Delaware River Conservation Program Spotlighted in September Edition of “Environmental Focus”

Contact: Alex Oltmanns
September 10, 2015
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Pittsburgh –Faced with years of pollution, the Delaware River Watershed is now the site of the largest watershed restoration program in Pennsylvania, as well as the theme of the September episode of “Environmental Focus,” the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) monthly half-hour television talk show.

Delaware River Watershed Patrick Starr photo
PEC Executive Vice President Patrick Starr was a part of the show’s roundtable discussion.

Airing on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m., the show featured Andrew Johnson of the William Penn Foundation. Johnson, program manager for watershed protection at William Penn, is leading a three-year initiative to cleanup and conserve the 13,000 square mile watershed. The cost of this effort is expected to exceed $35 million and impact the drinking water of 15 million Americans.

Following Johnson’s interview, a roundtable discussion on the challenges that lay ahead of the river featured Kelly Heffner of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and PEC Executive Vice President Patrick Starr.

Previous editions of “Environmental Focus” have featured topics such as outdoor recreation on Pennsylvania’s waterways, Pennsylvania’s capital budget, and the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce with guests such as Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and DEP Secretary John Quigley.

To view the first three episodes of “Environmental Focus,” click here.

About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Founded in 1970, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is the leading environmental organization in the state, and was instrumental in the passage of nearly every major piece of legislation and regulatory initiative affecting clean air, clean water, land use and conservation, hazardous materials, and other major public policy actions since that time. Today, the organization is heavily engaged in a number of critical initiatives surrounding the development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, trail and green space development, green energy and climate change programs, water quality, and watershed protection projects.

PEC serves the entire state with programs and staff spanning the Commonwealth.

 About Pennsylvania Cable Network

PCN (the Pennsylvania Cable Network) is a Government-access television cable television network dedicated to 24-hour coverage of government and public affairs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It features live coverage of both Houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as well as other forms of informational and educational programming.

The bulk of PCN’s operations are located in Harrisburg, the Commonwealth capital, but it also has bureaus in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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