Youghiogheny Riverkeeper


Krissy Kasserman

The Yough River rises in northern West Virginia before flowing northward 132 miles through Maryland and into Pennsylvania, reaching the Monongahela River just upstream of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The watershed is composed of steep, forested ridges, deep river valleys and countless small headwater streams. The region has remarkable biodiversity, high-quality waters and large, unfragmented forestland, and Pennsylvania’s highest mountains and deepest river gorge. The Yough is a major recreational attraction, with several distinct rapids ranging from class I through class V. Kayaking, swimming, rafting and fishing are very common, and the Yough draws visitors from around the world. The watershed provides habitat for threatened and endangered species, and many of our streams feature naturally reproducing populations of brook trout. 

Krissy Kasserman grew up in New Martinsville, WV and spent much of her childhood paddling, swimming, and fishing in the Ohio River. She holds a BA in Secondary Education from West Liberty University with certifications in Social Sciences and Environment & Ecology and an MPS in Community & Economic Development from Penn State University. Krissy is the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper with the Mountain Watershed Association and lives in the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania. She enjoys trail running, skiing, mountain biking, and river trips.


P0 Box 408
Melcroft, Pennsylvania 15462