Drive up Whitehall Road and take in the pristine view of farmlands surrounded by beautiful mountains in the distance. This view will soon be gone, along with 300 to 400 mature trees, to be replaced by another luxury student housing development.
Our land grant university and Toll Bros. are proposing to develop 45 acres of this farmland, which filters and recharges up to two-thirds of the drinking water for State College. It is my understanding that the development and changes in water flow will cause sinkholes and that stormwater runoff could contaminate the local drinking water used by 75,000 State College-area residents. If you are concerned about the environment and about your drinking water you may want to attend the joint meeting of the State College Borough Water Authority and the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ferguson Township Municipal Building. You may also want to attend the Ferguson Township Planning Commission meeting on July 13, where the vote may be taken on this development project.
If the Ferguson Township supervisors allow Penn State and Toll Bros. to proceed with their plans not only will the view be gone, but possibly our safe drinking water as well.
Heather Dale Ricker-Gilbert