The residents of Four Mile Run, an isolated neighborhood on the edge of Greenfield, have wanted one thing for a very long time: a major sewage infrastructure project to alleviate its flooding problems. The neighborhood nestled in a valley south of Oakland consistently sees flooding in heavy rains, including the overflowing of Saline Street in September 2016.
We know that green infrastructure can’t wait. We call upon Mayor Bill Peduto to invest in Four Mile Run and provide the critical funding necessary to kick this project off the ground.
On December 1st, PIIN and The Clean Rivers Campaign co-hosted a presentation of the city of Pittsburgh’s “Clean and Green” plan to solve flooding issues and stop the pollution of waterways every time it rains. The plan was released earlier that morning and is available in draft form for public commentary.
PIIN’s Ratepayer Justice Task Force has worked closely with The Clean Rivers Campaign to ensure that ALCOSAN ratepayers– especially low-income residents– aren’t stuck footing water bills they cannot afford as part of ALCOSAN’s $2 billion system upgrades. On October 27th, the board of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority awarded a contract to Dollar Energy Fund Inc. to administer the customer assistance program we’ve long advocated for.