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July 28-Jonathan Burgess

  1. 1. Jonathan Burgess Programs and Policy Director –ACCD, Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh and SW PA Intro SWCS Conference, July 2019
  2. 2. Issues in our Region • Changes in land use/development/extraction • Increased rainfall amounts and event intensity • Aging infrastructure and combined sewer overflow (CSO) issues. MS4 compliance. • Degraded landscapes due to industrialization, intensive agriculture, and mining • Blight and soil contamination
  3. 3. Potential and Progress • PA has a nation-leading farmland preservation program. Land Trusts are ensuring protection of non-ag lands. • Partnerships are being formed to address MS4 compliance and storm water issues • Efforts to improve soil health management and conservation practices are succeeding • Vacant lands are being converted into parks, urban farms, gardens and green infrastructure
  4. 4. Jonathan Burgess (412) 291-8017 jburgess@accdpa.org www.accdpa.org

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