Rapp Calls Bill to Limit DEP Involvement in Stream Obstruction Removal Process a Victory for Private Property Rights
HARRISBURG – Legislation supported by State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) to force the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to streamline the process for removing gravel bars and other stream obstructions was advanced on the House floor Monday.

House Bill 2359 aims to create a clear, efficient and effective process to better manage stream obstruction problems without an unnecessary, complicated and expensive permitting process. The bill also includes measures to further expedite stream clearings when such activities are deemed to be an emergency by local, county or state authorities.

“Once again, I was pleased to work together with my friend and colleague, Representative Martin Causer to secure House passage of this legislation which is a significant victory for protecting private property rights in Pennsylvania, particularly protecting access and use of private water resources from government overregulation,” said Rapp. “Whether it’s removing potentially dangerous gravel bars from our waterways or taking other necessary public safety or flood prevention measures, House Bill 2359 recognizes that private property owners are far more capable than shortsighted, out of touch government bureaucracies to handle our clean and limited water resources with care. The very livelihoods of many local property owners depend on effective water resource management and conservation.”

House Bill 2359 passed by a vote of 136-60 and now goes to the Senate for consideration. For the latest legislative updates visit www.RepRapp.com.

State Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin
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