PWSA Stormwater Master Plan Ambassador Project

As you may have noticed, stormwater management issues in Allegheny County has been a recurring theme in the news these days. A primary concern for the County and the City of Pittsburgh is the pollution of our waterways resulting from combined sewer overflows. A combined sewer overflow (CSO) occurs when stormwater and sewage, carried in a single pipe, overload the sewer system and flow untreated into rivers and streams.

In partnership with PWSA, Grounded has launched a community-based effort to equip residents with information about stormwater management best practices, and specifically, green stormwater infrastructure. We seek to remove hurdles to participation and level curves of technical understanding for Ambassadors throughout the project.

The PWSA Stormwater Master Plan Ambassador program transforms passionate residents into well-equipped and knowledgeable champions of green 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, community-scale data collection, and demonstration projects.

Grounded is currently seeking residents to support outreach and community engagement activities for PWSA Stormwater Master Plan in the following Allegheny County Watersheds/Basins:

Chartiers Creek
Saw Mill Run
Lower Ohio River/Girty’s Run

We are seeking two residents from each of the Watersheds/Basins to support project activities and to help maximize connection between our process and neighborhood residents.

As an Ambassador, you will:
-Learn about Green Stormwater Infrastructure and how it can benefit 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
-Supporting project implementation by recruiting volunteers and attending build days.

Ambassador Position Details:
Application Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2021
– Required: 10 hours of work per month from September 2021 through April 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.
– Liaisons 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.

To apply, please fill out this form or email Becca Simon at becca@groundedpgh.org for a print out version.