Storm water projects, like those in Etna, benefit from strong partnerships

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Your coverage of the storm water infrastructure project unveiled in downtown Etna by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (“Etna Celebrates Green Infrastructure for Storm Water,” Aug. 15) was a pleasure to read. It is encouraging to hear of the Etna community’s enthusiastic response and to see that such projects can be both beautiful and highly effective.

The piece also underscored how important dedicated partnerships with like-minded entities are to the success of storm water projects in our region.

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is working closely with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the city of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works to bring the early phases of our Panther Hollow Watershed storm water management project to life in Schenley Park.

All have been resolute in working together to envision this project, which will divert from and infiltrate an estimated 1.7 million gallons of storm water annually, ensuring cleaner water in Panther Hollow Lake, Four Mile Run and eventually the Monongahela River.

Such partnerships shine a light on the great things we can accomplish together when all are dedicated to the common environmental and economic health of our region.

ERIN COPELAND
Senior Restoration Ecologist
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Oakland

 


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