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

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PEC’s reforestation program works to restore forests on legacy coal mines across the Commonwealth.

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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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Pennsylvania Legacies #60: The Right Questions
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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
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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...

Policy Posts

PEC Opposes Proposed Diversion of Conservation and Recreation Funds

July 21, 2017

Today PEC sent the following communication to members of the General Assembly: July 21, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Re: Proposed Diversion of Monies from Local Environmental Project Funds Dear Senators and Representatives: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council...

PEC Opposes SB 799 as Currently Written

June 29, 2017

PEC has sent the following letter to the bill’s sponsor, expressing concerns with the legislation. The Senator indicated his intention in introducing the bill was to solicit comments for additional consideration. June 27, 2017 To: The Honorable Richard Alloway, Pennsylvania...

PEC Opposes HR 284

June 6, 2017

PEC sent the following communication to members of the House State Government Committee regarding HR284. June 6, 2017 To:           Members of the House State Government Committee From:     Pennsylvania Environmental Council RE:           Consideration of House Resolution 284 (P.N. 1556) Dear...