The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now taking public comment on guidelines for developers who want to destroy forested stream buffers for new development.
Last year, Pennsylvania rolled back protections for our best rivers and streams, which you helped put in place. Now, developers can destroy trees for new development next to rivers.
Furthermore, the new policy states that replacing a forested buffer miles away from their project is an acceptable alternative. Maintaining existing buffers should be mandatory. Buffers are proven to be the best way to protect water quality. Trees, shrubs, and other plants that line the banks of waterways filter pollution, reduce flooding, and create healthy habitat.