Water Quality

Water Quality

Nearly 15,000 miles of stream in Pennsylvania are not drinkable, fishable, or swimmable – 34 times the length of the Susquehanna River and 46 times the length of the Allegheny. PEC has focused its expertise and experience into the Center of Excellence for Water Resources, which addresses abandoned mine drainage, stormwater management and a program for trading credits for removing excess nutrients and sediment from streams.


Policy Posts

PEC Supports House Bill 417

February 10, 2017

Today PEC sent the following letter to the House Consumer Affairs Committee in support of House Bill 417. February 10, 2017 To:  Members of the House Consumer Affairs Committee From:  John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re:  Support for House Bill...

PEC Supports Senate Bill 30 and Senate Bill 192

January 31, 2017

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council sent the following letter to the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee today, offering support for Senate Bills 30 and 192. Dear Senators: In advance of tomorrow’s Senate Game & Fisheries Committee meeting, I would like to...

PEC Supports Senate Bill 30 (P.N. 11)

January 16, 2017

PEC strongly supports Senate Bill 30 (P.N. 11), which allows the Fish & Boat Commission to establish its own fees. As an independent agency not supported by General Fund revenues, it is vital that the Commission has sufficient ability to...

PEC Opposes Attempt to Reverse Rulemaking Protections

PEC Opposes Attempt to Reverse Rulemaking Protections

September 22, 2016

UPDATE: Upon further review of the proposed amendment, the amendment language would also prohibit the Department of Environmental Protection’s ability to require additional permitting requirements for well sites located in close proximity to schools or playgrounds. September 22, 2016 To:...

PEC Offers Support for House Resolution 908

PEC Offers Support for House Resolution 908

August 26, 2016

Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council sent a letter of support to the General Assembly for House Resolution 908, which would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct an exploratory study on industrial and commercial water withdrawal fees. The resolution...

PEC Expresses Concerns with House Bill 1967 as Written

PEC Expresses Concerns with House Bill 1967 as Written

May 20, 2016

To: Members of the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Re: Concerns with House Bill 1967 (P.N. 3119) Dear Representatives: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) would like to share our concerns with House Bill 1967 (P.N. 3119), which may soon be...

John Walliser Updates PEC’s Policy Initiatives

John Walliser Updates PEC’s Policy Initiatives

December 1, 2015

John Walliser, Senior Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, outlines PEC’s recent initiatives in the policy sector, ranging from longwall mining and implementation of the Clean Power Plan to methane emissions. Walliser not only summarizes PEC’s work from the...

PEC Presents Opposition to House Bill 965

PEC Presents Opposition to House Bill 965

October 26, 2015

To:  Members of the Pennsylvania Senate From:  John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re:  Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885) Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I am writing to express our opposition to House Bill 965...

PEC Expresses Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885)

PEC Expresses Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885)

October 14, 2015

To:  Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives From:  John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re:  Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885) Dear Representative: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I am writing to express our opposition to House...

PEC Submits Comments to DEP on Proposed General Permit for Stormwater Discharges

PEC Submits Comments to DEP on Proposed General Permit for Stormwater Discharges

July 29, 2015

Date: July 29, 2015 Contact: Sue Myerov Phone: (215) 545-4570 Email: smyerov@pecpa.org The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) respectfully submits the following comments on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (Department) proposed PAG–13 NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small...

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Are We Heading For a Hydropower Boom on the Three Rivers?

December 19, 2016The Allegheny Front

…Environmental groups have often frowned on hydropower because big, new dams can wipe out habitat and displace homes and businesses. But some environmental groups are latching onto the idea of building them on pre-existing dams like Emsworth. Lindsay Baxter of the...

Press Releases

Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2017 River of the Year

November 11, 2016

The public is invited to again vote online for the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among four waterways nominated across the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today. Waterways nominated for...