(Harrisburg, Pa., March 26, 2012) – Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) praised the Pennsylvania Senate for unanimously passing Senator Ted Erickson’s Senate Bill 1261 as a wise move forward in giving local governments another tool to address flooding and improve stormwater management through the creation of municipal stormwater authorities.
“Senate Bill 1261 creates an important option for local governments to help manage the costs of complying with new regulatory requirements and address the ongoing problems of flooding and stormwater pollution across Pennsylvania,” said Brian Glass, chair of PennFuture’s law staff.
“The bill passed by the Senate will allow municipalities to create stormwater authorities, which many municipalities are reluctant to create without express legislative authorization,” continued Glass. “Stormwater authorities could provide many municipalities with potential sources of funding for stormwater planning and projects. It will also allow local communities to work with one another to address stormwater issues on a watershed basis.”
“PennFuture appreciates the leadership of Senator Erickson in developing and advocating for this legislation, and thanks the members of the Senate for their unanimous vote on Senate Bill 1261,” said Steve Stroman, policy director for PennFuture. “We look forward to working with the Pennsylvania House to pass the legislation.”
PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization, founded in 1998. PennFuture's activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state, and federal courts; advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level; public education; and assisting citizens in public advocacy.
PennFuture has staff throughout the state, in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Wilkes-Barre. The Philadelphia Inquirer called PennFuture the “state’s leading environmental advocacy organization,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named the organization “one of the ten most influential groups on the issue of natural gas drilling,” and StateImpact Pennsylvania, an online collaboration of NPR stations across the state, called PennFuture “the commonwealth’s main environmental advocate.”
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