- What We Do
- Our Rivers
The Port District covers 12 counties and over 200 miles of commercially-navigable waterways in western Pennsylvania.
Our rivers contribute to the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania, and we promote the commercial use and development of the inland waterway system to support the economic, recreational, environmental and intermodal interests of our region.
Created by the Legislature under Law 1992-133, the Board consists of four legislative appointees representing the four major political caucuses and eleven gubernatorial appointees. The gubernatorial appointees include four citizens at large, three from nominees of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), one from nominees of the county commissioners jointly representing non-SPC counties in the Port of Pittsburgh District, and one each from industry nominees from DINAMO, the Waterways Association, and the River Terminal Operator's Association.
Locks and dams are vital for navigation, recreation, flood control, and drinking water.
Funding for this infrastructure is critical to our future.