OPEN HOUSE 2017 EXHIBITOR INFORMATION (Updated 8/23)
ALCOSAN’S MAD SCIENTIST: “BUGGY SCIENCE” All Day
The Mad Scientist explains the buggy biology of ALCOSAN’s secondary treatment process and his assistants will help you to identify various microorganisms by looking at samples of activated sludge through a microscope. (Approximately 45 minutes)
ALLEGHENY COUNTY – ALLEGHENY GREEN All Day
See how you can conserve energy and water through interactive displays and activities from Allegheny County’s Office of Sustainability. Take a selfie highlighting your typical transportation mode and explore alternative forms of transportation.
For more information, www.alleghenycounty.us/allegheny-green/index.aspx
ALLEGHENY COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT and
ALLEGHENY WATERSHED ALLIANCE All Day
Interact with a digital display of a watershed featuring stormwater and macroinvertebrates.
For more information, www.conservationsolutioncenter.org
ALLEGHENY COUNTY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS All Day
Would you and your family be ready for an emergency or disaster? Learn how you can make a plan, build an emergency preparedness kit, and contribute to your communities’ preparedness. Play the prize pool where your actions will be rewarded! Federal, state and local preparedness partners will be available to assist and answer questions:
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) www.community.fema.gov
• National Weather Service/NOAA (Weather Ready Ambassadors) www.weather.gov
• Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) www.pema.pa.gov
• Allegheny County Emergency Services; LEPC / Citizens Corps Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) www.alleghenycounty.us/emergency-services/index.aspx
• Pennsylvania Water Agency Response Network (PaWARN) www.pawarn.org
• American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania www.redcross.org
• Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) www.alcosan.org
ALLEGHENY LAND TRUST All Day
Discover biofacts and play a water-based quiz game or explore a sensory touch box. Match careers on the rivers and learn about the new Allegheny Land Trust education programs.
For more information, www.AlleghenyLandTrust.org
ASK THE PLUMBER All Day
Representatives from Plumbers Local Union No. 27 will be available to answer your plumbing questions and discuss careers in plumbing.
For more information, www.ua27.org
*NEW* ASSEMBLE, A COMMUNITY SPACE FOR ART AND TECHNOLOGY All Day
Learn about STEAM education programs while using circuits, LEDs and batteries to create your own light up pin.
For more information, www.assemblepgh.org
CHATHAM UNIVERSITY, EDEN HALL CAMPUS K-12 PROGRAMS All Day
Native plants support pollinators and help with water conservation and more. Make your own native flower seed packet to take home.
For more information, www.chatham.edu/edenhall/k12/index.cfm
*NEW* CLEAN WATER ACADEMY 2017 PROJECT: LIVING SYSTEMS All Day
Learn about the functions of plants, snails and fish in a model of a self-sustaining living system. This was a project by high school students who attended ALCOSAN’s Clean Water Academy in the summer of 2017.
*NEW* CLEAN WATER ASSISTANCE FUND All Day
ALCOSAN initiated a customer assistance this year to help our customers pay their wastewater treatment bills. Stop by to learn about the requirements and where to apply.
CLIMATE AND URBAN SYSTEMS PARTNERSHIP (CUSP) All Day
Enter the “Climate Playground” for several hands-on activities relating to climate change in urban areas. Exhibiting partners:
• Carnegie Museum of Natural History www.carnegiemnh.org
• NEW Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) www.gasp-pgh.org
• Nine Mile Run Watershed Association www.ninemilerun.org
• PennFuture www.pennfuture.org
• Tree Pittsburgh www.treepittsburgh.org
For more information, www.cuspproject.org/cities/pittsburgh
CREEK CONNECTIONS, ALLEGHENY COLLEGE All Day
Identify live aquatic macroinvertebrates and learn how they are used to indicate the health of a creek.
For more information, www.creekconnections.allegheny.edu
DOWNSPOUT DISCONNECT All Day
Find out how to disconnect your downspout into a rain garden or rain barrel. Ask for a demonstration of the “how to” steps to do it yourself.
ENVIROBOWL All Day
Play ALCOSAN’s environmental quiz game that is flush with excitement!
*NEW* EXTRA CREDIT ACTIVITY K-5 All Day
Explore different habitats of animals that live in our watershed and learn about different body coverings. Students will also participate in an activity to race a boat that is propelled by carbon dioxide.
Extra Credit: Elementary Students
*NEW* EXTRA CREDIT ACTIVITY 6-12 All Day
Students will use an IPad application to investigate specific amounts of water inside a bottle to create the “perfect standing flip.” They will also use the scientific method in an activity to achieve neutral buoyancy with different materials including action figures of various sizes.
Extra Credit: Middle and High School Students
FISHING POND All Day
How does litter enter a sewer pipe but end up in the river? “Fish” pollution out and win a prize for helping to clean our environment. Great activity for younger children.
FRANKIE’S GOLF COURSE All Day
Experiment with slope to change the trajectory of a golf ball to get a hole in one. Stop by and take a swing at it!
FRANKIE’S KIDDIE COVE All Day
A quiet area for families with children ages 5 and younger to relax, unwind and take a break from the crowds. Children can explore interactive stations such as reading soft books, and building and creating with connectors. Adults must remain with their child at all times.
FRANKIE’S KIDDIE COVE TOO All Day
Families with children ages 5 and younger can explore interactive play zones, participate in a sensory activity and make a fish craft to take home. Adults must remain with their child at all times.
FUTURE PLUMBERS’ WATERWORKS All Day
Kids 8 years of age and younger can explore the hydraulics of water pressure and flow in a plumbing water activity guaranteed to make a splash!
GET SOAK’ed All Day
Were you informed when it stormed? Do you know why orange flags with the letters CSO are raised along the rivers? If you are a recreational river user, you will want to find out about ALCOSAN’s river advisory programs and register to receive alerts.
GREEN REVITALIZATION OF OUR WATERWAYS All Day
Learn about ALCOSAN’s municipal grant program to help fund source control projects within the service area. Staff will be available to discuss source control technologies such as stream removal, sewer separation, inflow/infiltration and green stormwater infrastructure. Project updates and an interactive bioretention model will be displayed.
INTERCEPTOR MAINTENANCE All Day
Check out the high pressure water and vacuum truck that is used to clean the sewer lines in the interceptor system. See how video equipment is used to locate obstructions in the line and walk through a simulated sewer pipe.
JENNINGS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER All Day
Simulate the processing procedure done at Jennings after they catch a Massasauga rattlesnake and make a take-home rattlesnake.
For more information, www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/jennings/index.htm
*NEW* MASTER WATERSHED STEWARDS OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY,
PENN STATE EXTENSION All Day
“Rain to Drain” and “Slow to Flow” demos are used to simulate stormwater runoff versus infiltration across different surfaces. Also, find out how you can be a master watershed steward!
For more information, www.Extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/watershed-education/watershed-stewards
ORSANCO’s LIFE BELOW THE WATERLINE All Day
See the diversity of fish that live in the Ohio River near the ALCOSAN plant in a 2,200 gallon traveling freshwater aquarium. Learn how improvements in water quality are sustaining life in the Ohio.
For more information, www.orsanco.org
PA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION All Day
Go “fishing” in a 16-foot virtual Pennsylvania stream and discover microhabitats found within the stream ecosystem. What kind of fish will you catch? What other critters will you find? Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.
For more information, www.fishandboat.com
PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCES COUNCIL All Day
Play the Litter Bug toss game and learn about collection events and other programs.
For more information about the PA Resources Council, log onto www.prc.org
PHOTOS WITH FRANKIE THE FISH All Day (with breaks)
Take a selfie with ALCOSAN’s mascot Frankie the Fish and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #3riversproud and #openhouse. Want to be a TV star? Upload your photo to ulocal.wtae.com/upload or photos.Pittsburgh.cbslocal.com. No phone or camera? No problem – we’ll take it for you. Limit one per person.
PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR CREATIVE REUSE All Day
Reuse-a-Palooza is a hands-on, exploratory art activity where you can create with a large array of reclaimed materials – the possibilities are endless!
For more information, www.PCCR.org
PITTSBURGH WATER & SEWER AUTHORITY All Day
See demonstrations about green infrastructure and stormwater.
For more information, www.pgh2o.com
PROTECTING REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS IN YOUR WATERSHED
Presentations at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what slimy and scaly creatures reside in our watershed? What species live here now, and which ones used to? Where and when can these hidden creatures be found? The Awesome Spirit of Wildlife, Inc. (TASOW) presents “Reptiles and Amphibians of Our Watershed,” an interactive presentation that lets you meet some intriguing special guests up close. (30-40 minutes)
PUPS4CLEANWATER All Day
Learn how your dog (and you) can make our rivers and streams cleaner and healthier. Sign the pledge to Pick Up Poop and get a great gift for your dog!
RECYCLING WASTEWATER BYPRODUCTS All Day
Learn about the byproducts generated from the wastewater treatment process and how ALCOSAN recycles its biosolids (called ALCOSOIL) and ash. Visitors can obtain supplies to plant wildflowers at home (seeds and compost provided). Students in grades 5 and above can learn the benefits of adding organic matter to the soil in a 15-minute, hands-on activity that will be conducted every half hour.
REGIONALIZATION All Day
Find out about our sewer infrastructure, the benefits of regionalization and if your community will be impacted. Learn how engineers determine the risk and criticality of constructing a sewer line and typical problems found in sewers.
RESOURCE CENTER All Day
Stop by for an ALCOSAN 3 Rivers Proud backpack and the peruse the selection of material about sewer overflows, household hazardous waste, watershed information, children’s educational items and more.
“SCIENCE ROCKS” STARRING GERRY LEWIS, THE NUTTY SCIENCE PROFESSOR All Day
Discover your inner scientist with Science Rocks’ Nutty Science Professor. Young and old alike will be entertained with his high-energy, educational science show and hands-on activities.
For more information, www.brotherscience.com
*NEW* SHARP ROBOTICS All Day
Learn about robotics as you drive a robot and make a robot craft.
For more information, www.sharprobotics.org
SOUTHWESTERN PA ENGINEERING OUTREACH (SPEO) All Day
Hydraulics and buoyancy are demonstrated in a fun water duck race using a manual water pump. Examine water quality by testing the pH of local stream water and mystery liquid, find your watershed and pin it on a map!
For more information, www.speo-pa.org
THE AWESOME SPIRIT OF WILDLIFE, INC. (TASOW) All Day
An interactive display featuring live animals from TASOW’s exotic animal rescue, and information about the organization and its mission of conservation.
For more information, www.tasow.org
*NEW* 3 RIVERS WET WEATHER All Day
See a model of pervious pavement, view pond water and its contents, trace an online map to show the path of wastewater from homes to ALCOSAN, and play a quiz wheel game.
For more information, www.3riverswetweather.org
*NEW* TURTLE CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION All Day
See demonstrations of erosion, pervious pavement and watershed drainage.
For more information, www.turtlecreekwatershed.org
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, PITTSBURGH All Day
The Pittsburgh District includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways and 23 navigation locks and dams. Buoys that delineate restricted areas will be on display and USACE rangers and lock operators will be providing information about water and dam safety.
For more information, www.usace.army.mil
UTILITY WORKERS OF AMERICA LOCAL 433 All Day
Local 433 represents 274 ALCOSAN employees in various trades. Stop by the booth to speak with union representatives, operate the simulated primary treatment tank or disassemble and reassemble a flight (mechanical maintenance).
VENTURE OUTDOORS All Day
Try your hand at fish printing and casting into baby pools.
For more information, www.ventureoutdoors.org
ZEROFOSSIL All Day
Ride the Bikerator to see how long it would take to pump out the wet well in one day or race the sun. Hand-generate enough power to blend a smoothie and learn about the solar energy generators powering some of the other exhibits at the Open House.
For more information, www.zerofossil.com