WPC Tells Story of Local Rivers and Streams to Support World Environment Day

Thu, May 20th 2010, 09:40. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – May 20, 2010 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) will host a special member event on May 21, 2010 to celebrate WPC’s progress in improving local waterways, discuss current opportunities and challenges, and describe the critical role of everyday citizens in protecting the region’s water resources.


WPC’s Local Water Summit for members and media representatives, held in support of World Environment Day, begins at 10 a.m. at the Conservancy’s Pittsburgh office, 800 Waterfront Drive, 15222 (Washington’s Landing).


“Together with our members and partners, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is working to positively shape the future of our region’s water resources,” said President and CEO Tom Saunders. “Pittsburgh’s special role as host city for World Environment Day gives us the opportunity to take stock of our substantial progress – but also to renew our commitment to restoring and safeguarding the region’s rivers and streams.”


The May 21 event includes several presentations:


• Nick Pinizzotto, Senior Director of Watershed Conservation and Conservation Services:
“Western Pennsylvania’s Rivers and Streams – History’s Lessons and WPC’s Legacy”

• Eric Chapman, Director of Aquatic Science:
“The Eastern Hellbender Salamander – Tracking and Saving the Region’s Most Unusual River Dweller”

• Charles Bier, Senior Director of Conservation Science:
“The Renewal of the Allegheny River”

• Special guest David Hess, former DEP Secretary:
“Western Pennsylvania’s Water Resources – Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century”


In addition, the event will feature an overview of WPC’s groundbreaking Allegheny River Mapping project, at the river’s edge.


An independent, 78-year old nonprofit organization, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has led conservation projects that have improved water quality on the Allegheny River, the Clarion River, French Creek, and dozens of rivers and streams throughout the region. The Conservancy works closely with grassroots watershed organizations, students and individual volunteers to accomplish shared goals and to secure the long-term commitment of local communities to healthy watersheds.


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a supporter of the Water Matters! Global Water Conference on June 3 that is open to the public and features national and international water experts. The event provides an opportunity to learn about the region's leading water innovators, problem solvers, and applied technologies. For more information or to register, visit www.pittsburghwed.com/watermatters/index.html.


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About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC established six state parks and has conserved more than 228,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 10,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.


Media contact:
Stephanie Kraynick
Director of Communications
(412) 586-2358
skraynick@paconserve.org