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Chester County Watershed Protection Forum Announced

For Immediate Release

January 4, 2001

(WEST CHESTER, Pa.) - A discussion on integrating water resources protection in land use planning will take place January 8 in West Chester, Pa.

The public event, cosponsored by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the Chester County Water Resources Authority (CCWRA), will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Sykes Student Union building at West Chester University, Rosedale Avenue, West Chester. Persons interested in attending are asked to pre-register by calling the DRBC at (609) 883-9500 ext. 224.

"This event will be an excellent opportunity for dialogue between members of the public, local officials, non-government organizations, and key water regulatory agencies on water resources issues, initiatives, and solutions in Chester County," DRBC Executive Director Carol R. Collier said. "There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience and a reception will follow the program," Collier added.

The Chester County commissioners will welcome participants and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Water Management Lawrence C. Tropea, Jr. will moderate the forum.

Featured speakers include Judith Shuler, co-chair of the Pennsylvania-Delaware Wild and Scenic Rivers Project Task Force; Kathryn Saterson, director of the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center; and Janet L. Bowers, executive director of the CCWRA.

Subjects to be discussed by the presenters include the recent National Wild and Scenic Rivers designation for the White Clay Creek; land conservation and management for watershed protection through public-private partnerships; and WATERSHEDS, Chester County’s integrated water resources management plan.

The DRBC was formed in 1961 by compact among the four basin states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware) and the federal government to manage water resources in the 13,539-square-mile Delaware River Watershed. Commission programs include water quality protection, watershed planning, water supply allocation, regulatory review, water conservation initiatives, drought management, flood control, and recreation.

Also established in 1961, the CCWRA serves as the water resources management agency for Chester County. The role of the authority is to provide the basic science, analyses, and planning that are necessary to protect public safety, preserve the integrity of the county’s natural water resources and watershed systems, and balance the needs of all water users in support of planned growth for the county.

For more information about the sponsors, visit the DRBC and CCWRA web sites at www.drbc.net and www.chesco.org/water, respectively. Directions to Sykes Student Union also can be found on the DRBC web site.


Contact: Clarke Rupert, DRBC, 609-883-9500 ext. 260