Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today - The Allegheny River

Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today has been designed in response to area educators’ requests for additional classroom resources after having participated with their students in the Pittsburgh Gateway Clipper Rivers of Steel Tour.

The Allegheny River, designated a US Wild and Scenic River, demonstrates prime examples of conservation, water trails, and riparian efforts such as those of the Allegheny Islands Wilderness Area. Our program opens at the Kinzua Dam and introduces students to the important history of the river and headwaters. Moving closer to Pittsburgh, the recreational and conservation aspects are joined by commercial cargo transport through the river's Locks/Dams as we engage the increasing industrial, commercial, and residential features. Traveling downriver toward the Point, the Allegheny River becomes a highly active community of growing revitalization. Parkways, greenways and projects-in-development are designed to best preserve the valuable harmony of riverfront attributes combining our ecological systems, commerce and economic development. Narration of the program is provided by Dr. Charles McCollester, Retired Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Senator Jim Ferlo.  


The following resources are designed to assist teachers and educators in the preservation of our steel heritage. All activities have been designed to be adapted for classroom use. The activities can be altered, as needed, for age, ability level, curriculum area, or for any other reason necessary to make them useful within the classroom.

The resources are in pdf format.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these documents.  You have permission to print out the information and activities you want to use, and you may adapt anything to meet your needs.

The resources include:

Allegheny River Resources, Companion Guide

Active Allegheny News Release

Allegheny and Ohio River Paddlefish

Allegheny Places - Historic and Cultural Resource Plan

Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan

Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Strategic Plan

Department of the Interior - Endangered Species

Three Rivers Locks and Dams Tailwaters

Three Rivers Water Trail Map and Guide

A Citizens' Wilderness Proposal for PA's Allegheny National Forest

Pittsburgh, Birthplace of a Science

The Kinzua Dam Controversy

USDA Allegheny Forest Plan

Watershed Primer for Pennsylvania




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