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Innovating for a More Equitable and Sustainable Water Future

Welcome to the SWPA Water Network, a coalition of organizations working to improve water quality and access in southwestern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to promote sustainable water management practices and ensure that everyone in the region has access to clean, safe, and affordable water. With a focus on collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and community engagement, we are working to address the key water-related challenges facing our region, from climate change and stormwater runoff to agricultural practices and public awareness. Join us in our efforts to protect and preserve our most vital natural resource - water.

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OUR LATEST NEWS

New Federal Definition of Waters of the USA issued by EPA and ACOE

September 5, 2023

The Izaak Walton League provides this summary of the new federal jurisdictional definition for water: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have released a final rule amending the January 2023 “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule to conform with the Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA. The Court’s ruling…

PA Health and Environment Study

August 22, 2023

The state of Pennsylvania had researchers study potential health impacts from fracking in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The team released the findings at a public meeting in California, PA early this month. They found children living near shale gas activities in Southwest Pennsylvania had a higher risk of developing lymphoma. But the group found no association between…

2023 PA Statewide Watershed Conference | Oct 29-30

August 21, 2023

Good day! I wanted to share that REGISTRATION is OPEN for the Statewide Watershed Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers taking place October 29-30 in Altoona, PA. There are one- and two-day registration options. Early bird prices end on Sept 22 and the reduced rate room block at the Altoona Grand…

Measuring Up:Grading drinking water quality, affordability, and transparency practices in Allegheny County Water Systems

August 20, 2023

Women for a Healthy Environment and the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory created a system of metrics around affordability, transparency and water quality to compare the performance of water agencies in Allegheny County. Read the storymap and follow the links to download the full report. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/e014e480381d4c6894bbd7fe0894d84c

Commonwealth Court limits PUC authority on sewer privatization

August 14, 2023

Read this article from SpotlightPA detailing a recent Commonwealth Court ruling that clarifies the benefit balancing that the Pennsylvania Utility Commission should apply when decising on the transfer of public sewer systems to a private company. The underlying transaction was East Whiteland Township’s sale of its sewer system to Aqua Pennsylvania. RULING HERE

PENNVEST Funding Powerpoint Presentation

August 2, 2023

PENNVEST Water Infrastructure Funding application presentation provided by Dan Mikesic, SW Region Contact, at the Infrastructure Informational Workshop on July 26, 2023. DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

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THE SWPA WATER NETWORK MISSION

The mission of the SWPA Water Network is to promote sustainable water management practices and protect the water resources of southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academia, and community groups, to collaborate and coordinate on efforts to improve water quality and access in the region. Through its work, the SWPA Water Network aims to ensure that all residents of southwestern Pennsylvania have access to clean and safe water for generations to come.

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