PEC Releases RFQ for Ohiopyle Project

Landmark project will address immediate needs and long-range sustainability for small community and large, popular State Park.
September 23, 2008

PITTSBURGH - The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has issued a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals for consultants interested in developing the Ohiopyle Joint Master Plan and Implementation Strategy for both Ohiopyle Borough and Ohiopyle State Park.

Pittsburgh to host Forrest Wood Cup, National Guard Junior World Championship

Pittsburgh will play host to the world's richest bass-fishing championship in July-Aug 2009. PEC VP co-chairs the local organizing committee.
September 11, 2008

FLW Outdoors® and the Pittsburgh Local Organizing Committee announced Thursday that Pittsburgh will play host to the world's richest bass-fishing championship, the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by BP and Castrol, July 30-Aug. 2, 2009, along with the National Guard Junior World Championship July 31-Aug. 1, 2009.

The Forrest Wood Cup, widely considered bass fishing's crown jewel, will be held on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, pitting the sport's biggest names against one another for a $1 million top award.

Allegheny River Trail part of the big picture

By Karamagi Rujumba, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A look at plans for a 32 mile trail connecting towns along the Allegheny River.
September 13, 2008
Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and a coalition of municipalities and riverfront development groups yesterday unveiled plans for a 32-mile trail connecting 17 towns along the Allegheny River from Harrison to Millvale.

The trail, which will be known as the Allegheny Valley Trail, is expected to meander through Tarentum, Springdale, Aspinwall and O'Hara, touching parts of the Rachel Carson trail before connecting with the Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway, which follows 320 miles along the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.

Community Trails Initiative

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Celebrate this initiative to turn 32 miles of riverfront from Millvale to Tarentum into trails and greenways, and connect communities to the riverfronts

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and St. Margaret Foundation cordially invite you to celebrate the Community Trails Initiative.

Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 and 10:00 am

Squaw Valley Park - Fox Chapel Road, O'Hara Twp.

Community Trails Initiative is a coalition of municipal leaders, trail and greenway advocates, municipal employees and elected officials from the municipalities of the City of Pittsburgh, Millvale, Shaler, Etna, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Fox Chapel, O'Hara.

PEC is one of the partners involved in this event.

PEC presents the Three Rivers Community Art Gallery at The Sprout Fund’s Hothouse

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Sprout will host its sixth annual Hothouse event, a benefit party and showcase of recently supported projects. Come learn about the Three Rivers Community Art Gallery, a public rotating art gallery along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail that was funded by The Sprout Fund.
Sprout will host its sixth annual Hothouse event, a benefit party and showcase of recently supported projects, on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at The Union Trust Building in Downtown Pittsburgh.PEC will present the Three

Before the Storms: A Southwestern PA Stormwater Conference

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Stormwater management is typically a popular topic after the storms, when communities must clean up and recover from the latest flood. Learn to address stormwater issues before the storms take their toll on our communities.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (8:30 AM registration and continental breakfast)

Pittsburgh Technical Institute
North Fayette Campus
1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, PA 15071

Fee: $25
Free Parking

Stormwater management is typically a popular topic after the storms, when communities are cleaning up and recovering from the latest flood. This workshop is designed to give municipalities the information on the latest developments and tools that can be used to address stormwater issues before the storms take their toll on our communities.

Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards

Presented by PEC and Dominion, the awards highlight the environmental innovators of western Pennsylvania.

The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards recognize and honor outstanding achievements of organizations, businesses, and individuals in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout the region and pays tribute to those that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment in their respective fields.

By sponsoring these awards, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion hope to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the successful nominees, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts and enhancing the quality of life in Western Pennsylvania.

Visit to nominate today!

Conewago River Conservation Plan

The Conewago Creek drains 510 square miles of steep mountain terrain, broad agricultural valleys, lush deciduous and coniferous forests, and several growing communities. As one of the largest subwatersheds within the Lower Susquehanna River drainage, the Conewago Creek has potential to greatly affect the condition of the Chesapeake Bay.

A River Conservation Plan is (according to PA DCNR):

The benefits of trees stretch literally to the sky

Op-Ed highlights the importance of Pennsylvania's Carbon Management Action Group Report.
June 20, 2008

Published in The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

By Brad Clemenson

Communications Director, Pennsylvania Environmental Council 

Toyota Hybrid won by Alexandria, PA, Resident

PEC raffle fundraiser is huge success in attracting support to advance the mission of "Conservation through Cooperation."
June 27, 2008

John Dawes of Alexandria, PA, won a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle donated to the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

The raffle was highly successful, according to PEC Acting President and CEO Paul King, who noted that nearly all of the 999 tickets available were sold and raised  about $40,000 for the council, a non-profit organization that focuses on water quality, sustainable communities and energy and climate issues.