“As highlighted in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s ‘State of the Blueprint’ annual report, Pennsylvania still has a long way to go to reach our clean water goals, both here at home and in the Chesapeake Bay,” said PennFuture Campaign Manager Renee Reber. “Today, we urge Pennsylvania lawmakers to act on the solutions spelled out in a report released by PennFuture last year called ‘Underfunded and Polluted: Solutions to Fund Clean Water in Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.’ This ambitious report provides a detailed roadmap for our elected officials to properly fund our clean water goals, which are critical to the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s farmers and communities.
“The report released today underscores the need for legislative action in Harrisburg, specifically the passage of Senate Bill 832, which would create a Clean Streams Fund that dedicates $250 million from the American Rescue Plan toward various clean-water initiatives. PennFuture also calls for action on Senate Bill 525, would reinvigorate Growing Greener, a successful conservation program tasked with watershed protection and restoration.
“Investing in clean water isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. We are hopeful that the ‘State of the Blueprint' report results in real action from lawmakers to properly fund these critical clean water initiatives in Pennsylvania.”
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit www.pennfuture.org for more information.
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