Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

City Hopes to Stem Flow of Rainwater into Sewers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

City Hopes to Stem Flow of Rainwater into Sewers

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Pittsburgh will seek $665,000 in state funding for a demonstration project that could keep as much as 1.7 million of gallons of rainwater out of the sewer system each year.

City Council gave initial approval this week to seek the money from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority for improvements in the 384-acre Panther Hollow watershed.

Some of the money would be used to create a wildflower meadow in a part of Schenley Park bounded by Beacon and Bartlett streets. Mike Gable, deputy public works director, said the long grass would hold rainwater until it percolated into the ground.

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix uses that area of the park each year. If necessary, Mr. Gable said, the meadow could be cut back to accommodate the race.

A portion of the grant also would be used to build catch basins, install pipes that would direct runoff to the meadow and build swales, or mounds, to trap water that's running downhill. Some of the swales would be built in the Schenley Drive area of the park, Mr. …

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