Our Mission

Pennsylvania is rich with an abundance of water resources – streams, creeks, watersheds, wetlands, and marshes. The ground water and aquifers below ground provide drinking water for millions of our citizens and provide exceptional recreational opportunities from fly fishing to paddling.
Our unique landscape and climate supports over 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, which is more than any other state in the continental U.S. We are here to protect and restore all these invaluable resources.

About 16,000 miles of streams, or about 19% of our waters, don’t support healthy aquatic life, and some are not swimmable, fishable, or potable, falling short of the standards the Clean Water Act of 1972.

In Pennsylvania, our issues with water pollution are a combination of many factors – agriculture, acid mine drainage, urban stormwater runoff, combined with industrial and municipal discharges. This dynamic creates a complex and challenging system of issues.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is working hard to address these issues.


Click the map below to access PEC's interactive water resource mapping system. This database not only provides information about Pennsylvania's water resources but also other useful data like state demographics, trail systems and other information.