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What is Reimagine TCWAC?

​The communities of the Turtle Creek watershed and airshed have come together to demand sustainable change to protect the interconnected water and airsheds that encompass these connected communities. There are over 30 municipalities that are touched by these networks of creeks, rivers, and traveling air pathways. Meetings began in December 2019 to explore options for sustainable community development actions based on what people of the community wanted to see done. Protect PT is a fiscal sponsor of Reimagine TCWAC.

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Photo by Bob Donnan

Communities of the Turtle Creek Watershed

Although TCWAC+'s scope reaches the majority of SWPA, the Turtle Creek Watershed is the heart of our sustainable development efforts. The watershed makes up the suburbs east of Pittsburgh in east Allegheny County and west Westmoreland county. It reaches 32 municipalities (listed below) and over 320,000 individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In creation of TCWAC+, we organized around the watershed and airshed in recognition of how our actions are interconnected by geological features, not political lines. How we treat the air and water affects everyone downwind and downstream.

  • Adamsburg Borough

  • Braddock Hills Borough

  • Chalfant Borough

  • Churchill Borough

  • City of Greensburg

  • City of Jeannette

  • Delmont Borough

  • East Pittsburgh Borough

  • Export Borough

  • Forest Hills Borough

  • Hempfield Township

  • Irwin Borough

  • Manor Borough

  • McKeesport Borough

  • Municipality of Monroeville

  • Municipality of Murrysville

  • Municipality of Penn Hills

  • North Braddock Borough

  • North Huntingdon Borough

  • North Irwin Borough

  • North Versailles Borough

  • Penn Township

  • Pitcairn Borough

  • Plum Borough

  • Salem Township

  • Trafford Borough

  • Turtle Creek Borough

  • Wall Borough

  • Washington Township

  • Wilkins Township

  • Wilkinsburg

  • Wilmerding

VISION

Re-Imagine Turtle Creek Watershed and Airshed Communities Plus (TCWAC+) is a community-led initiative to envision and implement sustainable community and economic development for the TCWAC and beyond. The counties of eastern Allegheny and western Westmoreland, in which the communities reside, are focusing on sustainability tactics for Human Health and Wellness, Land Management, Renewable Energy and Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture, and Single-Use Plastics Diversion. By looking within ourselves and working to improve our relationship with the earth, we will improve the greater Western PA Watershed and Airshed region. “Healing and coming back to the balance of the air and the people that live within it,” as Moni Wesner commented, is the future we see and are building ahead.

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