PWSA Stormwater Strategic Plan Ambassador Project

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is seeking community input as it develops its Stormwater Strategic Plan which will serve as Pittsburgh’s blueprint to address local stormwater challenges. It will seek to address the specific goals of improving water quality, reducing street flooding and basement backups, and beautifying neighborhoods in an affordable manner. All of which will create a community that is healthier, safer, and more resilient to the impacts of stormwater.

In partnership with PWSA, Grounded has launched a community-based effort to equip residents with information needed to engage their peers on the outcomes and initiatives that will fall within the Stormwater Strategic Plan. We seek to remove hurdles to participation and level curves of technical understanding for Ambassadors throughout the project.

The PWSA Stormwater Strategic Plan Ambassador program transforms passionate residents into well-equipped and knowledgeable champions of stormwater infrastructure in their communities. Throughout the program, Ambassadors are recruited, interviewed, selected, trained, & equipped for assigned community outreach objectives to include neighbor-to-neighbor education activities and community-scale data collection.

Grounded is currently seeking 6 residents to support outreach and community engagement activities for PWSA Stormwater Master Plan in the following sewer sheds: Negley Run (2 of the Ambassadors will be recruited from Negley Run), Woods Run, Soho Run, 21st St, Four Mile Run, and Heth’s Run.


Negley Run Sewershed is in Highland Park, East Liberty, Larimer, Homewood West, Homewood North, Homewood South, Point Breeze North, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, East Hills, and Penn Hills. 

Woods Run Sewershed is in Brightwood, Brighton Heights, Observatory Hill and Perry Hill Top. 

Soho Run Sewershed is in Upper Hill, Middle Hill, Terrace Village, and Uptown.

21st St Sewershed is in Southside Flats and Southside Slopes.

Four Mile Run Sewershed is in Oakland, Greenfield, Squirrel Hill, and Hazelwood.

Heth’s Run Sewershed is in Stanton Heights, Garfield, East Liberty, Morningside and Highland Park.

We are seeking a total of four residents from within these Watersheds/Basins to support project activities and to help maximize connection between our process and neighborhood residents.

As an Ambassador, you will:
-Learn about the new PWSA Stormwater Master Plan and how the elements of the stormwater fee, consent decrees, and other PWSA projects will play a role in your community;
-Share local knowledge with Grounded and project partners;
-Conduct outreach to neighbors through various mechanisms such as social media, tabling at events, and attending community meetings;
-Assist with field data collection to collect input from neighbors

Ambassador Position Details:
– Application Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
– Interviews will take place the week of November 1st-November 6th
– Required: 10 hours of work per month from November 2021 through July 2022
– Some activities will take place during weekends and evenings.
– The stipend for this position is $150/month ($15/hr) for the duration of the project.
– Ambassadors will be hired as contractors to Grounded. Upon selection, a W-9 will be required for legal purposes.
– All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Negley Run Application Materials 

Google Form Application Printable Application

Wood’s Run, Soho Run, Heth’s Run, Four Mile Run, and 21st St. Application Materials 

Google Form Application Printable Application

Questions? Concerns?

– Email:
Becca Simon, Project Manager

– Call:

– Mail:
Grounded Strategies, Attn. Becca Simon
6401 Penn Ave, Flr. 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15206