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Pittsburgh’s got grit, but Army Corps signs partnership agreement to help filter out the muck

Pittsburgh District
Published Jan. 12, 2023
Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, shakes hands with Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), during a partnership agreement ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, meets with staff at Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), prior to a ceremony to sign a Public Partnership Agreement in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District signed a partnership agreement with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million, expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District signed a partnership agreement with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million, expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District signed a partnership agreement with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million, expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District signed a partnership agreement with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million, expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District signed a partnership agreement with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million, expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

Cassandra Forsyth, project manager for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, shares a conversation with Jeanne Clark, director of governmental affairs for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), along with Col. Adam Czekanski, Pittsburgh District commander, after a partnership agreement ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.

Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive, shakes hands with Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), after a Public Partnership Agreement signing with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
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Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, reviews documents signed with Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), during a partnership agreement ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), signs a Public Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District during a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, and Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), exchange documents to sign a Public Partnership Agreement, while Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive stands witness, during a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, and Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), sign a Public Partnership Agreement, while Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive stands witness, during a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, and Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), sign a Public Partnership Agreement, while Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive stands witness, during a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, talks about the importance of partnering with Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), prior to signing a Public Partnership Agreement with them in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, talks about the importance of partnering with Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), prior to signing a Public Partnership Agreement with them in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), talks about the importance of partnership between the federal and local governments to support communities prior to signing a Public Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive, talks about the importance of partnership between the federal and local governments to support communities at the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) office prior to the signing of a Public Partnership Agreement in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the agreement with ALCOSAN to approve funding to construct a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

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Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), shakes hands with Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, prior to a ceremony to sign a Public Partnership Agreement in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)

PITTSBURGH – As they say, when it rains, it pours, but in the sloping streets of Pittsburgh, water is not the only thing rolling downhill. Rainwater carries debris that can cause clogging, overflowing and damage as it enters the sewer system.

Erosive materials flowing into gutters can damage water treatment facilities, resulting in millions of dollars in repair costs over time.

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District signed a partnership agreement with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million, expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0024

To combat the grit problem, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District signed a partnership agreement with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), which will construct a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh.

“It’s not our first time working with ALCOSAN. Our partnership goes back a long way, at least 20 years. We’ve worked on five projects totaling more than $14 million, so it’s already a strong partnership. This signing is just another addition to ensure this project is successfully completed in a timely manner,” said Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the Pittsburgh District, during a Jan. 11 ceremony with ALCOSAN to make the project official through the signing of the Public Partnership Agreement.

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, and Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), exchange documents to sign a Public Partnership Agreement, while Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive stands witness, during a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0575

The Corps estimates the grit chamber will cost approximately $4.3 million, with work expected to finish by the end of 2024. ALCOSAN expects the chamber to remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually.

“By partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers, ALCOSAN can complete this project without increasing costs to taxpayers,” said Cassandra P. Forsyth, project manager for the Pittsburgh District. “It is very exciting to be part of this program that supports infrastructure projects that benefit smaller communities.” 

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
Cassandra Forsyth, project manager for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, shares a conversation with Jeanne Clark, director of governmental affairs for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), along with Col. Adam Czekanski, Pittsburgh District commander, after a partnership agreement ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0805


The agreement signing means the federal government will share the project cost with ALCOSAN at a 75 to 25 percent rate. ALCOSAN provides wastewater treatment services to 83 communities throughout Allegheny County.

The grit chamber project in Spring Garden was selected because its municipal sewers have many natural streams feeding into them, bringing substantial sediment into the overall ALCOSAN system. The system will also help keep debris and sediment out of the soon-to-be-built Ohio River Tunnel.

“The investment that we’re putting in the ground is worth billions of dollars,” said Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for ALCOSAN, who signed the agreement alongside Czekanski. “The project protects that investment for the longevity of its life. Instead of digging 100 feet deep to remove grit, the chamber will keep it on the surface where it can be maintained and removed.”

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District signed a partnership agreement with the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million, expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0131


Section 313 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) will fund the project. The section includes a total fund of $410 million to support communities in South Central Pennsylvania for projects like wastewater treatment, water supply, storage treatment, water distribution and other water-related needs. Section 313 funds are spread out across multiple projects over a course of several years until the funds run out or Congress increases them.

“This is really important in our movement forward,” said Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive. “Not only are we going to help the folks of the city neighborhoods of Troy Hill, Spring Garden and East Allegheny and make this whole system more efficient, (but also) make the continued movement toward keeping our rivers as clean as they can be.”

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive, talks about the importance of partnership between the federal and local governments to support communities at the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) office prior to the signing of a Public Partnership Agreement in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the agreement with ALCOSAN to approve funding to construct a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0259

The grit chamber will consist of three cells separated by baffles. Water fills the chamber, allowing solids such as sand, ash, small rocks, sediment, or other heavier materials to settle to the bottom.

Unfiltered sediment could cause scour and blockages in the piping system that increases risk of overflows during high rain events. Unwanted solids that reach the treatment facility can cause premature wear and unintended maintenance issues to system components.

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), signs a Public Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District during a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0624

“Without the Pittsburgh District, these projects wouldn’t get kicked off. The partnership allows a community of effort. It benefits not only Reserve Township but the city of Pittsburgh, the surrounding communities, and the longevity of our public system,” Buys said.

Community and project sponsors interested in receiving WRDA funds assistance for a water infrastructure project should first contact the Army Corps of Engineers with a letter of intent.

Once the Army Corps of Engineers signs a Public Partnership Agreement with a sponsor, the money becomes obligated, and their partnership begins. One benefit, however, is some funding can be applied retroactively.

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, talks about the importance of partnering with Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), prior to signing a Public Partnership Agreement with them in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0356

“We can reimburse sponsors for projects that were constructed up to six years ago from the Project Partnership Agreement signing event,” Forsyth said.

In addition to the grit chamber project, the Pittsburgh District plans on entering in agreement with other community projects funded by Section 313 later this year to assist small and underfunded communities with infrastructure construction, repairs and upgrades for projects related to water supply and distribution, wastewater treatment, and critical source water protection.

“Currently, in our district, we're working with six different communities on projects saving them about $12 million because of the partnership we have with them. That's $12 million they don't have to spend on upgrading drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure,” Czekanski said.

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, and Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), sign a Public Partnership Agreement, while Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive stands witness, during a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0517

Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland, and southwestern New York. The district’s jurisdiction has more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood-control reservoirs, 42 local flood-protection projects, and other projects to protect and enhance the Nation’s water resources, infrastructure, and environment.

Ceremony signing for public partnership agreement.
ALCOSAN Partnership Agreement
Michelle Buys, the director of Environmental Compliance for Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), shakes hands with Col. Adam Czekanski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, prior to a ceremony to sign a Public Partnership Agreement in Pittsburgh, Jan. 11, 2023. The two organizations signed an agreement to authorize funding for construction of a grit chamber along Spring Garden Run, a neighborhood located in the northern area of Pittsburgh. The grit chamber construction is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and expected to finish by the end of 2024. Once implemented, the chamber will remove 200,000 pounds of grit and sediment annually from the sewer system that causes long-term damage to treatment facilities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Michel Sauret)
Photo By: Michel Sauret
VIRIN: 230111-A-WW751-0155


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