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RST: Green communities and water resources

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 4, 2013 10:19 AM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Monday, October 7, 2013:

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Pennsylvania is one of six states and the District of Columbia that have developed Clean Water Blueprints to reduce damage to the Chesapeake Bay.

Pennsylvania's plan includes actions to be taken by farmers, sewage treatment plants, cities, suburban communities, rural towns, and citizens across Pennsylvania's Bay watershed.

At the same time, there are Pennsylvania communities that are using techniques that are more environmentally friendly and utilize "smart growth" - planning communities that provide housing and transportation choices near jobs, shops, and schools.  How do those techniques and plans work to keep waterways clean?


Harry Campbell

Monday's Radio Smart Talk addresses that topic with Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Hylton and Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

For example, the Foundation points out cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Lancaster have been using green infrastructure techniques to "beautify communities and to lessen the impacts of polluted stormwater runoff" to keep water cleaner.

Monday's program will focus on communities and water and provide the latest information on the Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

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  • Andrew Bliss img 2013-10-07 08:28

    What about the social / economic / public health benefits of green infrastructure and smart growth?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-07 08:50

    Email Comment:

    While I agree conserving our water resources, I also agree on in improving sewage out put.
    However we are being over burdened with nuisance laws. Such as:
    • Having septic tanks pumped out at mandatory times,no matter how many or few reside at such residence(although tax records for example could know how many reside and when necessary).
    • Run off control for a simple lawn shed or garage(with the common sense exception if it runs off in a neighbors for instance).
    • Not to mention fracking,and when this practice migrates into our water ways.

    What I'm trying to say is that we are being affected by a wide and sweeping law that is overly burdened with examples from above.

  • img 2013-10-07 08:53

    Interesting program.
    Two issues:
    1. existing communities and how to handle the rainwater run off as well as polluted waters from the hard surfaces. This issue begins to raise questions of how to introduce natural landscapes/parks/gardens as filter and do this as part of overall community planning.
    2. open land/farmland. We need to rethink planning and land use back to the very basics: soil types, gradients, subsurface structure and re-focus "owner does what they want" and the community has to live with it.
    I can elaborate but I want to get this in before the program ends.