Donna Morelli, PA State Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, issued this statement after Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and the PA Growing Greener Coalition introduced Growing Greener III bipartisan legislation Wednesday to provide $315 million in annual investments to protect Pennsylvania’s water, land and other natural resources--
“We need to invest in our local lands, streams and creeks-- now. At a time when Pennsylvania is struggling to meet Chesapeake Bay milestones, our focus needs to be on our local water quality. Our state’s environmental efforts, governmental and nonprofit, have been severely depleted of funds in the past 20 years. If we take care of the Susquehanna, we will have met our Chesapeake Bay goals. Growing Greener III is movement in the right direction.
“The Alliance is focused restoring the rivers and streams of the Chesapeake watershed in Pennsylvania. We partner with cash-strapped local governments and small nonprofits that are undertaking restoration projects for clean water. This Growing Green III is an investment that will help communities improve local water quality through the funding of projects that will by reduce storm water flooding and polluted agricultural runoff, restore and protect forests and streamside buffers, and conserve natural resources for future generations.”
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