PA Environmental Council Highlights 2012 Accomplishments

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council this week highlighted its record of accomplishment in 2012 emphasizing its Conservation through Cooperation approach to environmental policy and on-the-ground projects. 

Among the highlights are--

-- More than 1,160 tons of trash, scrap metal and tires was removed from over 100 illegal dumpsites in a 12-county region  in northeast Pennsylvania through more than  8400 volunteer hours.  PEC was awarded a Northeastern PA Nonprofit & Community assistance Center 2012 Community Award for this cleanup program.

-- The $3.5 million 58th Street Greenway project links the Schuylkill River and Cobbs Creek and engages area residents in healthy activities and trail stewardship. PEC's leadership resulted in another 1.5 miles of the East Coast Greenway completed in Southwest Philadelphia.

-- PEC and project partners across the Commonwealth installed meadows, rain gardens, porous pavement and other green infrastructure improvements that absorb and filter stormwater runoff and protect nearby rivers like the Youghiogheny, Wissahickon and French Creek.

-- PEC advocated for and effected significant improvements to the Act 13 Marcellus Shale legislation and continues to lead in advancing further improvements to the law and best management practices.

-- PEC and project managers on the Susquehanna were successful at obtaining Connector Trail Status for the Susquehanna River Water Trail (including the North and West Branches) to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first water trail to be designated as a National Historic Trail in the nation.

--PEC is working with several water trail managers on the development of new access sites, installation of signage and publication of water trail map and guides and other water trail projects through our leadership of the PA Water Trails Program.

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