What We're Doing To Help Our Rivers

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

In Design



City-Wide Green First Plan

The City-Wide Green First Plan outlines how Pittsburgh intends to use innovative, cost-effective, and green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. Implementing the plan will mitigate local street flooding and sewer backups caused by large rainstorms. The stormwater management practices outlined in the plan will help Pittsburgh and the region comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined sewer overflow mandates and improve the quality of local waterways. The City-Wide Green First Plan was released by the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority in 2016.

Saw Mill Run Integrated Watershed Management Plan

Initiated by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and facilitated by the Saw Mill Run Watershed Association, the Saw Mill Run Integrated Watershed Management plan will collaboratively identify the most cost-effective solutions to meet the stream's water quality goals. Learn more about this innovative, regional plan to manage stormwater


Water for Community Gardens

Whether you’re planting vegetables, flowers, or initiating a neighborhood greening project, a community garden is a wonderful way to bring people together! We are happy to see that so many neighborhoods have incorporated them into their communities. To support these projects, it has long been PWSA’s practice to make potable water available to community gardens, gateway gardens, and vacant land greening projects within our water service area. Find out if your garden is eligible for assistance

Green Infrastructure Grant Program

In 2015 and 2016, PWSA awarded green infrastructure grants to support green infrastructure projects within Pittsburgh. The purpose of providing these grants was to encourage projects to decrease the amount of combined sewer overflows, stimulate economic development, and revitalize neighborhoods. In 2015 there were 16 grant recipients and in 2016 another 13 projects received grants. PWSA's Green Infrastructure Grant Program is currently not active. Learn more about our Green Infrastructure Grant Program

Please contact with questions about PWSA's stormwater management program.