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Collage of Pennsylvania landscape pictures The environment and natural resources of Pennsylvania played an important role in the historical development of the Commonwealth.
You can’t really understand many of the environmental issues we face today, without understanding the people and events that helped shape the development and environment we have today.
With the help of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and others we hope to help you better understand your environmental heritage.
Introduction
Environmental Leaders
Events that Shaped Our Environment
History of Environmental Programs
Introduction
Pennsylvania’s history of environmental leadership is a rich one. In the early 1900s people like Gifford Pinchot, a governor and forester, and J. Horace McFarland, a colleague of Sierra Club founder John Muir, helped organize state and national conservation and preservation efforts.
In 1962, Rachel Carson, an Allegheny County native for whom DEP’s headquarters building in Harrisburg is named, helped start the modern era of environmentalism with her book, Silent Spring.
In 1971, Maurice Goddard took on the challenge of leading the newly formed Department of Environmental Resources that had responsibility for forests, parks and environmental protection programs. At about the same time, Sen. Franklin Kury and other legislators led the effort to make Pennsylvania one of the first states to amend its constitution with an "Environmental Bill of Rights." Ralph Abele led the Pennsylvania Fish Commission on a crusade against water pollution.
And Gov. William Scranton oversaw the dramatic expansion of state and local recreation areas in the state.
Unfortunately, our history also includes environmental abuses — like acid mine drainage and air pollution disasters like Donora in 1948 when 20 people died — that lead to landmark state environmental laws.
The 1970s saw the development of basic regulatory programs. In the 1980s and 90s, a new generation of environmental programs grew again as recycling, hazardous site cleanup, air quality and water quality expanded.
In 1995, Gov. Tom Ridge and the Pennsylvania General Assembly began a new science-based approach to environmental protection by refocusing environmental and natural resource management efforts by forming separate departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources. Pennsylvania is now looking to the 21st Century by implementing new programs designed to prevent pollution, not simply regulate it.
Environmental Leaders
Events that Shaped Our Environment
History of Environmental Programs 

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Below is a state-by-state listing of environmental agencies and health departments. Use these state web sites to find the names of your local officials and other important information. For example, The Colorado Department of Public Health (among many others) provides daily air quality information. The South Carolina Department of Environmental Control tracks contaminants in fresh fish and publishes advisories online.

You can also find great information about the environment right in your neighborhood at Scorecard.org and the Environmental Protection Agency web site. For information about properly disposing of waste in your neighborhood use earth911.org. Keep track of the global environmental through the United Nations System-Wide Earthwatch.

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Alabama
Alabama Department of Children Services
Alabama Department of Public Health
Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Alaska
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Arkansas
Arkansas Department of Health
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

Arizona
Arizona Department of Health Services: Children
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

California
California Department of Health Services
California Department of the Environment

Colorado
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Colorado Department of the Environment

Connecticut
Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality
Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Washington, D.C.
District of Columbia Department of Environmental Health
District of Columbia Clean City Initiative

Delaware
Delaware Division of Public Health
Delaware Department of Environmental Control

Florida
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Children’s Medical Services

Georgia
Georgia Department of Public Health
Georgia Environmental Protection Division

Hawaii
State of Hawaii Department of Environmental Health
Hawaii Division of Family Health

Iowa
Iowa Environmental Health Division
Healthy Iowans 2010

Idaho
Idaho Children’s Services
Idaho Division of Natural Resources

Illinois
Illinois Environmental Departments
Illinois Healthcare Department

Indiana
Indiana Environmental Information
Indiana Public Health Programs

Kansas
Kansas Division of the Environment
Kansas Division of Health

Kentucky
Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Kentucky Department for Public Health

Louisiana
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Louisiana Directory of Citizen Services

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Maryland
Maryland Department of the Environment
Maryland Department of Public Health and Safety

Maine
Maine Department of the Environment
Maine Safety and Health

Michigan
Michigan Health and the Environment
Michigan Department of Community Health

Minnesota
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
Minnesota Department of Health

Missouri
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Department of Health

Mississippi
Mississippi Department of Environmental Health
Healthcare in Mississippi

Montana
Montana Division of Environmental Quality
Montana Health Services

North Carolina
North Carolina Environment
North Carolina Division of Public Health

North Dakota
North Dakota Environmental Services
North Dakota Health Services

Nebraska
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Nebraska Department of Agriculture

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
New Hampshire Department of Health

New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Department of Health

New Mexico
New Mexico Environment Department
New Mexico Department of Health

New York
New York State Environment
New York State Health

Nevada
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Nevada Health Division

Ohio
Ohio Environmental Health
Ohio Healthy Lifestyles

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Land and Environment
Oklahoma Health Resources

Oregon
Oregon Environment
Oregon Health

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Rhode Island Department of Health

South Carolina
South Carolina Department of Environment
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

South Dakota
South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
South Dakota Department of Health Protection

Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Tennessee Health and Wellness

Texas
Texas Environment and Natural Resources
Texas Bureau of Environmental Health

Utah
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Utah Department of Health

Virginia
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Department of Health

Vermont
Vermont Environmental Board
Vermont Department of Health

Washington
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington State Department of Health

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

West Virginia
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
West Virginia Department of Health

Wyoming
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Wyoming Department of Health

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