We are a group of dedicated men and women who work together and with other conservation organizations to make sure there is enough clean, safe drinking water for families living in eastern Lehigh and northwestern Northampton Counties today, and for future generations to come. We work with many conservation partners to protect and conserve water resources for everyone who lives, works and plays in the Lower Lehigh River Watershed.

Our vision is to inspire residents, businesses and local communities to value their natural resources, engage in conservation practices and work with us to preserve the region’s watersheds, water quality and quality of life.

We meet every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, 2110 Canal Street Northampton PA 18067. To confirm a meeting is scheduled, contact Nate Pritchard via email or visit us at our Facebook page for the BHCWA.

Our Waters

Our mission is to protect and restore the land and water resources of the Bertsch, Hokendauqua and Catasauqua Creeks, Dry Run and the many smaller, unnamed streams that drain into the Lehigh River from its eastern banks, between the Lehigh Water Gap downstream to the Borough of Catasauqua. Other communities in our service area include the Boroughs of North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport, and the Townships of Allen, East Allen, Hanover, Lehigh and Moore, in both Lehigh and Northampton Counties.


It is up to each of us to do our part to keep our water clean for our use, as well as for the plants and animals that also depend on clean water for their survival. Our drinking water whether from private wells or public water supplies comes from the rain water that falls on our watersheds and backyards. What happens to this water from the time it hits the ground to the time it is poured into a glass is mostly up to each of us as individuals. We all contribute to water pollution in our daily lives at home, work and school. But there are ways we can make changes to conserve our water resources and minimize water pollution.

Here is what you can do…


You’ve probably heard of fracking. ┬áIt is slang for hydrofracturing. Hydrofracturing or fracking refers to the process of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations by injecting water and chemicals into cracks in underground rocks to force them further open, which allows oil and gas to flow out of the formation and into a wellbore, from where it can be extracted.

As the natural gas industry uses fracking to exploit once thought inaccessible natural gas fields across the United States, including much of Pennsylvania, we must make sure that energy development does not jeopardize rivers and clean water, including drinking water supplies. The increasing pace of natural gas development threatens rivers and streams that provide clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities for families, like fishing and boating. Natural gas development enjoys exemptions from keystone environmental laws, like the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act, exemptions not provided to other industries.

We support requiring the natural gas industry, along with the rest of the energy industry, to adhere to adequate and enforceable measures to protect our rivers, streams and groundwater from pollution. We also believe particularly sensitive places should remain off limits to energy development to preserve our highest quality clean water.
We must balance development needs with adequate environmental protections for clean water and healthy watersheds. To learn more the issues and impacts related to fracking and the natural gas industry, log onto http://www.fractracker.org/.