Stream Redesignation Evaluations; Water Quality Standards Review
[40 Pa.B. 5643]
[Saturday, October 2, 2010]
Under 25 Pa. Code § 93.4d (relating to processing of petitions, evaluations and assessments to change a designated use) the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) gives notice that an evaluation will be conducted on all or portions of the streams listed to determine the proper Aquatic Life Use or Special Protection designations in this Commonwealth's Water Quality Standards.
Stream Name County Tributary To South Branch Roaring Creek—Basin, from source to T 309/Monroe Road Columbia, Montour, Northumberland Susquehanna River East Branch Hemlock Creek, Basin Susquehanna, Wayne Hemlock Creek Little Egypt Creek, Basin Susquehanna Susquehanna River East Branch Tunkhannock Creek Susquehanna Tunkhannock Creek Cocalico Creek—Basin, from source to Blue
Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon Conestoga River Harnish Run, Basin Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon Cocalico Creek Ironstone Creek—Basin source to SR 4045 Berks Manatawny Creek Willow Creek Berks Maiden Creek UNT 01762 to Monocacy Creek Berks Monocacy Creek Wallenpaupack Creek—Basin, from source
to the Lake Wallenpaupak Dam
Wayne, Pike, Monroe Lackawaxen River McGourvey Run, Basin Clarion Clarion River Callihan Run, Basin Clarion Clarion River Watson Run, Basin Clarion Clarion River Clyde Run, Basin Elk Clarion River
Persons who have technical data concerning the water quality, instream habitat or biological condition of these stream sections are encouraged to make it available to the Department for consideration in the assessment. These assessments may lead to recommendations to the Environmental Quality Board (Board) for redesignation.
Data should be submitted to Tony Shaw, Division of Water Quality Standards, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, P. O. Box 8467, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8467, firstname.lastname@example.org. Data should be submitted no later than 30 days following publication of this notice. Questions concerning this evaluation can be directed to Tony Shaw at (717) 787-9637.
The South Branch Roaring Creek basin is currently designated High Quality-Cold Water Fishes (HQ-CWF) from the source to T 309/Monroe Road in the Department's Water Quality Standards. The South Branch Roaring Creek study area will include the South Branch Roaring Creek basin from the source to T 309/Monroe Road.
The East Branch Hemlock, Little Egypt and East Branch Tunkahannock Creeks basins are currently designated Cold Water Fishes (CWF) in the Department's Water Quality Standards. The East Branch Hemlock Creek and Little Egypt Creek study areas will include each basin in its entirety. The East Branch Tunkhannock Creek study area will include the East Branch Tunkhannock Creek basin from the source to SR 2027 at Elkdale.
The Cocalico Creek basin from the source to Blue Lake is currently designated High Quality-Warm Water Fishes (HQ-WWF) in the Department's Water Quality Standards. Harnish Run is currently designated Warm Water Fishes (WWF) in the Department's Water Quality Standards. The study area will include the entire Cocalico Creek basin from the source to Blue Lake and include the Harnish Run basin.
The Ironstone Creek basin from the source to SR 4045 is currently designated Trout Stocking (TSF). The Willow Creek basin is currently designated CWF. The UNT 01762 to Monocacy Creek basin is currently designated WWF. The study area for Ironstone Creek will include the entire basin from the source to SR 4045. The study areas for Willow Creek and UNT 01762 to Monocacy Creek will include each basin in its entirety.
Wallenpaupack Creek from the source to the Lake Wallenpaupack Dam is currently designated HQ-CWF in the Department's Water Quality Standards. This study area will include Wallenpaupack Creek from the source to the Lake Wallenpaupack Dam.
Recent sampling efforts have indicated that the current designated use for South Branch Roaring, Little Egypt, East Branch Tunkhannock, East Branch Hemlock and Cocalico Creeks, Harnish Run, Ironstone and Willow Creeks, UNT 01762 and Wallenpaupak Creek should be reassessed. These assessments may lead to recommendations to the Board for redesignation.
McGourvey, Callihan, Watson and Clyde Runs basins are currently absent from the Department's Water Quality Standards. These basins are being evaluated for the most appropriate aquatic life use designation. These assessments will lead to a recommendation to the Board for designation. These study areas will include each basin in its entirety.
Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Tony Shaw directly at (717) 787-9637 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-1889. Filed for public inspection October 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]
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