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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 28, 2022 09:09 AM
From: Representative Joe Webster
To: All House members
Subject: Comprehensive Storm Water Management

The Storm Water Management Act of 1978 was established to require counties to create storm water management plans, thereby facilitating responsible watershed management. However, it has become clear that counties are not being held accountable for their failure to creating these plans, and the current Act does not empower any office to do so.
As the Legislature, we are responsible for the wellbeing of every watershed across the state, but we cannot know the needs of a watershed better than the local administrators who see the effects of storm water pollution in their own communities. To address this, I will introduce legislation that would require counties in Pennsylvania to prepare and implement a comprehensive storm water management plan based on watershed boundaries that includes proposed solutions to existing storm water runoff issues, assessments of current storm water management facilities, public education and information programs, and provisions requiring that the plan be reviewed every five years.
Pennsylvania’s beautiful waterways run through our communities, supply millions of Pennsylvanians with clean drinking water, and create a robust outdoor recreational economy. Unfortunately, too many of Pennsylvania’s waterways are being polluted by untreated stormwater runoff.  Please join me in sponsoring this legislation that would provide counties and municipalities with the tools they need to protect Pennsylvania’s water resources and conserve water quality for this generation of Pennsylvanians and those to come.

Introduced as HB2567