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Take Action: Protect local waterways from urban sprawl

Updated 3.31.23

Senate File 455 would prevent cities and counties from adopting runoff and topsoil replacement or compaction ordinances. This would restrict city and county government ability to protect local waterways from degradation due to development pressures. 

There are no state or federal topsoil replacement requirements to protect streams, so local government action is crucial for communities facing intense development. Development increases runoff to city storm drains and local streams. Without local control and requirements for developers, the burden of addressing stormwater and local flooding issues will fall to taxpayers.

This bill has passed the Senate and is now up for debate in the House of Representatives. Contact your Representative now to tell them to say no to SF 455.