Essential Pittsburgh
7:40 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Etna Models Green Infrastructure Options for Other Municipalities

Decorative grates allow rainwater to flow through the sidewalk into storage tanks. The tanks retain runoff from storms from the surrounding rooftops of businesses. The local businesses have rerouted their downspouts so they flow into the system.
Nikki Abban 90.5WESA

The borough of Etna recently debuted its green infrastructure plan. Like many other communities along the Allegheny river, Etna has had a history of problems with flooding, and the community of some 3,400 people was hit especially hard as a result of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Etna’s master plan was designed to handle large amounts of storm water without flooding the sewage systems. What can their experience in Etna tell us about how other communities in our region can institute green projects of this kind? 

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Economy & Business
3:03 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Sharpsburg Bridge Street Access Road Marks Step Toward Riverfront Revitalization

The first phase of a riverfront revitalization project north of Pittsburgh is now complete.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for Bridge Street freight access took place Thursday morning. It's an effort that has been in development for about a decade.

“The road was in horrible condition, and the business fronting the road makes specialty window systems, and for a number of years they weren’t able to use the road effectively because of the potholes and such,” said Iris Whitworth, executive director of the Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone (ARTEZ).

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