What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land that drains into a common body of water. Everyone lives in a watershed! Indiana County has an abundance of flowing freshwater; however, much of it is plagued with pollution. The District works to address sources of pollution including abandoned mine drainage, sediment, and nutrients. Every year the District conducts watershed assessments, develops implementation plans, oversees restoration projects, provides capacity-building technical assistance to watershed organizations, and conducts public education and outreach events.
Check out our watershed maps!
Interested in helping to protect your watershed? Consider planting a Riparian Buffer around your stream. Riparian Buffer Zones (RBZ) are vegetated areas adjacent to streams that filter out pollutants, aid in flood control, and stabilize stream banks to minimize soil erosion. The District partners with other organizations to offer mini-grants to install riparian buffers throughout the county.
If you are interested in a riparian buffer, please contact our Projects Assistant AmeriCorps Member.
We have teamed up with the 10 Million Trees Partnership program to be able to offer free trees to those interested in completing riparian buffer and other reforestation projects. To learn more about the 10 Million Trees Partnership program, please visit their website.
What to get on the list for free trees? Please contact our Projects Assistant AmeriCorps Member.