Second Annual Girty’s Run Watershed Summit

Last Monday night, 33 concerned citizens and volunteers gathered together at the Millvale Library for the second annual Girty’s Run Watershed summit in partnership with Allegheny Cleanways. The focus of the the Summit was to discuss progress since last year’s meeting and to recruit volunteers to begin the implementation of the Girty’s Run Citizen’s Visual Assessment.

Brian Wolovich introduces speakers at the Girty's Run Watershed Summit

Councilman Brian Wolovich introduces speakers at the Girty’s Run Watershed Summit

Since the last summit, 850 trees have been planted and 2 bioswales have been constructed to address storm water issues in Millvale. An assessment plan and template was drafted and ready for implementation. A public Girty’s Run Watershed Reference Library is starting to come together, and will eventually be available in both physical and online formats.

At the meeting, crew leaders who will be taking volunteers out on the stream for the visual assessment discussed what volunteering to take part in the assessment would entail, and attendees were given the opportunity to sign up to participate in the visual assessment in March. Additionally, attendees discussed future events and plans for the watershed including stream clean-ups, tree care, and potential green storm water infrastructure projects.

Draai Laag Simon Girty Ale

Thanks to Millvale’s own Draai Laag Brewery for donating a case of Simon Girty Ale to the cause!

For full meeting notes, click here.

To get more information on the watershed assessment, or to sign up as a volunteer, please click here or contact Hannah Geiser at hannah.geiser@alleghenycleanways.org.

Girty’s Run Watershed Assessment and Upcoming Summit

Allegheny Cleanways and the Millvale Community Library would like to invite you the second Girty’s Run Watershed Citizens’ Summit on February 24, 2014 at 7 pm at the Millvale Library (213 Grant Avenue).

We are pleased to report that Allegheny Cleanways received a grant from the Laurel Foundation that partially funds the Watershed Assessment process as recommended by Three Rivers Waterkeeper and Dominique Benzio of the Browne Leadership Fellows program.

The objective of this phase of work is to have citizens join with experts and activists to visually identify risks, threats, and opportunities to Girty’s Run.  It is a qualitative and awareness-raising exercise that will help (1) prioritize stream restoration, trash elimination and other volunteer-driven improvement projects and (2) raise a collective understanding or awareness of the upcoming storm and sewer infrastructure improvements to be made in the watershed.

The grant also includes funds to make available data, maps, permits, surveys, etc. that relate to Girty’s Run. The resources will be housed at the Community Library but also will be developed to be shared electronically. We intend to create posters for libraries, schools, municipal buildings and other public spaces in the watershed…and eventually made accessible through the internet.

In the past month, the project team has been gathering the data, producing stream segment maps, and assessment forms. These materials will be shared and described at the February 24th meeting.

We hope that you will be able to join us, sign-up for the stream assessment process, and identify other individuals or organizations that can help transform Girty’s Run into the community asset it deserves to be.

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Please RSVP to the February 24th meeting by emailing Dominique at dlbenzio@gmail.com.

Whenever you have a question, concern or comment about Girty’s Run or the citizens visual assessment process please do not hesitate to contact Myrna Newman, Executive Director, Allegheny Cleanways (myrnan@alleghenycleanways.org), or John Stephen, Project Coordinator (jwsdi@yahoo.com)

Stream Assessment Updates will be posted at: http://www.alleghenycleanways.org/girtysrun, so stay tuned!