Living Watersheds

Water Policy is Land Use Policy and smart land use requires local knowledge and action. For that reason water stewards are best organized by watersheds or sewersheds.

In its Green First Plan, PWSA recognized six priority watersheds. One of the priority watersheds was Negley Run. Independently, the Living Waters of Larimer project expanded its community dialogue process by creating a Task Force that spans all communities within that watershed.

In 2020, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy received a grant from the national Pisces Grant to replicate the Negley Run Watershed Task Force model in the five other priority watersheds. The website will be a common platform for communication and resources across those six Priority Watershed Task Forces:

  • Negley Run (A-42)
  • Heth’s Run (A-41)
  • Woods Run (O-27)
  • South Side Slopes (M-16)
  • Soho Run (M-19)
  • Four Mile Run (M-29)

Two other watersheds offer opportunities for greenspace infrastructure and stream daylighting, though they don’t yet have citizen task forces or watershed stewards:

  • Two Mile Run (A-22)
  • Spring Garden Run (A-

Fortunately, some of Pittsburgh’s larger streams have non-profit agencies who promote citizen stewardship and watershed collaboration. These four watershed organizations facilitate information sharing among multiple municipalities as well as advocate and implement stream improvements:

  • Girty’s Run Watershed Association
  • Lower Chartiers Creek Watershed Association
  • Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
  • Watersheds of South Pittsburgh (Saw Mill Run and Streets Run)