Soaking up the Rain

MAR 8, 2014 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Green methods of reducing runoff and pollution are proliferating around Pittsburgh, reports the parks conservancy’s Meg Cheever

Over the years, as Pittsburgh’s urban landscape has expanded, roads, buildings and parking lots have taken over natural, rain-absorbing green spaces, creating streambeds of concrete and asphalt that channel stormwater and debris into our overburdened sewer systems. As a result, it takes only one-tenth of an inch of rainfall to flood our sewer system and send stormwater and raw sewage pouring into our rivers. Read full article