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Students say Legislation Could Pose Environmental Consequences

on October 09, 2014 3:45 PM

As concerned 5th and 6th grade students from Centre Learning Charter School, we would like to ask the state senators to vote against bill (HB 1565). This legislation may negatively affect riparian zones, and we want to educate people about what they are and why this bill should not be passed.

A riparian zone is an area of land around lakes, streams, and other bodies of water. The current bill says DEP requires a riparian zone be built for every acre of land disturbed by a building. If HB 1565 gets passed, riparian zones would no longer be required.

Riparian Zones are important. They filter water using soil and roots. Species living in these areas cannot thrive outside of the riparian zone. They help prevent flooding and erosion, which also prevents damage and pollution.

If this bill were passed, lives wouldn't be as good. When water is dirty, people, fish, and other species using that water can't survive. They may become endangered or even extinct. If the fish are dead, then the fishermen lose their jobs. More chemicals are needed to clean the water. That causes added pollution and damage to the environment. The beautiful area that we live in wouldn't be so beautiful.

Finally, we want the senators to vote no for HB 1565. Please contact Senator Corman telling him to vote no also. This is important to preserve animal species, local environment, and healthy lifestyles for future generations.

Sincerely,

Centre Learning Charter School Students

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