On November 14, PWSA hosted a community meeting to provide residents within the Run neighborhood and the larger Four Mile Run Watershed with an update on the Four Mile Run Stormwater Project.
In August 2021, PWSA submitted a joint permit application to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Following an extensive review, this meeting provided an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to hear how the project has evolved, ask questions, and share feedback.
The project now will focus on alleviating flooding in the Run neighborhood. With the installation of a storm sewer pipe within the low-lying areas of this neighborhood, we can better separate stormwater flow from wastewater flow and take the first steps to reduce basement backups for area residents. PWSA is preparing to start the design process, which we anticipate will take approximately one year, depending on PWSA’s ability to work out review comments with the regulatory agencies.
The use of green infrastructure within Four Mile Run and in other stormwater projects throughout Pittsburgh remains a priority for PWSA. We anticipate that future green solutions will be phased in over time for this project area and we look forward to continuing those conversations with residents at future project meetings and in other discussions pertaining to the watershed.
Several community members joined in person at the Local 95 Union Hall on Saline Street and took advantage of the hybrid option to join virtually. We appreciate everyone’s participation and will continue to keep the community informed as this project moves through its next steps.