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 84,000 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

Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster

PEC convenes the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative of the William Penn Foundation.

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Protecting Pennsylvania’s Watersheds
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Protecting Pennsylvania’s Watersheds

PEC Senior Program Director-Water Resources Sue Myerov outlines our role in watershed protection throughout the Commonwealth. With Pennsylvania watersheds impaired from the coal mining and extraction uses of previous generations, PEC works with its statewide partners to improve the Commonwealth’s rivers...

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Apply Now For Urban Stormwater Projects In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

August 7, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the Aug. 8 PA Bulletin it is now accepting applications for the construction of urban stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) to reduce the discharge of nutrients and sediments delivered to local waters...

PEC Helping Municipalities Comply With Stormwater Permits
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PEC Helping Municipalities Comply With Stormwater Permits

July 27, 2015By: Susan Myerov

PEC has a long history of involvement in stormwater management issues affecting our state. Persisting issues include providing municipal stormwater management education and training opportunities, providing regulatory and policy recommendations, and advocating for innovation in financing green stormwater infrastructure projects....

Policy Posts

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...

PEC Outlines Concerns Over Watershed Bill

PEC Outlines Concerns Over Watershed Bill

May 1, 2015

In advance of the Senate Republican Policy Committee’s planned hearing on Senate Bill 724 (P.N. 730), the Pennsylvania Environmental Council would like to share our concerns with this legislation. While, on its face, SB 724 appears to further Pennsylvania’s ability...