Pittsburgh, PA - The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s (PWSA) Board of Directors approved the award of $250,000 in grants to 13 projects through the second round of its Green Infrastructure (GI) Grant Program today. The program supports community organizations and property owners demonstrating the management of stormwater with GI.
A competitive application process included 26 applications requesting over $600,000 in funding. Including the matching funds, this program will generate over $875,000 towards GI projects in the City of Pittsburgh, and a total estimated stormwater flow reduction of 2.3 million gallons annually.
“The GI Grant Program aligns with PWSA’s work to improve water quality in the region by managing stormwater in greener ways,” said Interim Executive Director David Donahoe. “The program is also intended to boost the local market for GI design and installation services, increase public awareness of GI benefits, and stimulate economic development.”
Seven matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 were awarded to property owners for larger-scale GI projects that will manage significant amounts of stormwater on their properties. This year’s projects include several rain gardens, permeable paving for parking lots, cisterns, and bioswales, which will incorporate art, educational signage, hands-on learning, and job training. Six mini grants ranging from $4,200 - $10,000 were awarded to nonprofits and community organizations for education projects as well as construction of GI.
The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association (SHNA) received a mini-construction grant to build a rain garden at the intersection of McCandless and Stanton Avenues, beautifying the gateway from Stanton Heights to Lawrenceville while managing 50,000- 60,000 gallons of stormwater annually.
SHNA founding member and President Jessica Varone said, “We are excited to partner with PWSA and their innovative grant program to improve the environmental health of our neighborhood and surrounding communities. We hope this project will inspire more community groups to become engaged in developing rain gardens or other types of green infrastructure throughout the city.”
All projects were reviewed by PWSA and members of PWSA’s Green Infrastructure Technical Advisory Committee.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) provides water and sewer services to more than 300,000 consumers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.