Group Urges Corbett to Include Clean-Water
Investments in Budget Plan
4, 2014- Tom Joseph
HARRISBURG- Clean water is a vital resource in
the lives of Pennsylvanians, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is urging Gov.
Tom Corbett to address the importance of investing in it when he makes his
budget address today.
According to Harry Campbell, executive director
of CBF in Pennsylvania, one such investment should come in funding the Growing
Greener Program, which was established in 1999 to address critical
"This program has provided significant
amounts of money to restoring and preserving the rivers and streams that we are
benefiting from, both environmentally and economically, and in this budget
address it's very important for the Growing Greener program to be
preserved," he declared.
Campbell said funding such programs offers a genuine
return on investment for the Commonwealth.
"Studies have indicated that for every
dollar that we invest in restoring and preserving water quality, we save $27 in
drinking water treatment costs," he specified. "Stormwater management
reduces the amount of impact on human health as well as property impact
associated with flooding events."
He said this year's state budget, and a
concerted effort by the Governor and lawmakers to make clean water a priority,
can have lasting effects.
"They are investments in today's economy
and tomorrow's economy. They are investments in today's water quality and
tomorrow's water quality. They are investments in our future, and that is a
legacy, I think, each and every one of us can agree upon," Campbell stated.
Campbell pointed out that another casualty of
Pennsylvania's lean economic times was the Stormwater Management Act, which for
30 years helped county and municipal governments prepare and implement
stormwater runoff plans to protect water quality with the aid of state funding.
The program was zeroed out in 2008.