Second PA city approves ban on fast-growing bamboo
Sep. 21, 2017
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A second Pennsylvania city has approved restrictions on a fast-growing bamboo.
The Morning Call reports (http://bit.ly/2fl4cwd ) the Allentown City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban running bamboo within 20 feet of a property line, utility easement or right of way.
Residents are also banned from planting bamboo without a barrier around the plants.
Those who fail to contain their bamboo could face a $100 fine.
While some residents enjoy the plant for the privacy it creates, the city says the invasive species can split foundations and destroy water lines.
The law now awaits a signature from Democratic Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
Bethlehem officials approved a bamboo ban in April. Officials in Nazareth are expected to pass a similar ban in October.