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The TRPRC membership determined that only through a mutual aid organization could we truly cover the many miles of navigable waters in our district. Crisis management and plans were most efficiently constructed by joining forces, pooling manpower, equipment resources, capabilities and expertise within a formalized organization - thus the birth of Three Rivers Pollution Response Council, Inc. Some people refer to our Council as an insurance policy - "a relatively low cost gamble, and one you hope you never have to cash in on, but certainly one which pays off big when activated."
The Three Rivers Pollution Response Council, Inc. is located in the Pittsburgh Port of the U.S. Coast Guard's Eighth District and EPA's Region III. This territory ecompasses the entire navigable waters of three rivers: some 72 miles of the Allegheny; 128.7 miles of the Monongahela; and some 121.6 miles of the Ohio for a grand total of 322.23 miles.
"Effective emergency preparedness requires a coordinated effort among many stakeholders, starting with local first responders, and including state and federal agencies. This partnership with TRPRC and the Coast Guard reinforces the concept that emergency preparedness requires team work. This alliance has been successful in strengthening and broadening response capabilities, clarifying roles and responsibilities to ensure an effective response and promoting improved response communications across government and industry in and around the Pittsburgh area. As a result, a greater state of readiness exists along the Monongahela, the Allegheny and the Ohio Rivers."
- Dennis Carney, EPA Associate Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response
"Stakeholder coordination frameworks such as TRPRC are a key element in preserving and advancing a robust Marine Transportation System for the Nation. TRPRC and the private sector leadership it represents are invaluable to the Coast Guard's goal of actively promoting and encouraging local and regional efforts to address the myriad of issues facing ports such as security, mobility and environmental protection."
- CDR Richard Timme, Captain of the Port Pittsburgh - March 2010