Pine Creek Watershed Coalition
The Pine Creek Watershed Coalition is an organization of stakeholders, intent on improving the health of the Pine Creek watershed.
In 2001 PEC convened a stakeholder meeting to discuss issues in the Pine Creek Watershed, and initiated a watershed assessment the following year. As a result, a Coalition of environmental organizations, sportsmen’s groups, municipalities, and volunteers was formed to improve the water quality of the Pine Creek Watershed.
Pine Creek is a major watershed in Allegheny County, one that regularly experiences flooding. In 2005, PEC and its project partners including the North Area Environmental Council, Allison Park Sportsmen, Trout Unlimited, local municipalities, and the PA Senior Environmental Corps, completed a Pine Creek Watershed Assessment, Protection, and Restoration Plan. This Plan included 34 recommendations that the Coalition now utilize as a roadmap for its work in the watershed.
In 2009, PEC also completed a Watershed Implementation Plan for the Pine Creek Watershed. The goal of the plan was to determine how best to reduce Pine Creek’s nonpoint source pollutant loads. What makes this plan unique is that this was the first Watershed Implementation Plan that EPA Region 3 had received based solely on urban stormwater management measures. Additionally, the plan can be viewed in the context of a much larger Act 167 study in four watersheds in northern Allegheny County, including Pine Creek.
In 2011, PEC was awarded a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to implement a green infrastructure project – the installation of a rain garden – at the Shaler municipal building. The 2,350 square foot rain garden was completed in September 2011. The garden was designed to capture runoff from 3,000 square feet of rooftop, and 7,000 square feet of lawn area, with the capacity to hold 29,174 gallons of stormwater. The Shaler Rain Garden is planted with a variety of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, including many plants attractive to pollinators. Educational signage was placed on site explaining the creation and benefits of a rain garden.