Pennsylvania

Environmental organizations and businesses call on City Council to pass single use bag legislation

Bags harm waterways, degrade neighborhoods, lower property values, and threaten wildlife

Philadelphia, PA - Today, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, and Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watership Partnership, stood shoulder to shoulder at the Seaport Museum in Penn's Landing, to demand that City Council introduce and pass single use bag legislation that would impose a small fee for any person(s) who uses a single use bag when making a purchase from a retail establishment. Everyone agreed that reducing bags is an easy way to tackle the City's ongoing problem with single use bags that end up in rivers and streams, clogs storm drains, and negatively impact neighborhoods, and threaten wildlife.

Published On: 
02/26/2015 - 09:23

Clean Water Action Applauds Governor Wolf’s Efforts to Protect State Parks and Forests

(Harrisburg) - Clean Water Action applauded Governor Tom Wolf's executive order reinstating the moratorium for new natural gas leasing of our state parks and forests. "This is an issue Clean Water Action has made a top priority ever since former Governor Tom Corbett first proposed revoking the moratorium last year," said Steve Hvozdovich, Pennsylvania Campaign Director for Clean Water Action.
Published On: 
01/30/2015 - 13:21

One year after The Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge Oil Train Derailment, Danger Still Looms

City’s Office of Emergency Management Acts With Indifference; Clean Water Action Announces Community Listening Tour To Highlight the Continued Danger of Oil Trains to Public Health and the Environment

Philadelphia, PA – A year ago today, Philadelphia narrowly escaped a major disaster when six highly explosive CSX tank cars carrying volatile crude oil from the Bakken Shale region in North Dakota derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.

Published On: 
01/20/2015 - 11:08

Clean Water Action Issues Evaluation of Municipal Ordinances in Codorus Creek Watershed

Clean Water Action Issues Evaluation of Municipal Ordinances in Codorus Creek Watershed with Eye towards Water Quality and Low Impact Development

York, PA –  Clean Water Action’s “Greener Communities” report,  released in today, evaluates green stormwater management by 9 municipalities in York County’s Codorus Creek watershed. The report’s focus is “low impact development” (LID), an approach that uses less pavement and more natural systems and green spaces to reduce environmental impacts. Clean Water Action has hundreds of members in York County.

Using a tool developed by the Center for Watershed Protection, the report rated each municipality on how well their land use rules align with LID best practices.

Published On: 
01/13/2015 - 10:51

Greener Communities Report - Cordorus Watershed

Low Impact Development (LID) is a method of community development that seeks to use less pavement and more natural systems to reduce impacts on the environment.  This is Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund’s first report for the York County region.

Get the full report here.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requiring townships and boroughs to update their local code to require more LID friendly techniques for new development as a condition of new MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) permits. LID methods are better for the environment because they slow the rate and volume of water that is entering local waterways after a storm event, reducing flooding, damage to streams and pollution from the runoff.

Protecting Our Communities from Dangerous Oil Trains

An oil train near the Schuylkill TrailDid you know that every day, trains carrying 160,000 barrels of crude oil travel through Philadelphia for refining in South Philadelphia? This oil is especially unstable and flammable. Derailments of this same type of cargo have happened throughout North America, impacting lives, property, and the environment. In fact, you may remember the oil train derailment that occurred earlier this year in Philadelphia when a crude oil train derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge. Philadelphia was spared from this harrowing ordeal after authorities righted the car after many days in the dangerous position.  Will Philadelphia be so lucky the next time?

Sign the petition to the Philadelphia City Council now!

Groups representing over 611,000 Pennsylvanians voice wide spread support for federal rule to protect clean water

Diverse group of environmental, conservation, faith based groups, unions, businesses and elected officials recognize the value of protecting headwaters for downstream water bodies, including lakes, bays, and wetlands

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Clean Water Action released public comment letters sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ for its Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act  Rule.  Over 100 Pennsylvania organizations, public officials, and businesses voiced their support for this rule. The comment deadline is set for this Friday, November 14th.

EPA’s proposed rule is supported by more than 1,000 scientific peer-reviewed studies that recognize the importance of protecting headwaters to the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of rivers downstream.  At stake is drinking water for 117 million Americans, 2 million stream miles, and 20 million acres of wetlands.  In Pennsylvania, the rule would protect drinking water for 8 million Pennsylvanians who rely on rivers and streams for their water from public water systems.  Pennsylvania sportsmen will be the beneficiaries of improved fish habitat, cleaner rivers and streams, and wetlands protection.   

Published On: 
11/13/2014 - 12:06

Businesses Supporting Clean Water Fund's 18th Annual Auction & Party in Philadelphia

Clean Water Fund’s Annual Auction fundraiser was a big success. Over 100 silent auction items were on display inside the Philadelphia Rowing Association’s Boathouse as auction-goers spent a beautiful early fall evening on a deck overlooking the Schuylkill River.  One of the major highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Florence Neilson Environmental Leadership Award to the Honorable Greg Vitali and Wes Horner, formerly of The Brandywine Conservancy, for their efforts to safeguard Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams.  

Protect Our Rivers - Hold the Legislature Accountable on HB 1565

In October the Pennsylvania Legislature decided that big developers are more important than you and the health of our streams and rivers. Let them know what you think today.

The Legislature passed HB 1565 to undo the reasonable protections in place for Pennsylvania’s best streams and rivers.

Did your Senator and Representative vote for your interests or those of big developers? Find out and then hold them accountable if they decided to put our streams and rivers at risk.

Funding for Grassroots Organizing in PA Shalefields

Syndicate content