stormwater management http://wesa.fm en Panther Hollow Watershed to Get Rain Water Pilot Projects http://wesa.fm/post/panther-hollow-watershed-get-rain-water-pilot-projects <p>Schenley Park is getting two water management systems for the Panther Hollow Watershed. With green infrastructure, the pilot projects aim to decrease runoff by either collecting or re-distributing rain water.</p><p>Erin Copeland, senior restoration ecologist with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, said the recent flooding did not trigger the projects’ initiation. She said it has been in the planning process since 2010.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:03:55 +0000 Emily Farah 13433 at http://wesa.fm City Council News With Noah http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-news-noah <p></p><p>Legislation to change the powers of the <a href="http://cprbpgh.org">Citizen Police Review Board</a> is up for a final vote on Thursday. &nbsp;Currently, the CPRB&nbsp;reviews new police policies&nbsp;<em>after</em> they are implemented, but the new legislation would alter this system resulting in the board reviewing &nbsp;policies&nbsp;<em>before</em> they take effect. Sponsoring Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, who originally wanted to publish an abridged version of the police rule book&nbsp;until it was found to be against state law, says he's hoping to use the CPRB as the "eyes and ears" of the public regarding police policies.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:23:50 +0000 Katie Blackley 9850 at http://wesa.fm City Council News With Noah Green Stormwater Solutions from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/green-stormwater-solutions-washington-dc-pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p>Washington DC and Pittsburgh have a common trait of being build right by the water, with low lying areas and old infrastructure. When it became necessary for DC to improve its water and sewage systems -<a href="http://www.alcosan.org/WetWeatherIssues/ConsentDecree/tabid/63/Default.aspx"> like Pittsburgh</a> - the nation’s capital opted for a focus on traditional "gray" options. Tunnels and pipes were the main solution for Washington's sewage and storm water problems.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.georgehawkins.net/p/georges-biography.html">George Hawkins</a>, General Manager of <a href="http://www.dcwater.com/">DC Water</a> has worked to convince the district and the EPA to embrace green infrastructure ideas. By reopening the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/pdf/pdf_chesbay/GreenPartnshipAgreement.pdf">EPA consent decree</a>, DC is on track to becoming a model of sustainable infrastructure. Fri, 10 May 2013 23:28:45 +0000 Heather McClain 9362 at http://wesa.fm Green Stormwater Solutions from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh Bill Would Allow Municipalities to Create Stormwater Authorities http://wesa.fm/post/bill-would-allow-municipalities-create-stormwater-authorities <p>A bill approved in the Pennsylvania Senate would allow local governments to enter into stormwater authorities.</p><p>The bill’s sponsor, Senator Ted Erickson (R-PA-26), said municipal leaders are looking for tools to help them respond to the rising costs of stormwater management.</p><p>“After the last round of flooding we had about a year ago, it became evident that we needed to plan on a watershed basis, which means you have to cross municipal boundaries," Erickson said. "So if you had an authority that did that, it would be extremely helpful."</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:49:13 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8348 at http://wesa.fm