Sappey, Policy Committee examine stormwater management and infrastructure

WEST CHESTER – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, hosted a House Policy Committee hearing at the East Bradford Township Building on severe weather’s impact on infrastructure and stormwater management.

She was joined by lawmakers from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.  

“I have heard from officials and done numerous site visits this year. Our local governments are struggling to address the cost of damage inflicted by the increasing severe storms in our region on our already failing infrastructure, and we need to address this,” Sappey said.

“It’s not just a regional or transportation issue, it’s a state-wide issue and a safety concern,” Sturla said. “We need to make sure our roads and bridges are updated and able to accommodate this increase in stormwater."

The committee heard testimony from Mike Callahan, Derry Township zoning officer; Christian Strohmaier, Chester County Conservation District stormwater program coordinator; Dr. Melinda Daniels, Stroud Water Research Center associate research scientist; Mark Lucas, East Bradford Township engineer; and Adam Supplee, Traffic Planning and Design Inc. landscape architect/planner.