Protect Our Rivers and Streams
We should be doing everything we can to protect Pennsylvania waterways. But more than 49,000 miles of Pennsylvania streams need our help, due to loopholes in the Clean Water Act. Polluters are pressuring the EPA to back down from efforts to close the loopholes, so PennEnvironment is standing up for our rivers and streams and fighting back.
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
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.
- 15,000 miles of streams and rivers—including segments of Neshaminy Creek, the Wissahickon, the Monongahela River, and more—are considered too polluted for fishing and swimming.
- Pollution makes Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers unsafe for swimming, fishing, or even touching for about 40 to 70
days each summer.
- Your action and support can help us protect our rivers and streams and help us close loopholes in the Clean Water Act before more of our rivers and streams get polluted.