D.C. Looks to Green Infrastructure to Address CSOs

Last May, George Hawkins, General Manger of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, spoke to Clean Rivers Campaign supporters during our Beyond Tunnel Vision Speaker Series about his efforts to utilize green infrastructure to solve sewer overflow issues in...

Milwaukee WI addresses stormwater runoff

The Clean Rivers Campaign is concerned about the water quality here in Pittsburgh due to our combined sewer system which can lead to raw sewage overflowing into our rivers. Many post-industrial cities across the US are facing similar challenges and are discussing what...

Green Infrastructure News Round-up #2 July 16, 2013

Green Jobs in Maryland The Washington Post has examined the future of green and jobs in Prince George, Maryland.  A lawsuit in 2009 from environmental groups to federal management has pushed communities there to evaluate their contribution to pollution in the...

Green Infrastructure News Round-up #1, June 25th 2013

Good PR for Green Infrastructure A new article from the Sustainable Cities Collective states, “[c]ombined sewage overflows (CSOs) now hit 700 municipalities in 31 states and the District of Columbia”. Because of this, the Head of Water for the EPA, Nancy Stoner, has...

New Film Highlights Water Quality Issues and Solutions in US

“850 billion gallons of untreated sewage enter our waterways each year.  An amount that could cover the entire state of Pennsylvania with one inch of sewage.” This statistic comes from a new trailer released by Penn State Public Media Initiative called Water Blues...

EPA gives Cincinnati the OK to go green

Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the approval of an innovative plan incorporating green infrastructure for the control of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. “This plan is good news...

We have a right to know!

Members of the Clean Rivers Campaign spent the morning delivering a Right to Know request to ALCOSAN. A Right to Know request allows citizens to request public records, similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act. In January, ALCOSAN responded to the EPA Consent...

Flag system alerts Pittsburgh to Combined Sewer Overflows this summer

Summer is almost here! Thanks to our beautiful three rivers, many Pittsburghers will head out on boats of all sizes to enjoy the summer weather.  No matter what you’re doing this summer, it’s important to know about a system put in place by the Allegheny County Health...