StormWorks is a very dedicated little division of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. We are based in Pittsburgh, and we were organized in 2010 to supply runoff mitigation products and services to Allegheny County communities.
By providing simple solutions to area property owners to reduce stormwater damage to our water supply, StormWorks gives homeowners and businesses the products and information they need to make positive, measurable changes in their neighborhoods.
What is Nine Mile Run?
Cleaning up Nine Mile Run is what started it all. Nine Mile Run is a small stream that flows through Pittsburgh’s East End, below the neighborhoods of Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, Swissvale and the east side of Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze.
Except for a short above ground section in Frick Park, Nine Mile Run flows almost entirely underground. But just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t important. And over the years, it has been severely polluted by storm runoff and overflowing sewers. The visible section of the stream underwent a major stream restoration between 2003 and 2006. In fact, it’s considered the most successful urban stream and wetlands restoration in the United States. But the water is still not clean, and excess rain runoff is the main reason why.
The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association was created in 2001 with a mission to insure the restoration and protection of the Nine Mile Run Watershed through citizen engagement, demonstration projects, and advocacy.
StormWorks, in turn, flowed out of that mission.