Watersheds

Pennsylvania is endowed with a rich mosaic of wetlands, lakes, rivers, and creeks sustained by pure aquifers that provide drinking water and world-class recreational opportunity ranging from sport fishing to paddling. Pennsylvania’s unique landscape and abundant precipitation supports 86,000 miles of rivers and streams, the most of any state besides Alaska.

Sadly, 15,000 miles of creeks and rivers are not drinkable, fishable, or swimmable – the goals of the Clean Water Act of 1972.  A combination of stormwater run-off, municipal wastewater, agricultural run-off, abandoned mine drainage, and industrial discharges degrade streams and present a complex long-term challenge.

We dig deep to understand and address policy barriers and to gather and promote innovative solutions such as green stormwater infrastructure, water quality trading, and inter-municipal cooperative agreements. PEC coordinates watershed-based programs to manage stormwater and to restore watershed function.  Rainfall is treated as a precious natural resource to be slowed and infiltrated to recharge groundwater and support stream base flow through green infrastructure.

 

Watersheds

Pocono Forest & Waters Conservation Landscape Conservation Assistance Program

The region has a diverse past that includes early Colonial settlements along the rivers and valleys, industrial development, and vacation activities.

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Regional Watershed Workshops Kick Off With Event in Southwest Pennsylvania
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Regional Watershed Workshops Kick Off With Event in Southwest Pennsylvania

On March 8, PEC officially held the first of six regional watershed group workshops as part of a statewide initiative aimed at building local capacity for stewardship. Funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s...

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Schuylkill River Towns To Host Two Programs In Phoenixville

May 5, 2016Patch.com

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — The Schuylkill River Towns Program (SRTP), an initiative of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, is hosting two community events in the Phoenixville area this month. On Saturday, May 7, SRTP will be hosting a tour of the Lock...

WPEA Winner Feature: Crawford County Riparian Restoration Program
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WPEA Winner Feature: Crawford County Riparian Restoration Program

May 5, 2016

In the weeks leading up to the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will feature each of this year’s five awardees, along with a local group receiving special recognition. The Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance, Crawford County Riparian Restoration Program,...

Volunteers Plant 1,500 Trees at Weiser State Forest
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Volunteers Plant 1,500 Trees at Weiser State Forest

May 4, 2016

Contact: Alex Oltmanns Date: May 4, 2016 Phone: (412) 481-9400 Email: aoltmanns@pecpa.org Pittsburgh – In an effort to enhance water quality and restore forest habitat, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) organized a tree planting event at Weiser State Forest on...

Policy Posts

Statement on Pennsylvania’s Budget Impasse

Statement on Pennsylvania’s Budget Impasse

October 6, 2015

Statement on Pennsylvania’s Budget Impasse Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council October 6, 2015 A seemingly too brief summer has given way to fall transitions and, still, just shy of 100 days, Pennsylvania has no budget. Whatever one’s politics, whatever...

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...