AWARE works to protect the Aultman Run Watershed and preserve its natural and cultural heritage.
The watershed occupies 28 square miles in Soutwestern Indiana County. Major tributaries are Reed Run, Neal Run and Coal Run.
Aultman Run enters the Conemaugh River near the village of Lewisville in Conemaugh Township in Indiana County.
The watershed includes parts of five townships: Armstrong, Young, Center, Conemaugh and Blacklick. The villages of Aultman, Jacksonville, Coal Run, McIntyre and Ten Commandments are also in the watershed.
Approximately 50% of the land in the watershed is pasture/grasslands or crop land.
Several coal companies and the United States Government (the area near the Conemaugh Dam) are major landowners in the watershed.
Flows from adandoned deep mines and some problems with old strip mines and bony piles pollute the watershed's ground and surface water. These Problems date from mining done early in the 20th century.
AWARE was founded in February, 2000, by concerned citizens from the area in and around the Aultman Run Watershed to address the problem of adandoned mine discharges into waterways and groundwater in the watershed. In addition, the Association plans to become involved in projects which will benefit the watershed and preserve its natural and cultural heritage. These could include waterway trash cleanup, hiking/biking trails, and other projects for recreation development and historic site preservation.
AWARE is governed by a nine-member board of directors elected annually by its members. The Board of Directors meet on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Aultman Fire Hall.