Todayâs blog post comes from theÂ Online pharmacy uk steroidsÂ âÂ an education & advocacy program designed to raise awareness of the stormwater runoff and sewage overflow issues in Allegheny County. NMRWA is one of the CRCâs six founding organizations. Last week, NMRWA staff participated in the Clean Rivers Campaignâs actions which explained Pittsburgh’s need for a CAP to ALCOSAN.
CRC Gets A Win Towards CAP!
The Clean Rivers Campaign had a big week last week. On Monday, March 23rd, campaign supporters gathered in Market Square downtown to seek petition signatures asking ALCOSAN to create a Customer Assistance Program (CAP). A CAP would protect our low and fixed income neighbors who will be affected most by rate increases. Thanks to the action downtown and other canvassing efforts, CRC collected over 2,000 signatures on the petition.
On March 26th, CRC continued efforts to create a CAP. Arriving at ALCOSAN, supporters had assembled all of the petition signatures into a banner showing the strong support from the community. As ALCOSAN Board members arrived for their meeting, chants began, âWe Need A CAP!â. Supporters then attended the Board Meeting where they heard Chairman John Weinstein announce the creation of a subcommittee which will work with ALCOSAN staff to create a CAP. This is the first step in creating a CAP program but, itâs not a done deal!
This is a great victory for the Clean Rivers Campaign!Â But we still have a lot to do in creating a green first plan and ensuring the implementation of a CAP to protect our most vulnerable neighbors.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our actions and who signed our petition! Below is the media coverage of our two actions and our win:
Municipalities Receive Extension to Pursue Green Infrastructure
The Clean Rivers Campaign has been educating consumers and urging ALCOSAN and regional leaders to adopt a green first approach to solving our sewer overflow problem since 2011.Â Â This approach is the only one that takes ratepayer money and returns not only clean rivers but community benefits like green spaces, reduced flooding, jobs, and other community improvements.Â Mondayâs announcement by the DEP is an important step towards ensuring ratepayer dollars are invested in communities, not simply buried under our rivers.
We are pleased that the DEP is taking such an active role in promoting green infrastructure in our region.Â Requiring municipalities to complete green plans in exchange for an extension on their consent orders is a great first step. But now we must ensure that those plans are coordinated and we must pursue aÂ regionalÂ green infrastructure assessment.Â That coordination and cooperation will allow our region to create a plan that places green infrastructure strategically and effectively rather than just municipality by municipality.Â A coordinated approach will yield a plan that maximizes green infrastructure for flow reduction, brings our region the best water quality, most community benefits, and most cost effective solutions by allowing us to rightsize our gray infrastructure.
Mayor Peduto and County Executive Fitzgerald have been great advocates of green infrastructure in this endeavor, and we praise their leadership.Â In other cities and regions where green plans are underway, visionary leadership, both political and within the authority, has been critical to successful planning and implementation of sustainable wet weather controls. Â Without leadership, our region will miss out on an opportunity to use this largest ever public works investment to the benefit of both our water quality and our communities. Â Â With the Mayor and County Executiveâs leadership and the DEPâs support, we have made important progress toward greening our plan, now we must coordinate as a region, identify world-class leaders for our plan, and move forward.
Below is the media coverage of the DEP extension:
Most of you are aware by now there is an issue of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) polluting Nine Mile Run. During wet weather, ourÂ watershed’s aging combined sewer systems do not have the capacity to handle both stormwater and sewageÂ so they overflow into Nine Mile Run, introducing pathogens, trash, and other pollutants to the stream. We have actively worked to correct this issue through green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) interventions in the upper watershed over the last 14 years, including installing rain barrels and rain gardensÂ and planting over 900 street trees.
Despite all of this effort, however, we still have degraded water quality during and after wet weather. When we developed our 2013-15 Strategic Plan there was one main goal: to reduce the flow of stormwater and sewage into Nine Mile Run.
We understood to achieve this goal we would need to install GSI facilities capable of capturing large quantities of stormwater before it enters the combined sewer system. In 2014, we worked with Can you buy diclofenac over the counter in australia to identify areas in the watershed that have high amounts of stormwater flowingÂ into curb inlets and eventually overflowing into Nine Mile Run. Through detailed analysis, he identified an area in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, which is actually outside of the watershed, but isÂ part ofÂ the Nine Mile Run sewershed,Â that contributesÂ over 25 million gallons of stormwater and sewerage overflow to the stream annually during wet weather events.
In case you aren’t familiar, a sewershed is simply a drainage area determined by the curbs, storm drains, pipes, and outfalls that all drain to a common outlet (e.g., Nine Mile Run). It doesn’t match perfectly with the Nine Mile Run watershed boundary because sewersheds often cross the boundaries of watersheds that existed before urbanization.
The Rosedale Runoff Reduction Project (RRRP) is a holistic sustainable stormwater project with the goal to remove all 25 million gallons of overflow entering the stream. We will achieve this by constructing 3 large GSI sites, 40 stormwater management tree pits, 200 Levitra generico prezzi, and 10 rain gardens.
In October 2014, we were awarded $150,000 from PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) Buy doxycycline antibiotics online to construct one of the GSI sites. And most recently in January, we received notification that we were awarded $236,175 from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Clomiphene citrate buy online australia to construct a second site and install 200 Hydras. Both of these grant awards will allow us to implement the first phase of the RRRP, which proposes to remove 7 million gallons of annual runoff from the combined sewer system.
Stay tuned for proposed plans, details, schedule of implementation, and outreach events related to the RRRP!
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Two years ago, the Clean Rivers Campaign launched an advocacy campaign to educate our elected officials and the public about the opportunity to create a sustainable and vibrantÂ Pittsburgh by investing in a green first approach to solving our stormwater runoff and sewer overflow problems.
The response has been incredibleÂ â Pittsburghers recognize itâs good for families, workers, and the environment to maximize our largest ever public investment to stop waterÂ pollution AND solve multiple community needs at the same time.
Recent events show that our advocacy has paid off!Â A few weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that ALCOSANâs current, gray infrastructure-only plan for solving our regionâs water quality problems was âdeficient.â
Zithromax sale online, andÂ we now have a real opportunity to build a âgreen firstâ plan for the Pittsburgh regionÂ that maximizes investment in green solutions, reinvests in neighborhoods, and creates family sustaining jobs. THEN we can looks to what complimentary gray strategies are needed to meet full water quality compliance.
But our work is far from over. Just recently, ALCOSAN reported that the Department of Justice (who serves as the legal representative for the EPA) has indicated a willingness to renegotiate the Consent Decree and to reach a new agreement by Aprilâa very short window of opportunity!
We know that EPA officials have been flexible in allowing other cities to prioritize green solutions. But,Â Buy metformin online cheapÂ and to make large-scale green solutions a reality, we need visionary leadership at ALCOSAN. We also need compelling local data to guide implementation, and sustained public pressure to hold ALCOSAN accountable.
These three critical pieces stand between the choice to bury billions of public dollars under our rivers or to invest that money in ways that will create clean water, healthy communities, and economic opportunities for generations to come.
We need your help. And we need to act fast.
You stood with us at ALCOSAN public hearings and Beyond Tunnel Vision presentations. We need you to stand with us now as we keep up the pressure, educate our policy makers, and hold our leaders accountable to building a sustainable and equitable green-first sewer plan.
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In a recent letter to the Clean Rivers Campaign, Cynthia Giles, the Assistance Administrator for Compliance from the EPA wrote:
âGiven the multiple benefits, EPA encourages the use of green infrastructure to the maximum extent possible. The EPA is supportive of, but cannot compel communities to employ green infrastructure practices. Communities can, however, propose the use of green infrastructure in their wet weather plans. We encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas on green infrastructure with ALCOSAN.â
Our work over the past two yearsÂ has shown that Pittsburgh does want to go green. Now itâs time to make it happen.Â Please visit our IOBY crowdfunding campaign at:Â https://www.ioby.org/project/green-first-burgh