Big Sewickley Creek Watershed | Rivers Conservation & Stewardship Plan

We’ve begun efforts to produce a Rivers Conservation and Stewardship Plan for the Big Sewickley Creek Watershed (BSCW) to produce a better public understanding of the watershed’s natural and cultural assets, threats to water quality and property due to flooding, recommended resolutions to conflicting interests, and opportunities to maintain the watershed’s quality, beauty, and use.

The BSCW encompasses approximately 46-square miles across parts of 12 municipalities in three counties. Economy Borough (Beaver County) and Marshall Township (Allegheny County) have the largest percentage of land area in the watershed. The headwaters reach as far east as Bradford Woods and Cranberry. The main stem of the creek itself is considered the boundary between Allegheny and Beaver Counties for the majority of its course to its mouth at the Ohio River between Leetsdale and Ambridge.

We will share progress here as this project develops. We are currently gathering input from residents, government officials and others on the things everyone enjoys in the watershed, as well as areas for improvement. We also have some consultants that will be out this summer to help us understand the quality of the water, if there are important habitats and other natural and environmental features.

You may have heard about the Big Sewickley Creek Watershed Festival that was held on May 5 at the Bell Acres Fire Hall. Attendees visited a variety of educational, hands-on activities around water, water quality, and human impacts and solutions at the festival.

There are more opportunities to learn about the project at our upcoming Public Outreach events, which will be posted on our website calendar, Eventbrite page, and facebook page. If you can’t make a meeting, don’t worry! You can still give us your thoughts and ideas at the survey link:

You can find a map of the watershed below; please note that the map may take a while to load depending on your browser.

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