Innovating for a More Equitable and Sustainable Water Future

Welcome to the SWPA Water Network, a coalition of organizations working to improve water quality and access in the Upper Ohio River Basin. Our mission is to promote sustainable water management practices and ensure that everyone in the region has access to clean, safe, and affordable water. With a focus on collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and community engagement, we are working to address the key water-related challenges facing our region, from climate change and stormwater runoff to agricultural practices and public awareness. Join us in our efforts to protect and preserve our most vital natural resource - water.


Safe Drinking Water Clinic for Private Water Suppliers – August 20 in Kittaning

July 23, 2024

The Penn State Extension – Armstrong County is hosting a free clinic for anyone who gets their water from a private source, well, cistern, or spring.   More information below and the link to register available here. ABOUT THE IN-PERSON WORKSHOP Over one million homes and farms in Pennsylvania get their drinking water from a…

Current Events and Issues in Water Policy

July 16, 2024

A couple webinars this month will be of interest to those with an interest in safe drinking water for everyone. Spotlight PA has organized a panel for this Thursday ay 6 pm on unreliable water systems and how the struggles of small water suppliers impacts quality of life in many communities. RSVP for free here.…

New Ohio River Valley Participatory Fund

July 9, 2024

The Water Network’s fiscal sponsor, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, has a new funding program available, the Ohio River Valley Participatory Fund. The fund is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit groups serving communities in eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that have been adversely impacted by the fossil fuel industry. This is a new…

21st Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop: Small Systems Challenges and Solutions

July 8, 2024

Are you from a primacy agency? Registration is open for the 21st Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop: Small Systems Challenges and Solutions, to take place September 17-19, 2024 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This year, the workshop will be open to Tribal-, state-, and territory-level agencies (within the United States) responsible for public water systems and will…

Save-the-Date … Fall Watershed Confluence … Saturday, Sept. 28

July 8, 2024

Mark you calendars for Saturday, September 28.  Planning for the next basin-wide Confluence networking opportunity has begun.  Thank you to all that attended the summer Confluence and provided comments and ideas.  The Planning Work Group will use these suggestions to design the program for the fall Confluence and future basin-wide networking events. The September Confluence…

Upcoming Reimagine Appalachia web event about resources for Nature-based Creative Placemaking – July 10

July 3, 2024

An upcoming webinar from Reimagine Appalachia will continue the discussion that Julie Fitzpatrick of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center started for us with a presentation about Nature-based placemaking and community planning at the Confluence in June. On July 10 Reimagine Appalachia and the Citizens Institute for Rural Design will host a web event to feature opportunities…



The mission of the SWPA Water Network is to promote sustainable water management practices and protect the water resources of the Upper Ohio River Basin. The organization brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academia, and community groups, to collaborate and coordinate on efforts to improve water quality and access in the region. Through its work, the SWPA Water Network aims to ensure that all residents of the Upper Ohio River Basin have access to clean and safe water for generations to come.

Join the SWPA Water Network and make a difference for our water resources!