The Peters Creek Watershed is 50 square miles of diverse land uses. From the heavy industry in the east where Peters Creek enters the Monongahela River, to the commercial northeast, the suburban northern communities, and the still farming yet developing south; the watershed is a veritable patchwork of land use types. There is also a Turnpike section, a landfill and a coalmining legacy to add to the mix.
Land use within the watershed can be an important factor influencing water quality. Replacing woodlands with residential lawn and impervious surface can add significant amounts of runoff, sediment and nutrients to our streams and degrade their aquatic use.