(PITTSBURGH) June 6, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that his Propel Pittsburgh Commission, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC), will host a Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel Workshop to teach residents how to help protect our rivers and streams by living better on land. Residents are invited to attend the workshop in the City-County Building lobby next Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $50 per person or $55 per couple; RSVP date is Tuesday, June 11. In addition to information about improving watershed conditions, participants will receive a 55-gallon rain barrel and installation hardware, compliments of the Coca-Cola Foundation.
“To remain America’s ‘Most Livable City,’ we must all do our part to live efficiently and sustainably by conserving, saving and protecting our natural resources,” Ravenstahl said. “This workshop reinforces the importance of our role in protecting our environment by protecting our most valuable resource – fresh, clean rainwater.”
At the training session, residents will learn how to manage and reuse stormwater runoff by harvesting rainwater from their roof, storing it and using it on their landscape – ultimately contributing to improved water quality in our rivers and streams. They will also learn how to reduce their contribution to combined sewer overflow, flooding and polluted urban runoff. Each participant, or couple, will receive a 55-gallon rain barrel and installation hardware, and will learn how to assemble and install the barrel and be introduced to other rainwater harvesting options. Participants will receive the hardware at the workshop, but will receive a voucher for the barrel, to be picked up at a later date and time.
“This workshop is a great opportunity for Pittsburgh residents to learn the simple ways they can help improve and protect our environment - by learning how to practice watershed protection and conservation in their own backyard," said Nancy Martin, Environmental Educator at PRC.
Residents should RSVP by Tuesday, June 11, by calling Nancy Martin at 412-488-7490, extension 247, or registering online here.
At the City’s annual Earth Market, the Mayor’s Propel Commission, in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation and the PA Resources Council, gave away 40 rain barrels to help residents manage and reuse stormwater runoff.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687