This project would not be possible without the support of all our partners:
The Community Project Advisory Group (CPAG) was formed in 2015 to help guide NMRWA throughout the life of the project. It is comprised of elected officials, stakeholders, residents, community leaders, and partners. Meetings are held quarterly and agenda items include design, construction, outreach, monitoring, and any other issue or update that is of concern. Please see the minutes from each meeting for details on discussions:
If you are interested in joining the CPAG, please email Mike Hiller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding that a project like this wouldn’t have as much impact without meaningful community engagement, NMRWA spent considerable energy in 2015-16 conducting outreach in the Homewood, East Hills, and Penn Hills communities. The goal is to engage, educate, and empower residents to be better stormwater managers in their watershed. It is only through the long-term involvement of local residents that projects like the RRRP remain successful.
By attending over two dozen meetings and presenting the project and updates to community stakeholders, we were able to form long-term partnerships with several groups. These included: East Hills Consensus Group (EHCG), East Tri-Boro Neighborhood Association (ETBNA), Homewood Children’s Village (HCV), Operation Better Block (OBB), and Penn Hills Community Development Corporation (PHCDC). These partnerships continue to strengthen as neighborhood knowledge for rainwater management expands.
In 2014-15, NMRWA was able to partner with OBB during their Cluster Planning Process, which is a detailed land use vision for Homewood’s future based on the needs and desires of existing, present-day community stakeholders. The neighborhood was broken into 10 total sub-districts, and specific plans were developed for every parcel in the areas. Clusters 7 and 9 are included in the RRRP boundaries, and included visions for GSI in the public right-of-way and on vacant land.
In 2016, NMRWA began implementing the vision for Rosedale Street to become a ‘green street’. We have retrofitted 4 stormwater tree planters with plans for more, and are working with residents to install rain barrels and rain gardens. In the spring of 2016, we also cleaned up the vacant lots at the corner of Rosedale Street and Hill Avenue. This is the first step towards transforming these lots into a community asset and gateway to the neighborhood.
If you are interested in helping us spread the word about this project, here is a poster that details the general project, and a handout detailing the rain barrel portion.