Stormwater management in Pittsburgh is a complicated and significant problem. In building a city, even one as picturesque as Pittsburgh, people have created a lot of hard surfaces: roads, sidewalks, lots for parking spaces, and these surfaces do nothing to absorb water when it rains. During a heavy storm or shower, the accumulated water from these surfaces heads straight to the closest storm drain. If overwhelmed by a heavy rain or storm, our local deteriorating storm water system can lead to sewage overflow in the city or into nearby rivers. Installing Rain Gardens in urban areas is a simple way to successfully reduce the burden on our city infrastructure and also replenish the local ground water supply.
GTECH Storm Water Projects
- Three Rivers Wet Weather: to learn more about the region's storm water issues
- Rain Garden Alliance: to learn more about rain gardens, and find one near you
- Nine Mile Run Watershed Association: to learn more about an organization tackling storm water issues in a specific watershed
- Beechwood Nursery at the Audubon Society: a great source of native plants, many of which can be used in rain gardens
- Sylvania Natives: another great source of native plants