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Whether we know it or not, we all live in a watershed. The raindrops that fall in our lawns, fields, woods and parking lots ultimately flow into a creek or stream. As a result, the actions we take and the decisions we make with how we use, manage, conserve and value water impact the needs of those downstream, including our fish and wildlife. Our aquifers, springs, creeks, and rivers need you more than ever.

Watersheds can be as small as a footprint or large enough to encompass all the land that drains water into the Mississippi River that drains into the Gulf of Mexico, which then enters the Atlantic Ocean.

With over 33 miles of streams, the Chalfant Run flows into the Thompson Run, which flows into Turtle Creek. Turtle Creek flows into the Monongahela River, which, along with the Allegheny River forms the Ohio River (providing drinking water for over five million people!), which flows into the Mississippi, then the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean. While the Chalfant Run and the Thompson Run may seem like a small part of this water system, each watershed has a combined impact on the overall health of the rivers and oceans that make up our world.

Together, we can make a difference!

About Us

Ben giving a talk about fixing AMD at the chalfant run

We are a group of neighbors who met and bonded over our love of nature in our area and who have been completely charmed by our local streams.

Our goal is to protect and clean up our waterways so that they are vibrant, life-giving streams again, places of beauty and awe that welcome reflection. We have to, have to, have to engage our neighbors in this process or it won't work. Nature must be loved to be protected and so we aim to foster a deep connection between our neighbors and their watershed and the life it supports.



The biggest problem our streams face is Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD), which is a result of mining activities and poses a severe threat to the health of our waterways. AMD manifests in various colors such as orange, blue, or milky, and it is harmful to aquatic life. Unfortunately, AMD will not naturally dissipate on its own, requiring intervention to address the issue.

The good news is that there are solutions to remediate AMD, and efforts are underway to restore the health of our streams. The initiation of the first restoration project is a significant step towards mitigating the impact of AMD on our waterways. To learn more about this restoration project, you can visit the following link:

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Our Streams