The Clean Streams Law

P.L 1987, Act 394 of 1937, as amended

(35 P.S.  691.1 et seq.)


To preserve and improve the purity of the waters of the Commonwealth for the protection of public health, animal and aquatic life, and for industrial consumption, and recreation; empowering and directing the creation of indebtedness or the issuing of non-debt revenue bonds by political subdivisions to provide works to abate pollution; providing protection of water supply and water quality; providing for the jurisdiction of courts in the enforcement thereof; providing additional remedies for abating pollution of waters; imposing certain penalties; repealing certain acts; regulating discharges of sewage and industrial wastes; regulating the operation of mines and regulating the impact of mining upon water quality, supply and quantity; placing responsibilities upon landowners and land occupiers and to maintain primary jurisdiction over surface coal mining in Pennsylvania.


Clean Water Action

Since starting work in Pennsylvania in 1985, Clean Water Action has emerged as a major force in protecting Pennsylvania's environment-a champion for children against exposure to toxic chemicals and a key voice for the protection of Pennsylvania's natural resources.

Clean Water Action helped win passage of a new Safe Drinking Water Act, which expanded the public right-to-know about drinking water quality and promoted new efforts to protect the sources of our water.

Clean Water Action helped local residents across the state protect their drinking water supplies, helping Zelienople residents fight pollution from a steel mill that was polluting their drinking water, helping Philadelphia area residents win stronger protection for the Wissahickon Creek, and helping Bethlehem residents press for Exceptional Value status for the watershed that provides their drinking water.

Clean Water Action lobbied utilities to provide better information to consumers about contaminants in their drinking water and convinced the state to improve the rules for notifying people when their tap water is unsafe. Clean Water Action also worked with state officials to launch new initiatives to require expanded testing for possible contaminants in drinking water.

Source: Clean Water Action