EPA Evaluates Pennsylvania’s Water Plan
Pennsylvania’s draft plan to meet the federal,
science-based, pollution-reduction goals
provides updates on progress but does not
provide clear next steps and reasonable
assurance that state goals will be met, as
summarized by EPA. CBF concurs with EPA.
One critical shortcoming is the lack of specific information regarding the expectations
of counties to plan for and facilitate pollution reductions.
One of EPA’s central goals of this “Phase II”
plan was to avoid repeating the mistakes of the
past by making the effort more localized and,
therefore, more relevant. Pennsylvania’s plan
does not adequately do that.
Despite the shortcomings, the draft does
outline plans for increasing agricultural compliance, commitment to the Conservation
Districts (county groups that develop and
implement programs that promote the stewardship of natural resources), and stormwater training for local communities.
CBF encourages the Department of
Environmental Protection to continue to
revise the draft, and submit to EPA a final
plan that provides communities with the
needed information, tools, and guidance to
achieve Pennsylvania’s pollution limits.
CBF encourages Pennsylvania
to address feedback in the
revised plan to meet
Marcellus Shale Drilling Bill
CBF has been working both federally and in
Pennsylvania to safeguard our natural resources
from the threats of natural gas drilling.
Pennsylvania—which unlike Maryland and
Virginia is in legislative session year
round—recently passed the first update to
the state’s existing Oil & Gas Act in nearly
40 years. While not perfect, the environmental provisions in the legislation provide
improved protections for Pennsylvania’s
rivers and streams.
Additionally, the bill ensures the long-term financial stability of Pennsylvania’s
Environmental Stewardship and Growing
Greener Programs and enables the state to
see revenue directly from the drilling industry through an impact fee. This revenue will
provide critical funding for water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades, which will
directly improve water quality and help
Pennsylvania meet federal pollution-limit
requirements. CBF will continue to advocate
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CBF will continue to press for increased protec-
tions for waterways like Pine Creek, shown above.
for additional environmental protection and
an increased impact fee.
An Exciting Summer for Teachers
Now in its ninth year, CBF’s Chesapeake
Classrooms offers a different approach to professional development by providing a menu of
options for teachers to choose from, including
both in-class and in-field experiences.
CBF’s education staff offer five-day accredited
summer immersion courses that provide
hands-on experiences for teachers to make the
connection between local waters and the Bay.
This summer, CBF will offer three exciting
program options in Pennsylvania:
•“The Susquehanna to the Bay” takes
teachers on an exploration of the ecology
and history of the Lower Susquehanna
Watershed and of the heart of the
Chesapeake on Smith Island.
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•“Susquehanna Confluence” will study the
Susquehanna River’s ecological importance, restoration efforts, and rich cultural
history, in and around the Lewisburg area.
Pennsylvania must develop a comprehensive plan to improve and protect statewide water quality—
•Rounding out the summer, “Studying
Change: the Susquehanna River” explores
in-depth the watersheds and water-quality
issues in and around Central Pennsylvania.
uIf you or someone you know would like to participate in one of CBF’s professional development
programs in Pennsylvania, contact our office at
717/234-5550 or Tom Parke at email@example.com.