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County Commits To Pollution Reduction; Survey Launched

June 13th, 2021

Potter County is stepping up to do its part in the multi-state mission to reduce the volume of pollutants that enter headwater streams and ultimately foul the Chesapeake Bay. Leaders from Potter, Tioga and Bradford counties have joined forces to develop a plan that will take effect later this year. It not only calls for reduction of nitrogen and phosphorous “loading” of waterways, but also addresses sedimentation, overall water quality, flooding issues, and stream stabilization.

Potter County Conservation District staff and the county’s Planning/GIS Department are spearheading the work. The three counties have contracted with an engineering firm, Larson Design Group. A website that provides details on the Cleanwater Action Plan (CAP) includes a survey form and other avenues for public feedback and engagement. To access the site, click here. Plans call for the CAP to be completed in September and implemented over a five-year period.

“We are hoping for a high level of public participation in the development of this CAP,” said Potter County Planning/GIS Director Will Hunt. “We are identifying area of significant nutrient impacts and are encouraging landowners to participate in the survey found on our website. It is a convenient way for them to provide feedback and share insights on local issues, as well as solutions and results. It only takes about five minutes to complete.”

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