About SAN

Members of the Schuylkill Action Network share information, expertise, and technology to help each other achieve a shared vision of clean water and a healthy environment for the Schuylkill River and its tributaries.

SAN Vision

The Schuylkill Watershed is a healthy natural ecosystem that is a vital part of a thriving network of communities. Residents recognize themselves as citizens of the watershed and they value its unique cultural and natural resources. Reflecting this common value, citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments actively work to address current and past threats to drinking water sources and watershed health and protect it from new stressors. Members of the Schuylkill Action Network share information, expertise, and technology to help each other achieve this shared vision of clean water and a healthy environment for the Schuylkill River and its tributaries. Management practices, restoration efforts, and protective measures are implemented using a reliable source of funding to improve and protect the water resources and water quality of the Schuylkill River Watershed.

SAN Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) is to improve the water resources of the Schuylkill River Watershed by working in partnership with state agencies, local watershed organizations and land conservation organizations, businesses, academics, water suppliers, local and state governments, regional agencies, and the federal government to transcend regulatory and jurisdictional boundaries in the strategic implementation of protection measures. The SAN seeks to achieve this mission through enhanced communication and collaboration and, more specifically by working cooperatively with interested parties to:

  • Support existing efforts and implement actions to restore and protect water quality in the Schuylkill River Watershed;
  • Promote the long-term coordinated stewardship and restoration of the watershed and educate others regarding their roles in protecting the watershed and water supplies;
  • Transfer the experience and lessons learned to other communities; and
  • Enhance intergovernmental communication and coordination by working together on the identification and resolution of environmental issues with shared regulatory responsibility.

SAN Objectives

To improve watershed health as indicated by:

  • Increased aquatic life, number and diversity.
  • Restoration of impaired stream miles to attain designated uses.
  • Protection of stream miles to maintain existing uses.

To improve public value as indicated by:

  • Significant improvement in public perception of the Schuylkill River as a vital regional natural resource that should be protected.
  • A return to the river by the public for the purposes of recreation, sport, and enjoyment.

Safer drinking water/reduced need for treatment as indicated by:

  • Reduction in annual pollutant loadings to source water due to source water protection efforts.
  • Estimated treatment cost savings through improved source water quality.


Click here for a SAN fact sheet and organizational chart

Click here for SAN's Strategic Plan