HARRISBURG – On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) which would officially define “groin structures” and exempt non-commercial groin owners from paying excessive Submerged Lands License Agreement (SLLA) fees.
House Bill 1779
would amend the Dam Safety and Encroachment Act through the addition of the defined term “groin structure,” which is any shore structure built to lessen the effects of shore erosion, wave action and/or inundation.
“Groin structures are one the most effective ways to preserve the shoreline and stabilize beach erosion along the beautiful coast of Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park,” said Wentling. “In addition to clearly defining these water structures by statute, my bill would exempt non-commercial groin owners from having to pay an excessive Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) fee—which has skyrocketed from $25 to $750 annually. This fee exemption already applies for groin structures constructed, owned or operated by the DEP and other government entities.”
House Bill 1779 now advances to the full House for consideration.
Representative Parke Wentling
17th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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