Pittsburgh Council today unanimously passed the Clean Water Act.
Executive Director of Pittsburgh UNITED, Barney Oursler, said the passing of this legislation is a big step in the environmental world, as it addresses one of western Pennsylvania’s biggest problems. He said the bill was unanimously passed mainly due to the large coalition of supporters urging council to vote for it.
Councilmen Bruce Kraus and Bill Peduto said the approval demonstrates their commitment towards a better environment.
This bill will require publicly funded developers to use the maximum amount of green infrastructure to catch storm water and reduce runoff, which is a major cause of pollution in the city's rivers.
A staff member of Clean Water Action, Kathy Lawson, said passing this bill is a huge step for the city of Pittsburgh as it will benefit the economy, home and business owners, and the health and safety of the people of Pittsburgh.
Peduto said the next step is to pass the Clean Air Act this fall.