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Green Infrastructure Network Meeting


1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Alternative Parameters for Regulation of Stormwater – Dan Sentz
3. Update on Allegheny County Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan – Will McLain, Allegheny County Economic

4. Progress Update on Regional Evaluation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure and other Source Controls in ALCOSAN’s Wet Weather Plan – Tim Prevost, ALCOSAN
5. Subcommittee Reports
a. Demonstration, Technical Feasibility and Analysis – 2014 GIN Charrette – Joel Perkovich, Phipps Conservatory
b. Policy, Regulation, and Codes – Beth Dutton, 3RWW
c. Outreach
6. Next meeting
June 25, 2014 (tentative) –time and location TBD


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PWSA Approves Green Infrastructure Grant Program

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) board approved a resolution to establish a Green Infrastructure Grant Program, which will incentivize private property owners and community organizations to implement projects that manage stormwater with green infrastructure (GI). The Green Infrastructure Grant Program aligns with PWSA’s Wet Weather Feasibility Study to fund projects […]

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Green Infrastructure Webinar Series

Join the Penn State Extension for the Green Infrastructure Webinar Series as they explore how green infrastructure can put our communities and landscapes on the road to sustainability. The first in this series will concentrate on introducing green infrastructure and explore maintenance of such systems. Beginning in late summer, the webinars will discuss non-structural topics such as […]

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PWSA and the Penn State Center Pittsburgh host Green Stormwater Infrastructure Technical Workshop Series

Join PWSA and the Penn State Center Pittsburgh for the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Technical Workshop Series to be held on the mornings of March 26, April 30 and May 14.  The first workshop will be a panel discussion of various professionals who will describe numerous local projects and lessons learned for future development of green […]

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Engineering Sustainability 2015: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line

The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon University are pleased to announce Engineering Sustainability 2015: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line.

For more information and to register, click here.

This focused conference will bring together engineers and scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to share results of cutting-edge research and practice directed at development of environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

The built environment, which includes buildings, the transportation grid, and water collection and treatment systems, helps to sustain our economy and way of life, but at the cost of heavy resource use and waste generation. Buildings alone consume a substantial percentage of the materials produced globally each year and require significant amounts of energy for operation. Transportation grids are material-intensive, and the maintenance requirements of aging infrastructure in the developed world are stressing the abilities of municipalities to maintain viable systems. Renewal of urban water infrastructure with new, more sustainable systems delivering higher performance is a critical need, as failing infrastructure systems in many cities impact economic vitality and quality of life for residents. Stormwater management systems in many cities are inadequate and based on old paradigms, exacerbating flooding problems and leading to sewer overflows. Water also is interlinked with energy production and use, as significant amounts of water are required for energy generation, and production of high purity water with current membrane technologies requires significant amounts of energy.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: PWSA’s Water Treatment Facility

Join GBA for a tour of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority’s water treatment facility.


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Ever wonder what it takes to transport water from Pittsburgh’s rivers and into your kitchen sink? Curious about how much energy is required to distribute and treat Pittsburgh’s water supply? Find out on a tour of PWSA’s water treatment facility along the Allegheny River. You’ll get to see PWSA’s historic building exterior full of modern filtration equipment and testing facilities, its unique mosaic map of Pittsburgh, and an on-site demonstration rain garden. Gina Cyprych, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, and James J. Stitt, Manager of Sustainability, will lead our tour, and GBA will provide the bagels and coffee.


1. Understand Pittsburgh’s demand for water and PWSA’s distribution plan.

2. Discuss the process of treating water from the Allegheny River into potable water and historical developments in water treatment.

3. Explore PWSA’s water testing requirements and common pollutants found in local water sources before treatment.

4. Summarize the need for stormwater management in Pittsburgh and the benefits of green infrastructure, including rain gardens.


GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference

17th Annual 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference

October 7-8, 2015
Monroeville Convention Center

More than 400 municipal officials, engineers, managers, public works directors and wet weather experts will gather on October 7-8 to learn, educate and share experiences for overcoming the wet weather problems that have plagued the Pittsburgh region for decades. Scores of exhibitors will share their products and services while local, regional and national speakers will present educational sessions on a variety of wet weather issues. See the 2014 conference brochure for a sample agenda.

Register online by September 30 to pay a registration fee of $75 for both days.  After September 30, the fee is $85.  To avoid long registration lines at the conference, complete your registration and pay online by October 1. If you have not registered by the deadline, you will need to register on-site* at the conference.  Registration form in Microsoft Word format.  All registered attendees will have the opportunity to win an exhibitor-sponsored prize package.

*All walk-in registrations will receive conference materials, but are not guaranteed promotional items.

Continuing Education
A continuing education form will be provided at the conference so that attendance can be verified.

Certified Wastewater Operators
This two-day conference is a DEP-approved wastewater training program. Pennsylvania-certified wastewater operators can earn up to four contact hours by attending the two-day event. If you are a certified wastewater operator, you will need to include your DEP Client ID number on your continuing education form. You will find this 5 or 6 digit-number in blue ink on your PA certification pocket card. Note: Class A, B and C wastewater operators need to complete 15 contact hours for the first renewal (3 years) and 30 for every renewal thereafter. Class D and E operators need 8 hours and 15 hours subsequently.

Licensed Professional Engineers
Licensed professional engineers may use the continuing education form to request a conference completion certificate from 3 Rivers Wet Weather. Your professional licensing board will determine the credit you will earn from attending the conference.

Cancellations must be received no later than noon on September 30 for a refund. Fax registrations are considered an attendance commitment; such registrations will be invoiced unless cancelled. Substitutions (from the same organization/company) may be made. However, 3RWW requests notification prior to the conference for preparation of registration materials.

Admission to the conference is afforded without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, national origin or disability. If special accommodations are required, please contact 3RWW at least five working days prior to the program.

For questions, contact 3 Rivers Wet Weather at 412-578-8375.

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Green Infrastructure Maintenance Workshop

Designed for individuals responsible for designing or maintaining green infrastructure such as municipal public works, landscapers, students, landscape architects and engineers.

Registration Fee

  • $60 Registration
  • $30 Discounts available for Municipalities & Non-Profit Staff
  • Scholarships available for students

Workshop Schedule (3 hours of continuing education)

  • 8:00–8:45 a.m.  Registration and continental breakfast
  • 8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome
  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. Rain Gardens, Eric French, Eisler Landscapes
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. Green Roofs, Eric French, Eisler Landscapes
  • 10:00–10:15 a.m.  Break
  • 10;15–10:45 a.m. Pervious Concrete and Porous Asphalt Pavements, Bruce Cody, PA Aggregates & Concrete Association
  • 10:45–11:15 a.m. Permeable Pavers, Phil Austin, Unilock
  • 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30–2:00 p.m. Tour/Practicum Rain Garden, Green Roof, Porous Asphalt Pavement

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand how GI maintenance impacts performance
  • Identify ways that GI design impacts maintenance, with lessons learned
  • Evaluate GI maintenance requirements specific to Southwestern PA
  • Determine GI maintenance frequency and requirements based on GI type


Call 3RWW at 412-578-8375.

GI Maintenance

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Green Infrastructure Maintenance Resource Materials

3 Rivers Wet Weather is a nonprofit environmental organization created in 1998 to support 82 Allegheny County municipalities and the City of Pittsburgh in addressing the region’s wet weather overflow problem. Below are some resources from a recent event they hosted at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. PowerPoint Presentations: Rain Garden Maintenance Presentation Porous Pavement […]

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Proposed Stormwater Management Plan Poised to Create Economic Development Opportunities

Over the past year, the City of Pittsburgh has worked with Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to develop a scalable and adaptive green infrastructure plan to address wet weather sewage overflows, basement back-ups, and localized flooding. The proposed plan includes job creation and economic development opportunities in city neighborhoods. On September 26, 2016, Mayor William Peduto, his administration, […]

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