Piney Creek Watershed Association was founded in 2004 by a small group of concerned citizens who wished to make a difference in their community by improving the water quality in our local streams. This group realized that stream quality is a reflection of the surrounding environment and that improved stream quality would come from efforts to control polluted runoff, faulty sewage treatment, erosion, litter and other environmental detriments.
The non-profit group has made progress over the years by raising awareness of the environment through education and outreach activities including stream cleanups, rain barrel and rain garden workshops, water monitoring efforts, storm drain marking, a poster contest, informative member meetings, and our annual watershed celebration.
The organization is guided by a volunteer board of directors that meets monthly to provide direction for the organization. As the organization grew and became involved in more programs, the board of directors hired a part-time executive director in 2010 to manage the day-to-day activities of the association.
A major multi-year effort of the association was development of the Piney Creek Watershed Plan that identifies and prioritizes 39 remediation projects in the watershed. Final approval of this milestone document came in 2013 and one of the projects has already been completed.
The Watershed Plan will guide the future direction of the association and provide a framework for correcting some of the larger pollution problems in the watershed.