The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is hosting a ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the Sheraden Park aquatic ecosystem restoration, June 1.
When: June 1, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Surban Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15204
Who: Open to the general public
What: Sheraden Park Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project ribbon cutting
Affecting approximately 20 acres of Sheraden Park, the project involved eliminating invasive vegetative species and creating 18 vernal pools. These pools are home to more than 44 toad houses within the Chartiers Creek floodplain. The project also involved constructing a 500 foot graded riparian channel with four check-dam step pools and a grade control structure.
“It is this type of collaboration that we, at the Corps, would like to expand across the Pittsburgh region,” said Col. Andrew Short, commander Pittsburgh District. “When we combine our engineering expertise with the expertise of other agencies and companies, we form a formidable team that can shape, change and continue to improve our environment as well as protect and restore our aquatic ecosystem for decades to come.”
The restoration project was designed to improve the degraded ecosystem’s structure, function and processes. It is a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, ALCOSAN, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
The project was completed under the authority of Section 206 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 and constructed downstream of a completed Section 219 Environmental Infrastructure project outfall.
Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.
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