River Patrol & Pollution Response
The presence of the 3RWK boat and kayaks on the three rivers is critical to improve the water quality through visible monitoring and patrols in areas where the threat to water quality is greatest. Threats that require rapid response and/or monitoring are reported to us by partner organizations, concerned citizens, and community groups. 3RWK maintains high quality monitoring and sampling technologies to thoroughly and credibly investigate pollution threats and incidents.
Water Quality Monitoring
There are enormous efforts by watershed organizations to collect and monitor water quality data in Western Pennsylvania. 3RWK partners with theses organizations to create a scientific and legal approach to improving the water quality in our Three Rivers based on their water data sampling and our own patrols and visual assessments. This includes the utilization of our volunteer monitoring and patrolling programs, review of permits and daily monitoring reports, consultations from our legal team, and effective communications with our supporters and the general public.
Community Education and Engagement
3RWK aims is to build lasting relationships with those who utilize the rivers for recreation and empower them to become vocal water advocates. 3RWK informs them of the threats to our waterways, involve them in the protection of water quality, and give them the tools to achieve our shared vision of fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water. By providing technical and legal assistance, mapping tools, and access to available information, 3RWK recruits and educates a new generation of river stewards.
Clean Water Laws Enforcement
3RWK’s model focuses on scientific and legal advocacy with the aim of holding polluters accountable to the law, particularly through the Clean Water Act. 3RWK does this through regular review of water permits, collecting water quality data, and engaging in regulatory proceedings and permit applications. Combining scientific rigor with legal expertise, 3RWK serves as an enforcer of the nation’s clean water laws where state and federal agencies have failed.