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Founded in 1972, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is a non-profit, grassroots community group dedicated to “preserving and improving the quality of life in the 14th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh.” In furtherance of that goal, the SHUC concerns itself with such issues as housing, education, transportation, commercial, residential and institutional development, and parks and open spaces. One of the very first issues they took on was replacing the water and sewer infrastructure between Murray and Shady. Now, the SHUC is conducting a study to better understand the effects of stormwater runoff for business and property owners in the Squirrel Hill area in order to have an accurate picture of the problem, as well as to “serve as a catalyst for future steps toward solutions.” To this end, SHUC would like to survey businesses and residents in the area on their experiences and opinions regarding stormwater flooding.

We’ve written about this problem many times before on this blog noting the need for sustainable and green infrastructure solutions which can both improve our environment and save billions of ratepayer dollars. Moreover, Councilman Peduto conducted a meeting on the East End Flooding problem in September of this year. Over 300 people attended and decried the “chronic flooding that’s rotted their walls, ruined their carpets, set their cars afloat and cost thousands of dollars in repairs.” Also in attendance at the meeting were Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Public Safety Director Michael Huss, Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski, as well as executives of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and state legislators and city council members.

You can make your voice heard on this problem by taking the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s survey:

For Business Owners: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BXCJGVC  

For Property Owners: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BNDZCN9

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