Kinkead: $125,000 awarded for local infrastructure project

Funds will support essential renovations of stormwater management systems

BRIGHTON HEIGHTS, Nov. 19 – The Allegheny Land Trust will receive $125,000 in state grant funding to create a rainwater management system within the Woods Run watershed, state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, announced today.

The funds were awarded through the Watershed Restoration Protection Program by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The project proposes to revitalize the former St. John’s Hospital site along McClure Avenue by creating rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff for a nearly 3-acre area.

“I am overjoyed to announce this important investment in our community,” Kinkead said. “These rain gardens will mitigate water pollution during floods, while enhancing the aesthetic beauty of the area and revitalizing land that has sat unused for far too long. I will continue to fight for projects that provide crucial upgrades to our infrastructure and make our communities more livable.”

The Watershed Restoration Protection Program, which aims to restore and maintain restored streams impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of polluted runoff, is one of the programs funded by Act 13 of 2012, which provides for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees.

More information on CFA grant programs can be found here.