Celebrate 50 Years of the Clean Water Act with ASCE Pittsburgh and Friends
The festival would like to thank Hali Hetz, Public Affairs Associate at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, for providing pro bono graphic artist services!
On October 18, 1972 the United States Clean Water Act officially entered into national law setting the stage for an unprecedented effort to clean up and protect our nation's waters. The United States is blessed with a vast and abundant supply of fresh water. In total there are approximately 3.5 million miles of rivers and streams. To put this into perspective, if stretched from end-to-end, our nation's rivers and streams would be long enough to make a trip from the Earth to the Moon almost fifteen times.
The Clean Water Act and its water protection laws provide a common national standard to ensure everyone has safe and clean access to water for future generations. With its passage no longer would dumping of industrial wastes, sewage, and stormwater go unchecked and no longer would protective riparian buffers, wetlands, and streams be buried or bulldozed. Since its inception 50 years ago, the Clean Water Act would result in over $1 trillion dollars in federal and state investment bringing immeasurable clean water benefits for current and future generations.
ASCE Pittsburgh and Friends are hosting a series of events and a water themed festival on Saturday October 15th the weekend prior to the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act on October 18th, 2022. The festival will be free and open to the public with food trucks, exhibitors with educational water activities, artists, free commemorative t-shirt to the first 200 attendees, a festival river trail bike parade, free rowing lessons provided by Three Rivers Rowing Association, a free tree giveaway by Tree Pittsburgh, and presentations from water experts and water related activities for all ages.
Location of Festival: Millvale Riverfront Park, 70 River Front Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15209
Date: Saturday October 15th, 2022, 11am to 3pm
Leadup and Partnering Events:
September 10th 9a to 4p - ALCOSAN Open House
September 10th 9a to 12p - Saw Mill Run Stream Cleanup hosted by Watersheds of South Pittsburgh
September 15th 6p to 8p - Clean Water Action's 50th! Fall Fundraiser and Awards hosted by Clean Water Action
September 20th 5p to 7p - Watersheds of South Pittsburgh Fundraiser at Mindful Brewing
September 22nd 430p to 730p - Aspinwall Riverfront Cleanup with Allegheny CleanWays and 3ROC
October 8th 930a to 12p - Nine Mile Run Fall Stream Sweep with UpstreamPgh
October 11th 9a to 12p - Three Rivers Trail Cleanup with Friends of the Riverfront and Allegheny CleanWays
October 13th 7p to 11p - Waterfest Double Movie Feature hosted by Row House Cinema
October 15th 5p to 7p - Sunset Cruise on the Three Rivers by Three Rivers WaterKeeper
October 18th 9a to 12p - Trail Tuesday with Friends of the Riverfront, Allegheny CleanWays, and Three Rivers WaterKeeper
October 29th 9a to 12p - Riverfront and storm drain cleanup with Allegheny CleanWays, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and Friends of the Riverfront
All Day Festival Activities:
River kayaking with Three Rivers Outdoor Company. Visit the Three Rivers Outdoor Company booth on the day of the festival for additional details. This activity is not free.
Free indoor rowing lessons with Three Rivers Rowing Association. Visit the Boathouse on the day of the festival for additional details.
Free educational boat rides aboard Allegheny CleanWays pontoon boat, Rachel Carson. Visit the Allegheny CleanWays booth on the day of the festival to sign up.
All Day Festival Artists:
Sandy Kessler Kaminski: Learn to Draw Water Drawing Workshops (2 Free Sessions)
Laura Jean McLaughlin: Make and Take Home Water Creature Sculptures
Bob Hedin of Hedin Environmental: Create Your Own Tie-Dye T-shirt with Acid Mine Water (Free T-Shirt Included!)
Ben Grubb: River Floating Sculpture entitled "Wave Signal"
Tree Pittsburgh Free Tree Giveaway at the Festival:
Add some beauty to your yard with two trees from Tree Pittsburgh! Register at this link today and pick up on Saturday, October 15, 2022, anytime between 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, at Millvale Riverfront Park during the Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Festival!
Schedule of Festival Events and Speakers:
11:00a-11:30a - Welcome and Music
11:30a-12:15p (Festival Pavilion) - The Next 50 years: Reimagining Our Cleaner Water Future
12:30p-1:00p (Festival Pavilion) - Water Jeopardy with Dave Brown, Master Watershed Steward, Penn State Extension
12:30p-1:15p (Boat House) - The Importance of Clean Water in Your Community and How to Get Involved
1:00p-1:45p (Festival Grounds) - Dance Performance by Council of the Three Rivers American Indian Center
1:15p-2:00p (Boat House) - Pollutants in Our Waterways, What's Getting Better, What's Getting Worse
2:15p-3:00p (Festival Pavilion) - Riverside Chat with Pittsburgh Regional Clean Water Leaders
3:00p-5ish (Festival Grounds) - Post Festival Bike Parade to Point State Park
Post Festival Bike Parade to Point State Park:
Join Friends of the Riverfront on a bike parade to Point State Park! Participants can create a fish print at the Carnegie Science Center tent, then head to the Friends of the Riverfront tent to add some flare to their fish and attach it to their bike. Bikers will parade down the Three Rivers Heritage Trail as a school of fish to highlight how clean water means more fish in our rivers. Any water-related costumes are encouraged – we’ll be quite a sight! The ride from Millvale Riverfront Park to Point State Park is about 3 miles. We’ll take a fishy-photo at the Point to officially close out the festival!
Post Festival Three Rivers Sunset Cruise:
After the conclusion of the festival our festival planning partners at Three Rivers Waterkeeper will be hosting a sunset cruise of Pittsburgh's iconic three rivers! Please see the event flyer below for contact information and how to go about registering and reserving your spot for the river boat sunset cruise.
Getting to the Festival:
Free parking is available at the festival but is very limited (see maps below). Alternative modes of transportation are highly encouraged. Bike racks, courtesy of BikePgh, will be available free of charge on the festival grounds for those who wish to pedal their way to the festival and secure their bike safely. Locks will not be provided so be sure to bring your own.
By Foot or Bike along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail: Visit Friends of The Riverfront Website for a handy map indicating locations of parking lots along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail directly adjacent to the festival grounds. It is highly encouraged to use these lots and to walk/bike to the festival grounds. Plus if you bike, you can participate in the post festival bike parade to Point State Park and be entered into a raffle to win a Hydroflask hydration pack and Friends of the Riverfront free swag!
Links to Millvale PRT Bus Routes and Schedules: PRT 1 - Freeport Road or PRT 2 - Mount Royal or download one of PRT's mobile apps to your phone! Get off at East Ohio Street and walk a short distance to Millvale Riverfront Park:
Festival Program and Map:
Festival Events Last Updated 10/10/2022
Festival Financial Sponsors:
The festival would like to thank the following sponsors for providing much needed financial assistance in making this event possible!
Platinum Level Sponsors:
Gold Level Sponsors:
Silver Level Sponsors:
Colliers Engineering & Design
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
University of Pittsburgh Civil and Environmental Engineering
Festival Art Sponsor:
The festival would like to thank be Galleries for providing support to our festival artists and artwork!
Festival Pro Bono Sponsors:
The festival would like to thank the following entities for providing much needed pro bono volunteer services in the planning of the festival!
Planning Committee Members:
We have a diverse group of academia, government, non-profit, and private sector water professionals on the festival planning committee. Interesting in joining our committee? We would love to have you! Contact Tom Batroney at email@example.com for more information on ways to get involved. Everyone is welcome, even if you are not an ASCE member.
Festival planning committee members:
Gwen Anderson, WQED
Jeff Argyros, ALCOSAN
Jason Baguet, Sci-Tek
Tom Batroney, HDR
Ana Bennett, The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
Aaron Birdy, UpstreamPgh
Ben Briston, Wade Trim
Coreen Casadei, Collective Efforts
Shirley Clark, Penn State Harrisburg
Darnetta Craig, Colliers Engineering & Design
Malu Devadasan, Wade Trim
David Dzombak, Carnegie Mellon University
Jess Friss, Three Rivers Waterkeeper
Jake Gibas, AECOM
Ben Grunauer, The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
Alen Gusa, Sci-Tek
Hali Hetz, The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
Justin Kerns, msconsultants
Tia Kirby, Wade Trim
Myrna Newman, Allegheny Cleanways
Kelsey Ripper, Friends of the Riverfront
Danielle Rhea, Penn State Extension
Julia Saintz, Evoqua Water Technologies
Cesar Simon, Cosmos Technologies
Mary Wilson, Penn State Extension
Heather Hulton VanTassel, Three Rivers Waterkeeper