Pitt’s Water Collaboratory Selected to Host Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Network
Hosting the SWPA Water Network at Pitt will be a collaboration of the Water Collaboratory, CONNECT, & Western PA Regional Data Center
After a robust selection process, the Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach has been selected to host the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Network, a coalition of individuals involved with water-related activities across 10 counties in the southwestern portion of the state.
“We are delighted to be working alongside CONNECT and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to host the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Network at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Emily Elliott, director of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory. “The continued advancement, growth, and autonomy of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Network is essential to the future of water sustainability in our region and we are excited about the new synergy this will bring to our collective efforts.”
In 2018, the Water Center at Penn received funding through Heinz Endowments to do an assessment of the ‘State of the Waters’ in Southwestern PA, focusing on challenges and opportunities around water resource management as well as on capabilities, priorities, and drivers for local actors. Based on conversations and collaboration with local water leaders, The Water Center at Penn and local stakeholders put forward a recommendation to establish the SW PA Water Network. Over the last two years, a foundation has been laid for the Network’s purpose, vision, and goals, culminating in this transition from development with the Water Center at Penn to being hosted by a local organization.
“We’re thrilled to see the Network continue through local partnerships,” said Howard Neukrug, executive director of the Water Center.
The SW PA Water Network aims to see local water resources sustainably, equitably, and collaboratively managed to protect public health and the environment; enhance community and system resilience; and deliver economic, ecological, and social benefits for all of the region’s residents.