With its three iconic rivers, Pittsburgh is a city defined by water. This abundant resource, though, is a major concern for our neighbors whose basements flood during rainstorms; for our public spaces prone to erosion; and to those same iconic rivers that are polluted with combined sewer overflow (CSO).
This month, we invite you to be a part of the solution by thinking creatively about stormwater at three public events. Help shape plans for a stormwater improvement project that includes Schenley Park, take a hike in Highland Park, and learn more about stormwater solutions from a regional expert.
Four Mile Run Community Workshop | November 14
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is hosting an interactive workshop where you can give feedback on a preliminary design of the Four Mile Run Stormwater Improvement Project. Learn about the design concept, ask questions, and provide input and ideas that will help shape the project.
The materials in this workshop will cover the overall watershed expansion, Panther Hollow Lake, the streams and historic bridges throughout Schenley Park, the inclusion of public art, and mobility.
Highland Park Water Hike | November 17
Join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Sierra Club for this public hike. On it, we'll explore the incredible variety of water resources in Highland Park and discuss creative ways to tell the story of water in our city, from the river to the tap and back again. Hot drinks and light refreshments will be provided.
Former Director of Philly Water, Howard Neukrug | November 19
Join the Clean Rivers Campaign, the Negley Run Watershed Task Force, and residents of the Negley Run Watershed to hear from the man who led Philadelphia's green-first plan.
Howard Neukrug is currently a professor of Practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. The former Commissioner and CEO of Philadelphia Water, he was responsible for all aspects of utility operations, environmental compliance, engineering, financing, budgeting, capital and strategic planning, customer service, human resources, and legal and policy decisions for its drinking water/wastewater/stormwater system serving 2.3 million people. At Penn, he is establishing a Water Center and teaching courses on the water industry and the role of water in urban sustainability and resiliency. He is also a Principal with CASE Environmental, LLC, where he provides consulting services to cities and utilities in urban planning, systems design, sustainability, organization development, strategic planning and trends and innovations in the global water industry.