From the Desk of Harry Campbell Summer 2014

Clean Water for the Commonwealth

CBF PA Executive Director Harry Campbell.CBF's Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell.

Our staff is teaming up with Andrew Heath, Executive Director for the Growing Greener Coalition, in a statewide effort to engage our local elected officials to make a commitment to cleaner waters in our local rivers and streams and, ultimately, for the Commonwealth. 

Later this month our team will be reaching out to county commissioners to educate them about the impaired waters in their area and to ask for their commitment to improving water quality—locally, and statewide. 

CBF's goal with this effort is to have county commissioners show their support for clean water by passing a Clean Water for the Commonwealth resolution. The resolution language flows something like this:

Pennsylvania's streams and open spaces are not only beautiful, they are also a significant economic engine. In fact, annually more than $9.6 billion is fed into local economies, and roughly 88,000 jobs in Pennsylvania are reliant upon our streams in some way. 

Pennsylvania's ability to attract growing businesses and provide residents with a high quality of life depends on the Commonwealth properly prioritizing funding to ensure that our rivers and streams are protected from contamination.

Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. However, with 19,000 miles of rivers and streams not meeting basic water quality standards, CBF is encouraging commissioners to sign the resolution and support a greater investment of resources to clean Pennsylvania's rivers and streams before irreversible damage occurs to the places we live and raise our families. This project will be unfolding over the next few months. If you're interested in ways that you might help encourage your commissioners to sign on, give us a call at 717.234.5550.

A few legislative updates: This past spring hundreds of you wrote to your legislators to oppose the "Endangered Species Coordination Act," (HB1576). Thanks to your efforts the bill has not seen any action, but there's always a chance, so we'll keep you posted. 

Earlier this month Senate Bill 1255, legislation that will help local communities reduce the costs associated with urban and suburban polluted runoff, was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor. That's good news for homeowners and community leaders dealing with costs associated with urban and suburban runoff.

As always, whether it's writing a letter to your local newspaper or legislator or planting a tree in your community, there are many ways to get involved! Check out our website for opportunities near you.  

Thank you for caring about clean water and for helping CBF make a difference, locally and downstream in the Chesapeake Bay.  

—Harry Campbell
Pennsylvania Executive Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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