The Commonwealth features many of the country’s most economically and ecologically important surface waters. Our rivers and streams provide clean drinking water, outstanding recreational opportunities and the lifeblood for economic growth in many regions.
Yet one third of our streams and rivers suffer from impaired water quality, an increase of more than 5,500 miles since previously studied.
Our waters continue to be polluted by point source discharges such as from industrial facilities and nonpoint source discharges (like stormwater runoff) that dump sediment, nutrients and trash into our waters.
PennFuture works to uphold goals of the federal Clean Water Act and our state Clean Streams Law. Every navigable surface water should be fishable and swimmable — including those passing through regions populated by low-income and marginalized communities.
Unfortunately, for many Pennsylvanians, water pollution has made it dangerous for them to swim in nearby rivers and lakes and for them to eat their day’s catch. Pollution continues to prevent our waterways from sustaining the uses for which they are protected.
PennFuture defends clean waterways and advances restoration efforts on multiple fronts: