WaterWalk: Nine Mile Run
Time & Location
About the Event
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Nine Mile Run is almost entirely underground! If you’ve traveled through Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, Swissvale, or the east side of Squirrel Hill, you’ve likely driven over it. While most of NMR was piped into culverts at the turn of the 20th century, one-third was left above ground in Frick Park, emerging near Braddock Avenue and flowing 2.2 miles to the Monongahela River.
WaterWalk: Nine Mile Run will trace the daylighted portion of NMR, bringing attention to the stream’s health, its connections to other bodies of water in Pittsburgh, and ongoing restoration efforts.
Artist Ginger Brooks Takahashi will present a tea ceremony at Duck Hollow; the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association will discuss their ongoing efforts to restore and protect NMR; and Becky Forgrave, a PhD Candidate in Geology and Environmental Studies at Pitt, will explain her research on watershed flow paths in NMR.
What to Expect
We’ll begin our walk at the trailhead near Braddock Avenue adjacent to the CLASS building parking lot. To ensure social distancing, if our group exceeds 15 people, we will split in two. Once on the trail, we will walk alongside the daylighted portion of NMR toward the Monongahela River. The 2.2 mile walk will take approximately one hour. Upon both groups arriving at Duck Hollow, Ginger will begin the tea ceremony, which will last approximately 10 minutes. We plan to conclude the WaterWalk at Duck Hollow around 3:45pm. Please note, we are unable to offer transportation back to the CLASS parking lot, and the return trip will not be guided. This is our mapped route. If you plan to return to the parking lot on foot, your total walking distance will be 4.4 miles.
Parking is available on-site adjacent to the CLASS building. The address is 1400 S Braddock Ave. The 61B, 71, and P71 bus lines all stop within 0.1 miles of the parking lot.
Please note, while most portions of the trail are flat, we will be walking on leaves, twigs, small rocks, and wooden boardwalks. Sturdy walking shoes are encouraged.
Face masks must be worn at all times during the walk. We will also maintain social distancing to ensure everyone has a safe experience.
WaterWalks: Creative Action for Community Justice is a socially engaged art project working to center overlooked histories and marginalized perspectives in Pittsburgh’s ongoing water crisis. This goal is accomplished through artist-led “Walks,” participatory experiences that advocate for environmental justice. For more information, visit waterwalkspittsburgh.com.
Ginger Brooks Takahashi’s collaborative project-based, socially enraged practice is an extension of feminist spaces and queer inquiry, actively building community and nurturing alternative forms of information distribution. She is currently working on a new Office of Public Art initiative focused on Environment and Health in Pittsburgh, with Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and the Center for Civic Arts. She is co-founder of queer and feminist journal LTTR; projet MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project; the touring musical act MEN; and General Sisters.
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association restores and protects its watershed ecosystem, while working regionally to support and implement resilient solutions for a healthy urban environment. For more information, visit ninemilerun.org.
Becky Forgrave is a PhD Candidate in the Geology and Environmental Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on using water quality sensors and novel chemical methods such as stable isotopes to track sewage impacts in urban streams. Her project in Nine Mile Run focuses on decoding how different types of storms activate various watershed flow paths to have impacts on the observed water quality.