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PA Mid-Term Report Card on Clean Water Goals: Room For Improvement
July 11, 2013

Tom Joseph

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Efforts in Pennsylvania to clean up local rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay are showing solid progress on some fronts, and are falling short in others, according to a mid-term assessment of two-year goals set by states connected to the Bay.

Harry Campbell, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania, said the state has made considerable strides in addressing conservation plans, barnyard runoff, and stormwater infiltration. Other areas such as forest buffers, urban tree canopy goals and nutrient management show need for improvement, he said.

"We have another year to get back on track. We know what needs to be done: this is the road map to clean water. We just simply need to continue to do what we promised we would."

Campbell stated that the results offer insight into how the state can help farmers, wastewater treatment plants and communities.

"We need to continue to provide the technical and financial and innovative resources to those individuals to achieve the implementation of these practices," he said.

With a proper level of commitment, Campbell added, Pennsylvania can reap benefits that extend beyond water pollution reduction.

"Local waterway quality improvement is vital, not only to Pennsylvania, but to our economy and our quality of life," he declared.

Campbell said the Foundation also wants to see data for the next set of milestones, in 2014 and 2015, reported at county levels, not merely by the state. He said the reporting plays an important role in making sure Pennsylvania gets proper credit for the gains made on behalf of local waterways and the Bay.
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