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“The water systems you have in the Lehigh Valley … have to do things in a better, more efficient way,”
– Gov. Ed Rendell
On Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at Illick’s Mill Park in Bethlehem Governor Ed Rendell help RenewLV launch its Regional Water Initiative. This effort calls upon county officials to establish a Regional Water Council to examine how the region could promote long-term cost efficiency and foster sustainable patterns of growth and development. Read coverage on the event from the Morning Call and the Express-Times or watch the WFMZ-TV coverage. Also view our slideshow of the press conference.
Illick’s Mill Park is situated along the Monocacy Creek in the City of Bethlehem. It is located upstream from the old Bethlehem Waterworks, considered to be the first municipal waterworks in America. The source of water at the old Bethlehem Waterworks site was used up until about 1911 when a series of epidemics in the region was attributed to contaminated water from the spring. Looking for a new source of water, Bethlehem drilled wells at Illick’s Mill after Bethlehem’s request for a collaborative project on the Delaware River was rejected by the Pennsylvania Commissioner of Health (a predecessor of the Public Utilities Commission). At the time, the Commissioner ruled that such collaboration was not allowed under Pennsylvania law.
Introductory remarks will be made by Deana Zosky, RenewLV-Co Chair. Charles Marcon, RenewLV Board member and Chair of the Regional Water Initiative, will provide an overview of the campaign.
Note: The event is scheduled to be held outside in the park, not far from the Illick’s Mill parking lot. In the event of rain, it will be moved inside the historic Mill building.
For directions, see the Illick’s Mill website.
On Thursday, April 2 from 1:00-4:00 PM the The Urban Affairs and Education Committees of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a joint hearing in the Lehigh Valley on the status of schools in third-class cities in Pennsylvania. The hearing will focus on Pennsylvania’s system of education finance and the disadvantage cities face with declining tax revenue as families have out-migrated to the suburbs. Leaders from the Lehigh Valley, including Alan Jennings, the Executive Director of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and board member of RenewLV, will testify at the hearing. Click here to view the schedule and agenda.
Route 422 is the “spine” of transportation in Southeastern Pennsylvania, serving a population of 296,000 residents living in “classic sprawl” development and it is experiencing a commuter crisis. Roughly half of the land in this corridor, from Valley Forge to Amity Township, Berks County, is still undeveloped and the population is expected to increase 12 percent by 2030. Like the Lehigh Valley this region lacks rail service, with SEPTA stopping at Norristown. Jerry Coyne, manager of transportation studies at DVRPC (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), has a wish-list for this corridor including: “high-density live/work complexes where jobs and homes could coexist in a walkable community served – as the region’s Main Line towns are – by regional rail lines and buses.”
Read the full article here. 1/18/2009.