Innovating for a More Equitable and Sustainable Water Future


Our Spring Confluence is Coming June 14

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.


New Help Center and Online Resource Directory for Private Well Owners

May 31, 2024

The Private Well Class program, a collaboration between the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the Illinois State Water Survey, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently launched a new Help Center to connect private well owners with free information and resources about private wells and well maintenance and testing. Anyone with questions about…

Estimating the Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation in Pennsylvania

May 30, 2024

Each year, millions participate in outdoor recreation activities in Pennsylvania. These activities affect Pennsylvania’s economy in an important way, creating jobs and wages, generating tax revenue, and contributing to the state’s GDP. These economic contributions are the direct result of participants utilizing natural areas within Pennsylvania for recreation. Therefore, conservation of natural resources is critical…

Dive into Work Group Sessions at Confluence 2024

May 28, 2024

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the heart of Confluence 2024 with our engaging work group sessions! Designed to foster collaboration, innovation, and meaningful dialogue, these sessions offer attendees the opportunity to delve deeper into key topics shaping the future of water stewardship in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Explore a diverse range of…

Chesapeake Urban Stormwater Professionals Free Training Begins Soon!

May 27, 2024

The Chesapeake Stormwater Network is offering online training for professionals that introduces the impacts of urban stormwater and how to mitigate those impacts through watershed restoration practices and municipal stormwater programs. The Chesapeake Urban Stormwater Professionals training program is a 14-webinar curriculum that is taught in two parts. Part 1 introduces the basic impacts of…

Lunch and Learn: Hall of Knowledge at Confluence 2024

May 27, 2024

Amidst the lively atmosphere of Confluence 2024, attendees will have the unique opportunity to indulge their curiosity and expand their knowledge at the Hall of Knowledge. Set against the backdrop of our event’s lunch break, the Hall of Knowledge beckons participants to embark on an enlightening journey through a myriad of interactive exhibits and displays.…

Pa. state government refuses to pay local stormwater fees. This bill would force it to.

May 23, 2024 by Marley Parish of Spotlight PA State College| May 22, 2024 This story was produced by the State College regional bureau of Spotlight PA, an independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to investigative and public-service journalism for Pennsylvania. Sign up for our north-central Pa. newsletter, Talk of the Town, at HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania House…



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!