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 southwestern Pennsylvania. 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.



Our Changing Ohio River: Climate, Water Quality, and Harmful Algal Blooms

September 20, 2023

EVENT INFORMATION HERE: Speaker: Emily Elliott, University of Pittsburgh. The Ohio River basin is not only vast, but its waterways are a vital economic, ecological, and recreational resource for the 15 states within basin boundaries. Yet, a half-century after the Clean Water Act, major challenges remain to make the Ohio River fishable, swimmable, and drinkable.…

PA Health and Environment Study Report and Panel

September 5, 2023

Join us for our upcoming Speaker Series session this Thursday, September 7th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (ET). CENSWPA and Cancer Bridges are pleased to feature Jim Fabisiak, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, who will present over the recent findings of the PA DOH and University of Pittsburgh health studies. After Jim’s comprehensive overview…

New Federal Definition of Waters of the USA issued by EPA and ACOE

September 5, 2023

The Izaak Walton League provides this summary of the new federal jurisdictional definition for water: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have released a final rule amending the January 2023 “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule to conform with the Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA. The Court’s ruling…

PA Health and Environment Study

August 22, 2023

The state of Pennsylvania had researchers study potential health impacts from fracking in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The team released the findings at a public meeting in California, PA early this month. They found children living near shale gas activities in Southwest Pennsylvania had a higher risk of developing lymphoma. But the group found no association between…

2023 PA Statewide Watershed Conference | Oct 29-30

August 21, 2023

Good day! I wanted to share that REGISTRATION is OPEN for the Statewide Watershed Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers taking place October 29-30 in Altoona, PA. There are one- and two-day registration options. Early bird prices end on Sept 22 and the reduced rate room block at the Altoona Grand…

Measuring Up:Grading drinking water quality, affordability, and transparency practices in Allegheny County Water Systems

August 20, 2023

Women for a Healthy Environment and the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory created a system of metrics around affordability, transparency and water quality to compare the performance of water agencies in Allegheny County. Read the storymap and follow the links to download the full report.


The mission of the SWPA Water Network is to promote sustainable water management practices and protect the water resources of southwestern Pennsylvania. 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 southwestern Pennsylvania have access to clean and safe water for generations to come.

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