Wednesday, July 24, 2019

DEP Discusses How Restore PA Infrastructure Plan Will Help Franklin County Meet Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Goals

On July 24, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell joined community leaders at Lurgan Lions Club Park in Roxbury to discuss how the proposed Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan could support stream restoration projects to prevent erosion and protect communities across the Commonwealth. 
“The erosion problem the Lions Club is striving to address is shared by communities across Pennsylvania as they see the impacts increasing rainfall can have on quality of life,” said Secretary McDonnell. “Restore Pennsylvania is the only solution for a challenge of this scale, addressing statewide green infrastructure needs to prevent flooding and erosion at the stream, floodplain, and watershed levels.”
Lurgan Township Supervisor Chip Kolb discussed the popular annual youth fishing derby the Lions Club holds yearly on a section of Conodoguinet Creek and other activities at the facility that are threatened by significant erosion of the creek bank.
Staff from the Franklin County Conservation District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service outlined their planned project to put in-stream stabilization structures and native vegetation in place to end the erosion. 
The project would also contribute to Franklin County’s Clean Water Action Plan to help Pennsylvania reduce sediment and nutrients in its part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Restore Pennsylvania proposes a commonsense severance tax that would invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the Commonwealth that would rebuild Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and increase resources for blighted properties, Internet access, storm preparedness, water quality, and disaster recovery to help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. 
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