Protect Our Rivers and Streams

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 Research & Policy Center

Obama administration issues rule to protect 49,000 miles of PA streams

59 percent of of the state’s streams, including those feeding the Delaware River, Susquehanna River and Pittsburgh’s Three, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Shelter from the Storm

In the summer of 1993, residents of the American Midwest experienced the most costly flood in the history of the United States.1 By the end of that summer, the Mississippi River in St. Louis was 20 feet above flood stage, and levee breaks in Illinois led to the inundation of thousands of acres of land. The flood claimed 48 lives and caused nearly $20 billion in damage.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New Study: PA wetlands are ‘shelter from the storm’

Enough wetlands remain in the flood-prone areas of Pennsylvania’s to hold enough rain to cover Lackawanna County in more than a foot of water, according to a new report by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.

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Report | PennEnvironment Reseach and Policy Center

Wasting our Waterways

The “Wasting Our Waterways” report shows that industrial facilities dumped millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways. In response, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways across the nation.

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