About the Allegheny County Chapter
Concerned citizens formed the Allegheny County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in October 2018 to protect the soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife – as well as human health – in our county. We are a volunteer-based conservation group working to improve the lives of everyone in our community. Our chapter goals include:
- Water Quality Testing: We are organizing individuals, families, and community organizations to test water quality in streams, rivers, and other waterways across the county for fracking-related impacts and other pollution. We will train all volunteer stream monitors on how to test for these pollutants – and how to use their monitoring results to drive action.
- Education and Outreach: We mounted an educational campaign around the serious environmental problems confronting our county and are working with local citizens to find solutions. Cancer-causing chemicals have been documented in our local rivers and streams, but state and local water quality standards do not require testing for these chemicals (including bromide, radiation, and dioxin). This also means that no one is tracking the health effects of these chemicals in our drinking water supplies.
- Policy Platform: There are dozens of active environmental groups in the county. However, few are working together on public policy issues. We are working with others in the local environmental movement to create a platform around which all our groups can unite. This platform includes raising water quality testing standards and restoring Pennsylvania’s “Right To Know” law so every citizen is informed about the chemicals we are breathing, drinking, and eating.
- Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: Through joint conservation efforts, recreational activities, and educational campaigns with the Harry Enstrom Chapter in Greene County, we will work closely with IWLA members and other citizens in the rural areas of our state around common goals.
With your help, we can accomplish these goals – and much more!
Mission of the Izaak Walton League of America
To conserve, maintain, protect, and restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.
Membership Pledge of the Izaak Walton League of America
To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands, and open space; to the preservation of this heritage and to man’s sharing in it.
I pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America.
Article I Section 27 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.