Project Updates

Now recruiting Delaware River Ambassadors
Tidal Delaware Water Trail
Wed, 2012-01-11

If you like kayaking, fishing, walking, biking or any other activity along the Delaware River, then become a Tidal Delaware River Ambassador! River Ambassadors are volunteer leaders who organize trips and cleanups, make presentations and other activities - whatever your interest and schedule! Through these activities, Ambassadors provide new opportunities for friends, colleagues and community members to experience the Tidal Delaware River, and educate people about the importance of the river as a natural resource.

Stonycreek River Voted PA's 2012 River of the Year
Tue, 2012-01-10

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 9, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Stonycreek River, flowing through Cambria and Somerset counties, has been voted Pennsylvania's River of the Year for 2012.


For the second year, a public, online vote selected the winning river from among four nominees. Stonycreek River received 2,777 votes among the more than 8,300 ballots cast. The other finalists were the Kiskiminetas, Middle Monongahela and Upper Juniata rivers.


Call for Nominations for Governor's Environmental Excellence Award
Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Gala
Fri, 2012-01-06

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations to apply for the 2012 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.  Applications are due January 30.

GreenLife Pennsylvania features Ohiopyle stormwater projects
Green Infrastructure
Wed, 2011-11-23

Check out this 5-minute video about how Ohiopyle Borough, Ohioyle St. Park, and the PEC used green infrastructureto reduce stormwater runoff into the Youghiogheny River.


VOTE NOW for Pennsylvania's River of the Year
Wed, 2011-11-23

Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announce the 2012 River of the Year nominations and voting, open until December 31, 2011.


Contact: Josh Karns, POWR,

Date: November 22, 2011

Harrisburg – The public is invited to vote online for the 2012 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing among the Kiskiminetas River, Middle Monongahela River, Upper Juniata River and Stonycreek River.

Portal Bridge design submissions now available online
Portal to the Point: A Design Ideas Exploration
Thu, 2011-11-17

Submissions for a “design ideas exploration” for the redesign of the Portal Bridge at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh are now posted online at Visitors can also post feedback.

Conservation Conference attracts 60 participants
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Mon, 2011-11-14

The Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition Conference featured a wide variety of well-received presentations on Nov. 7, 2011, at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Sixty people participated in the program, which was hailed as very successful.  The coalition was created in 2010 to enable conservation organizations and individuals to share information, support funding for conservation causes and network.  The next program will be held around April 2012.  To receive information, please e-mail

Senate Resolution Passed!
Fri, 2011-11-04

Thank you to the Senate and sponsor Senator Pippy for passage of Resolution 143.  This directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to undertake an economic impact analysis of PA Water Trails. 

Conservation Conference Registration Deadline Now
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Tue, 2011-10-18

A broad-ranging program including a presentation on the "value" of conservation will be featured at the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Powdermill Nature Reserve, 1847 Route 381, near Rector.

PA Water Trails Program - Web Site
Pennsylvania Water Trails Program
Tue, 2011-09-20

There is a new online resource that is filled with information about water trails.  PEC recently launched the PA Water Trails Program web site with links to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.  On this site you will find technical assistance materials, links to other water trail web sites and project examples.  If you are interested in initiating or further developing your water trail, this is a good place to star

CLI accomlishments celebrated with Secretary's tour
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Thu, 2011-09-01

Completion of three major CLI projects was celebrated in events on Aug. 30 and 31 that included DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan and various federal, state and local officials.

Conveyance of the 137-acre Countryman tract to the Laurel Hill State Park was celebrated Aug. 30. The property includes 2,000 feet of Laurel Hill Creek in Somerset County. A ribbon-cutting on Aug. 31 noted major improvements to Route 381 and the Stewart on the Green Community Park Ohiopyle Borough.

 "Stunningly scenic location"

Scenic Fall driving tour updated
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Thu, 2011-08-25

DCNR has competed an update of the Discover Fall Scenic Driving Tour for the Laurel Highlands.

The Northern loop is on line: click Northern Loop here.

The Southern loop is on line: click Southern Loop here.

PEC officially joins national green infrastructure partnership
Green Infrastructure
Tue, 2011-08-23

The Environmental Protection Agency's Green Infrastructure Partnership aims to promote green infrastructure as a preferable approach to manage stormwater runoff. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has signed the statement of support, recognizing the multiple benefits of green infrastructure in reducing pollution and improviding water quality.

Online courses offered for watershed conservationists
Mon, 2011-08-08

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), a supporting organization of PEC, recently launched the Watershed Learning Center (

Colcom Foundation sparks public arts project for Point State Park
Portal to the Point: A Design Ideas Exploration
Fri, 2011-06-24

The Colcom Foundation is initiating a new public arts project celebrating the completion of renovations to Point State Park next fall.

“We see Point State Park as the city’s crown jewel,” said President and Treasurer Tim Inglis.

Paddle Penn's Landing is back with a splash!
Tidal Delaware Water Trail
Fri, 2011-06-10

PEC's introductory boating program is back at the Penn's Landing Marina in Center City Philadelphia. Kayaks and foot-pedaled swan boats are available Friday - Sunday NOW through Sept. 11th.

Click the link below to be directed to for more information

Application Deadline Extended for Catawissa Creek Watershed Grant Program
River Conservation Planning Initiatives
Fri, 2011-05-20

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is pleased to announce a grant program for the Catawissa Creek Watershed. The Catawissa Creek Watershed Rivers Conservation Assistance Program (RCAP) is a program designed to support the implementation of the recently completed Catawissa Creek Watershed Rivers Conservation Plan (RCP). The purpose of the RCP was to identify significant existing natural, recreational and cultural resources within the Watershed and recommend methods to conserve, enhance and restore the Watershed.

Pennsylvania Environment Ride - ONE DAY RIDE OPTION!
East Coast Greenway
Thu, 2011-05-19


Recent Summit is focus of Post-Gazette column
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Mon, 2011-05-16

A column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday, May 15, 2011, highlighting the economic benefitis of trails was written based on the comments of participants in the recent Laurel Highlands Summit.

Laurel Highlands Summit 2011 summary
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2011-04-06

A new mini-grant program for the Laurel Highlands was announced at the Summit on April 4, 2011, at the Fred Rogers Center of St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Announcement of mini-grant program highlights Summit
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2011-04-06

            Announcement of a new mini-grant program for the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative (CLI) was a highlight in the successful Laurel Highlands Summit help April 4 at the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College.

Connellsville's new Amtrak station nearly done
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2011-03-23

The following article appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier

By Judy Kroeger, Connellsville Daily Courier

March 22, 2011

Connellsville's new Amtrak station is virtually complete.

The waiting area will be finished when chairs and benches are installed in the coming weeks.

ActiveAllegheny Released
Allegheny Riverfronts Project
Fri, 2011-02-18

ActiveAllegheny is the County’s first comprehensive active transportation plan with sustainable travel choices for destinations.  The plan is a blueprint for improved access and choices to connect people to communities, work sites, transit, schools, attractions and residences.  The plan integrates non-vehicular modes of transportation, specifically walking and biking, into our transportation system to increase “livability”.  Benefits and rewards of active transportation range from: cost savings; low-cost exercise opportunities with h

Request for Proposals: Feasibility and Final Design for the Manayunk Bridge and Ivy Ridge Trail
East Coast Greenway
Mon, 2011-02-07

PEC partners with many organizations to support a connected network of walking and biking trails throughout Southeast Pennsylvavnia, including the Schuylkill River Trail and the East Coast Greenway along the Delaware River.

The Manayunk Bridge and Ivy Ridge Trail on the Schuylkill River Trail will be truly show-stopping new trails, connecting multiple destinations in Montgomery County and Philadelphia, PA.  PEC supports and provides technical assistance for these projects; and will share news and business opportunities about this project on this website.

Bensalem Greenway Request for Proposal Issued
East Coast Greenway
Mon, 2011-02-07

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council, in collaboration with Bensalem Township, is issuing a Request for Proposals for a consulting firm to perform master planning, conceptual design and cost estimate services for the Bensalem Greenway – Delaware River Trail. The goal of the project is to bridge a key gap in the East Coast Greenway in Pennsylvania, by developing a Master Plan/Conceptual Design for implementation of a six mile pedestrian and bicycle trail along State Road in Bensalem, PA.