PEC works with municipalities and partner organizations to address stormwater management problems.

Regional Initiatives


PEC works with other local civic and environmental organizations to address the Pittsburgh region’s stormwater management problem. Additionally, we submitted recommendations to make ALCOSAN’s Wet Weather Plan more effective.



PEC works with partners including the Philadelphia Water Department, the William Penn Foundation, and the Watershed Alliance of Southeastern Pennsylvania on stormwater management programs.


Environmental Advisory Councils

EAC’s are community residents, appointed by elected officials, to advise them and to organize stewardship projects related to the protection, conservation, management, promotion, and use of natural resources.

In 1990, PEC created the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Network in order to strengthen existing EAC’s and promote the creation of additional ones. EAC’s are a group of community residents, appointed by elected officials, to advise them and other municipal officials about the protection, conservation, management, promotion, and use of natural resources.

Formed pursuant to the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s Act 148, EAC’s are empowered to keep an index of all open space, make recommendations for use of that space, identify environmental issues, and counsel local governments how to approach those issues.

General Water Resource Materials

Along with the Lehigh County Conservation District and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, PEC has published a series of water resource documents. PEC presents the following water resource documents below:

Tips for Preparing Annual PRP and/or TMDL Plan Reports

The Stormwater Workgroup of the Campaign for Clean Water has developed recommendations for MS4 permittees completing the Annual Report form. Our recommendations provide helpful tips for improving how you report outcomes over the five-year permit period, by supplementing the minimum annual reporting requirements set by DEP. Click here to view the guide.

Seven Focus Areas for a Quality Urban Municipal Stormwater Plan to Reduce Pollutants

Pennsylvania’s Campaign for Clean Water Stormwater Workgroup provides this outline of expected and exceptional considerations for approaches in seven focus areas of the Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) submitted by MS4 permit applicants. Click here to view the guide.

An Introduction to MS4 Stormwater Permitting

You might hear the acronym “MS4” used often in stormwater discussions. But what exactly does that mean? And how does it apply to stormwater permitting?

We have created a power point presentation to help Pennsylvanians become more familiar with the MS4 permitting process. Click here to view brochure

Basin Retrofit Guide

pec_basinretrofitguide“Hundreds of stormwater basins have been constructed in Southeastern Pennsylvania to manage runoff from development. Many basins were designed to manage larger storm events. A range of modifications can be made to make basins more efficient in managing runoff from the smaller more frequent storms…” Click here to view brochure

Caring for Your Streamside Property

Caring for your streamside property photo “Native plants and animals sustain the environment on which we ourselves depend. By planting native species in your streamside buffer, you are providing an excellent opportunity for our native birds, insects and other wildlife to thrive…” Click here to view brochure

Naturalizing Your Yard

Naturalizing your yard photo “In some cases, changing your current routine to incorporate practices that are environmentally friendly can be challenging. However, in this brochure you will find many easy-to-implement ideas to protect and preserve our natural resources… ” Click here to view brochure

Caring for Your Wetlands

Caring for your wetlands photo “Wetlands have been misunderstood for centuries; over a span of 200 years (1780 to 1980), over half a million acres of wetlands in Pennsylvania were filled in as people developed the landscape to suit their needs, unaware of how critical wetlands were to the health of both natural and human ecosystems…” Click here to view brochure

Basin Retrofits

Basin retrofits photo “Retrofitting existing stormwater basins offers a relatively low cost opportunity to slow down and clean the water before it reaches streams, thereby reducing flooding, erosion and water pollution…” Click here to view brochure

Maintaining Stormwater Basins

Stormwater basins photo “Most basins in Pennsylvania were designed as “dry detention basins”. Dry detention basins are intended to temporarily hold stormwater during and immediately after storms, and drain in between storms…” Click here to view brochure

Creating Your Rain Garden

Creating your rain garden photo “The rain falling on buildings and pavement in suburban and urban areas turns into “run off” that rapidly reaches rivers and streams. There it can flood roads and buildings, erode stream banks, and carry pollutants damaging to human health and aquatic life…” Click here to view brochure

How to Create a Meadow

How to create a meadow photo“The first several years after planting are critical to ensuring native grasses become well-established and that weeds do not take over. These initial seasons require carefully timed mowing to prevent the weeds from developing seed heads while allowing the grasses to flourish…” Click here to view brochure

Golf Course Water Resources Handbook of Best Management Practices

Golf Course BMP photo“The Golf Course Water Resources Handbook of Best Management Practices provides a concise overview of 18 Best Management Practices (BMPs) to help improve and protect water resources.

As you read through the various BMPs, you will notice that prior planning and knowledge are recurring themes…” Click here to view brochure.

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