Watershed Protection - Bipartisan Effort to Rebuild Pittsburgh

The battle to clean up Pittsburgh's air and rebuild the city began during the close of WWII. Republican and industrialist Richard King Mellon joined hands with Democratic Mayor David L. Lawrence to undertake an effective bipartisan effort.

Deforestation in the headwaters of Pittsburgh's Rivers occured as virgin forests were clearcut at the turn of the century. The result was erosion and flooding so severe that it shut down commerce in the city of Pittsburgh miles downstream. At the urging of industrialists, national forests were established to encourage reforestation and control the floods.

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