Pennsylvanians Invited to Help Develop State Plan to Improve Local Water Health in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Counties
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians are invited to share their views on how the Commonwealth can best achieve federally mandated water pollution reductions in counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed at a public planning event hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on June 5.
The planning event takes place from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill. All Pennsylvanians are invited. Registration by May 24 is required. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pa-phase-iii-watershed-improvement-plan-kickoff-listening-session-tickets-34072638178
“Local support and action are key to creating an implementable Phase 3 plan to reduce water pollutants in our 43 counties in the Bay watershed,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The challenge is great, but we’ve made some progress, and together we can build on this.”
In breakout groups, participants will discuss what initiatives are needed in agriculture, forestry, funding, local planning, stormwater, and wastewater to improve the health of local streams, rivers, and lakes.
Discussions will also cover how the plan will be developed, and participants can learn how to get involved in the process.
For those who can’t attend in person, a 30-day public online comment period will start June 3 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
Pennsylvania is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment levels in waterways in its Bay watershed counties by 2025. The Commonwealth fell short of its Phase 1 goal, set in 2010, and Phase 2 goal, set in 2012.
This year, EPA is conducting a midpoint assessment of these levels and will define what Pennsylvania needs to achieve in Phase 3 based on this assessment.
While Pennsylvania has made significant progress toward meeting the EPA targets, particularly since launch of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Strategy, considerable work remains to be done.
Find more information on the Phase 3 planning process at the DEP Chesapeake Bay Program Office web site.
This email received by the Township on Friday, May 18, 2017.