Thursday, July 18, 2019

Growing Greener Coalition: Lawmakers Name Hellbender Clean Water Ambassador, Then Cut $16 Million For Clean Water Projects

Growing Greener Coalition: "In April, lawmakers declared the eastern hellbender—a species sensitive to pollution—the official state amphibian. In June, they cut $16 million for projects to clean up Pennsylvania's waterways."
Visit the new Environmental Stewardship (Growing Greener) Fund website to learn more about how communities have used Growing Greener money for projects to restore their watersheds, reducing flooding and stormwater pollution.
$16 million in local project funding money was taken away from this Fund in the FY 2019-20 budget to pay for personnel and operating expenses at DEP.
Visit the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund website to learn more about how communities have used Keystone Fund money to improve local recreational opportunities, preserve farmland and open space, sensitive natural areas and maintain recreational facilities in State Parks and Forests.
Gov. Wolf proposed to take $30 million in local project funding from the Keystone Fund to pay for DCNR operating expenses, but that was beaten back.
Click Here to learn more from PA Environment Digest.
Take Action!
You're a voter, you have a voice.  Politicians should work for YOU.
Let them know what you think they should do to really deal with these issues-- fund local green infrastructure projects to reduce flooding, manage and cleanup stormwater and our rivers and streams-- not cut $16 million in local project money like they did this year.
Now that would be something to be proud of in the real world!… but apparently not in the world of Harrisburg politicians.
Click Here to find your local state politician.
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