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Growing Mussels for Healthier Waterways

Growing Mussels for Healthier Waterways

November 22, 2021By: Lily Jones

Bartram’s Garden, the 2021 Recipient of PEC’s “Special Places” Environmental Partnership Award, is already an important resource for Southwest Philadelphia and the greater Philly area. Its riverfront campus includes historic buildings and gardens, an arboretum, and a community farm focused...

‘Tis the Season for Watershed Conferences

‘Tis the Season for Watershed Conferences

November 9, 2021By: Susan Myerov

Over my career as a watershed planner, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a wonderful array of professional conferences, seminars, workshops, and forums designed to help improve my technical knowledge and skills, promote the sharing of ideas with other professionals,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #155

Pennsylvania Legacies #155

October 29, 2021By: Lily Jones

The problem of plastic polluting the ocean has been a popular topic for a while. But until about 10 years ago, no one was studying the prevalence of plastics in fresh water. Dr. Sherri Mason, Director of Sustainability at Penn...

Pennsylvania Legacies #152

Pennsylvania Legacies #152

September 17, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

Philadelphia’s trails took a beating from Hurricane Ida, and some will take months to recover. Two weeks after the floodwaters receded, we look at conditions along the Schuylkill River Trail with representatives from the City of Philadelphia and the Schuylkill...

Smarter Yards, Cleaner Streams

Smarter Yards, Cleaner Streams

August 26, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

As a result of planning decisions made decades ago, communities throughout suburban Philadelphia struggle with flooding and other negative impacts from heavy rainfall. These conditions don’t just affect residential properties, which account for the bulk of land use in the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #148

Pennsylvania Legacies #148

July 28, 2021By: Lily Jones

It’s one thing for an environmental organization to tout its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It’s another to live out that commitment at the level of programming and daily activities. On this episode: how Philadelphia’s Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is...

From Seed to Site

From Seed to Site

June 22, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

PEC’s legacy mine land reforestation initiative exploded in 2021, more than doubling the total number of acres planted since the program first launched. Follow a few of this year’s 122 thousand seedlings on their journey from DCNR’s forest nursery to...

Pennsylvania Legacies #137

Pennsylvania Legacies #137

January 29, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

All over the country, consumers want locally grown food. But much of the demand is concentrated in densely populated areas, where farmers have to compete with developers over a finite amount of arable land. Montgomery County has a solution: fully...

Check It Out: POWR Launches Redesigned Website

Check It Out: POWR Launches Redesigned Website

January 25, 2021By: Tali MacArthur

Motivated by the resilient commitment and dynamic energy of community watershed organizations across the state, The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) took on the task of redesigning its website to provide better access to the tools and resources...

Pennsylvania Legacies #136

Pennsylvania Legacies #136

January 15, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

Which of five finalists will be Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for 2021? With less than a week remaining to vote, nominating watershed groups make their final pitch for your vote. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Watershed Showdown Links VOTE HERE...

Pennsylvania Legacies #135

Pennsylvania Legacies #135

December 21, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

On its 100th anniversary, a new book explores the chain of unlikely historical events that gave us Presque Isle State Park. Authors David Frew and Jerry Skrypzak discuss the book, the Isle, and their hometown of Erie, PA. Pennsylvania Environmental...

Watershed Notes

Watershed Notes

November 11, 2020By: Susan Myerov

As we enter the 9th month of the COVID-19 restrictions, PEC’s water team staff continues to participate in programs across the Commonwealth, keeping our focus on initiatives which promote clean and healthy watersheds. During this time, many Pennsylvanians have discovered...

Take a Walk Along the Tookany Creek Trail

Take a Walk Along the Tookany Creek Trail

October 16, 2020By: Zhenya Nalywayko

We’re entering the home stretch of the Tookany Creek Trail feasibility study! Over the past year or so, our team—consisting of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), and Campbell Thomas & Co. (CTC)—has collected roughly 500...

Pennsylvania Legacies #131

Pennsylvania Legacies #131

September 25, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

For the better part of a century, the Hazelwood neighborhood was one of Pittsburgh’s most important industrial centers. That all changed with the 1997 closure of the LTV steel plant on the site now known as Hazelwood Green. Now, as...

Clean Streets, Clean Water

Clean Streets, Clean Water

June 23, 2020By: Kadafi El-Kardah

Through our partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department, PEC performs watershed education and outreach throughout Greater Philadelphia. The following post originally appeared in the Southwest CDC Globe Times on June 5, 2020. Have you ever wondered how litter impacts the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #123

Pennsylvania Legacies #123

May 22, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

These days, environmental issues are politically charged in a way that can make sound, commonsense policy seem unattainable. But it wasn’t always like that — and it doesn’t have to be. Tom Ridge, the Republican former governor of Pennsylvania, says...

Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces

May 13, 2020By: Hannah Clemenson

PEC’s motto, “conservation through cooperation,” aptly describes any number of our programs and activities. But it’s especially relevant to the collaborative work of legacy mine land restoration, which we’ve been proud to share with our government and nonprofit partners in...

Watersheds En Plein AIr

Watersheds En Plein AIr

May 7, 2020By: Tali MacArthur

Pennsylvania’s scenic rivers are perfect places for paddling, fishing, exploring, hiking, biking, painting, birdwatching and… wait, what? Painting? Well, yes — that too! In fact, landscape painting has more in common with watershed conservation than you might think. En plein...

ARRI Featured in Washington Post

ARRI Featured in Washington Post

February 17, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

For 25 years, he oversaw the process that may represent humans’ best attempt to date at total annihilation of land: strip-mining and mountaintop-removal mining of coal… Angel, born and raised in the same eastern Kentucky mountains that have been devastated...

Pennsylvania Legacies #115

Pennsylvania Legacies #115

February 7, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) provides support for community watershed organizations to build capacity and coordinate more effectively with one another. This spring they’re taking their show on the road, with regional workshops planned for six locations...

Pennsylvania Legacies #113

Pennsylvania Legacies #113

January 10, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

The five finalists for 2020 River of the Year represent everything that’s right – and everything that’s wrong – with Pennsylvania’s 86,000 miles of rivers and streams. With online voting set to close in a matter of days, we hear...

The Big Picture

The Big Picture

November 25, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

As Upstream Suburban Philadelphia (USP) coordinator for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), one of PEC’s responsibilities is to organize watershed tours. These outings are a chance for USP partners to showcase their stormwater management work to William Penn Foundation...

Pennsylvania Legacies #110

Pennsylvania Legacies #110

November 8, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

In a state that’s nearly 60 percent tree-covered, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry has a lot of ground to cover. But thanks to Penn State’s Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship training program, DCNR has boots on the...

Summer of Outreach

Summer of Outreach

September 30, 2019By: Kadafi El-Kardah

To help the Philadelphia Water Department meet their MS4 permit requirement, PEC provides public education and outreach to residents, businesses, and schools. Our boots-on-the-ground in this effort is Community Engagement Specialist Kadafi El-Kardah, who shared this account of his summer...

Pennsylvania Legacies #106

Pennsylvania Legacies #106

September 13, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Allegheny College’s “Creek Connections” program gets students out of the classroom and into local waterways for a hands-on learning experience. Watershed educator Laura Branby explains how Creek Connections is sparking kids’ interest in the sciences and building their relationship with...

Pennsylvania Legacies #103

Pennsylvania Legacies #103

August 2, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

The governors of five Great Lakes states, including Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf, are banding together in an effort to make the health of the lakes a campaign issue in the 2020 presidential election. We dive into the Great Lakes 2020 Platform...

Transforming the Tidal Delaware

Transforming the Tidal Delaware

July 31, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania has two coastlines, did you know that? The tidal portion of the Delaware River connects via Delaware Bay to the Atlantic. Though it’s freshwater, it experiences a daily tidal influence of six feet. The other coastline is Lake Erie,...

How to Regrow a Forest

How to Regrow a Forest

July 30, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Transforming abandoned strip mines into healthy native forest isn’t as easy as it sounds! Learn how PEC and our partners in the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) are restoring Penn’s woods, one legacy mining site at a time.

Leaving My Mark

Leaving My Mark

July 1, 2019By: Kadafi El-Kardah

Before you can attempt to solve a problem, you have to understand it in depth. You have to identify whatever resources are available and learn how to apply them to a solution. You have to be willing to embrace your...

PEC Responds to “Cowardly” Post-Gazette Editorial

PEC Responds to “Cowardly” Post-Gazette Editorial

June 21, 2019By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

On June 19, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an editorial in which it called out both PEC and PEC President Davitt Woodwell, a Pennsylvania Commissioner on the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), as “irresponsible and cowardly” and “disgracing ORSANCO’s...

Dirtying the Dibble Bars

Dirtying the Dibble Bars

June 17, 2019By: Laura England

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shiny dibble bar,” joked the Forest Technician as crew leaders unloaded planting bars from the back of a rented pickup truck at Weiser State Forest on the afternoon of April 19th. But those...

Pennsylvania Legacies #97

Pennsylvania Legacies #97

May 3, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania has one of the nation’s most extensive state park-and-forest systems, and for decades it’s been growing in size as well as popularity. But funding for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) hasn’t kept pace with that growth....

Pennsylvania Legacies #96

Pennsylvania Legacies #96

April 19, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is a small organization with a big name, and even bigger ambitions. Executive Director Julie Slavet explains how TTF works across urban/suburban boundaries to educate and engage residents, and how they leverage collaborations like the Delaware...

Watershed Moments

Watershed Moments

April 16, 2019By: Susan Myerov

PEC and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) welcomed nearly 200 attendees to the 2nd Biennial Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations on February 24-25, 2019. Our conference was held at the new Wyndham Garden Hotel in Boalsburg PA,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #95

Pennsylvania Legacies #95

April 5, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Here’s a pretty good reason to root for the Philadelphia Eagles (even you, Steelers fans): under the team’s award-winning Go Green initiative, every field goal they put on the board means another ten trees planted in Bucks County’s Neshaminy State...

Pennsylvania Legacies #94

Pennsylvania Legacies #94

March 22, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

How do you talk about potentially divisive environmental topics with a hostile audience? Tora Johnson, a University of Maine geographer and keynote speaker at last month’s Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations, says the key is affirming the dignity of everyone...

Swimming with the Sharks

Swimming with the Sharks

March 18, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water(shed)… Shark Tank: Funder’s Edition returns to the 2019 PA Statewide Conference for Watershed Organizations. https://youtu.be/HclDmwPHYEUVideo can’t be loaded: Swimming With the Sharks (https://youtu.be/HclDmwPHYEU)

Breakthrough

Breakthrough

February 28, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

As anyone who pays even casual attention to the news can attest, we’re living in politically polarized times. Sometimes it feels like the divide is too wide and deep to bridge, and consensus on things that matter will always be...

Pennsylvania Legacies #92

Pennsylvania Legacies #92

February 22, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

The Senate passes a massive public lands bill including permanent reauthorization for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Pennsylvania’s native trout are flourishing thanks to the state- and national-level work of Trout Unlimited. We talk with TU President...

Pennsylvania Legacies #91

Pennsylvania Legacies #91

February 8, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania is home to hundreds of small, people-powered organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring local watersheds. These groups are accomplishing great things in their communities, typically on a shoestring budget. But could they be even more effective by coordinating their...

Pennsylvania Legacies #90

Pennsylvania Legacies #90

January 25, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Patriots Cove, along Beaver Run in Wyoming County, is more than just a great fishing spot. It’s a refuge for brook trout and human beings alike, where injured veterans are healing themselves and one another while helping to restore an...

Pennsylvania Legacies #88

Pennsylvania Legacies #88

December 14, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Vermont Law School is home to the nation’s top-ranked environmental law program. Its graduates are also among the best prepared for the real world, thanks to the Semester in Practice program. Davitt Woodwell chats with Vermont Law’s Johanna Thibault and...

Pennsylvania Legacies #87

Pennsylvania Legacies #87

November 30, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

As voting begins for 2019 Pennsylvania River of the Year, a chat with Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper‘s Carol Parenzan about last year’s winner, Loyalsock Creek. Then: plenty of groups and government agencies are working independently to restore Pennsylvania’s forest lands. Could...

Reforestation Partnership Takes Root

Reforestation Partnership Takes Root

November 27, 2018By: Laura England

At PEC we believe in “conservation through cooperation”: an ethic of connection, engagement, and close collaboration with partners. By convening a diverse group of stakeholders to focus on a problem we achieve not only a better understanding of the challenges...

Pennsylvania Legacies #86

Pennsylvania Legacies #86

November 16, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

In working to clean up one of Pennsylvania’s most impaired urban watersheds, the members of the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership face a daunting challenge. But the coalition also has a major advantage: a shared recognition that working together is the...

Volunteers Move Mountains in Susquehanna County

Volunteers Move Mountains in Susquehanna County

November 15, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

The site of Barbara Bradford’s home near Canawacta Creek in Lanesboro, Susquehanna County, is as historic as it is picturesque. Built in the 1830s, the stone cottage stands amid the remnants of a small commercial district – complete with blacksmith...

Standing Up for the Delaware River Basin

Standing Up for the Delaware River Basin

November 7, 2018By: Susan Myerov

An important part of PEC’s mission is working with community and watershed groups to strengthen connections to their riverfronts, identify and implement strategies to enhance water quality, and protect and restore waterways. Often this means helping to forge regional trail...

Pennsylvania Legacies #84

Pennsylvania Legacies #84

October 19, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Cambria County’s business, government, and nonprofit sectors are teaming up with citizens to reinvent the historically flood-ravaged city of Johnstown. We explore Johnstown’s evolution through the work of the Vision 2025 initiative and the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape.

LWCF: The Clock Is Still Ticking

LWCF: The Clock Is Still Ticking

October 2, 2018By: John Walliser

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired on September 30th, despite widespread bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. That means one of the most successful conservation and recreation programs in our nation’s history now sits idle, unable...

Pennsylvania Legacies #82

Pennsylvania Legacies #82

September 21, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

As time runs out for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, we hit the road to discover how LWCF funding has enhanced parks and public lands across the Commonwealth — and why it’s so urgently important for Congress to...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&t=1s

LWCF: Investing in Conservation

September 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps protect wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and preserve open space for Pennsylvanians to enjoy. But those benefits could disappear if Congress doesn’t vote to reauthorize the Fund by September 30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&t=1sVideo...

Pennsylvania Legacies #80

Pennsylvania Legacies #80

August 24, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania is getting ready to tackle the next phase of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, with a new emphasis on getting things done at the county level. But will it be enough to get us back on track after a disappointing...

Work With Us

Work With Us

August 8, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

PEC and our affiliate organization, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is looking for a watershed professional to promote and advocate for improved water quality across the Commonwealth in partnership with local watershed associations. See the complete job...

Pennsylvania Legacies #74: Paperwork

Pennsylvania Legacies #74: Paperwork

June 1, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

  In these digital times, the paper industry isn’t what it used to be. But one paper manufacturer in central PA is thriving under a business model that’s all about reducing environmental impacts and finding innovative ways to stay viable....

Conservation Ambassadors on the Wing

Conservation Ambassadors on the Wing

May 31, 2018By: Cindy Fergsuon

On Saturday, May 12, seventy teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland and as far away as South Africa, Israel and England, raised binoculars in NJ Audubon’s 35th annual World Series of Birding (WSB). What a day it...

Building Watershed Coalitions

Building Watershed Coalitions

May 29, 2018By: Susan Myerov

As a follow-up to our 2016 series, POWR and PEC are convening a series of regional workshops across the state to identify needs and provide organizational capacity and technical resource tools to Pennsylvania’s community watershed organizations. Invited guests include staff...

Pennsylvania Legacies #73: The Science of Leadership

Pennsylvania Legacies #73: The Science of Leadership

May 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Technology is a powerful tool, but it’s not enough to confront the most complex environmental challenges — you also need foresight, strategy, cooperation, patience, and above all, leadership. Jared Cohon has exemplified all of these qualities and more during his...

Plotting a Course

Plotting a Course

May 11, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Through our affiliate, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), PEC is proud to support the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Pennsylvania River Sojourns program. Each summer, the program sends hundreds of paddlers on guided trips along...

One Tree at a Time

One Tree at a Time

May 7, 2018By: Laura England

Planting trees in seemingly unfavorable conditions has become an Earth Day tradition for PEC. April 20th, 2018 marked the third consecutive year PEC has coordinated volunteer tree planting events on former mine lands within Pennsylvania’s State Forests with help from...

Little Fish, Big Pond

Little Fish, Big Pond

May 4, 2018By: Patrick Starr

You know those images of a school of fish seeming hellbent on a mission and turning in a flash to avoid peril and course correct? The Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), recently funded for Phase 2 by the William Penn...

Return of the Osprey

Return of the Osprey

April 5, 2018By: Cindy Fergsuon

He returned March 19 and she returned on the 24th. And with that, the 22nd nesting season of our resident osprey pair began. This pair is emblematic of the conservation success story of the species. But they also hold a...

Who Are the People In Your Watershed?

Who Are the People In Your Watershed?

March 28, 2018By: Susan Myerov

POWR and PEC Host Regional Workshops for Community Watershed Organizations   As a follow-up to its successful series of regional watershed group workshops in 2016, the staff at the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR) and Pennsylvania Environmental Council...

A Round of Applause

A Round of Applause

March 26, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Every spring, PEC and Dominion Energy honor organizations and individuals from western Pennsylvania who are leading the way on environmental innovation and stewardship in their communities. This year an independent panel of expert judges reviewed dozens of nominations, ultimately awarding...

Let’s Pick It Up!

Let’s Pick It Up!

February 12, 2018By: Palmira Miller

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful “Lets Pick It Up Days” will take place from April 7st to April 30th . As part of this program, PEC’s own Keep Northeastern Pennsylvania Beautiful will be scheduling several events throughout Northeast PA. Please check the Events...

Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story

Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story

January 26, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Since its inception in 1993, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund has made possible the creation or improvement of thousands of community assets – everything from trails and green space to libraries and historic sites. In honor of the...

Recognizing A Job Well Done

Recognizing A Job Well Done

November 27, 2017By: Susan Myerov

Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council Receives 2017 Planning Advocate Award   Volunteering can be exhausting. For many retirees, volunteer work is literally a full-time job; the rest of us do our best to fit in activities after work and on...

Pennsylvania Legacies #60: The Right Questions

Pennsylvania Legacies #60: The Right Questions

November 3, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

A coalition of municipalities, local and state agencies, NGOs, and citizens is working a plan to clean up Montgomery County’s impaired Wissahickon Creek. But before seeking out answers for a problem as complex as this one, you need to be...

Get Your River of the Year Nominations In Now

Get Your River of the Year Nominations In Now

October 23, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Each year, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recognize one distinguished waterway as Pennsylvania River of the Year. With the nomination deadline for 2018 honors approaching, the process of selecting...

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

October 19, 2017By: Patrick Starr

I’ve been trekking in various vessels on the Delaware River since 2000, and never before have I learned so much as I did late last month when I joined the Upstream Alliance (aka Don Baugh and family) on a 3-day...

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

August 25, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Mounting opposition to budget riders, DEP’s modest progress toward better clean drinking water enforcement, and good news from the Chesapeake Bay. Also: why do birds suddenly appear every time you reclaim and reforest abandoned mine lands?

https://youtu.be/-GnC2vT141Q

Boating with Bowie

August 24, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

What’s the connection between kayaking, the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, and David Bowie? The Mon River Towns initiative and Venture Outdoors co-hosted the Rebel Rebel Float Trip on August 6th, 2017. The outing received funding through the Pennsylvania River Sojourn Program...

Pennsylvania Legacies #45: Water Fight

Pennsylvania Legacies #45: Water Fight

June 30, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Drinking water from the Delaware River is shared by Pennsylvania and three other states according to an elaborate, decades-old formula. For years, an agreement among the parties has allowed for some variability in that formula for the sake of maintaining...

Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

May 19, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

PEC opposes a state Senate bill that would expose surface water to further impacts from underground mining, and we pay tribute to two western PA environmental leaders up for Lifetime Achievement honors at our spring awards dinner.     Links:...

Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

May 8, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Students in the University of Scranton’s “Extreme Physiology” program learn about the physiological effects of different training environments by experiencing them firsthand. A new four-week summer course offering has participants hiking, biking, and paddling through the often rugged terrain of northeastern Pennsylvania to earn elective credits in...

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

May 6, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The Montour Woods Conservation Area outside Pittsburgh is a time capsule, studded with remnants of the area’s agricultural and industrial past. It’s also part of the pathway to a future when public parks and greenspaces across the region will be...

Key Federal Abandoned Mine Land Legislation Introduced

March 28, 2017By: John Walliser

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation a Win-Win for Pennsylvania . Yesterday a bipartisan group of legislators in Washington reintroduced legislation – known as the RECLAIM Act – that would expedite much-needed funding from the Abandoned Mine Land Trust Fund for projects that...

Pennsylvania Legacies #28: The Real Wissahickon

Pennsylvania Legacies #28: The Real Wissahickon

March 3, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

  Most people in Philadelphia know Wissahickon Creek as a bucolic setting for outdoor recreation, easily accessed via the city’s Fairmount Park. But the real story of the Wissahickon begins 23 miles upstream in Montgomery County, where the picture isn’t...

An Update From the Watersheds Program

An Update From the Watersheds Program

February 16, 2017By: Susan Myerov

PEC’s watersheds team has had a very busy fall and winter, working on a variety of projects including the initiation of Phase II planning for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), facilitating best practices workshops for members of the International...

Get Connected on March 5-6 in State College

Get Connected on March 5-6 in State College

January 30, 2017By: Susan Myerov

According to current estimates, there are between 300 and 400 local watershed organizations active across Pennsylvania. But opportunities for networking and collaboration among them have been limited: though gatherings have been held occasionally since the early 2000s, the last statewide...

Pennsylvania Legacies #23: 2017 Preview, part 4

Pennsylvania Legacies #23: 2017 Preview, part 4

January 27, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The state’s Conservation Landscapes program is poised to expand in 2017 with the creation of a new landscape area in western PA. We’ll learn about the new “Glacier’s Edge” landscape from program manager Marla Papernick on this week’s show.

Environmental Focus – Responsible Shale Development

Environmental Focus – Responsible Shale Development

October 25, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

In the latest Environmental Focus, we examine efforts to advance leading practices and safeguards for unconventional shale gas development. Interviewed are Susan LeGros, President and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, and Davitt Woodwell, President of the...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 7: Gabi Hughes

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 7: Gabi Hughes

September 20, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Gabi Hughes, an environmental educator at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, joins the podcast to discuss what led her to environmental education, her experience in the profession, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 6: Elena Meth

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 6: Elena Meth

September 20, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Elena Meth, an environmental studies/sociology and anthropology double major at Denison University joins the podcast to discuss how she developed her passion for the environment, her collegiate studies, the next generation of environmental stewards, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 4: Don Hopey

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 4: Don Hopey

September 6, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette environmental reporter Don Hopey joins the podcast to discuss the state of environmental journalism, how he got started in the industry, and much more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first three episodes featuring PEC’s John...

Extreme Physiology Class Connects Students to Outdoors

Extreme Physiology Class Connects Students to Outdoors

August 22, 2016By: Janet Sweeney

Hiking along the Frost Hollow Trail in Lackawanna State Park my husband Terry and I found ourselves discussing ways to attract the region’s college students to the enriching outdoor opportunities available in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Terry, Professor and Chair of the...

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

August 15, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

In our continuing efforts to increase environmental and conservation stewardship across the Commonwealth, PEC is pleased to present our first podcast series (the term “PEC-Cast” has even been suggested). Titled “Pennsylvania Legacies,” these conversations, hosted by Davitt Woodwell, are meant...

PEC Helping Municipalities Comply With Stormwater Permits

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....

Clean Water Efforts Benefit Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay

Clean Water Efforts Benefit Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay

June 23, 2015By: Harry Campbell

PEC welcomes Harry Campbell, PA Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as the first author in its guest blog series. A significant challenge to restoring the Chesapeake Bay is the disconnect that Commonwealth residents perceive with the nation’s largest and most...

Clean Water Counts More Than Ever In Pennsylvania

Clean Water Counts More Than Ever In Pennsylvania

June 9, 2015By: John Walliser

With nearly 20,000 miles of streams in Pennsylvania not meeting federal Clean Water Act standards, the Commonwealth continues to face one of its most significant environmental challenges. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has joined the Clean Water Counts! campaign, organized by the...

Taking Action in the Wissahickon Watershed

Taking Action in the Wissahickon Watershed

May 19, 2015By: Patrick Starr

The Wissahickon Creek is truly a watershed in crisis! As a result, The Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association hosted “A Creek in Crisis” last Wednesday at Germantown Academy. Attracting more than 200 concerned residents, the...

A Busy Time for Water in Southeast Pennsylvania

A Busy Time for Water in Southeast Pennsylvania

May 12, 2015By: Susan Myerov

Spring has been quite the busy season for PEC as we continue work with our watershed partners in the Southeast portion of the state. We facilitate the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster, one of eight regional clusters within the broader Delaware...