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Watershed Visitor Use Policy
The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority has established a visitor use policy in order to consider appropriate public uses consistent with maintaining the highest possible water supply quality. Several marked nature hiking, biking and cross country skiing trails for the public starting from the filtration plant area have been developed. The public is welcomed to visit the watershed subject to complying with guidelines established to protect the watershed including the following:
Visitors must sign-in on the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority Website (www.wmwa-wsa.org) under the Watershed Heading or at the Water Filtration Plant at the end of Mosquito Valley Road; each time they visit.
Observe all WMWA watershed use rules and restricted areas;
Experience the Watershed as a Nature Preserve; No dogs, hunting, fishing, camping, fires, swimming, boating, firearms, alcoholic beverages, littering, artifact hunting, motorized vehicles, horseback riding, cutting, picking or damaging a living tree, shrub or plant;
Only park in designated parking areas;
Visit only dawn until dusk; the watershed is also closed during certain hunting seasons, except as permitted through individual permits for deer and bear hunting issued by the Authority;
Cooperate in keeping the watershed clean and report vandals and unauthorized uses;
Observe the appropriate trail designations;
All visitors agree that they access the property at their own risk and take sole responsibility for any injuries that they may incur while on the property;
Visitor use policies and rules are periodically evaluated and may be changed from time to time. It is important that anyone wishing to visit the watershed, access the latest notifications and rules by logging on to the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority website or by looking on the bulletin board at the Filtration Plant at the end of Mosquito Valley Road.
The watershed area owned and protected by the WMWA is comprised of scenic and diversely forested valleys and mountainous areas. Within the watershed there are remnants of old farms, roads, stone works, and schoolhouse sites dating back before the 1920s when the predecessor Williamsport Water Company acquired much of the current watershed. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry controls additional state forestlands in the watersheds and about 750 acres is owned by private individuals.
The WMWA practices a proactive watershed protection program including control and ownership of land, seeking of conservation easements on private holdings, and patrolling and monitoring for water quality. About 215 acres of private holdings including the largest farms are protected through no-development and agricultural land preservation easements held by the WMWA and Lycoming County Agricultural Land Preservation Board. The WMWA is committed to a long-term effort to preserve the quality of our valuable water supply resource which is so important to the economy and public health of the Greater Williamsport area.