Polluted Stormwater in Pennsylvania’s Waterways Featured in December’s “Environmental Focus”

Contact: Alex Oltmanns
Date: Dec. 18, 2015
Phone: (412) 481-9400
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Pittsburgh – On average, Pennsylvania receives over 40 inches of precipitation each year, but in some areas, all it takes is one-tenth of an inch to cause polluted stormwater to overflow into municipal sewer systems. The steps being taken throughout Pennsylvania to keep stormwater in check and reduce the flow into natural waterways is the topic of this month’s edition of “Environmental Focus,” the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) monthly environmental affairs television program.

The show will air on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. and will include featured guest Representative Kate Harper of Pennsylvania’s 61st District, Chair of the House Local Government Committee.

Following Harper’s interview, a roundtable discussion will feature Kate Keppen, Watershed Coordinator of the Berks County Conservation District; Three Rivers Wet Weather Executive Director John Schombert; and Sue Myerov, PEC’s Program Director for Watersheds.

Representative Harper and the roundtable will discuss how they and others are working to help over 950 Pennsylvania municipalities with permitted stormwater and wastewater sewer systems comply with state and federal clean water standards.

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

To view past 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.

For more information, visit www.pcntv.com.