When it rains our storm water pipes overflow and millions of gallons of raw sewage flow into our rivers. The federal EPA has said for years that this pollution of our valuable rivers has to stop. The question is, what is the best way to do that?
We in Allegheny County now have a huge choice to make: Do we fix the pollution of our rivers with ‘grey’ engineering solutions like building huge tunnels, or do we take the viable ‘green’ path?
The Clean Rivers Campaign, a regional collaborative of environmental groups, unions, faith groups, and policymakers, is working to solve this problem with the use of green strategies that catch the water where it falls. Other cities have shown that permeable pavements, roof gardens, and lots of trees help catch the water. These ‘green’ measures also make our communities more livable, create more jobs, and clean the air.
Please come to the Clean Rivers Campaign kickoff on Thursday!
Learn more about the issues, and let’s send a message to the EPA that we need their help to make the ‘green choice’ a reality in Pittsburgh.
7:00 p.m. at the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 95 (300 Saline Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 -- Saline is off Greenfield Avenue just uphill from the underpass by Second Avenue).