poignant in light of the one-year anniversary today of Superstorm Sandy.During the luncheon keynote this afternoon, Jerry Kauffman, professor of water science and policy at the University of Delaware, declared, "an ounce of prevention or protection of the pristineheadwaters is worth a pound of cure by way of restoration after the fact," noting the incredibleeconomic value of a clean Delaware River. He closed the forum by quoting Winston Churchill, noting,"this is just the end of the beginning."
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Commitment To Restoring PA Watersheds Changed Fundamentally Before, After 2003
By David E. Hess, Former Secretary Of DEPOn October 28-29, the William Penn Foundation sponsored atwo-day Accelerating Action: The Delaware River WatershedForum in connection with the Foundation’s announcement itwas directing significant funding toward creating a new Visionfor the Delaware Watershed.These remarks were delivered at one of the breakoutsessions outlining the current political landscape in stategovernment in Harrisburg and how Pennsylvania’scommitment to watershed restoration changed fundamentally before and after 2003--Today I want to give you a quick overview of the political landscape in Harrisburg as background for you to consider as you develop a strategy for addressing the watershed restorationissues in the Delaware River Watershed.Getting the science right and knowing what you need to do to restore the watershed is onething, but turning that science into political action, and more importantly into the resources-- staff andmoney-- needed to address the issues is another.There was a bright, clear line drawn in 2003 in Pennsylvania’s commitment to addressing theCommonwealth’s water quality issues. Choices were made and I want to outline some of those here.But first, I need to describe Pennsylvania’s statewide water quality issues.More than 19,600 miles of streams are impaired in Pennsylvania-- 23 percent-- and nearly67,990 acres of lakes impaired-- 42 percent.The top three causes of that impairment are all non-point source problems: Agricultural runoff-5,705 miles, Siltation- 5,604 miles, Abandoned mine drainage- 5,596 miles and urban/suburban runoff-4,103 miles.Pennsylvania also has several specific obligations to clean up its rivers and streams as a result of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement and TMDL and Total Maximum Daily Load watershed plans which