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 Opposes Proposed Diversion of Conservation and Recreation Funds

July 21, 2017

Today PEC sent the following communication to members of the General Assembly: July 21, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Re: Proposed Diversion of Monies from Local Environmental Project Funds Dear Senators and Representatives: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council...

PEC Letter on Administrative Code Legislation

July 12, 2017

PEC sent the following communication in to the General Assembly: July 11, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Re: Environmental Riders to Administrative Code Legislation (Senate Bill 446) The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) urges you to oppose three...

PEC Opposes SB 799 as Currently Written

June 29, 2017

PEC has sent the following letter to the bill’s sponsor, expressing concerns with the legislation. The Senator indicated his intention in introducing the bill was to solicit comments for additional consideration. June 27, 2017 To: The Honorable Richard Alloway, Pennsylvania...

PEC Opposes HR 284

June 6, 2017

PEC sent the following communication to members of the House State Government Committee regarding HR284. June 6, 2017 To:           Members of the House State Government Committee From:     Pennsylvania Environmental Council RE:           Consideration of House Resolution 284 (P.N. 1556) Dear...

PEC Opposes Senate Bill 624

May 18, 2017

  Today PEC sent the following letter to the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on Senate Bill 624: May 18, 2017 To:       Members of the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Re:       Opposition to Senate Bill 624 (P.N. 697)...

PEC Opposes HB 1333 as Written

May 4, 2017

PEC is opposed to House Bill 1333 as currently written. Without appropriate safeguards, this legislation could lead to new and significant financial liabilities for the Commonwealth in the years to come. We recognize the current market challenges faced by the coal...

PEC Opposes SB 624

April 18, 2017

A new bill introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate would fundamentally weaken protection of surface waters. Senate Bill 624 amends existing law by removing presumptive liability for damages to streams and wetlands if the companies’ own pre-mining estimates did not predict...

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:...

What’s New

Pennsylvania Legacies #86
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Pennsylvania Legacies #86

November 16, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

In working to clean up one of Pennsylvania’s most impaired urban watersheds, the members of the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership face a daunting challenge. But the coalition also has a major advantage: a shared recognition that working together is the...

Standing Up for the Delaware River Basin
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Standing Up for the Delaware River Basin

November 7, 2018By: Susan Myerov

An important part of PEC’s mission is working with community and watershed groups to strengthen connections to their riverfronts, identify and implement strategies to enhance water quality, and protect and restore waterways. Often this means helping to forge regional trail...

Pennsylvania Legacies #82
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Pennsylvania Legacies #82

September 21, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

As time runs out for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, we hit the road to discover how LWCF funding has enhanced parks and public lands across the Commonwealth — and why it’s so urgently important for Congress to...

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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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #80
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Pennsylvania Legacies #80

August 24, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

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...