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.

 

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On Transition in Harrisburg

November 10, 2014

Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Last Tuesday brought to an end the 2014 election cycle. In Pennsylvania, the biggest winner is Governor-Elect Tom Wolf. With his win, Wolf now enters the vague time of “transition,” that period of a...

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PEC Environmental Policy Conference Broadcast on PCN

September 17, 2014

PEC’s Environmental Policy Conference, held today in Harrisburg, will be broadcast on PCN (cable and internet broadcast) this Friday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m. EST. PEC will be making this an annual event.

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PEC’s John Walliser reappointed to DEP Citizens Advisory Council

August 12, 2014NorthCentralPa.com

On Monday, Gov. Corbett reappointed John Walliser, Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs with the PA Environmental Council and Donald Welsh, former EPA Region III Administrator to the DEP Citizens Advisory Council. John Walliser guides legal and policy efforts...

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PEC Statement on Act 162 of 2014

October 23, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Yesterday Governor Corbett signed House Bill 1565 into law as Act 162 of 2014. Act 162 amends Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law to weaken forested riparian buffer requirements in Pennsylvania’s most pristine watersheds. “House Bill 1565 weakens our...

PEC Urges Governor to Veto Bad Environmental Legislation

October 16, 2014

Today PEC sent the following letters to Governor Corbett, urging him to veto both HB1565 and HB2354 as passed by the General Assembly. HB1565 would remove important riaprian buffer protections in high quality and exceptional value watersheds. HB2354 would inhibit...

PEC Letter to PA Senate in Opposition to HB1565

September 30, 2014

PEC today sent the following communication to the PA Senate. September 30, 2014 To: Members of the PA Senate From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council RE: Opposition to House Bill 1565 (P.N. 4116) Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC),...