Pennsylvania enjoys abundant freshwater resources with more than 84,000 miles of streams, 76.6 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, many inland lakes and 57 miles of tidal coastline. These resources are shared with many other states and Canada.
With a multitude of concerns, including: urban and suburban sprawl, agricultural and residential runoff, emerging contaminants, abandoned mines and wells, and new drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale, Pennsylvania also shares many challenges.
Pennsylvania Sea Grant (PASG) takes a collaborative watershed approach to examine the impact of these threats, which do not recognize political boundaries, and seeks solutions. Major Geographic Focus Areas include the Lake Erie, the Delaware River, and the Susquehanna River watersheds.
PASG is dedicated to promoting the ecological and economic sustainability of Pennsylvania’s coastal resources through the development of science-based research, education, and extension programs. The staff has achieved many accomplishments and gained the respect of the Sea Grant Network including regional, national, and international recognition.
The PASG program was established in 1998 as a partnership between Penn State University, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We are part of the National Sea Grant College Network, which sponsors research, education, training, and outreach projects to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of coastal resources. In 2008, the National Sea Grant Office elevated Pennsylvania’s program to Institutional status in recognition of its excellence in promoting the ecological and economic sustainability of the state’s coastal resources. PA Sea Grant stands ready to continue its mission to support the state in its efforts to protect and enhance important coastal regions.