Water Resources

Pennsylvania’s 84,000 miles of rivers and streams, along with its lakes, wetlands and aquifers not only provide our drinking supply and recreation but also sustain our economy, our heritage and future prosperity.  But for more than a century, we treated our waterways with disdain, without regard to the impacts on human health or the ecology. 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.

Click here for a brochure highlighting our statewide green infrastructure work, or click on any of the individual projects listed below for more details.

Water Resources Programs

  • The southern Yough races through Pennsylvania's deepest river gorge before plummeting over Ohiopyle Falls and on through a whitewater area know nation-wide. The northern Yough offers scenic flatwater through an area incredibly rich in history.
  • For the past several years, PEC has hosted a gala dinner in celebration of the recipients of the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards.
  • This is one of two CLIs that PEC coordinates with DCNR to connect natural resource conservation with sustainable community development.
  • The Marcellus Shale natural gas reserve arguably represents the largest environmental and economic opportunity - and challenge - for Pennsylvania.
  • Presented by PEC and Dominion, the awards highlight the environmental innovators of western Pennsylvania.
  • Communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania struggle to deal with water issues such as drinking water quality, recreation opportunities and flooding.  Since stormwater runoff is a leading the cause of water pollution in our region, the Council helps municipalities find innovative ways to manage their stormwater - in ways that balances community growth, economic vitality and natural resource protection.
  • Since its launch in March 2009, more than 100 companies have made the commitment to green their office practices. From simple tasks to changing habits, businesses are saving energy, reducing paper waste, conserving water, and making a greener difference.
  • It's a "shore" thing that people love waterfronts that boast trails, parks and outdoor activities. As efforts expand to bring people back to the Delaware River, PEC sees the restoration of riverfront plant and animal communities as critical in providing destinations for people and safe habitat for wldlife.
  • PEC is a leader in promoting the use of Green Infrastructure as a way to manage the growing stormwater runoff problem across the state.