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Unlike Maryland and Virginia, which has
between two- and three-month annual legislative sessions, Pennsylvania’s General
Assembly holds two-year sessions. At the
time of publication, the 2011-2012 session
was winding down. Our biggest legislative
win came after an uphill battle to pass an
impact fee on Marcellus Shale activities. A
portion of those fees fund efforts to reduce
polluted stormwater runoff. Those fees also
fund the Commonwealth’s “Growing
Greener” programs. Signed into law in
1999, Growing Greener has become
Pennsylvania’s largest single investment in
environmental programs. CBF applies for
and is awarded Growing Greener funds to
conduct critical restoration work, largely on
Pennsylvania will kick off the 2013-2014
session in January. An emphasis of our policy work will be to ensure conservation funding, including funding for Growing Greener,
remains intact. Additionally, we will advocate for the creation of local stormwater
authorities and additional funding for
stormwater management. And, we will advocate for a fertilizer bill, such as those passed
in 2011 in Maryland and Virginia.
CBF and partners come
together to achieve local and
Bay water-quality goals.
the Cumberland and Franklin County Planning
Commissions and Conservation Districts.
Paddling with CBF’s education team for just
over three miles, participants got a firsthand
look at the health of the “Breeches.” The
group examined aquatic and fish life and considered ways to achieve clean water locally.
One topic was wastewater treatment upgrades
and the credit trading program designed to
help the Chambersburg wastewater treatment
facility meet its discharge requirements.
The “Breeches” provided the perfect setting
to get participants out of the office and on
the water to make real connections between
healthy streams and communities and thriving economies. Participants saw firsthand
the connections between trees and streams
and said they felt re-energized to improve
their local water quality.
Partnership to Tackle Stormwater
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The project will engage partners by working at a water-shed-based community level, rather than singling out specific streams or municipalities.
The Little Conestoga is a 65-square-mile
watershed with a
diverse mix of
farming, residential, and commercial development.
It is also currently among the state’s watersheds with the highest urban nitrogen and
phosphorus contributions to the
The Little Conestoga
Pennsylvania Senior Scientist Harry
Campbell who chairs the “Sustainable
Stormwater Solutions” component of the
project said, “By analyzing both the symp-
toms and the solutions at a watershed level,
rather than at a municipal-boundary level,
we can provide a more cost-effective and
inclusive approach to meeting stormwater
obligations. Doing this can enable communi-
ties to better treat the problems at the
source, better utilize available public and pri-
vate funds, and ultimately improve water
quality over a larger region with less expendi-
ture of time and available resources.”
All three of these priorities are critical to
Pennsylvania’s Clean Water Blueprint for the
Decision Makers Participate in
Stream Ecology Workshop
CBF and partners recently formed “The
Little Conestoga Partnership,” a community
approach to stormwater management.
Stormwater pollution is considered among
the greatest challenges to implementing the
The project is funded through grants from
the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
and the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.
uFor more information on Pennsylvania’s clean-
water plans, visit cbf.org/Pennsylvania.
The Yellow Breeches Creek, renowned as a
high-quality trout fishery, provided the pathway to spectacular fall foliage
views and enabled
makers and CBF
staff to immerse themselves in stream ecology
and Pennsylvania policy-focused discussions.
Joining our Pennsylvania staff were leaders from
the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities
Association, the Farm Service Agency, the
National Resource Conservation Service,
the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and
CBF staff and local decision makers enjoying a day on the Yellow Breeches Creek, a Susquehanna
tributary and high-quality trout fishery in central Pennsylvania.