Green First in the ‘Burgh

CRC first public comment meeting_iobyThe EPA may have recently ruled ALCOSAN’s all-gray infrastructure plan for dealing with our region’s sewer overflow problems “deficient”, but our work is far from over.

We now have a short window of opportunity to make a “green first” plan a reality for Pittsburgh, and we need your help!

 

Please visit our blog or  our IOBY page to find out more.

Thank you & PLEASE share this with your friends!

We need EVERYONE to pitch in and help turn our vision – a sustainable Pittsburgh with clean water, healthy communities, and economic opportunities for generations to come – into a reality.

 

The EPA responds to ALCOSAN’s wet weather plan.

A year ago, ALCOSAN submitted a plan to address our region’s combined sewer overflow problem to the EPA. The EPA has responded to this plan saying it is deficient. Post-gazette.com reports, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the region’s proposed $2 billion wet weather sewer system improvement plan is deficient and doesn’t comply with water quality goals set in a 2008 federal consent order”.

Mayor Bill Peduto released a statement in response to the EPA’s decision saying,

“Clearly the EPA agrees that the current ALCOSAN plan does not go far enough. I have been working closely with the County Executive, community advocates, state leaders, our Congressional delegation, and the White House to ask for an opportunity to build a stronger plan, a plan that incorporates a ‘green-first’ approach to save ratepayers money, improve our neighborhoods, and create good local jobs, all while improving water quality and reducing flooding. Today, we have taken another step forward” (pittsburghpa.gov).

Let’s hope this means that we are one GIANT step closer to a plan that is good for families, workers and the environment and that maximizes our largest ever public investment to improve water quality AND solve multiple community needs at the same time.

You can read the full Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here.

Pittsburgh is Ready to Go Green… and We Can! 

Exciting news! In 2012, the EPA awarded a Community Partners grant to the Clean Rivers Campaign and Three Rivers Wet Weather. The Clean Rivers Campaign partnered with EPA consultant, Tetra Tech, to create a series of fact sheets and white papers to show how the Pittsburgh region can overcome physical and topographical challenges to implementing green infrastructure.

These fact sheets and white papers are AVAILABLE NOW! Check them out here.

Thanks to everyone who came out for our latest Beyond Tunnel Vision Speaker Series!

We are happy so many people were able to join us to learn about local green infrastructure projects. Pictures and video coming soon.

In the meantime, check out our blog post about the event here.

Thank you for being a part of the Clean Rivers Campaign!

Be sure to stay in touch with the Clean Rivers Campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any questions or need more information, please call 412 – 231 – 8648.