Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor Presents Preliminary Stormwater Management Plan To City Council

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 26, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto, members of the administration and representatives of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) today presented to City Council a preliminary plan to address stormwater and water quality issues throughout the city.   

A copy of the stormwater management plan can be found here. Five initial primary sewer sheds in the city are identified in the preliminary report:

  • Washington Boulevard/Negley Run;
  • Four Mile Run/Junction Hollow;
  • East End;
  • Saw Mill Run; and
  • Streets Run/Hays.  

The city has worked in partnership with PWSA over the past year on the development of a scalable and adaptive green infrastructure plan to address wet weather sewage overflows, basement back ups and localized flooding. The proposed plan includes opportunities to create jobs and create additional economic development opportunities in city neighborhoods.

Mayor William Peduto and his Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin were accompanied by the following individuals during today's presentation to City Council: 

  • Bernard Lindstrom, Interim Executive Director, PWSA 
  • Robert Weimar, Director of Engineering, PWSA 
  • James J. Stitt, Manager of Sustainability, PWSA 
  • Mike Gable, Director of Public Works, City of Pittsburgh 
  • Heather Sage, Director of Community Projects, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 
  • Wendell Hissrich, Director of Public Safety, City of Pittsburgh 
  • Arletta Scott-Williams, Executive Director, ALCOSAN 

Preliminary scale and cost assessments have been proposed by PWSA for Washington Boulevard/Negley Run and Four Mile Run/Junction Hollow, as follows: 

Washington Boulevard/Negley Run 

  • Moderate Control:  234 impervious acres managed, $76 - $100 million 
  • High Control: 614 impervious acres managed, $200 - $260 million 

Four Mile Run/Junction Hollow 

  • Moderate Control: 78 impervious acres managed, $25 - $34 million 
  • High Control: 218 impervious acres managed, $70- $90 million 

A final stormwater management plan is expected to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the end of the year, in coordination with ALCOSAN's efforts to finalize an amended consent decree with the federal government to address sewage overflows into the city's three rivers.    



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