Youghiogheny Riverkeeper


Eric Harder
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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. 

Eric Harder is the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. Eric graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point in 2008. Following graduation Eric moved to South Carolina where he worked as a river guide on the Wild & Scenic Chattooga River for 5 years. Prior to becoming the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper he worked as an environmental consultant for 5 years. Eric has always enjoyed spending time on the water including whitewater kayaking, rafting, camping, and swimming. Eric lives in Ohiopyle, PA with his wife and two boys.


1414b Indian Creek Valley Rd.
Melcroft, Pennsylvania 15462