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30
Apr

Earth Day was technically Tuesday, April 22nd, but NMRWA staff members were busy this past weekend with several Earth Day events happening throughout Pittsburgh…

Clean Rivers Campaign’s Earth Day 2014 Walking Tour

This walking tour of Millvale was the first in a series organized by the Clean Rivers Campaign and Orlistat ratiopharm 60 mg rezeptfrei to highlight green infrastructure projects and opportunities throughout the region.

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Participants learn about the rain garden behind the Millvale library. This rain garden catches, absorbs, and filters water from the library’s roof before it can flow into Girty’s Run.

Millvale, PA has made great strides in incorporating green infrastructure into the borough. Located along the Allegheny River, Millvale is susceptible to flooding, particularly from Girty’s Run which flows through downtown. They suffered from a massive flood in 2004 which destroyed and damaged many homes and buildings.

Tired of sewage backing up in their basements and floods damaging their infrastructure, Millvale turned to green infrastructure to absorb the rainwater before it hits the sewer system.

The borough’s rain barrels, rain gardens, urban farm, street trees and bioswales all help prevent flooding in town. The tour started at the Millvale Library, with Councilman Brian Wolovich explaining how their green efforts came about from community interest. From solar panels on the roof to rain barrels and a rain garden in the backyard, the library is the first for Millvale and is also extremely sustainable.

Other tour stops included a large urban farm, the Millvale community gardens, and a large rain garden. The tour ended with delicious pastries in town and some participants walked up to Mt. Alvernia where Sister Donna spoke about their bioswales. For more pictures, visit the Buy accutane online irelandCheap diflucan!

This was the first tour in a series of five, each in a different neighborhood. The series will continue in the Nine Mile Run watershed in late May. To learn more and to register for the tour, visit: Will viagra get cheaper

Tree Care & Comcast Cares Day at Dickson School

Other NMRWA staff joined Comcast employees for a volunteer day at Dickson School in Swissvale. Over 30 Comcast employees joined students and parents of students from Dickson School to care for trees and a community garden on the school’s campus. As part of the Comcast Cares day, the attendees weeded and mulched trees, painted picnic tables, and weeded the community garden. NMRWA staff was on hand with tools and knowledge on how to properly care for the trees that were at the school.

The staff members then traveled to Washington and Noble Streets in Swissvale where they cared for street trees. Along with the borough and about six volunteers, staff members were able to care for trees throughout the downtown Swissvale area.

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rain garden seed packet

Rain garden seed packet.

Levitra generika online bestellen staff & NMRWA Board Member Matt Wholey attended the Doxycycline buy australia on Saturday in Main Park. The event was a great success with live music, lots of great vendors and about 200 people in attendance. Even a Tesla was on display!

You may remember that Stormworks recently unveiled its new rain barrel – Nombre generico de levofloxacino. Attendees were very interested in this innovative design, which you can read more about Zovirax buy canada. Staff also handed out packets filled with seeds from native rain garden plants!

 


As you can see, the weekend was a busy and productive one. Thanks to everyone who attended or helped out with these events this past weekend! We always enjoy seeing you out in the community and look forward to seeing you in the watershed soon.

14
Apr

We are pleased to announce the winner of our ‘name the new rain container’ contest – congratulations to Clif McGill!

Clif is an avid gardener, photographer, and a watershed resident that has been involved with Nine Mile Run and StormWorks for many years. He was up against some tough competition and it was a very difficult decision to make, but ultimately, we thought the Hydra was the best fit for our new container.

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Hydra’s are very cool looking! Here’s one little Hydra waving hello… (Photo: ubqool.com)

Hydra’s are very cool looking! Here’s one waving hello…
(Photo: ubqool.com)

Why did we choose Hydra?

Hydra is a genus of small, simple, fresh-water animals that possess radial symmetry. They can be found in most unpolluted rivers, streams and bodies of water in temperate and tropical regions.

Our mission is to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff entering our rivers and streams to create healthy habitats for small creatures, just like the hydra. When the smallest of organisms are thriving, our rivers and streams are on the path to becoming healthy ecosystems. We thought it was the perfect name for a container designed to help keep our rivers and streams free of pollution and promote a healthy, sustainable environment.

More info about the StormWorks Hydra

The Hydra is designed to fit with the flat surfaces of your home, and comes in a selection of colors!

The Hydra is designed to fit with the flat surfaces of your home.

We’ve been working with rain barrels for a little over 8 years, field testing new designs, experimenting with new accessories, listening to clients’ feedback, and conducting research. During this time, we’ve been trying to understand and perfect how rain barrels are designed, perceived, sited, and installed.

We learned that it is time for an affordable rain collection system designed to fit with the edges, corners, and flat surfaces of a house, so the new StormWorks Hydra has a slim, modern design that can fit in narrow spaces between houses or shared walkways, behind shrubs, or neatly up against or in a tight area of your house to blend in with your landscape.

Manufactured in Erie, Pa with recycled UV-Stabilized polyethylene, our new container has a capacity of 116 gallons to handle any size roof. It has multiple spigot and overflow openings, a removable mosquito-proof filter basket, and will be available in multiple colors to make it one of the most user-friendly and aesthetically-appealing rain harvesting containers on the market.

Coming to a downspout near you in mid-May!

For more information, please contact Luke at

 or 412-371-8779 x 120.

 

About StormWorks

StormWorks is a social enterprise created to support the mission of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) by implementing responsible stormwater management techniques throughout the Nine Mile Run watershed and beyond its boundaries. StormWorks aims to further the work of NMRWA by meeting stormwater service needs at two key levels: a suite of stormwater management and mitigation services to the greater Pittsburgh area, and consultant services at regional levels. StormWorks specializes in providing various products and services, ranging from the installation of rain barrels and cisterns, the design and installation of rain gardens and permeable pavement, complete landscape design, and stormwater property consultations.

11
Apr

A recap of the UES Spring Invasives Workshop

This past Sunday, April 6, 2014, nearly forty enthusiastic volunteers attended the Spring Invasives Workshop in Lower Frick Park offered by NMRWA and the Cost of zoloft in canada. It was a beautiful, sunny day, perfect for Jake Baechle, Volunteer Coordinator for the Parks Conservancy, and Paul Yanulavich, Urban EcoSteward Coordinator and Arborist for NMRWA, to talk about the Viagra generika ch and the importance of invasive plant removal and its connection to biodiversity.

For example, did you know that many plants from the nursery that people use in their gardens are specifically bred to be pest-free? Unfortunately, many of these plants find their way into Pittsburgh’s parks, where they have an unfair advantage over native plants.

While these invasive, pest-free plants are problematic for numerous reasons, one big one is that they affect the reproduction and survival of butterflies and moths. Butterflies and moths are not only unable to eat these plants, but they also are unable to lay their eggs on them, since they will ultimately need to be eaten by the young caterpillars.

The monarch butterfly’s life cycle is closely tied to seasonal growth of milkweed, the only plant its larvae will eat. These pictures are from Frick Park! (Photos: John Moyer)

The monarch butterfly’s life cycle is closely tied to seasonal growth of milkweed, the only plant its larvae will eat. These pictures are from Frick Park!
(Photos: John Moyer)

One example of note is the monarch butterfly. Monarch butterflies’ main food source are native milkweed plants in the US & Mexico. Milkweed is the only plant Monarchs will lay their eggs on, which unfortunately is vanishing at a rapid rate, particularly in the Great Plains states along the Monarch butterfly’s migration route, due to increased use of herbicides. Where to buy bromocriptine uk – at their peak in the 1990’s, Monarch butterflies occupied 45 acres of forest in the Mexican mountains; this past year they covered only 1.65 acres!

This lack of food and reproductive space for Monarchs as well as numerous other butterfly and moth species in turn affects bird populations. Adult birds can eat the berries of invasive plants, but their babies can only eat the soft butterfly and moth larvae usually found on the native plants these invasives are replacing.

Not all is gloom and doom, however. As participants at Sunday’s workshop learned, we can slow the rate of extinction and boost biodiversity and the food web by planting native plants, like milkweed, in our own backyards (and in the parks), and by removing the invasives that are taking their place.

Although not many plants (native or invasive) were coming up quite yet because of the late arrival of Spring, the group did manage to find plenty of emerging goutweed, garlic mustard, and mugwort plants to remove, and, as always, plenty of vines to cut away from our beautiful, native trees.

Thanks to all the Urban EcoStewards and other volunteers who helped to make the day a success, and to Jake Baechle and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Naturalist Mike Cornell for their knowledge, leadership, and insight.

31
Mar

The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) is honored to announce that Larry Patchel was selected as a Generic pharmacy branches pasig. This award highlights inspirational volunteers in action who have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods where they live.

Larry stands with a Chestnut tree he planted.

Larry stands with a Chestnut tree he planted.

ACTrees is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. To date, over 5 million volunteers from ACTrees member organizations (including NMRWA) have planted more than 15 million trees across the country.

NMRWA nominated Larry for this award because he is a truly exceptional volunteer that encourages people from different backgrounds and groups to work together as a community. Larry uses his charm and vast horticultural knowledge and experience to teach others about proper tree planting and pruning techniques, soil composition, plant taxonomy, proper tool usage, and safety.

“Volunteers are the heart of local tree nonprofits, providing the resources and energy that make tree planting and care possible,” says Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees Executive Director. “Larry Patchel models the ideals of stewardship, giving, professionalism, and leadership.”

Larry works with tree planting volunteers. “One of my objectives is to make Pittsburgh the place where more trees are planted at different locations than any other place” – Larry Patchel

Larry works with tree planting volunteers. “One of my objectives is to make Pittsburgh the place where more trees are planted at different locations than any other place” – Larry Patchel

Whether he is identifying poison ivy for kids at the high school rain garden, digging tree holes with students from the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, or advocating for trees at the Boys and Girls Club of Wilkinsburg, Larry’s hands-on, contagious, and charismatic style is well-known in this small Pittsburgh community.

Larry is an active member of the American Chestnut Foundation, helping to hybridize Chinese and American chestnuts, and tending to the seedlings until they become trees. He sets up a tent each year at the Phipps Conservatory Plant Sale and sharpens pruners and other tools to benefit the Men’s Garden Club of Pittsburgh, of which he is a member. He also attended all of the tree plantings from the 500 Tree Initiative in Wilkinsburg implemented by NMRWA.

Brenda Smith, Executive Director of Nine Mile Run Watershed Association says, “We are very lucky to have Larry as a dedicated and passionate volunteer of Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. He continues to work hard to improve his community. Larry embodies ACTrees’ mission of ‘improving the environment and community – one tree at a time’. We are excited to acknowledge Larry’s dedication and hard work through the ACTrees Volunteer of the Year nomination”.

 

We want to thank Larry for his dedication to and passion for our work.

Larry stands with an oak tree, one of the largest oldest trees in the borough of Wilkinsburg.

Larry stands with an oak tree, one of the largest oldest trees in the borough of Wilkinsburg.

28
Mar
Gina shows the NMRWA staff a mosaic that represents the PWSA treatment plant facilities.

Gina shows the NMRWA staff a mosaic in the entryway that represents the PWSA treatment plant facilities.

Monday March 24th, NMRWA staff toured the Levitra generic prices treatment plant facility. NMRWA has several connections to PWSA, in addition to our shared interest in regional water quality: Sara Madden, StormWorks Design Manager, is a member of their Green Infrastructure Technical Advisory Committee, and James Stitt, PWSA Sustainability Coordinator, is a member of the NMRWA Board of Directors.

Starting our tour with a brief history of potable water treatment and transportation in Pittsburgh, Gina Cyprych, PWSA’s Environmental Compliance Coordinator, described how Pittsburgh’s water needs have shifted over time.

During this step of the treatment process, water is filtered to remove organic particulate matter.

During this step of the treatment process, water is filtered to remove organic particulate matter.

Beginning in the late 1700s and 1800s, most of the focus was on building an adequate water supply, in part to help prevent fires like the Buy flagyl ireland that destroyed nearly 1/3 of the city.

It wasn’t until 1894 however that Pittsburgh began to focus more on water treatment than water capacity. This was spurred by extremely high death rates from both cholera and typhoid in the mid-1800s. John Snow’s proof of a relationship between cholera and drinking water supply in 1855 also helped to demonstrate the need for water filtration.

Over the next twenty years, a slow sand filtration plant was constructed, as well as multiple reservoirs, storage tanks, and pumping stations. These improvements, along with chlorine disinfection caused cholera and typhoid rates to drop dramatically.

NMRWA staff listen to Gina explain a step in the water treatment process.

NMRWA staff listen to Gina explain a step in the water treatment process.

Since PWSA was formed in 1984, they have continued to make improvements to their water treatment process – the slow sand filters have been replaced with new, more efficient technologies, and PWSA is beginning to focus on Donde comprar cialis generico mexico, in addition to maintaining excellent water quality. (Just a note: the former Pittsburgh Water Department became a part of PWSA in 1995.)

Today, PWSA services more than 300,000 people with over 100 million gallons of water a day, and a lot of work goes into treating that much water!

It is first pumped from the Allegheny River, and then goes through a multi-step process of filtration and treatment before it is pumped to several water towers and reservoirs throughout the city. One unique feature of PWSA’s infrastructure is that all of the water its customers receive is gravity fed – there is no pumping necessary after it reaches those reservoirs.

Thank you so much to Gina and PWSA for the tour! We enjoyed learning more about PWSA and the important work they do.

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