Friday, May 20, 2016

TMC article on Cleaner Rivers

Posted: 20 May 2016 11:40 AM PDT
By: Kathleen Mannard

April 13, 2016

The three rivers of Pittsburgh act as a symbol of Pittsburgh’s history, transformation, and future. During the steel boom, Pittsburgh’s rivers were heavily polluted with toxic discharge such as benzene, arsenic, and mercury. Forty-four years ago, the EPA implemented the federal Clean Water Act with the goal of cleaning American rivers, lakes, and streams as “fishable and swimmable” by 1983. However, the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny rivers did not reach that goal and in the 21st century we are still transforming the polluted waters.

The Monongahela River stretches 130 miles until it flows into the mouth of the Ohio River at Pittsburgh’s Point. As recent as 2010, the Monongahela River failed the water quality assessment report of the Department of Environmental Protection and became listed as “impaired by sulfates”. Even though Monongahela was reported as cleaner in 2014 and no longer determined “degraded”, the 2014 Allegheny River assessment reported that the Allegheny was also “impaired”. Although these reports are not always positive results of river refurbishment, the Clean Water Act requires these biennial reports to restore impaired bodies of water. But what other means are taken to restore our rivers’ condition? Because the rivers are so vital to our city’s ecosystem, businesses, and identity, organizations such as the Clean Water Action and other federal legislation are crucial for their survival.

In 2015, the EPA finalized the Clean Water Rule which places protections on wetlands and high-water streams that form the foundation of America’s water sources, such as the Ohio River. Specifically Pennsylvania wetlands, streams, and millions of people who receive drinking water connected to these sources are protected under these new federal clean water regulations. The Clean Water Action of Pittsburgh supports the Clean Water Rule because it speaks to their campaign of restoring and protecting Pennsylvania water sources to prevent life harming and life threatening pollution. Not only does this ruling protect water sources and people’s health, it protects our future with water sources affected by climate change and builds a stronger economy. By ensuring that water regulation has federal consequences, smaller stream flows are protected for local drinking supplies. Protecting Pittsburgh’s rivers means protecting all waters of Pennsylvania and beyond.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fwd: Message to attendees of EdCamp at Pittsburgh SciTech


Good Evening,

I just wanted to provide you with a few last minute reminders regarding EdCamp at Pittsburgh SciTech this Saturday. We are so excited that we'll get to share our collective wealth of knowledge in just a few days. Please see the information below regarding the event. Thanks!

James McCoy

Director, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy


Logistical information for edcampPGH at Pittsburgh SciTech

We, your friendly neighborhood edcampPGH organizing team, want to share these last-minute tidbits to help ensure your edcamp experience is smooth, trouble free and overloaded with awesome:

Event Location

  • EdcampPGH will be held at Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy in Oakland on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The address is 107 Thackeray Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
  • You may enter the building on either Thackeray Ave. (main entrance) or Bouquet Street. Please do not attempt to enter the building through the parking lot doors.


Registration / doors open at 8:30 am

  • Please be patient as you see the organizing team and volunteers scurrying madly in the minutes leading up to 8:30 am … This is when we will begin checking people in!


  • There is free parking in the Pittsburgh SciTech parking lot that can be reached by turning right after passing the school when coming down Thackeray Ave.
  • If attendance is higher than expected, attendees can park in the Soldiers and Sailors garage located at 4101 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. There are also other lots throughout Oakland and there is also street parking.

BYOD, Wifi and Tech support

  • This is a Bring Your Own Device event. You'll have access to WiFi.
  • If you are interested in leading a session and would like to request access to an LCD projector or speakers please email, or make that information known when you help build the board. (We are primarily a PC school, so bring any necessary apple adapters).

After party at The Porch starts around 3:30.

  • After Party will be at The Porch located at 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Festivities will start around 3:30ish. It will be a nice opportunity to continue the conversation.

Please leave the school as you found it.

That should be it! If anything changes or if new information becomes available, it will be posted on


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Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
date 107 Thackeray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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