Boaters land another touchpoint
4th Street site is 18th offering kayak, canoe access
By Allison M. Heinrichs
David Malehorn slipped into his red "toy boat" kayak Wednesday and paddled to the grand opening of the Fourth Street kayak and canoe landing in the South Side.
It was natural for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute researcher, who has kayaked since childhood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.