City Council members need to hear that this rule is necessary to protect Philadelphia's drinking water and allow the potential for future waterway access.
What we know:
|Missing trail: Mr. Storage on Main St. in Manayunk is built all the way|
to the riverbank, causing enormous problems in trying to connect
trails. A 50ft buffer would prevent future headaches.
You can help in two ways.
- Send a quick email to Councilmembers letting them know that you want them to support a "clean" Bill 120654 with no amendments to the 50 foot rule.
- Attend the October 31st Rules Committee hearing at 10:00 am in City Council. We want to fill the room with supporters of a 50 foot rule for all waterways.
From our friends at PennFuture; here's why this bill is important:
What we know:
- Buffers protect water quality, filter toxins,
- prevent flooding and allow for future recreational trails along our streams and rivers.
- Introduced in September, Bill 120654 would restore 50-foot buffers on ALL waterways, while allowing for exceptions for industrial, marine, and vital port related uses.
- Fifty feet is less than he distance between home plate and the pitcher's mound at Citizens Bank Park — yet developers are still trying to stand in the way of repairing and protecting our watersheds.
- Water quality declines and floods worsen
- Water bills increase as the Water Department is forced to build more expensive infrastructure to filter pollution
- Miles of waterfront trails aren't built because of buildings at the water's edge.
Why we need action now:
- Council is considering amendments — after pressure from developers — that would weaken Bill 120654.
- A hearing on the bill will be held on Halloween in City Hall. Will it be a trick or a treat? We need you to show up to tell them that protecting our water quality is critical.