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December 24, 2020

Rivers Run Through This


Amazon plans facility in old Sears Outlet in Lawrenceville

A former warehouse that until July had been a Sears Outlet in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood is poised to become the latest local “last mile” facility for Amazon deliveries.

The site, at 27 51st St., was initially being developed by Spear Street Capital to lure a tech-based tenant, according to Lauren Connelly, executive director of Lawrenceville Corp., the local development organization.

Connelly said that Spear Street, a San Francisco-based firm, had committed to a number of community benefits from a future tenant at the site, located along the Allegheny River. People who worked there would be encouraged to use public transit and ride-sharing services, public trails would be developed along the riverfront and traffic would be otherwise minimized.

To read the full article click here!
The Ohio River Water Trail in Parkersburg is now considered a National Recreation Trail

The Ohio River Water Trail has officially gotten national recognition as a National Recreation Trail.

This covers 57.7 miles of river.

Both the Wood County Alternative Transportation Council and the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau worked to establish the trail.

A grant application included a plan to set up a non-motorized watercraft launching site at Spencers Landing and the Williamstown boat ramp.  Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp is excited about the tourism the new label could create.

To read the full article, click here.
Paddling Pittsburgh

Rebooted columnist Jill Gleeson made a visit to Venture Outdoors North Shore in Pittsburgh earlier this year to rent a kayak and paddle the Three Rivers.  In this article, Gleeson describes how Pittsburgh has made large improvements from its previous history during the steel industry years.  To read about her experience click here.
Homicide Detectives Investigating Body Found In Allegheny River

Homicide detectives are investigating after a body was pulled from the Allegheny River near Pine Creek.

County police say 911 got the call around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

First responders found a middle-aged white man in the river, police say, with no signs of trauma. He was identified by the coroner as David Lesser.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.

To read more about this investigation, click here.

3RQ Updates

2021 Pennsylvania River of the Year Nominees

Five rivers have been nominated for the 2021 Pennsylvania River of the Year.  Of these five, 3RQ has sampling sites along two of the rivers, Buffalo Creek and Loyalhanna Creek.  To read about all five rivers and features from each, click the link here!
Targeted Study Highlight: Pine Creek

A site along the southern region of the Allegheny River called Pine Creek was selected by 3RQ for a targeted study.  This creek has displayed levels of elevated chloride and ion level compared to other sites in 3RQ's monthly sampling sites.  Research of the elevated chloride levels and relation to rainfall was conducted on this site with the help of a former MS student at Duquesne University.  To read more about 3RQ and the graduate student's work on Pine Creek, please view the links below.

Click here to view the story map!
Click here to read the fact sheet!


3RQ Virtual Roundtable Series

This series, hosted by Three Rivers QUEST, will consist of monthly online meetings where organizations are given a platform to speak about their current projects. During each session, 4 different speakers will give a short presentation on their organization’s work followed by a Q&A session. The purpose is to bring together those doing similar work, learn about new projects, and, most importantly, ask the question, “How did you do that?”

The sessions will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from December through February. Each session will take place from 2:00-3:00 PM. Click here to register for the upcoming events!

1/6/21 Current Work of 3RQ Volunteer Groups Part I

2/3/21 Current Work of 3RQ Volunteer Groups Part II
West Virginia Water Research Insititute Seminar Series

This series, hosted by the West Virginia Water Research Institute, will consist of monthly online seminars, each focusing on current research pertaining to a particular topic. Presenters will consist of various researchers affiliated with WVWRI, many of whom will be undergraduate and graduate students involved in research projects. During each session, 3 speakers will give a short presentation on their research with a Q&A session following each presentation. The purpose of this series is to share current water-related research with interested outside organizations and the public. Click here to register.

The series is currently running from November to February, with events taking place on the third Wednesday of every month from 2:00-3:00 PM.  The upcoming dates and topics are listed below:

01/20/21 WV Brownfields Assistance Center

02/17/21 Acid Mine Drainage Research & Remediation

Grant Info

George and Miriam Martin Foundation

The George and Miriam Martin Foundation tells prospective applicants to send a brief letter describing how a grant will help your organization preserve streams and wetlands. There are no deadlines and no formal grant guidelines. Grants have ranged from $1,000 to $200,000. Previous funded projects can be seen here.

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Philadelphia, Pa 19103


For more information on available grants, visit our 3RQ website here, or click the button below!

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3RQ Funded by: Colcom Foundation
3RQ REACH 4Schools Funded by: PADEP and EQT

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