The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Friday applauded the Carbon County commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Commonwealth.
CBF and the PA Growing Greener Coalition launched the Clean Water Counts campaign in 2014, urging local governments across the Commonwealth to pass resolutions and join in calling on legislators in Harrisburg to invest in local clean water programs and practices.
Carbon is the 25th county to adopt a Clean Water Counts resolution, meaning the effort now represents more than one-third of Pennsylvania's population.
The other 24 counties to sign on are Berks, Cameron, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Luzerne, McKean, Montgomery, Montour, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Somerset, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.
Roughly 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania waters are polluted. Agriculture is the largest source of pollution to the Commonwealth's streams and rivers. That pollution occurs when nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment run off farm fields into local waterways.
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, there are about 47 miles of polluted waterways in Carbon County; 40 of those are damaged by acid mine drainage.
"Healthy families, strong communities and a thriving Pennsylvania economy depend on clean water," said Harry Campbell, CBF's Pennsylvania executive director. "We applaud and thank the commissioners in Cameron and the other counties for publicly voicing their support for clean water in the Keystone State."
"We hope Clean Water Counts continues to build momentum," Growing Greener Coalition Executive Director Andrew Heath added. "The central region is extremely important to motivating greater leadership from Harrisburg on clean water issues and we look forward to working with the other counties in adopting resolutions."
By supporting the Clean Water Counts campaign, Carbon and other counties are telling lawmakers in Harrisburg that clean water is integral to Pennsylvania's economy, communities, and human health. It's a legacy worth leaving future generations.
Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Luzerne) and Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) represent Carbon County in the General Assembly.
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