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LWCF: Investing in Conservation

September 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&t=1sVideo...

Work With Us

Work With Us

August 8, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #74: Paperwork

Pennsylvania Legacies #74: Paperwork

June 1, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

  In these digital times, the paper industry isn’t what it used to be. But one paper manufacturer in central PA is thriving under a business model that’s all about reducing environmental impacts and finding innovative ways to stay viable....

Conservation Ambassadors on the Wing

Conservation Ambassadors on the Wing

May 31, 2018By: Cindy Fergsuon

On Saturday, May 12, seventy teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland and as far away as South Africa, Israel and England, raised binoculars in NJ Audubon’s 35th annual World Series of Birding (WSB). What a day it...

Building Watershed Coalitions

Building Watershed Coalitions

May 29, 2018By: Susan Myerov

As a follow-up to our 2016 series, POWR and PEC are convening a series of regional workshops across the state to identify needs and provide organizational capacity and technical resource tools to Pennsylvania’s community watershed organizations. Invited guests include staff...

Pennsylvania Legacies #73: The Science of Leadership

Pennsylvania Legacies #73: The Science of Leadership

May 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Technology is a powerful tool, but it’s not enough to confront the most complex environmental challenges — you also need foresight, strategy, cooperation, patience, and above all, leadership. Jared Cohon has exemplified all of these qualities and more during his...

Plotting a Course

Plotting a Course

May 11, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Through our affiliate, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), PEC is proud to support the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Pennsylvania River Sojourns program. Each summer, the program sends hundreds of paddlers on guided trips along...

One Tree at a Time

One Tree at a Time

May 7, 2018By: Laura Bray

Planting trees in seemingly unfavorable conditions has become an Earth Day tradition for PEC. April 20th, 2018 marked the third consecutive year PEC has coordinated volunteer tree planting events on former mine lands within Pennsylvania’s State Forests with help from...

Little Fish, Big Pond

Little Fish, Big Pond

May 4, 2018By: Patrick Starr

You know those images of a school of fish seeming hellbent on a mission and turning in a flash to avoid peril and course correct? The Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), recently funded for Phase 2 by the William Penn...

Return of the Osprey

Return of the Osprey

April 5, 2018By: Cindy Fergsuon

He returned March 19 and she returned on the 24th. And with that, the 22nd nesting season of our resident osprey pair began. This pair is emblematic of the conservation success story of the species. But they also hold a...

Who Are the People In Your Watershed?

Who Are the People In Your Watershed?

March 28, 2018By: Susan Myerov

POWR and PEC Host Regional Workshops for Community Watershed Organizations   As a follow-up to its successful series of regional watershed group workshops in 2016, the staff at the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR) and Pennsylvania Environmental Council...

A Round of Applause

A Round of Applause

March 26, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Every spring, PEC and Dominion Energy honor organizations and individuals from western Pennsylvania who are leading the way on environmental innovation and stewardship in their communities. This year an independent panel of expert judges reviewed dozens of nominations, ultimately awarding...

Let’s Pick It Up!

Let’s Pick It Up!

February 12, 2018By: Palmira Miller

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful “Lets Pick It Up Days” will take place from April 7st to April 30th . As part of this program, PEC’s own Keep Northeastern Pennsylvania Beautiful will be scheduling several events throughout Northeast PA. Please check the Events...

Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story

Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story

January 26, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Since its inception in 1993, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund has made possible the creation or improvement of thousands of community assets – everything from trails and green space to libraries and historic sites. In honor of the...

Recognizing A Job Well Done

Recognizing A Job Well Done

November 27, 2017By: Susan Myerov

Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council Receives 2017 Planning Advocate Award   Volunteering can be exhausting. For many retirees, volunteer work is literally a full-time job; the rest of us do our best to fit in activities after work and on...

Pennsylvania Legacies #60: The Right Questions

Pennsylvania Legacies #60: The Right Questions

November 3, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

A coalition of municipalities, local and state agencies, NGOs, and citizens is working a plan to clean up Montgomery County’s impaired Wissahickon Creek. But before seeking out answers for a problem as complex as this one, you need to be...

Get Your River of the Year Nominations In Now

Get Your River of the Year Nominations In Now

October 23, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Each year, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recognize one distinguished waterway as Pennsylvania River of the Year. With the nomination deadline for 2018 honors approaching, the process of selecting...

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

October 19, 2017By: Patrick Starr

I’ve been trekking in various vessels on the Delaware River since 2000, and never before have I learned so much as I did late last month when I joined the Upstream Alliance (aka Don Baugh and family) on a 3-day...

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

August 25, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Mounting opposition to budget riders, DEP’s modest progress toward better clean drinking water enforcement, and good news from the Chesapeake Bay. Also: why do birds suddenly appear every time you reclaim and reforest abandoned mine lands?

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Boating with Bowie

August 24, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

What’s the connection between kayaking, the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, and David Bowie? The Mon River Towns initiative and Venture Outdoors co-hosted the Rebel Rebel Float Trip on August 6th, 2017. The outing received funding through the Pennsylvania River Sojourn Program...

Pennsylvania Legacies #45: Water Fight

Pennsylvania Legacies #45: Water Fight

June 30, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Drinking water from the Delaware River is shared by Pennsylvania and three other states according to an elaborate, decades-old formula. For years, an agreement among the parties has allowed for some variability in that formula for the sake of maintaining...

Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

May 19, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

PEC opposes a state Senate bill that would expose surface water to further impacts from underground mining, and we pay tribute to two western PA environmental leaders up for Lifetime Achievement honors at our spring awards dinner.     Links:...

Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

May 8, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Students in the University of Scranton’s “Extreme Physiology” program learn about the physiological effects of different training environments by experiencing them firsthand. A new four-week summer course offering has participants hiking, biking, and paddling through the often rugged terrain of northeastern Pennsylvania to earn elective credits in...

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

May 6, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The Montour Woods Conservation Area outside Pittsburgh is a time capsule, studded with remnants of the area’s agricultural and industrial past. It’s also part of the pathway to a future when public parks and greenspaces across the region will be...

Key Federal Abandoned Mine Land Legislation Introduced

March 28, 2017By: John Walliser

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation a Win-Win for Pennsylvania . Yesterday a bipartisan group of legislators in Washington reintroduced legislation – known as the RECLAIM Act – that would expedite much-needed funding from the Abandoned Mine Land Trust Fund for projects that...

Pennsylvania Legacies #28: The Real Wissahickon

Pennsylvania Legacies #28: The Real Wissahickon

March 3, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

  Most people in Philadelphia know Wissahickon Creek as a bucolic setting for outdoor recreation, easily accessed via the city’s Fairmount Park. But the real story of the Wissahickon begins 23 miles upstream in Montgomery County, where the picture isn’t...

An Update From the Watersheds Program

An Update From the Watersheds Program

February 16, 2017By: Susan Myerov

PEC’s watersheds team has had a very busy fall and winter, working on a variety of projects including the initiation of Phase II planning for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), facilitating best practices workshops for members of the International...

Get Connected on March 5-6 in State College

Get Connected on March 5-6 in State College

January 30, 2017By: Susan Myerov

According to current estimates, there are between 300 and 400 local watershed organizations active across Pennsylvania. But opportunities for networking and collaboration among them have been limited: though gatherings have been held occasionally since the early 2000s, the last statewide...

Pennsylvania Legacies #23: 2017 Preview, part 4

Pennsylvania Legacies #23: 2017 Preview, part 4

January 27, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The state’s Conservation Landscapes program is poised to expand in 2017 with the creation of a new landscape area in western PA. We’ll learn about the new “Glacier’s Edge” landscape from program manager Marla Papernick on this week’s show.

Environmental Focus – Responsible Shale Development

Environmental Focus – Responsible Shale Development

October 25, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

In the latest Environmental Focus, we examine efforts to advance leading practices and safeguards for unconventional shale gas development. Interviewed are Susan LeGros, President and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, and Davitt Woodwell, President of the...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 7: Gabi Hughes

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 7: Gabi Hughes

September 20, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Gabi Hughes, an environmental educator at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, joins the podcast to discuss what led her to environmental education, her experience in the profession, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 6: Elena Meth

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 6: Elena Meth

September 20, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Elena Meth, an environmental studies/sociology and anthropology double major at Denison University joins the podcast to discuss how she developed her passion for the environment, her collegiate studies, the next generation of environmental stewards, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 4: Don Hopey

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 4: Don Hopey

September 6, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette environmental reporter Don Hopey joins the podcast to discuss the state of environmental journalism, how he got started in the industry, and much more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first three episodes featuring PEC’s John...

Extreme Physiology Class Connects Students to Outdoors

Extreme Physiology Class Connects Students to Outdoors

August 22, 2016By: Janet Sweeney

Hiking along the Frost Hollow Trail in Lackawanna State Park my husband Terry and I found ourselves discussing ways to attract the region’s college students to the enriching outdoor opportunities available in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Terry, Professor and Chair of the...

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

August 15, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

In our continuing efforts to increase environmental and conservation stewardship across the Commonwealth, PEC is pleased to present our first podcast series (the term “PEC-Cast” has even been suggested). Titled “Pennsylvania Legacies,” these conversations, hosted by Davitt Woodwell, are meant...

PEC Helping Municipalities Comply With Stormwater Permits

PEC Helping Municipalities Comply With Stormwater Permits

July 27, 2015By: Susan Myerov

PEC has a long history of involvement in stormwater management issues affecting our state. Persisting issues include providing municipal stormwater management education and training opportunities, providing regulatory and policy recommendations, and advocating for innovation in financing green stormwater infrastructure projects....

Clean Water Efforts Benefit Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay

Clean Water Efforts Benefit Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay

June 23, 2015By: Harry Campbell

PEC welcomes Harry Campbell, PA Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as the first author in its guest blog series. A significant challenge to restoring the Chesapeake Bay is the disconnect that Commonwealth residents perceive with the nation’s largest and most...

Clean Water Counts More Than Ever In Pennsylvania

Clean Water Counts More Than Ever In Pennsylvania

June 9, 2015By: John Walliser

With nearly 20,000 miles of streams in Pennsylvania not meeting federal Clean Water Act standards, the Commonwealth continues to face one of its most significant environmental challenges. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has joined the Clean Water Counts! campaign, organized by the...

Taking Action in the Wissahickon Watershed

Taking Action in the Wissahickon Watershed

May 19, 2015By: Patrick Starr

The Wissahickon Creek is truly a watershed in crisis! As a result, The Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association hosted “A Creek in Crisis” last Wednesday at Germantown Academy. Attracting more than 200 concerned residents, the...

A Busy Time for Water in Southeast Pennsylvania

A Busy Time for Water in Southeast Pennsylvania

May 12, 2015By: Susan Myerov

Spring has been quite the busy season for PEC as we continue work with our watershed partners in the Southeast portion of the state. We facilitate the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster, one of eight regional clusters within the broader Delaware...