Did you know that we are in danger of losing a once in a generation opportunity to build trails in Beaver County? Learn more…

RiverWise Releases Report


For the past two years, residents of Beaver County have been coming together to assert ownership over their future. More than 200 engaged residents gave countless hours of time to produce a series of community vision statements around the themes of equity, food, water, energy, air, and mobility. “Sustainable Steps toward a Regional Identity for Beaver County” is the most recent demonstration of what these efforts have produced.


Our Mission

RiverWise employs sustainable development practices to create a regional identity around the rivers of Beaver County. At the heart of this work is a concerted effort to organize stakeholders to dream, learn, and collaborate about the future of our rivers. We are encouraging this process in two primary ways. First, we have formed ecodistricts in three communities (Aliquippa, Monaca, and Beaver Falls). Second, we are engaged in a growing list of projects aimed at activating community ideas and bringing sustainable development to life throughout Beaver County.

Riverwise Brings Sustainability to Beaver County

Beaver County is going through some big changes. Shell is building a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker which will use ethane from the region’s natural gas to produce the building blocks of plastic. The plant will bring an anticipated 600 jobs to the region, but also air and water pollution. RiverWise, a non-profit in Beaver County is bringing people together there to talk about sustainability…  Continue Reading….

The Future of Petrochemicals in Western Pennsylvania:

A Community Perspective

On October 30, 2019, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto publicly announced his opposition to additional petrochemical development in Western Pennsylvania. Responses to the Mayor’s comments were substantial and swift, quickly generating the kind of polarization that has become all too familiar in public discourse about important and contentious topics.    Continue Reading….

Recent Activity


In response to the COVID-19 crisis, RiverWise has recently launched the Community Builder Corps. Here’s a quick look at some of the Corps Builder positions we would like to have filled in the coming months.

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Earth Day Cleanup

RiverWise has been busy making lots of news around Beaver County, promoting sustainability, citizen agency, and vibrant communities. Take a look at our archive of stories.

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Storytelling has always been central to the work of RiverWise. To help tell the stories of “The Helpers” during COVID-19, we have partnered with the Listening Library of Beaver County.

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