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Pottstown Arch Tour: How 'Restore' Plan Could Address Needs
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 07/11/2019

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Regional Director Pat Patterson and staff joined local elected officials and Pottstown leaders Wednesday to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could help address critical storm sewer infrastructure needs in the borough.

Restore Pennsylvania is an aggressive plan to address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs, including underground arch systems in need of rehabilitation. Found throughout the commonwealth, these historic arch systems were built over existing streams as municipalities were built and developed over top. As is happening in Pottstown, these enclosures can collapse due to factors such as age, erosion, heavy rains, clogged storm sewers, or tree roots.

"We can't control unprecedented rainfall, the fact that the climate is changing, or that infrastructure built over 100 years ago is beginning to fail," said DEP Southeast Regional Director Pat Patterson. "What we can control is how aggressively we implement commonsense funding solutions to address critical infrastructure needs."

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

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