think of the
most do not
think of New
York. But, the
square miles of
Nestled in the
corner of New
York sits the 23rd
includes the towns of Ithaca and Corning.
Home to the Chemung and Susquehanna
Rivers, this district is represented by
Republican Congressman Tom Reed.
This summer, Congressman Reed introduced bi-partisan legislation to help local
communities in the Chesapeake region
improve water quality. Reed teamed up with
Congressman Patrick Murphy, a Democrat
from Florida, to introduce a bill that establishes a grant program to help local governments and farmers implement methods to
reduce polluted runoff that can have a serious impact on waterways.
This piece of legislation is suitably named
the Impaired Waters Improvement Act.
Recent analysis of the progress Bay watershed states are making under the Blueprint
indicates that states are struggling to reduce
pollution from urban and suburban polluted runoff, in part due to funding issues.
The Impaired Waters Improvement Act will
create a grants program, at no cost to taxpayers, to help.
Time and again, we have seen that when
communities have necessary funding, they
are able to create and implement common-
sense plans to reduce polluted runoff. If
done properly, these efforts can save munic-
ipalities money in the long run. Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, provides a glowing example.
Lancaster City has a comprehensive Green
Infrastructure Plan that addresses polluted
runoff. For example, the city has identified
approximately 20 street blocks that are scheduled for repair. Improvements will be made
using porous pavement to allow water (and
pollutants) to seep through, rather than run
off into local streams. Over the next 25 years,
another 450 blocks will be developed similarly. The city estimates that its efforts will save
$121.7 million over the next 25 years.
CBF, in a partnership with the Center
for Watershed Protection, has been
working to help other Pennsylvania munici-
palities develop similar plans to address
their polluted runoff challenges. The
Impaired Waters Improvement Act would
provide funding to help communities imple-
ment these plans.
“Our farmers, our communities need help
to improve runoff practices and community sewer and wastewater systems,” said
Congressman Reed. “Farmers and communities working hard to meet water-quality requirements fairly deserve this
help. I’m proud to join with my friend
from across the aisle, Representative
Patrick Murphy, on this bill to care for
CBF applauds Congressman Reed for introducing this bill which will help local governments manage the increasing pollution associated with runoff and restore local rivers,
streams, and the Bay.
uTo learn more about what our Washington,
D.C., office is working on, visit cbf.org/DC.
New federal bill
helps local communities
D.C. & FEDERAL AFFAIRS
New York’s Republican
Congressman, Tom Reed is
teaming up with Florida’s
Patrick Murphy, to introduce a bill that establishes
a grant program to help
local governments and
farmers implement methods
to reduce polluted runoff.
Part of Lancaster City’s comprehensive Green Infrastructure Plan, enhancements to Rodney Park
created environmentally friendly improvements including permeable surfaces, rain gardens, and
vegetated curb extensions—all to help capture polluted runoff.