Pennsylvania Environmental Council


PEC Supports HB343

Legislation would establish water well standards for Pennsylvania
September 26, 2014

PEC sent the following letter to the General Assembly in Support of HB343

September 26, 2014

To: Members of the PA Senate

From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

RE: Support for House Bill 343 (P.N. 2004)

Dear Senators:

PEC Letter to PA Senate in Opposition to HB1565

Legislation would eliminate important buffer requirement.
September 30, 2014

PEC today sent the following communication to the PA Senate.

September 30, 2014

To: Members of the PA Senate
From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council
RE: Opposition to House Bill 1565 (P.N. 4116)

Dear Senators:

PEC Partnerships

Letter from Davitt Woodwell to a member of PEC last month.
September 29, 2014

What follows is the body of a letter that Davitt Woodwell, President & CEO of PEC, sent to one of our members last month in response to a letter that questioned some of our partnerships and our honoring of some who are not always seen as the strongest of environmental advocates.

PEC and Partners Announce Energy for Power of 32 Conference

Registration now open! Early bird rate expires 11/7.

Thursday, December 11th, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

Learn more and register at

Pittsburgh Blues N'at Presents Moreland & Arbuckle

Event Date: 
Thanks to everyone who made it out to Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Friends of the Riverfront's Pittsburgh Blues N'at Concert!

Thanks to everyone who came to Pittsburgh Blues N'at Presents Moreland & Arbuckle!

Sponsored by Pennsylvania Environmental Council & Friends of the Riverfront

2014 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award Nominations

Event Date: 
Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council are proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards for excellence in advancing the environmental quality of Western Pennsylvania.


It's all creek to me

Outdoor News writer Walt Young of the Altoona Mirror highlights the ecological diversity of French Creek in Northwest PA, and recreation opportunities including fishing for walleye and smallmouth bass.
June 29, 2010

Posted to Altoona Mirror on June 20th
By Walt Young 

As an angler, I first heard of French Creek because of its reputation for producing huge walleyes, usually in the wintertime.

A friend of mine, the late Bob Romanishin of Waterford, caught a 13-pound 4-ounce walleye there in February of 2002. Only a handful of waters anywhere give up 12- or 13-pound walleyes with any regularity, but the fact that French Creek is not much larger than the Little Juniata River is even more remarkable.

Trail Progress discussed for Erie to Pittsburgh connection

WJET news in Erie reports on recent trail developments.
June 7, 2009

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Work continues to clear a path from here to Pittsburgh and back for hikers, bikers and leisurely strollers.

The Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance visited Penn State Behrend to update people in Erie County about the northwestern to southwestern PA undertaking.

ACTION ALERT: Armstrong Trail needs your help.

The Armstrong Trail is a trail project that is critical to the Erie-Pittsburgh Trail. Contact your legislators and ask them to support the negotiations of the Allegheny Valley Land Trust with Kiski-Junction Railroad to reconsider the offer made by Allegheny Valley Land Trust and find a resolution that benefits both the railroad and the Armstrong Trail.
March 8, 2010
This rail with trail right-of-way along the Allegheny River in Gilpin and Bethel Townships between Schenley and Ford City was "railbanked" and purchased by the Allegheny Valley Land Trust (AVLT), managers of the Armstrong Trail.

For over eight years, the AVLT has been in conversations with The Kiski-Junction Railroad about sale of 9 miles of the right-of-way for both freight and scenic service. This is a laudable economic development goal and proper under the federal Rails to Trails Act.

French Creek eyed as potential water trail

Meadville Tribune reporter Mary Spicer looks at efforts to officially designate French Creek as a PA Water Trail
November 24, 2009

'Trail' status eyed for local waterway
By Mary Spicer

Recreational trails for hiking, biking and riding are nothing new. In fact, Crawford County and its neighbors are home to several fine examples. Until now, however, local trails have been constructed on solid ground.