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Friends of the Riverfront and ALCOSAN Announce New Partnership to Beautify Trails

Riverfronts Naturally program to support volunteer efforts to maintain clean and healthy riverfronts

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – June 7, 2018 – Friends of the Riverfront announced today a new partnership with ALCOSAN to serve as presenter of the Riverfronts Naturally program.  ALCOSAN’s sponsorship for the program will aid in supporting volunteer efforts toward clean and healthy riverfronts.

Through Riverfront Naturally, Friends of the Riverfront engages more than 1,000 volunteers annually to help beautify and care for the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh. Volunteers can be seen just about any weekend between spring and fall picking up litter, spreading mulch, planting flowers and trees, removing invasive species and more.

“Partnering with Friends of the Riverfront is a natural extension of our Clean Water Plan that will ensure our rivers and streams are clean for this generation and those to come,” said Arletta Scott Williams, ALCOSAN’s Executive Director.  “The work that Friends of the Riverfront does is important to our region and we are pleased to support their work.”

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with an organization like ALCOSAN that shares who shares our dedication to ensuring our community enjoys clean, beautiful waterways and trails to access them,” said Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Friends of the Riverfront. “Our city enjoys a unique amenity in a 24-mile trail bordering all three of our rivers. ALCOSAN’s support is key to helping us keep this civic amenity beautiful and well maintained for generations to come.”


ALCOSAN is one of the region’s premier environmental and public health organizations, treating wastewater for 83 Allegheny County communities, including the City of Pittsburgh. The authority, which is Green by Mission and Green by Choice, enhances the community’s quality of life and safety by working to protect drinking water, rivers and streams, and making the Pittsburgh region a great place to live, work and play. ALCOSAN’s 59-acre treatment plant processes up to 250 million gallons of wastewater daily and is one of the largest such facilities in the Ohio River Valley.

About Friends of the Riverfront

The mission of Friends of the Riverfront is to expand, connect and enhance the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and engage river communities in trail stewardship and economic growth. Learn more at



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