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Township manager on water committee

November 01, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Washington Township Manager Michael Christopher is among several Franklin County residents appointed to the Potomac Water Resources Committee.

The committee is one of six regional committees that will help draft a statewide water resources use and protection plan.

Among other county residents serving on the committee are Evon Barvinchack, Marlin Ewing, Andrew Fitz, Donald MacAskill, Brent Ramsey and William McLaughlin.

All six regional committees met for the first time in Harrisburg this week, Christopher said.

Kathleen McGinty, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said in a press release the committee members will hold public hearings in their regions and make recommendations to the Statewide Water Resources Committee on how the commonwealth can protect, preserve and improve its water resources.

The Water Resources Planning Act, passed last year, requires the Department of Environmental Protection to develop a water plan over the next five years. Setting up regional committees will ensure the state's geographic regions will be represented on the statewide study.

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Committee members include, in addition to those from local government, representatives from business, industry, agriculture and environmental groups.

Christopher said he is looking forward to working with the committee. He said it was important for Franklin County to be represented in the study "to ensure that water is managed properly for residential, commercial and industrial users."

He said the Potomac Water Resources Committee elected Charles Bennett of Adams County, Pa., as its chairman.

The committee's next meeting will be held in December in Adams County, he said.

"At that time we'll roll up our sleeves and start tackling the items of concern in our watershed," he said.

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