City Beautiful H2O


City Beautiful H2O is Capital Region Water’s campaign to reduce combined sewer overflows, improve the health of our local waterways, and beautify our neighborhoods through community greening.

Community Greening Plan

After a year listening to hundreds of city residents, businesses, and community organizations, Capital Region Water has completed a Community Greening Plan to address stormwater runoff and reduce combined sewer overflows in Harrisburg, PA.

Full Plan

Executive Summary

Planning Context

The Problem

The Solutions

The Opportunities

What’s Next


Partial Consent Decree

The catalyst of City Beautiful H2O: After over a year of negotiation, Capital Region Water’s Board Directors voted to approve a Partial Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  This partial Consent Decree requires Capital Region Water to develop a plan to reduce runoff pollution entering Paxton Creek and the Susquehanna River, undertake improved operation and controls of the system, and implement early action projects to become compliant with the federal Clean Water Act and the PA Clean Streams Law. Learn more.

AWTF Improvement Project

Capital Region Water has completed the first major upgrade of its Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility (AWTF) since 1976. This $50 million project added new treatment units to reduce nitrogen pollution by 90% and suspended solids by nearly half. Learn more.

Joint Paxton Creek and Chesapeake Bay Partnership

Capital Region Water, Lower Paxton Township, and Susquehanna Township have committed to working together on the Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan (CBPRP) and Paxton Creek Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Strategy to reduce sediment from stormwater discharges and stream bank erosion and improve the health of our local waterways. Learn more.

Get involved!

Invite us to your your next meeting: Are you having a meeting in your community? Do you think your group would be interested in learning more about City Beautiful H2O? Lt us know, we’ll come out and give a presentation. Just send us an email at to request a presentation.