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Citizens Advisory Council

 Welcome to the Citizens Advisory Council's Web Site

It is the mission of the Citizens Advisory Council to strive to ensure that all people of the Commonwealth enjoy the benefits included in Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

This mission specifically states that the Council is to carry out the mandates of Act 275 of 1970 and Act 95 of 1992, by:

  • performing non-partisan, independent oversight of the operations, management and policy of the Department of Environmental Protection;
  • evaluating environmental issues and laws;
  • participating in the development of environmental regulations; and
  • providing advice concerning environmental matters to the Department, the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Commonwealth's federal representatives.

The Council strives to represent all people of the Commonwealth and endeavors to bring a collective view of the public interest in environmental protection and natural resources, forged from the Council's own diversity of personal experiences and perspectives.

(Unanimously Adopted: November 20, 1989; Amended: November 12, 1996; Reaffirmed: March 15, 2005; Amended: April 17, 2007; Amended: February 23, 2016)

Pennsylvania Constitution
Article I, Section 27

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all of the people, including generations yet to come. As trustees of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

Donald S. Welsh, Chair

What is the Citizens Advisory Council? (PDF)