Proposed Watershed Redesignation; Public Hearing
[27 Pa.B. 4397]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), Bureau of Watershed Conservation, will be holding a public hearing regarding a proposed watershed redesignation for stormwater management planning purposes.
The Montgomery County Planning Commission has requested the redesignation of the Sandy Run Watershed (including Pine Run and Rapp Run) as a separate watershed for purposes of stormwater planning under the Storm Water Management Act of 1978. Presently, the Sandy Run Watershed, whose mouth is located in the proximity of the Fort Washington State Park and Interchange 26 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, is part of the designated Wissahickon Creek Watershed. Municipalities within the proposed watershed will include Upper Dublin, Abington, Springfield, and Whitemarsh Townships. The Department, in consultation with the Montgomery County Planning Commission, has already designated 14 watersheds within Montgomery County. These watersheds were approved by the Environmental Quality Board. This requested redesignation would result in Montgomery County having 15 watersheds for planning purposes.
The redesignation will enable Montgomery County to expedite the stormwater planning process for the Sandy Run Watershed under the Storm Water Management Act of 1978 due to the severe flooding problems within the watershed while coordinating with local efforts in developing a master plan for the watershed.
The Department will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting comments on the redesignation of this watershed. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on September 26, 1997, at the Montgomery Room, 2nd Floor, One Montgomery Plaza, Norristown, PA.
Persons wishing to testify at the hearing should contact Durla Lathia of the Department, Bureau of Watershed Conservation, P. O. Box 8555, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 772-4048, by 4:30 p.m. on September 10, to reserve a time to present testimony. Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes for each witness and written copies of the testimony should be submitted at the hearing. Each organization is requested that one witness present testimony on its behalf. Persons wishing to present written comments directly to the Department may do so within 30 days following the hearing.
Persons with a disability who wish to attend the hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations to participate in the proceedings should contact Durla Lathia at (717) 772-4048. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984.
JAMES M. SEIF,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1362. Filed for public inspection August 22, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]
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