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

Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program

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

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Inside News and Policy

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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WPEA Winner Feature: Edward Schroth
Press Releases

WPEA Winner Feature: Edward Schroth

May 23, 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,...

Newsmaker: Ed Schroth
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Newsmaker: Ed Schroth

May 23, 2016Trib Total Media

Noteworthy: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council awarded Schroth a Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for his more than 50 years of service as a biology teacher at Quaker Valley High School and Duquesne University. The council called Schroth “one of the most...

Policy Posts

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...

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...