On my morning walk ...
I wanted to let you know well in advance of a major campaign to raise awareness and support of the local ecosystem/wetland/stream restoration work done by The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA).
Most are unaware that while driving on the Parkway East I376, on the East side of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel, they are actually crossing a bridge spanning a beautiful area now teeming with fish and wildlife called Nine Mile Run. Only a few short years ago, old-school developers called for paving over and piping the stream underground. But for the hard work of a few special people in the local community, this vital and unique natural resource would have been lost forever.
Today, sustainable development and the "greening" of Pittsburgh is a hallmark of our region, which is why President Obama chose our city to hold the G20 World Economic Summit. Nine Mile Run is a perfect example of what we as individuals can achieve when we work together as a community to restore an irreplaceable ecosystem which historically has been abused and neglected over the past century. The indigenous stream and wetland ecosystem of the Nine Mile Run valley between the old Duquesne slag heaps, across Commercial Avenue under the bridge and into the rest of Frick Park, is now in a healthier state of recovery. We all helped to create this positive change.
However, as with any ecosystem, individuals play a major role in deciding how we care and manage our local environment. Recovery doesn't happen on its own. Positive sustainable change takes a whole community of caring individuals to ensure that the ecosystem grows healthy and strong for generations to come. We can and will preserve and maintain the local wetlands and stream ecosystem through citizen engagement, demonstration projects, and advocacy. That's been the mission of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association for nearly a decade, and that's why I am now a passionate member of its Board of Directors.
I'd like each and every one of you to consider the value of our precious resource and to show your support in the months ahead. There will several ways to show support, including simply taking a walk through the stream and wetland area to experience for yourself our amazing public asset. I'd be happy to show you myself! Mark your calendar for the first major event: "The State of The Watershed" to be held Saturday November 7. There are plans for increasing community involvement by partnering with other organizations, as well as plans for the new entrance to Frick Park (known as the Regent Square Gateway) which will be an environmental demonstration project and a way to address some of the serious ecological problems of erosion and combined sewer overflows. There are exciting times ahead. Please support the NMRWA, and take a moment at your leisure to explore the website and join their email list at www.ninemilerun.org
Thanks for supporting my favorite place in Pittsburgh:
Nine Mile Run.
P.S. Please feel free to email me directly with any thoughts or questions about the NMRWA. (And if you don't want to receive any emails about Nine Mile Run, please let me know that too.)
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