Environment Erie


Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association

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Mission Statement

PLEWA is a program committed to protecting, restoring and enhancing our region’s water resources.


PLEWA was formed in 2002 through a partnership between several key partners in the Erie region. Start up funds were provided through the Growing Greener program with the Department of Environmental Protection. At the start up of the organization, funds were available for staff time to help establish the organization as a coordinating organization for smaller watershed groups. PLEWA has assisted many partners and smaller watershed groups to meet their goals by helping bridge gaps and strengthen regional partnerships.

Current Initiatives

PLEWA is currently working in the community to address high priority issues of environmental considerations. These priorities are based off of several planning and study documents. These issues include strengthening collaborations with the businesses and organizations located within the Presque Isle Bay Watershed. PLEWA is working toward developing other programs that help coordinate efforts across the surfaces of the environment, economy and community.

PA Lake Erie Sub-Watershed Representatives