McDonald has formed the nine-community Robinson Run Watershed Municipal Group to help find a permanent solution to creek flooding.
Council President Marilou Ritchie is asking participating towns to sign a letter requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers undertake a flood reduction investigation.
The feasibility phase is federally funded up to $100,000, she said.
"This request is the first step toward a permanent solution that we know is necessary for each of our municipalities," Ms. Ritchie wrote in the Oct. 1 letter.
The communities include Bridgeville, North Fayette, South Fayette and Oakdale in Allegheny County, and Cecil, Mount Pleasant, Robinson and Midway in Washington County. McDonald spans both counties.
"The project will take time and a lot of effort by all of us," Ms. Ritchie wrote. "It should be noted that your municipality can withdraw support at any time. We can, in the meantime, help each other in the removal of the debris that is stagnant along the creek bank. Larger public works departments can provide the equipment necessary for this endeavor, while the smaller departments can offer the manpower."
McDonald hosted a kickoff meeting last month with the communities, elected state officials, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
First Published October 10, 2013 7:42 AM