- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A financially strapped western Pennsylvania group that provides river-based education programs for schoolchildren and the public is thinking about pooling its efforts with another organization.

RiverQuest is exploring a merger with Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp., a Homestead-based preservation and redevelopment group. A consulting study on the idea is to be done over the next 30 to 60 days.

RiverQuest president Jim Roddey said in April that without a merger, the organization would shut down at the end of this month. The group was founded in 1991 as Pittsburgh Voyager.

August Carlino, president and CEO of Rivers of Steel, said the two groups may decide on something other than a merger, such as some kind of strategic partnership in which each preserves its own independence and identity.

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