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

News Release | PennEnvironment

Environmental Groups Take Legal Action To End Sewage Spills in Valley Forge National Historical Park

PennEnvironment and the Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited announced today that they have sent a formal notice of intent to sue Tredyffrin Township (Chester County) and the Tredyffrin Township Municipal Authority for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Businesses, Anglers and Environmentalist Kickoff Campaign to Support EPA Proposal to Protect Brandywine Creek

Days after the opening of trout fishing season in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center joined with anglers and businesses to show support for the clean water rule proposed last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps).  The proposed rule would clarify Clean Water Act protections for  a vast network of Pennsylvania waterways that serve as source of drinking water for more than 8 million Pennsylvanians.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 59% of Pennsylvania’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Groups announce intent to sue PA Fish & Boat Commission’s Bellefonte Fish Hatchery

Today the statewide citizen-based environmental group PennEnvironment and attorneys from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) announced their notice of intent to sue the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) for ongoing Clean Water Act violations at the agency’s Bellefonte State Fish Hatchery.  

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