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​Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the agency in Pennsylvania responsible for protecting and preserving the land, air, water, and public health through enforcement of the state's environmental laws.

Virtual Exhibits

Pennsylvania's Changing Climate: What It Means For You

DEP Climate Change.JPGWill Pennsylvania's poultry inventory double in 40 years? The state average annual temperature has increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901 and is on track to rise another 4.9 degrees in about 40 years.  This is creating increased swings of extremes in heat and rainfall that will affect farming, water pollution, our health, the power grid, and other areas.

See this storymap  to learn how greenhouse gas emissions are changing our climate, the projected impacts, and what state and local governments and a growing number of partners are doing to slow down the thermometer to protect Pennsylvania.

Climate Impacts: A Changing Pennsylvania  

"Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities":  Join in to Improve Local Water Quality

Pennsylvanians are becoming aware of the cost that unhealthy streams and rivers have for their quality of life and livelihoods. Over 30,000 farms and 1,000 communities are in the 43 counties in Pennsylvania's share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Farmers, counties, municipalities, businesses, and residents, along with DEP and the Departments of Agriculture and Conservation and Natural Resources, are working on projects to  reduce runoff pollution and improve local waters.  This storymap  shows what they're doing, and how you can join in.

Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities (PDF)

Guidelines for Maintaining Streams on Your Property

Looking to maintain the stream on your property to try to prevent or recover from flooding? Learn which actions you can take on your own and which you'll need to partner with DEP on to ensure stream work is done in an environmentally responsible manner and a way that reduces the likelihood of future problems.

 

Stream Maintenance Booklet (PDF)

Love the Susquehanna River? Learn About Its Current Challenges and Future Promise

Meander through this storymap  to explore the mighty Susquehanna. Learn how decades of agriculture, coal mining, urban stormwater runoff, dams, and other factors have challenged the health of the river and the aquatic life that depends on it. Discover how DEP scientists are monitoring the river and working to improve its health.



Pod with the Harrisburg Falcons (Virtually)!

Have you "met' the Harrisburg falcons yet? Year after year, pairs of peregrine falcons nest on the 15th floor of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in our state capital. It's a great comeback story for these magnificent birds, once on the brink of extinction in the Northeast. Four webcams, including one for nighttime viewing, livestream their comings and goings year round, to the delight of their many fans in Pennsylvania and around the world.  The ledge is generally quiet in January, but interlopers have been known to appear. Check it out and stay tuned!


Get the Scoop on Solar Energy Opportunities for Farmers

Solar Energy and Agriculture: New Opportunities 
January 11 | 8:00-9:00 AM
Free webinar

DEP Energy Program Specialist Amanda Eyer joins Penn State in discussing solar energy and agriculture use on the same land, as well as trends in development of solar resources in Pennsylvania.

Register at Penn State Extension

Solar Land Leasing
January 12 | 2:15 PM
Free webina

DEP Energy Program Specialist Amanda Eyer joins the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law in a discussion of solar land lease components, as well as trends in development of solar resources in Pennsylvania.

Register at Penn State Extension