June 24 & 25, 2016

The Youghiogheny River is an invaluable natural asset of Fayette and surrounding counties, the Laurel Highlands, and the larger region of southwestern Pennsylvania, western Maryland and northern West Virginia. It provides communities with clean drinking water, its whitewater beckons the adventurous from far and near, its trout and bass lure visiting anglers, and the “Yough” flows as the constant companion of thousands of cyclists and hikers on the Great Allegheny Passage. 

Because it gathers itself from among 1,764 square miles of our mountains, hills, farmlands and towns, the Youghiogheny also says much about how we care for and treat our unique part of the planet. A healthy river means much on the landscape is going well; a fouled and tainted stream indicates problems needing our common attention. 

A river, then, like any valuable asset merits periodic examination and shared perspectives. Such an examination is timely in our region; the Youghiogheny touches every life here, in so many ways. 

On Friday, June 24, local officials, business owners, tourism advocates, public agencies, outdoor and conservation organizations, fishermen, boaters, and recreationists will gather at Penn State’s Fayette Campus for The Youghiogheny River Symposium, a day of sharing in knowledge, insight, celebration and concern for the Yough. Registration is $20. A free happy hour and presentation by Yough River fishing guides follows at the Knights of Columbus in Uniontown, PA.  On Saturday, June 25 CRTU will give free tours of our cage culture nursery in Confluence, PA.  See full schedule of events at left.

Convened by the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited and its partners the Mountain 
Watershed Association
 and Fayette County Conservation District, the Symposium will explore the Youghiogheny’s improving fisheries, its powerful positive impact on economic development and tourism, and past, present and future threats to the Youghiogheny’s health and value.  

Please consider attending the Youghiogheny Symposium and lending your thoughts and insights to the discussion; or, simply take in the presentations by scientists, business leaders, agency professionals, and volunteer conservationists on diverse aspects of the Youghiogheny and its contributing watersheds. 

Thank you for taking pride in the Youghiogheny River, our region’s most revered and irreplaceable resource. We hope to see you at The Symposium. Please register to reserve your space today.

Schedule of Events

June 24

8:30AM - 4:30PM
Symposium at Penn State Fayette, Eberly Campus, Community Center Magerko Auditorium, 2201 University Drive, Lemont Furnace, PA 15456

*Registration/continental breakfast begins at 7:30, program begins at 8:30

Parking is available at the facility and at overflow lots a short walk away.  Please look for directional signage.

Download the agenda and list of speakers here.

5:00 PM
Happy Hour & Yough Fishing Guide Talk (free of charge, sponsored by Mountain Watershed Association), Knights ​of Columbus, 888 N. Gallatin Ext., Uniontown. *You do not need to attend the symposium to join us for happy hour!

June 25

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tour CRTU's cage culture nursery. Stop by the Yough Lake outflow in Confluence, PA for a light lunch, a tour of the nursery, and to wet a line on the Yough! 


Youghiogheny River Symposium

Chestnut Ridge Chapter #670

Trout Unlimited