Pennsylvania is blessed with abundant water resources, but communities face many demands relating to management of stormwater, safe and efficient handling of sewage, public water supply, and land uses.
In addressing these issues, Governor Rendell created the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Task Force to explore options for ensuring that Pennsylvania maintains a sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure. In 2008, the state also planned to release a new State Water Plan for public review and revise the Act 537 Sewage Facilities Regulations.
In 2008, ELI sponsored a workshop that was intended as:
- A briefing on working examples of collaborative municipal and regional approaches to water management
- A forum for discussing the economic and development benefits of consolidating systems and implementing integrated water resources management and for sharing practical approaches to engage and educate the public on water resource issues
- An analysis of advantages and challenges to different methods for addressing stormwater issues and regional water resources planning
- An opportunity to identify upcoming and future policy initiatives and pending state activities that will affect implementation of regional and collaborative approaches to water resources management