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UpstreamPgh

Healthy ecology, healthy community

At UpstreamPgh, we work to identify smart solutions for our environment that help people live better lives. With a heritage of restoration and stewardship of the Nine Mile Run Watershed, and strong leadership in stormwater management, our actions are rooted in our belief that a healthy ecology is the cornerstone of a healthy community.

WHAT WE DO

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engage

We work to connect people with nature for a positive impact on the environment. From schoolchildren to municipal leaders, scientists to citizens, volunteers to homeowners, a healthy community starts with education, outreach and engagement.

Learn more about our initiatives and the projects that bring engagement to life.

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advocate

Our watershed, our stream, our urban tree canopy, our ecosystem. They all deserve a voice. We work to advance new ideas that create change by advocating for policies and practices that further the health of our environment.

Learn more about our initiatives and the projects that bring advocacy to life.

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plan/build

As a regional leader in stormwater management, we work with municipalities, homeowners, private organizations and public entities on services and infrastructure projects that are effective, environmentally responsible, and yes, beautiful.

Learn more about our initiatives and the projects that bring plan/build to life.

LATEST PROJECTS

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NINE MILE RUN EARTHVIEWS AND SURVAE IMAGERY

In April of 2020, the UpstreamPgh team waded through the Nine Mile stream with a GoPro MAX 360 camera provided by EarthViews with a goal of capturing high resolution terrestrial imagery of the stream and its surroundings.

Through this platform, you can explore the stream from anywhere in the world. If you would like to contribute to the map and add scene tags, you can create a free account with EarthViews.

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THE PITTSENSING PLATFORM

We are developing a network of low-cost sensors to be operated and maintained by citizen scientists in our community of any technology skill level to measure and understand environmental metrics in the Nine Mile Run Watershed.

Participants receive a Smart Citizen Kit sensor, a rain gauge and a soil moisture meter to compare values measured by the sensor to values collected from manual readings.

LATEST NEWS

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UPSTREAMPGH ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRENDA SMITH

The UpstreamPgh Board of Directors announced a planned succession process. Executive Director Brenda Lynn Smith will depart at the end of December 2021, after having led the organization for 14 years. A new Executive Director will be appointed by November 30, 2021, to lead the organization through its next phase of growth…

THINK UPSTREAM FOR YOUR HOME

Garden and Landscaping Services

Rain barrels. Stormwater-friendly landscaping. Pollinator and rain gardens. You can bring smart, beautiful, ecology-minded activities home with UpstreamPgh’s team of landscape designers and project managers. Let us help you make the most of your property and its natural environment. We work across the region. Let us think upstream for you.

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Rain Barrels
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Native Landscapes
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Rain Gardens
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Pollinator Gardens
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Planter Garden
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Garden Maintenance