Three Rivers Watershed Action Network and Leadership Incubator
Our ‘Accelerating Transformational Change in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers’ Phase 1 Heinz Endowment funded study explored the challenges and opportunities for water resource management in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It concluded that only through taking a systematic and integrated approach, with establishment of cooperation and trust across boundaries – geographical, jurisdictional, political, social and cultural – could the current water system challenges in Southwest Pennsylvania be effectively and efficiently addressed.
As such, this phase 2 project, running from June 2019-June 2021, concentrates efforts on four interconnected components:
- The creation of a ‘Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Network’ – linking up water stakeholder organizations and communities, and better connecting local initiatives to leverage successes and lessons learned and amplify the political importance of this local work;
- The development of a ‘Southwestern Pennsylvania Watershed Leadership Incubator’ – identifying, developing, and equipping the next generation of diverse regional water leaders with those collaborative leadership skills and relationships necessary for long-term impact;
- Development assistance for a robust watershed-wide water data collection, monitoring, and communication framework; and
- Provision of strategic technical and financial assistance and support to a number of small towns and municipalities within the Three Rivers region that are currently suffering from insufficient capacity to deliver the water services for which they are responsible.
Key Background Resources
SW PA Water Network Zoom Presentation – May 2020
SW PA Water Network Development Resources
SW PA Water Network Vision, Purpose, Goals – Feb 2021
SW PA Dec 2020 Stakeholder Survey Responses – Jan 2021
Project Research Products
SW PA Water Resource Stakeholders Map – August 2020
Senior Research Implementation Lead, The Water Center at Penn