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Philipsburg, Pa. – Pennsylvania DEP Northcentral Regional Director Marcus Kohl hosted an open house for the public, landowners who own stream frontage, and municipalities to share information about working in streams impacted by flooding and erosion. Agencies discussed how Restore Pennsylvania can help communities better prepare for, and deal with, the aftermath of flooding.

Restore Pennsylvania is a plan to address the Commonwealth’s infrastructure needs, including flood control. Effects of climate change will continue to make storms more frequent and more intense, making flood preparation and prevention efforts even more critical, according to the Administration.

“Our region needs the Restore Pennsylvania plan to properly address critical flood control infrastructure needs, especially the large-scale restoration work on repeatedly flood-impacted streams,” said Kohl. “Our communities desperately need these resources to avoid future repetitive losses to public infrastructure and private property.”

Dozens of residents attended the public open house at DEP’s Moshannon District Office. They spoke one-on-one with staff from DEP, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and Centre County Conservation District about their stream work and flooding questions and viewed educational displays. Copies of the booklet “Guidelines for Maintaining Streams in Your Community” were provided to assist landowners and municipal officials seeking to work in streams.

According to the Wolf Administration, "Restore Pennsylvania proposes a commonsense severance tax that would invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth that would rebuild Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and increase resources for blighted properties, internet access, storm preparedness, water quality, and disaster recovery to help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century."

Learn more about Restore Pennsylvania at governor.pa.gov/restore-pennsylvania.