Ohiopyle Joint Master Plan and Implementation Strategy

Helpful Reports Posted; landmark project to address sustainability for small community surrounded by popular State Park.

In March 2010, Pennsylvania Environmental Council completed the Ohiopyle Joint Master Plan and Implementation Strategy for both Ohiopyle Borough and Ohiopyle State Park.

The project is unique in that the state has never done a joint plan with a municipality.  The joint effort is justified because this tiny borough of 76 residents is completely surrounded by a 19,000-acre park that attracts 1.5 million visits per year; the borough struggles to deal with the heavy visitation and the park relies heavily on the borough for infrastructure and services.

Key components of the project will range from a streetscape plan and safety considerations along State Route 381 to a sustainability and renewable energy strategy for the borough and park.  Design guidelines for structures, stormwater and wastewater management, parking and other issues also will be addressed in the action-oriented implementation strategy.

The joint project builds on a three-day planning and visioning project that PEC led last year in Ohiopyle, and is an outgrowth of the Laurel Highlands Initiative in which PEC is a lead partner. PEC is currently working with the borough and State Park to explore options for renewable energy.

Beaver River Conservation Plan Final

The final Conservation and Management Plan is ready for implementation.
October 6, 2008

Pittsburgh -- With an eye toward the future of the Beaver River, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council has released the final Beaver River Conservation and Management Plan for the entire Beaver River Corridor.  The plan, created as part of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Rivers Conservation Program, addresses local and regional conditions and concerns about the river while embracing a variety of conservation initiatives. 

Help PEC Win the iConserve Campaign for Clean Water

Support the cause of clean water – and support PEC as a participant in DCNR’s iConserve election campaign competing with other non-profits for a $5,000 prize.
October 2, 2008

Water - we just can't live without it.  Actually, to be clear, "clean" water....  We all need clean water to survive, and not just the water that sustains us as humans: all of the water needed by plants and animals on which we rely for food and so many other things.

Arguably there can be no greater cause for our Commonwealth today than to conserve clean water.

Global warming’s impacts and risks at home identified

Union of Concerned Scientists report will spell out what’s at stake for citizens of Pennsylvania as the Commonwealth begins work on state plan.
September 30, 2008

A report being released tomorrow by the Union of Concerned Scientists will identify the impacts and risks of global warming in Pennsylvania, underscoring the need for the state to adopt a strong Climate Change Action Plan, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council said today.

The Action Plan is required under legislation passed recently by the State Legislature, and the committee overseeing the plan development met for the first time in September.

PEC Releases RFQ for Ohiopyle Project

Landmark project will address immediate needs and long-range sustainability for small community and large, popular State Park.
September 23, 2008

PITTSBURGH - The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has issued a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals for consultants interested in developing the Ohiopyle Joint Master Plan and Implementation Strategy for both Ohiopyle Borough and Ohiopyle State Park.

Pittsburgh to host Forrest Wood Cup, National Guard Junior World Championship

Pittsburgh will play host to the world's richest bass-fishing championship in July-Aug 2009. PEC VP co-chairs the local organizing committee.
September 11, 2008

FLW Outdoors® and the Pittsburgh Local Organizing Committee announced Thursday that Pittsburgh will play host to the world's richest bass-fishing championship, the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by BP and Castrol, July 30-Aug. 2, 2009, along with the National Guard Junior World Championship July 31-Aug. 1, 2009.

The Forrest Wood Cup, widely considered bass fishing's crown jewel, will be held on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, pitting the sport's biggest names against one another for a $1 million top award.

Allegheny River Trail part of the big picture

By Karamagi Rujumba, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A look at plans for a 32 mile trail connecting towns along the Allegheny River.
September 13, 2008
Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and a coalition of municipalities and riverfront development groups yesterday unveiled plans for a 32-mile trail connecting 17 towns along the Allegheny River from Harrison to Millvale.

The trail, which will be known as the Allegheny Valley Trail, is expected to meander through Tarentum, Springdale, Aspinwall and O'Hara, touching parts of the Rachel Carson trail before connecting with the Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway, which follows 320 miles along the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.

Community Trails Initiative

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Celebrate this initiative to turn 32 miles of riverfront from Millvale to Tarentum into trails and greenways, and connect communities to the riverfronts

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and St. Margaret Foundation cordially invite you to celebrate the Community Trails Initiative.

Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 and 10:00 am

Squaw Valley Park - Fox Chapel Road, O'Hara Twp.

Community Trails Initiative is a coalition of municipal leaders, trail and greenway advocates, municipal employees and elected officials from the municipalities of the City of Pittsburgh, Millvale, Shaler, Etna, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Fox Chapel, O'Hara.

PEC is one of the partners involved in this event.

PEC presents the Three Rivers Community Art Gallery at The Sprout Fund’s Hothouse

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Sprout will host its sixth annual Hothouse event, a benefit party and showcase of recently supported projects. Come learn about the Three Rivers Community Art Gallery, a public rotating art gallery along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail that was funded by The Sprout Fund.
Sprout will host its sixth annual Hothouse event, a benefit party and showcase of recently supported projects, on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at The Union Trust Building in Downtown Pittsburgh.PEC will present the Three

Before the Storms: A Southwestern PA Stormwater Conference

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Stormwater management is typically a popular topic after the storms, when communities must clean up and recover from the latest flood. Learn to address stormwater issues before the storms take their toll on our communities.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (8:30 AM registration and continental breakfast)

Pittsburgh Technical Institute
North Fayette Campus
1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, PA 15071

Fee: $25
Free Parking

Stormwater management is typically a popular topic after the storms, when communities are cleaning up and recovering from the latest flood. This workshop is designed to give municipalities the information on the latest developments and tools that can be used to address stormwater issues before the storms take their toll on our communities.