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Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Green Tree residents can learn how to reduce water pollution at a Celebrate the Rain rain-barrel workshop next month.

The April 1 workshop is $50 for individuals and $55 for couples.

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Resource Council, the workshop will focus on raising watershed awareness — what watersheds are and how individual action can impact water quality.

Nancy Martin, environmental educator at the PRC, said participants will learn about how things like pet care, car care, cleaning products and yard-waste disposal can affect water quality. At the end, they can learn how to retrofit a 55-gallon drum into a rain barrel.

For more information, visit or call 412-488-7480 ext. 247.


Heidelberg will hold its seventh annual Let's Redd Up Heidelberg clean-up day next month.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon on April 26, volunteers will pick up litter from the borough streets, Route 50 and the Chartiers Creek. Trees will be planted.

Volunteers break into two groups — a litter-picking group and tree-planting group. Borough manager Joe Kauer said the borough had been awarded 17 trees from Pittsburgh's TreeVitalize, which will be planted in front of the fire station, in Heidelberg Park and along Ellsworth Avenue.

Litter clean-up will focus on Route 50, the creek bank and the area across from Raceway Plaza.

“Those are the hot litter-getting spots that are always a mess,” he said.

He said the event has been so successful because of the atmosphere of involvement.

“It gets neighbors out doing a proactive thing in the community,” he said. “It keeps them involved and keeps them an integral part of keeping Heidelberg clean and sustainable.”

Volunteers can meet and register at the Ellsworth Avenue Playground at 8:30 a.m. April 26. For more information, contact the borough at 412-276-0363.


Two areas in Scott will receive replacement water lines during a $9.2 million Pennsylvania American Water water-line upgrade project in the area.

Schulte Street and Campbell Street and Torrance Avenue will receive line upgrades during the project, which began last week. PAW officials hope to complete the project by fall.

BJ McFaddin, PAW manager of field operations for Pittsburgh, said the upgrade project is to prevent the need for emergency repairs.

“These new mains will ensure reliable water service for our customers, especially in older neighborhoods where the existing pipes were installed in the early 1900s,” McFaddin said.

For more information, contact Pennsylvania American Water customer service at 1-800-565-7292.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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