CRC Applauds PWSA’s commitment to meeting public demand for green wet weather solutions

Yesterday, PWSA held a press conference to announce their Wet Weather Plan. The Clean

City Councilman Bill Peduto speaks at the PWSA press conference on Wednesday July 31st

City Councilman Bill Peduto speaks at the PWSA press conference on Wednesday July 31st

Rivers Campaign issued a press release to voice our support for the plan. You can read the press release below:

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CRC Applauds PWSA’s commitment to meeting public demand for green wet weather solutions

The Clean Rivers Campaign applauds the PWSA’s submission to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of a Wet Weather Feasibility Study which includes a strong commitment to exploring the use of green infrastructure for dealing with the region’s wet weather problems.

“The public has made it clear that it wants to see a plan to deal with the region’s CSO problem that includes the community benefits that come from a green approach” said Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy, director of the Clean Rivers Campaign. “With this plan PWSA has made it clear they are listening to the public and that they are leading the way toward a broad approach to our wet weather issues that makes wise use of our ratepayer dollars and provides considerable ancillary benefits.”

Other municipalities, including, but not limited to, those from Millvale to Mt. Lebanon to Homestead and Munhall have also recognized that green solutions bring investment and benefits directly to their communities and have begun implementing green wet weather solutions on their own.

“Around the region municipalities and authorities are realizing that, as stewards of public money, starting with green solutions is really the best investment they can make” said Brenda Smith, Executive Director of Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. “Places like Homestead and Millvale are realizing that planting trees or installing rain gardens is affordable, beautiful, community enhancing AND effective.”

PWSA held a series of green Charrettes earlier this year in order to begin getting input on the idea of green wet weather solutions. The feasibility plan they are submitting arose in large part out of the stakeholder input during those Charrettes as did the formation of the Green Infrastructure Technical Advisory Committee (GITAC).

“PWSA exemplifies what we want to see from our public authorities” said Tom Hoffman, Western PA Director for Clean Water Action.  “They not only sought public input on public investment, but then listened to the answers that they got and created a plan based on what stakeholders asked for –  green solutions.”

Clean Rivers Campaign members will be on hand to support PWSA’s 10am press conference on Wednesday, July 31st.