Through February, PWSA encourages customers and the Pittsburgh community to review and provide comment on the Stormwater Strategic Plan. Released before the holidays, our intention is to provide ample time for review of its recommendations and approach to stormwater management.
The Plan is the first phase of a long-term planning effort to address local stormwater challenges. It considers prevalent issues, such as neighborhood flooding and basement backups, while also looking through the lenses of equity and environmental justice.
The Stormwater Strategic Plan is aspirational and should be viewed as a strategic step towards stormwater management. PWSA intends to use the Plan recommendations to eventually design and implement specific projects that meet a determined level of service to manage stormwater quantity at a rate PWSA customers can afford. As such, this plan presents a strategy to be used in reaching our final goal of delivering cost-effective and environmentally compliant stormwater service.
The Plan builds off past planning efforts by using climate data, previous regional studies, community input, and best practices by our peer utilities to provide recommendations that look at stormwater through the four lenses of: localized flooding, water quality, equity, and opportunity sites to address one of our region’s most challenging problems.
In the coming months, we’ll be organizing a series of workshops to provide the Pittsburgh community and stormwater stakeholders with an opportunity to ask questions and share input regarding our ongoing stormwater planning and implementation. Look for more information on our Events & Meetings webpage.
To access downloadable copies of the Plan or to provide public comment, please visit our Stormwater Strategic Plan website.