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

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PEC has been working since 2007 to clean up illegal dumpsites through a multi-faceted approach.

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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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PEC Examines Pennsylvania’s Priorities on “Environmental Focus”
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PEC Examines Pennsylvania’s Priorities on “Environmental Focus”

August 18, 2016

Contact: Alex Oltmanns Date: August 18, 2016 Phone: (412) 481-9400 Email: aoltmanns@pecpa.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdWTKUd9-Y8Video can’t be loaded: “Environmental Focus” Episode 12: Examining Pennsylvania’s Priorities (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdWTKUd9-Y8) Pittsburgh – The environmental priorities facing Pennsylvania and state regulators are the subject of discussion in...

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”
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Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

August 18, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

In our continuing efforts to increase environmental and conservation stewardship across the Commonwealth, PEC is pleased to present our first podcast series (the term “PEC-Cast” has even been suggested). Titled “Pennsylvania Legacies,” these conversations, hosted by Davitt Woodwell, are meant...

Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment Honorees Announced
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Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment Honorees Announced

August 12, 2016

NEWS FROM: Northeast Environmental Partners SAVE THE DATE for the – “26th Annual Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment” The dinner will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Luzerne — The Northeast Environmental...

Policy Posts

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...