The Center for Watershed Protection believes that clean water and healthy watersheds are a critical component of our country and communities. Water is essential — for drinking, recreating and maintaining a strong economy.

Today and for the past several decades, a variety of pollutants – including trash, raw sewage, stormwater runoff, nutrient pollution, suspended sediment and toxics – contaminates the many rivers and streams of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has a total of 83,438 stream miles; nearly one in four streams do not meet water quality standards.

To restore our rivers and streams, we need persistence, innovation, collaboration and hard work. We also need resources. We are very excited to announce we recently hired a noted water resource designer with previous experience at the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, Mike Hickman, E.I.T. Mike has joined our Philadelphia-based team to help local governments in Pennsylvania find the best approach to achieve water quality goals.

Indeed, the Center is working to expand our reach and impact in Pennsylvania, by growing our team and enhancing our resources to create clean water solutions.

At the Center, we measure our success by our outcomes: positive results from partnerships that improve the health of our nation’s water. To mark the New Year, our staff and leadership selected our “Top Clean Water Success Stories in Pennsylvania” – the most significant actions we took to improve water quality in the state in recent years.

With so much at stake and so many opportunities ahead, I am proud to share our Top Success Stories. Thank you to all of our partners and congratulations to the hard-working municipalities and citizens of Pennsylvania.

Success Story #1: Helping Municipalities Work Together to Achieve Cleaner Water
Success Story #2: Helping a Multi-state Investment from Philadelphia’s Largest Philanthropic Foundation be Consistent and Efficient
Success Story #3: Training Municipalities to Detect and Eliminate Illicit Discharges

Why not make a resolution to join forces with the Center in 2017 to make an impact on your local watershed? One upcoming opportunity: attend our 2017 National Watershed Conference — Connecting Practitioners to Innovative Ideas — in April.

Here’s wishing you a happy and productive New Year!

Hye Yeong KwonAs the Executive Director, Hye Yeong’s responsibilities include organizational management, fund-raising, and program development. Hye Yeong joined the Center in 1996 and combines her education and training to help lead the Center toward a multi-disciplinary strategy to protect and restore watersheds throughout the country. Her project experience has included a wide range of subjects, including environmentally sensitive site design, watershed planning, and consensus building. Hye Yeong has a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. in Management, and an MBA. Hye Yeong lives in Ellicott City with daughters Cassie and Isa, and enjoys playing football, traveling, scuba diving, camping, eating good food, and good company.