ALCOSAN’s Drop Shaft Plan Exposed
This morning, November 19th, members of the Clean Rivers Campaign, Riverlife, Bike Pittsburgh, PCRG, the Parks Conservancy, Pittsburgh United, and other community, labor, and faith allies stood together for a press conference exposing for the first time ALCOSAN’s new tunnel and drop shaft plan.
Joined by Kevin Acklin, Chief of Staff to Mayor Peduto, we covered Allegheny Landing with 8,000 square feet of black tarp to demonstrate the devastating impact ALCOSAN’s plan will have on our riverfronts. Community, political, and philanthropic groups stand united in the fight to ensure that this project invests in our communities rather than destroys years of revitalization and economic development along our rivers.
Join us on Tuesday, November 24th for a City Council hearing on ALCOSAN’s 2016 budget. Let’s stand together to hold ALCOSAN accountable to the demands of ratepayers in Pittsburgh!
City Council ALCOSAN Budget Hearing
November 24th, at 10am
Pittsburgh City County Building, City Council Chambers 5th Floor
Check out this morning’s action in the news!
- Alcosan plans miles of tunnes to transport wastewater – Chris Potter, Post Gazette
- Alcosan’s “maddening’ decision is disruptive and expensive- Grant Oliphant, Heinz Endowments
We Are Hiring!
We are looking to hire a Campaign Coordinator to continue to lead the great work of the Clean Rivers Campaign. Please see the job description and pass on the position to anyone you think may be interested.
Thanks to YOU, ALCOSAN Will Explore a CAP!
Due to your petition signatures and your presence at CRC actions, ALCOSAN announced the formation of a subcommittee which will work on forming a CAP. In addition, yesterday the DEP granted an extension requested by Peduto and Fitzgerald to add more green into ALCOSAN’s plan.
Catch up on all of the exciting news on our blog!
CRC Calls for a Customer Assistance Program!
Did you know that ALCOSAN has announced that sewer bills will increase by 60% in the next four years? And that is just the beginning of years of rate increases to pay to fix our sewer system. Without a Customer Assistance Program, tens of thousands of low-income, senior, and disabled households will no longer be able to afford these rate hikes and will face water shutoffs. Access to clean water and sewage treatment are necessary for public health and safety, and we must protect our neighbors and our community.
TELL ALCOSAN: We need a CAP program to ensure access to clean water and sewer services! Sign the petition now!
In January, ALCOSAN held several meetings to inform the public about the consent decree. The Clean Rivers Campaign team attended the January 28th and January 29th meetings. Check out our memo and fact check below for an update. You can read about ALCOSAN’s rate hikes in the fact check below.
Thank you for joining us at our Town Hall Meeting on Ratepayer Fairness!
What’s on tap? Check out live tweets from the event here.
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!
If you have any questions or need more information, please call 412 – 231 – 8648.