WaterNow is partnering with the Borough of Sharpsburg to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) and a budget that will be building blocks for a Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan and complement the existing landscape of community plans in Sharpsburg. The goal of this project is to prepare Sharpsburg’s infrastructure capabilities for flooding and storms while ensuring that the community is resilient and knowledgeable about stormwater risks.
The Borough of Sharpsburg, located along the Allegheny River about five miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh, sits at the bottom of multiple watersheds, making it one of the most flood-exposed municipalities in Allegheny County. The Borough is seeking to identify the most impactful areas and corresponding solutions – including green stormwater infrastructure solutions – that are ripe for investment to mitigate flooding and advance social equity and ecosystem health.
WaterNow will lay the groundwork for a Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan, empowering the community to use limited tax dollars to leverage grant funding to make the biggest impacts to protect the health and safety of residents, properties, and public assets. This project also will generate a request for proposals and an estimated planning budget, positioning Sharpsburg to create an innovative and Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan that will guide the Borough’s stormwater, parks, development, and capital improvement efforts for the next 25 years. WaterNow will work with Sharpsburg to research exemplary municipal stormwater management plans to inform this request for proposals; prioritize relevant recommendations of the Community Vision Plan, River Bend Comprehensive Plan, and Sharpsburg Climate Action Plan; identify local policies and programs to consider; and develop community outreach and engagement best practices that empower local stakeholders to engage with local stormwater issues.
Stay tuned! This project is currently underway.