies will be released and will race down Indian Creek. For a donation of $5, you can have two chances to win. Prizes include: 1st Prize-$500, 2nd Prize-$250, 3rd Prize-$150, 4th Prize-$100, and Last Duck-$50. Ticket holders need not be present to win and proceeds will benefit the Children’s Fishing Day. Tickets are being sold at the MWA office, G&D Market, Donegal Pharmacy, Brady’s Restaurant, Love Laugh Learn Daycare, Tall Cedars, TJ’s Restaurant, Ritenour Sporting Goods, B&G Bait Shop, Sheri Bukovac Bookkeeping, and Indian Creek Valley Water Authority.

For more information, or to pre-register for the fishing day, please contact Carla at the Mountain Watershed Association: (724) 455-4200, extension 3#, or


Lifestyles Map in Information Tab

Laurel Highlands Living has a activities and life style mapping feature on the activities page in the Information Tab. This map uses google maps for its backdrop and adds local dining, activities, entertainment, and attractions. The default map opens with these amenities already loaded, but users can expand the map to included information about schools, zip codes, shopping, and much more. Any vendor who would like to be on this map and is not can enter their information on, the source for the activities information.
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Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative

This is the latest newsletter from the Conservation Landscape Initiative, established about 2010 by PA DCNR to help small communities in the planning of conservation efforts in their area. As we are are striving to keep our natural resources intact and improve the area in the Laurel Highlands we thought this would be good information. Newsletter talks about effects of natural gas drilling, Stoney Creek, and more.


Conservation Coalition FOCUS ON WATER

Tomorrow is the deadline for registration to the Laurel Highlands Conservations Coalition’s April 23 conference with an emphasis on the declining water supplies from the perspective of an international scientist and local conservationists. Dr. Leonard Konikow of the U.S. Geological Survey is the keynote speaker. The afternoon will provide other topics including the efforts of the Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project.


Laurel Highlands CLI Newsletter

This newsletter speaks to the Stonycreek being named River of the Year, the upcoming Conservation Coalition meeting, the most recent grants from the DCNR, and information from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. This coming Labor Day there will be a bike ride on the Great Allegheny Passage. For the full story open the link Laurel Highlands CLI Newsletter


Mountain Watershed Day of Giving October 4

September 29, 2011

 Dear Friends of the Laurel Highlands,

 On October 4, 2011 the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County will hold its 2011 Day of Giving. The Day of Giving was created to encourage charitable donations in our region. Mountain Watershed Association will participate in the 2011 Day of Giving, meaning that for a 24 hour period starting October 4th at 12:00 AM your donation by credit card to MWA through the Westmoreland Gives website ( will be partially matched by the Community Foundation.

 As 2011 and the Mountain Watershed Association’s 17th year comes to a close, we continue to work toward comprehensive restoration of the Indian Creek Watershed. When we started this work in 1994, Indian Creek was a stream running orange and ravaged by abandoned mine drainage. With five passive mine drainage treatment systems now in operation and a sixth under construction, we are seeing dramatic and measurable improvements in Indian Creek.  We also continue to expand our Youghiogheny Riverkeeper program, which extends MWA’s vision of conservation, protection and restoration into the larger Youghiogheny River basin. We are currently building support and seeking funding to design and implement a comprehensive water monitoring plan in the Yough basin.

 Your support has helped to make this possible. Your donation through October 4, 2011 will work even harder as it will be partially matched by the Community Foundation for Westmoreland County. If you would like to renew your membership or make a contribution, please consider doing so on October 4, 2011 through

 Only credit card (MasterCard and Visa) donations received through during the 24 hours of October 4, 2011 (starting at 12:00 AM and ending at 11:59 PM) will be accepted and matched for this event. The Donate Now link will appear on at 12:00 a.m. on October 4, 2011.  No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted. The minimum gift is $25. The maximum gift that an individual can give per organization is $10,000.  The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County is affiliated with The Pittsburgh Foundation. Learn more at

 Thank you for your support of the Mountain Watershed Association.


Beverly Braverman


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