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Save the Tygart Watershed Association Inc.

Total Qualifying Score: 5
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : No (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $3 million or below $100,000 – 0 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Save the Tygart Watershed Association Inc.
Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia 26354

County (ARC Region) Taylor
State (ARC Region) West Virginia


Q1. Mission:

The mission of the Save the Tygart Watershed Association is to protect and enhance the water quality of the Tygart Valley River through monitoring, education and outreach.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The mission of the Save the Tygart Water Association (STTWA) aligns with several of the 5 goals of the Appalachian Regional Commission.  First, STTWA seeks to educate the citizens of the Tygart River watershed on the importance of water health as well as working to improve the health of stream and rivers within the watershed.  STTWA uses this platform to educate regional K-12 citizens in science principles with the hopes of increasing the scientific literacy of the next-generation work force.  Save the Tygart is also on target to remediate a parcel of property along the Tygart Valley River into a headquarters for our organization and education center as well as a public recreation faculty.  In this capacity, we hope to leverage the state’s natural resources to revitalize the town of Grafton.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 0/2 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 0/2 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $62,500/$57,500

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $28,500 / $28,200

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $62,500 / $57,500

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($)
Received From:   Date Received:
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Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Our two primary activities have been water quality monitoring and remediation and education.  Covid 19 hampered out monitoring activities for the first half of 2020 because most of our members are older and have preexisting conditions that made them less likely to travel to sample sites.  We were also unable to meet in person, instead holding both our monthly meetings online as well as meeting with other organizations virtually.  In addition to out personal meetings, many of our traditional public outreach and educational efforts were cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.  Out public outreach events have traditionally doubled as fundraising opportunities.  Thus our fundraising has been limited this year.  We have had to find new and creative solutions to the problem.

In addition to our public face, STTWA works behind the scenes with WV DEP to remediate water quality and are currently managing four grants to do so.  Covid-19 has hampered out ability to conduct stakeholder meetings as well as work with state agencies to accomplish the goals of our grants.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
We are constantly concerned with raising funds to support our efforts.
We are worried about getting our message out to the public and continuing our educational opportunities
We are worried about being able to fulfill the goals of our grants within the scope of our timeline

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

In the past three years, STTWA has grown exponentially from a band of volunteer retirees to an organization with two employees that manages hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding and hoping to grow even further.  As a result of our rapid growth, we experienced e significant shift in organizational structure.  This occurred in conjunction with the Covid-19 pandemic.  We believe that the training offered by ARC will be a stepping stone to developing a new strategic plan and augmenting our existing operations that will allow us to grow successfully into the future.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Short-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Fundraising

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)


Name: Kelley Flaherty Flaherty, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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