NMRWA grew out of the Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, run by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The Greenway Project focused on the intersection between community, art, and the environment and it addressed the need for urban residents to reconnect with and positively impact the natural world. The idea for a Watershed Association grew out of the enthusiasm generated by this project and the desire to continue these efforts.
Since the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association was incorporated in 2001, we have developed programs that include watershed tours (in all seasons), educational workshops and other events, support of resident driven community gardens and street trees plantings in the upper watershed, and active advocacy for the protection of Nine Mile Run. We are continuously working to engage more citizens in watershed improvement and look forward to a time when all watershed residents feel connected to the place they live– the Nine Mile Run Watershed.