Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in 1964 to safeguard natural areas, preserve water resources and cultural heritage, and provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. But without congressional reauthorization before September 30, the LWCF will expire. Learn how you can help keep the fund alive.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #81: LWCF’s Last Stand

September 7, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #81: LWCF’s Last Stand

Without congressional reauthorization, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire on September 30. What would that mean for Pennsylvania? And what can we do about it?   .embed-container {position: relative; padding-bottom: 80%; height: 0; max-width: 100%;} .embed-container ifram...

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Communities & Landscapes

LWCF: Investing in Conservation

September 18, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&t=1s

Funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps protect wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and preserve open space for Pennsylvanians to enjoy. But those benefits could disappear if Congress doesn't vote to reauthorize the Fund by September 30. ...

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Communities & LandscapesWatershedsPolicy

Greenways Awards Celebrate Locally While Projects Reach Far and Wide

August 28, 2018
Greenways Awards Celebrate Locally While Projects Reach Far and Wide

We all know someone who is passionate about a trail, waterway or another asset in the community.  They work so hard at making it a reality, usually without asking for their name to be part of the process.  That's why, every year, the public is invited to nominate any individual, group, or orga...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #80: Checking In on the Chesapeake Bay

August 24, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #80: Checking In on the Chesapeake Bay

Pennsylvania is getting ready to tackle the next phase of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, with a new emphasis on getting things done at the county level. But will it be enough to get us back on track after a disappointing EPA assessment? We'll get an update from Harry Campbell of the Chesapeake Bay Foun...

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WatershedsPolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #79: Trash Talk

August 10, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #79: Trash Talk

Pennsylvania's first-in-the-nation recycling law is 30 years old this summer. Act 101 helped launch a multibillion-dollar industry and trained a generation of Pennsylvanians to drop their bottles and cans in the blue bin. But changing market conditions and consumer behaviors have prompted calls for ...

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Communities & LandscapesEnergy & Climate

Work With Us

August 8, 2018
Work With Us

PEC and our affiliate organization, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is looking for a watershed professional to promote and advocate for improved water quality across the Commonwealth in partnership with local watershed associations. See the complete job desc...

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Watersheds

Trolleys to Trails

August 8, 2018
Trolleys to Trails

In 1912, the Lehigh Valley Transit Company’s Liberty Bell trolley connected Norristown and Philadelphia with Allentown. By the 1950s, passengers catching the Liberty Bell in Allentown could reach Norristown in two hours after rolling (sometimes at 80 miles per hour) through rural villages and ...

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Land Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #78: Clearing a Path for Community Solar

July 27, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #78: Clearing a Path for Community Solar

Community gardens and CSAs make it easy for apartment-dwellers to access fresh, locally-grown produce. What if you could apply the same concept to sell homegrown electrons to utility customers? As lawmakers set the stage for community solar projects to move forward, PEC energy analyst Alissa Burger ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Mapping Pennsylvania’s EV Future

July 26, 2018
Mapping Pennsylvania’s EV Future

The United States is undergoing a momentous shift in the way we produce and distribute energy: away from abundant fossil fuel resources, such as coal and gas, toward cleaner and renewable energy sources. It’s a necessary – arguably inevitable – transformation that will ultimately reduce our co...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Time is Running Out for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

July 25, 2018
Time is Running Out for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

If you care about public lands, outdoor recreation, community parks, protecting natural lands, clean water, and preserving heritage areas, you need to know about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. And, more importantly, you need to let your representatives in Congress know n...

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Communities & LandscapesLand TrailsWater TrailsWatershedsPolicy

Call of the Wilds

July 19, 2018
Call of the Wilds

The Wilds are calling! So are the Poconos, the Laurel Highlands, the D&L Trail, Lake Erie’s shorelines, Lake Wallenpaupack, the Schuylkill River Trail, the Three Rivers, and everywhere else in Pennsylvania that gives you the opportunity to get out. Why do we at PEC get so worked up about en...

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Communities & Landscapes

Pennsylvania Legacies #77: Champions of Sustainability

July 13, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #77: Champions of Sustainability

On this episode: how the Super Bowl LII Champion Philadelphia Eagles became the greenest team in pro sports, plus news from the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape.     Links: Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape 2018 Philadelphia Environmental Partnership Dinne...

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Energy & Climate

Pennsylvania Legacies #76: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

June 29, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #76: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

A deep dive into Pennsylvania's new alternative utility ratemaking law, and a visit to the soon-to-reopen Climax Tunnel on Clarion County's Redbank Valley Trail.     Links: Video: Tunnel Vision Climax Tunnel Opening Celebration PA Environment Daily: Alternative Utility R...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Video: Tunnel Vision

June 29, 2018
https://youtu.be/hwinoDH-1xc

The Climax Tunnel was built in the 1870s and remained in use by the Allegheny Valley Railroad until 2010, when the 51-mile Driftwood Low-Grade Corridor was acquired and transformed into a multi-use trail. The years had not been kind. The tunnel's original brickwork were crumbling, and its portals...

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Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Conservation Through Cooperation

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

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