Lower Yough River | Photo by Scott Taylor
Lower Yough River | Photo by Scott Taylor

#10: Youghiogheny River, PA

Threat: Natural Gas Development

Fracking threatens clean water

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Lower Youghiogheny | Photo by Mountain Watershed Association

Lower Youghiogheny | Photo by Mountain Watershed Association

Despite recent improvements to river health, the Lower Youghiogheny River faces a critical tipping point in 2020. Beloved for its fishing, paddling and swimming opportunities, and drinking water supply for almost 75 municipalities, the Lower Youghiogheny is being overrun by natural gas development, including fracking wells, tanks, pipelines, freshwater pump operations — and a new power plant may soon get the green light. Unless Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania demands a thorough, landscape-scale assessment of potential impacts to this treasured river, the health and welfare of Western Pennsylvania’s residents and visitors could suffer serious harm.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Protect Elizabeth Township
  • Youghiogheny Riverkeeper
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