Daley, Policy Committee discuss Waters of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, co-chaired a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at the state Capitol in Harrisburg on the Waters of Pennsylvania.

Daley was joined by several Democratic colleagues from the House of Representatives, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“The conservation of our abundant Pennsylvania waterways is critically important, particularly now that federal regulations are being stripped away,” said Daley, who represents the 148th Legislative District. “Water safety and cleanliness are too often taken for granted, which is why I thank the passionate group of testifiers today who made sure we heard why the protection of and investment in our waterways are so important.”

Daley introduced H.B. 1475 earlier this year, which seeks to conduct a study of conservation corridors and their economic benefits to Pennsylvania.

“It’s sometimes too easy to forget just how accessible water is in our commonwealth,” Sturla said. “With over 85,000 miles of rivers and streams and 99,000 acres of lakes, our state features some of the nation’s most beautiful and bountiful waterways. With that abundance, though, comes crucial challenges that we must face together in order to keep our waters clean and pollutant-free.”

The committee heard testimony from Aneca Atkinson, deputy secretary for water programs, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Matthew Keefer, assistant state forester, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Ann Swanson, executive director, Chesapeake Bay Commission; Andrew Dehoff, executive director, and Andrew Gavin, deputy director, Susquehanna River Basin Commission; Michael Nerozzi, director of policy and planning, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission; Jacquelyn Bonomo, president and CEO, PennFuture; John Stolz, director of Center for Environmental Research and Education, Duquesne University; Russ Collins, vice president of South Central Region, Trout Unlimited; and John Kenny, former member of USA Swimming National Open Water Team.

The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.Plan4PA.com. Hearing testimony and video will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.