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Vote for Kiski-Conemaugh River of the Year

December 3, 2015

Please join in voting for the Kiski-Conemaugh for 2016 River of the Year

 

Kiski-Conemaugh River

The Kiski-Conemaugh Rivers offer 80 miles of paddling along the borders of Cambria, Westmoreland, Indiana, and Armstrong Counties.  The rivers are part of the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway™, with nearby bike trails and historic communities.  The rivers present several character changes.  The Conemaugh features the 1,560 feet deep Conemaugh Gorge and 1,308 feet deep Packsaddle Gap.  It originates at nearly 3,000 feet above sea level, dropping to 967 feet at the mouth of the Kiskiminetas.  The Kiski’s deep pools give way to riffles and waves, calming and widening as it approaches the Allegheny.  Once one of the most denigrated waterways in the Commonwealth due to abandoned mine drainage and other pollutants, the Kiski-Conemaugh is a true restoration success story.  River of the Year recognition would come on the heels of the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail being named a National Recreation Trail and in a year that marks the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood.

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