Clean Water Partners:
3 Rivers Wet Weather
3 Rivers Wet Weather, Inc. (3RWW) helps communities reduce untreated sewage and storm water overflows in the region’s waterways—thereby protecting the water source for drinking, fishing, boating, and swimming for one million people in greater Pittsburgh. To promote cost-effective, long-term, sustainable solutions, 3RWW evaluates sewer technology, provides financial grants, educates the public, encourages municipalities to adopt green infrastructure and source reduction strategies, and through its work with ALCOSAN, the region’s major wastewater authority, advocates inter-municipal partnerships. 3RWW facilitated the consensus-based stakeholder committee, which created a process for municipalities to transfer much of their underground infrastructure to ALCOSAN, which will accept the trunk lines from Pittsburgh and 82 other municipalities.
A $600,000 grant from the Foundation will provide two-year support of operations and enable 3RWW to develop a web-based resource to help local governments meet obligations and enact common, defensible ordinances whose language meets the requirements of state law, helping to implement green infrastructure effectively on private and public lands.