May 21, 2009 - DEP and PennFuture scored a major victory in protecting Hays Woods, one of Pittsburgh's largest and best intact green spaces. With massive citizen action and robust legal action, a strip mine was stopped on the vibrant Hays Woods hilltop, and the Environmental Hearing Board denied the developer a permit to dump rocks and other detritis in the valley, burying 8000 feet of stream. Read our press release here.
December 1, 2008 - With help from PennFuture, the Brodhead Watershed Association submitted a petition to redesignate Swiftwater Creek in Monroe County from its current high quality designation to an exceptional value designation, which would afford the stream greater protection. Apparently, DEP agreed with BWA that Swiftwater Creek is among the highest quality streams in the state; PennFuture just learned that DEP made a determination that the existing use of Swiftwater Creek is exceptional value and must be afforded that higher level of protection in all future permitting decisions.
That’s the way, BWA!
On September 4, 2007, the Environmental Hearing Board granted PennFuture's request that the Department of Environmental Protection must protect endangered plants at Harvey s Lake in Luzerne County. Read about the case and our victory.
Thanks to PennFuture's advocacy, citizens in Butler and Lawrence counties can enjoy McConnell's Mills State Park, without the specter of a landfill destroying the area.
Read details and news coverage of our victory.
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