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.
In 1971, the Loyalhanna Watershed Association (LWA) was founded to
address the various pollution impacts throughout the watershed and to
preserve natural areas. The LWA strives to
achieve its mission via the coordinated efforts
of its 1,000 members, 15 board members, three
full-time staff, and the support of multiple partnering organizations.
Years of Environmental Excellence
1971 ~ 2014
your support for the Loyalhanna Creek by voting for
it as the 2015 PA River of the Year!
Loyalhanna is one of five rivers nominated across
the state for this honor. You can vote by
now through December 15th.
bring recognition to this deserving, beautiful
The Watershed Farm Project is Underway!
Ligonier Country Market
LWA is pleased to partner with
the Ligonier Country Market!
The Market is held at the base
of the Watershed Farm and is
open from 8:00am – 12:00 Noon
every Saturday starting mid-May through the first week of
October and is open Rain or
With over 100
vendors, you’ll be
able to find all kinds of fresh
picked produce, a wide variety
of flowers from annuals to
perennials to fresh cut
arrangements. They have straight
from the farm beef, poultry and
eggs, along with specialty
breads, pastries and hot cooked
foods. Honey and maple syrup
too. Also available are tons of
handmade crafts including
jewelry, purses, country crafts,
pottery, wood items, pet items,
dog treats, candles, soaps and
much, much more. Come check
them out – you will not be