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Friday, October 21, 2011

Rep. Hahn (R) proposes repeal of riparian buffer

Rep. Marcia Hahn (R) from Nazareth has issued a letter of intent to introduce legislation repealing the 150' riparian buffer zone from PA streams.  Please see the attached letter.


PO BOX 202138 

Harrisburg, PA 17120-2138
Phone: (717) 783-8573

354 W. Moorestown Road 
Nazareth, PA 18064 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 
Phone: (610) 746-2100

5330 Nor-Bath Blvd. 
 Northampton, PA 18067 Phone: (610) 502-1567


To: All House Members
FROM: Representative Marcia M. Hahn
DATE: October 17, 2011
SUBJECT: Proposed Legislation
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation repealing a regulation previously promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Specifically, the legislation I am proposing will repeal 25 Pa Code, Section 102.14 relating to riparian buffer requirements. This regulation establishes general requirements for mandatory riparian buffers of 150 feet from waterways designated as high quality or exceptional value waters.
I have learned from a number of businesses and other landowners about the negative impacts this regulation has created regarding the future development of many areas in the Commonwealth. It seems to me that this regulation has resulted in a major shift of state policy, which in effect, amounts to a taking of property without legislative oversight or approval.
If you are interested in co­sponsoring this legislation, please Contact Gail Pakosky via email or call 717-783-8573.

 This would be a huge step back in the preservation on stream quality, not to mention the increased risk off flooding.  Please consider contacting Rep. Hahn to let her know you are concerned about this action.