The Pennsylvania capitol in Harrisburg. iStockThe Pennsylvania State Capitol building in  Harrisburg. iStock

2017 Legislative Session

A look at what's ahead for CBF and the General Assembly.

Funding for Farm Practices

Farm conservation practices like fencing cattle out of streams and planting riparian buffers are the most cost-efficient actions to restore Pennsylvania's local river and streams and the Bay. Efforts to find funding to help farmers implement practices on the ground that will benefit local water quality, improve the farmer's bottom line, and also help Save the Bay will be key in 2017. Potential funding sources include monies from a water consumption fee, greater investment in Growing Greener, and/or creation of a cost-share program bring private and public funds together.

Hellbender Designation

The Hellbender is Pennsylvania's largest salamander. Dwindling numbers are found in the most pristine waterways, free of sediment pollution that threatens their survival. Pennsylvania's student leaders will be conducting a legislative campaign to list the Hellbender as the Commonwealth's State Amphibian. By passing a bill to officially name the Hellbender as the state amphibian, students hope to highlight the need for the protection and improvement of our rivers and streams.

SR385: Rolling Back Regulations

A resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study to analyze and identify which environmental laws and regulations of this Commonwealth have more stringent standards than federal law requires, was passed in the Senate this past legislative session. SR 385 has the potential to rollback important protections afforded by Pennsylvania laws and regulations and may prevent the Commonwealth from maintaining its current protections for rivers and streams. Close scrutiny of this study and the potential legislative outcomes will be a priority.

 

The Issues Facing Pennsylvania

Agriculture
What role do farms and agricultural production play in the health of our waters?

The Cost of Clean Water
Does it cost more to save the Bay and its rivers or more to let them die?

Fisheries
Menhaden, striped bass, shad, blue crabs, and oysters are critical to the health of our waters.

Land Use
When the watershed's land suffers from pollution and poor management so, too, does our water.

Natural Gas Drilling
Safeguarding our waters from natural gas drilling contamination is imperative. 

Sewage & Septic Systems
Upgrading wastewater treatment is key to cleaning up the Bay.

Storwater Runoff
Increased development has made stormwater runoff thye fastest growing source of Bay pollution. 

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