Torn-Up Riverfronts a Concern; Massive Tunnels under Pittsburgh's Rivers Planned as Part of a Federally Mandated Sewer System Overhaul Could Tear Up the City's Riverfronts, a Group Critical of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority's Wet Weather Plan Said Wednesday. [Derived Headline]

By Aupperlee, Aaron | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 19, 2015 | Go to article overview

Torn-Up Riverfronts a Concern; Massive Tunnels under Pittsburgh's Rivers Planned as Part of a Federally Mandated Sewer System Overhaul Could Tear Up the City's Riverfronts, a Group Critical of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority's Wet Weather Plan Said Wednesday. [Derived Headline]


Aupperlee, Aaron, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Massive tunnels under Pittsburgh's rivers planned as part of a federally mandated sewer system overhaul could tear up the city's riverfronts, a group critical of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority's Wet Weather Plan said Wednesday.

The Clean Rivers Campaign, which has pushed for more green infrastructure in the plan and a customer assistance program to help people pay increasing sewer and water bills, released a map it says shows the riverfront locations of 18 "drop shafts" that are built to funnel excess wastewater from the sewer system to large tunnels under the rivers.

Jeanne Clark, spokeswoman for Alcosan, said the map is preliminary and shows only a "very rough idea" of where the shafts would be. Other municipalities with similar Environmental Protection Agency mandates have relocated the drop shafts inland to preserve riverfront property, Clark said.

"There is nothing that says they have to be along the rivers," Clark said. "The locations, how many and the size of them is going to be dealt with during years of planning."

The EPA mandated that Alcosan reduce the sewage that flows into area rivers and streams during heavy rains. Alcosan raised rates this year and last year, and will raise rates for at least the next two years to begin paying for the project. …

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