Water Quality

Water Quality

Nearly 15,000 miles of stream in Pennsylvania are not drinkable, fishable, or swimmable – 34 times the length of the Susquehanna River and 46 times the length of the Allegheny. PEC has focused its expertise and experience into the Center of Excellence for Water Resources, which addresses abandoned mine drainage, stormwater management and a program for trading credits for removing excess nutrients and sediment from streams.


Policy Posts

PEC Urges Prompt Consideration of Stormwater Legislation

March 25, 2009

Senator Ted Erickson (Chester and Delaware Counties) has reintroduced planning and implementation legislation (Senate Bill 524) that provides local government greater resources to address stormwater impacts from existing and potential sources.  Similar legislation is expected in the House from Representative...

PEC Supports Pennsylvania Clean Water Ballot Initiative

October 27, 2008

The referendum asks voters if they support allocating $400 million to help communities throughout the Commonwealth fund necessary upgrades to wastewater and drinking water facilities. The Problem Help is needed for many of Pennsylvania’s 2,200 drinking water systems and 1,060...

PEC Urges Passage of Great Lakes Legislation

June 30, 2008

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council urges the Senate Appropriations Committee to pass House Bill 1705 (Rep. Harkins – Erie), which would approve the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania is the last Great Lakes...

PEC Supports Pennsylvania Fair Share for Clean Water Funding Plan

June 24, 2008

Harrisburg, Pa. -The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (“PEC”) today announced its support for the Pennsylvania Fair Share for Clean Water Plan, a comprehensive funding package that would dramatically reduce nutrient pollution from wastewater plants and farms across the state. PEC joins...

PEC Praises Committee Approval of Groundbreaking Great Lakes Legislation

June 10, 2008

For Immediate Release Contact: John Walliser Vice President, Legal and Governmental Affairs 412-481-9400 office Harrisburg, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) today praised the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for approving legislation — House Bill 1705 — that...

PEC Supports Organic Farming Legislation

March 25, 2008

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council supports House Bill 2347 (PN3401), introduced by Representative Kessler (Berks County). This legislation would advance locally-driven, organic agriculture in Pennsylvania; and further help address water quality and carbon sequestration opportunities.

PEC Praises House Passage of Great Lakes Compact

January 28, 2008

Harrisburg, Pa. – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed the Great Lakes Compact, a multi-state agreement through which the Great Lakes states would be able to manage future water withdrawals from Lake Erie and the Great Lakes basin. House...

PEC Supports House Bill 1705

January 15, 2008

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council strongly supports House Bill 1705 (sponsored by Representative Pat Harkins, Erie), which would adopt the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact in Pennsylvania.  The Compact will provide significant protection against large transfers...

PEC Stormwater Listening Session Report

January 8, 2008

In 2007 the Pennsylvania Environmental Council held listening sessions across the state on the challenging issue of stormwater management.  Each listening session featured an open dialog between municipal officials, engineers, developers, agency representatives, and other community interests. This Report summarizes...

PEC Applauds Committee Approval of Great Lakes Compact

December 11, 2007

Harrisburg, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) today commended the state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for unanimously passing House Bill 1705 (introduced by Representative Patrick Harkins, D-Erie), which would ratify the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #112
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Pennsylvania Legacies #112

December 6, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Back in January, PEC published a list of legislative and regulatory recommendations for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Pennsylvania’s electricity sector. Since then, the governor and legislative leaders have embraced one of the report’s key ideas: putting a price on...

Pennsylvania Legacies #98
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Pennsylvania Legacies #98

May 17, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

As Ben Franklin wrote, “when the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” But how do you calculate the value of water resources in dollars and cents? Researcher Spencer Phillips, Ph.D., unpacks the far-reaching economic impacts of water quality...

Pennsylvania Legacies #97
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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 #89
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Pennsylvania Legacies #89

January 11, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Despite what you may have heard, environmental causes resonate with Pennsylvanians from all walks of life, throughout the state, and across the political spectrum. Recent polling from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership shows Pennsylvania hunters and anglers in particular are...

Pennsylvania Legacies #86
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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...