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Chartiers Creek

Chartiers Creek
Mouth Ohio River
Location Allegheny and Washington counties, Pennsylvania, US
1751 map depicting Chartiers Creek (labeled as "Shartees Cr.", at top edge of map)

Chartiers Creek is a tributary of the Ohio River in Western Pennsylvania in the United States. The creek was named after Peter Chartier,[1] a trapper of French and Native American parentage who established a trading post at the mouth of the creek in 1743.


  • Course 1
  • Tributaries 2
  • Environmental issues 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Chartiers Creek winds from its headwaters in Washington County through Allegheny County, where it meets the Ohio River at McKees Rocks and Pittsburgh's West End, three miles west of the Point at Pittsburgh.


(Mouth at the Ohio River)

Environmental issues

Acid mine drainage, agricultural and industrial runoff, and sewer overflow made Chartiers Creek one of the most polluted watersheds in Pennsylvania. Although improvements have been made, the watershed remains significantly impaired.[4][5]

Plans have been considered[6][7] to establish the course of Chartiers Creek as a greenway including a multi-use path that would stretch from Canonsburg Lake to the Ohio River. Such a path could eventually provide connections with the Montour Trail near Lawrence, the Panhandle Trail near Carnegie, and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in McKees Rocks.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Little Chartiers Creek".  
  3. ^ "Chartiers Run".  
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Ecology of Chartiers Creek Stream". Washington & Jefferson College Biology Department. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. 
  6. ^
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External links

  • U.S. Geological Survey: PA stream gaging stations

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