Half our streams are unprotected

From the meandering Neshaminy Creek to the rocky outcrops of the Wissahickon to the historic Brandywine Creek, our local streams are tranquil and beautiful. Our kids explore the stream banks and ride their bikes on adjacent trails, and they’re great places to get away from it all. Our local streams make Pennsylvania a great place to live.

Unfortunately, more than half our streams are vulnerable to pollution, due to loopholes in the Clean Water Act. Polluters should not be allowed to treat our waterways like a personal sewer. That’s why PennEnvironment is working to protect tens of thousands of miles of Pennsylvania waterways and the drinking
water for more than 8 million people.

Time is running out to protect our waterways

This summer, the EPA is working to close the loopholes in the Clean Water Act. This could be the single largest step taken for clean water in more than a decade—protecting more than 49,000 miles of our streams from big polluters. But the polluters are pressuring the EPA to back down. They’ve threatened “legal warfare,” and made false claims, including one that the EPA wants to “regulate mud puddles.” We’re organizing everyone from local anglers to scientists to our neighbors, to convince the EPA to stand up to the pressure and protect our streams. Click here to join our campaign.

On June 4, EPA Administrator Shawn Garvin visited PennEnvironment to talk about our work to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act and the vital importance of Clean Water Act protections. Watch below

Together, we can win

Our staff has been knocking on doors across Pennsylvania to educate people about what’s at stake. We’re also building coalitions, educating policymakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect our waterways. But the real key to winning is you. With your support, we can restore Clean Water Act protections to all of Pennsylvania’s waterways.

To take action for Pennsylvania's rivers and streams and ensure Clean Water Act loopholes are closed, send a message to the EPA here.

Clean Water Updates

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PennEnvironment launches door-to-door campaign

Residents of Harmony Township and Ambridge should expect a few more knocks at their doors this summer. 

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Growing Foodie Movement Sparks Sustainable Agriculture Blueprint

As the first day of spring arrives, symbolizing the beginning of a fruitful growing season for Pennsylvania farmers, more and more of the state’s residents are looking for ways to promote sustainable agriculture and healthy farming in their lives and through the political decisions they and their elected leaders make. To help guide the growing “Farm to Table” movement, PennEnvironment released a new study today that outlines how sustainable farming benefits our environment, economy, and public health--and offers a blueprint of state policies to improve our food system.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment, Sierra Club announce Clean Water Act lawsuit against PPG

Two statewide environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit today against PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) Industries alleging ongoing violations of the federal Clean Water Act at the company’s Ford City site which is polluting the neighboring Allegheny River. 

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania Budget a Mixed Bag on the Environment

As the dust settled on a sprint-like finish to state budget passage, citizen-based environmental group PennEnvironment judged the outcome as a mixed bag for the Commonwealth’s environment.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Wasting our Waterways 2012

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threat- ening or fouling water quality in more than 14,000 miles of rivers and streams, more than 220,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide. 

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