Middle Spring Watershed Association (MSWA) is a non-profit organization formed to promote the protection and restoration of waters which encompass the Branch and Middle Spring Creek drainage. The protection and restoration actively address sewage treatment issues; development impact; water quality; increasing fish, wildlife and plant habitats; and promote community education about the ecological importance of the Branch and Middle Spring streams.
Our educational and community outreach efforts include a rain barrel and water conservation education project, educational presentations at local Earth Day and other appropriate festival events, and stream cleanups once or twice a year. MSWA was instrumental in a project to remove the old Middle Spring dam, to MSWA continues to oversee on-going efforts to restore the riparian habitat at that and other sites on the stream. We have been a watchdog on local wastewater treatment policies, and we monitor the water quality of Middle Spring Creek.
MSWA coordinates efforts with the Watershed programs of both Cumberland County and Franklin County Conservation Districts, neighboring watershed associations, student groups and faculty at Shippensburg University, environmental classes and student organizations from Shippensburg H.S., other local groups interested in the ecology of the creek, and riparian conservation organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.