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PennFuture Releases Updated Stream Redesignation Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Local Stream Protection Efforts

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
This 82-page manual serves as a guide for those looking to protect and maintain local stream quality by walking through the various steps of the official regulatory process, explaining the information needed for the petition, and recommending ways to garner support for the redesignation petition. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Attempts to Restrict the Clean Water Act’s Protections For Discharges Through Groundwater

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States issued arguably its most important Clean Water Act decision in the past decade. Read more

PA House Leaders Push Bills to Thwart Environmental Protections, Attack Conservation Funding

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
Anti-environmental legislators in the Pennsylvania General Assembly are using the COVID-19 public health crisis as a cover to move bills to block any proposed or final environmental regulations and to attack dedicated environmental and conservation funds. Read more

Thirty Days of Action

by Michael Mehrazar, Field Manager
In April, we teamed up with Conservation Voters of Pa. to host the Act For Our Earth challenge, in which we asked participants to take one meaningful action each day on behalf of our planet. Read more

Updated Climate Change Assessment Reveals Future Pennsylvania Water Troubles

by Renee Reber, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection last week released the state’s third Climate Change Impacts Assessment, and the update tells us of a warmer future with more rain, floods and landslides than ever experienced in Pennsylvania history. Read more

Fracked Gas and Petrochemical Industries Jockeying for Stimulus Recovery Funds

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Giving stimulus recovery funds to the fracked gas and petrochemical industries is akin to throwing money down a hole at a time when every dollar needs to be used effectively for the greatest possible public good. Read more

PennFuture taking holistic view of improving water quality around Philadelphia

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
PennFuture is happy to be part of the push for better water quality over the past several decades, especially in the Philadelphia region of the Delaware River Watershed. Read more

Model shows participation in RGGI would reduce pollution by 180 million tons

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
The results show the plan marks a significant step toward reaching our carbon pollution goals by saving 180 million tons of carbon pollution while maintaining Pennsylvania's status as a significant energy generator and exporter. Read more

Earth Day 2070

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo writes about her hopes for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and for many Earth Days yet to come. Read more

Congratulations to the Delaware River!

by Emily Rinaldi Baldauff, Campaigns Director
The resurgence of the Delaware River has received well-deserved recognition. Beating out river basins all across the United States, the Delaware was named River of the Year for 2020 by national environmental group American Rivers. Read more

PennFuture, partners to celebrate PA Clean Water Week

by Renee Reber, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
PennFuture, in partnership with the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, will highlight different rivers, streams and watersheds across Pennsylvania this week. Read more

Five Environmental Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Pennsylvania

by Matthew Stepp, Vice President and Chief of Staff, PennFuture
The environmental, economic, and social impacts of Covid-19 are profound and are reshaping how we work, recreate, and live our daily lives. Read more

Philly Can Achieve a Green New Deal through Green Stormwater Infrastructure

by Lena Smith
As Philadelphia City Council’s environmental leaders discuss what a Green New Deal means for the city, their legislative agendas must focus on addressing current barriers to implementing the Green City Clean Waters program. Read more

DEP is Asking Us to Pick Up the Bill for Waste Coal...Again

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
In creating a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions in Pennsylvania, the state DEP should rethink its policy on waste coal. Read more

While We Wait on the Future to Happen

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
PennFuture remains committed to serving as Pennsylvania's environmental watchdog, which means fighting back against a horrible piece of legislation known as House Bill 1100. Read more

Fighting for Our Future

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
On March 9, PennFuture and 34 other organizations from across Pennsylvania banded together to rally in Harrisburg against House Bill 1100. Read more

After Stormy Decade, Philly Needs Green Stormwater Solutions to Prepare for Climate Change

by Lena Smith
PennFuture is working to raise awareness of how the climate crisis affects Philadelphia's aging infrastructure. Read more

PennFuture Petitions DRBC to Recognize Primary Contact Recreation on the Mainstem Delaware River

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
PennFuture and a coalition of organizations submitted a petition to the Delaware River Basin Commission to upgrade the regulatory status of a portion of the lower Delaware River. Read more

Why Does Pennsylvania Insist on Offering Subsidies to Fracked Gas and Petrochemicals? The Industries Would Collapse Without Them

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Harrisburg policymakers are, again, debating whether to give more taxpayer-funded handouts to the fracking and petrochemical industries. Read more

What is the Transportation and Climate Initiative?

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Pennsylvania and other Northeast and Mid Atlantic states are exploring a cap-and-invest approach to address transportation-related carbon pollution Read more

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