Successful neighborhood projects require plans and visions developed by community stakeholders. We are taking this approach to the Phase II RRRP Study, which will guide the next group of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) investments in the project area.

Beginning back in August 2016, we started the planning process through a series of outreach methods. We continued to partner with Operation Better Block, East Tri-Borough Neighborhood Association, and Penn Hills Community Development Corporation to engage as many Homewood, East Hills, and Penn Hills residents as possible. Collaboratively, we hosted a public meeting on August 30th to gather input on areas within the RRRP boundaries are have localized flooding and extreme runoff during rain events.

We also conducted a survey of the neighborhoods, and received responses from 60 households experiencing issues with rain runoff either on their property or nearby their homes. Through a partnership with CUSP, we were able to post these results on their easily accessible web map. The map is intended to visualize and facilitate a conversation around those problem areas, and residents are encouraged to continue adding locations to the map.

Click on image above to see CUSP map.

Our engineering consultant, GHD, has spent the past few months analyzing the hydrologic runoff in the project area. This is a technical term that means they are finding the areas where we can capture the most stormwater runoff through GSI. We will pair this technical analysis with the public input to create a proposed map of new projects. This will be vetted with the community over the spring of 2017, as the investments should reflect the desire of the residents.

We are excited to continue working with the community on this project! Stay tuned for next steps and upcoming presentations on the Phase II RRRP Study. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Hiller at mike@ninemilerun.org.