The McIntosh Run Watershed Association (MRWA) began in 1994 as a voice for the McIntosh Run, its tributary waters and the land within its watershed. The goals of MRWA are to further conservation and community stewardship of and to facilitate sustainable public access to the McIntosh Run watershed.
Over the past 20+ years the association has undertaken long-term stewardship projects within the watershed. Partnering with local elementary and high schools as well as local universities the MRWA engages youth in hands on ecological stewardship. Ongoing projects include “Fish Friends” a program with the local elementary school to raise and release Brook Trout into the McIntosh Run. The MRWA partners with J.L. Isley High School for an annual River Cleanup in June. We have also partnered with university students to survey ecological communities within the watershed and restore and rehabilitate habitat along the river system.
The MRWA has also completed sustainable infrastructure projects within the watershed to make this landscape more accessible to members of our local community. A multiuse Community Trail now runs alongside the McIntosh Run through Spryfield to provide public access to the river. A wilderness Singletrack Trail is currently being developed within the watershed to provide a sustainable wilderness experience to trail users. All with the aim of understanding and appreciating this diverse and beautiful landscape.
The MRWA is currently made up of over 50 members from the local community. Members meet monthly to discuss current projects and issues within the watershed. The association also hosts public events throughout the year.