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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-1317



Draft Water Quality Assessment Methodology; Available for Public Comment

[50 Pa.B. 5321]
[Saturday, September 26, 2020]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is requesting public comment for a draft addition to the Assessment and Listing Methodology (assessment methodology) for the 2022 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report). Sections 303(d), 305(b) and 314 of the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §§ 1313(d), 1315(b) and 1324) require states to report on the condition of all surface waters in the biennial Integrated Report. The methodology referred to in this public notice will be used, when finalized, to assess the quality of the waters in this Commonwealth under this legal mandate.

 The assessment methodology is a compilation of multiple methods used to assess waters that may appear in the Integrated Report. For the 2022 Integrated Report, the assessment methodology is being updated to reflect a newly developed methodology.

 The Department will accept comments on the new draft Stream Fish Assemblage Assessment Method. The Department will consider all comments regarding the data analysis protocols contained in this draft methodology.

 The draft methodology is available online at For questions, contact the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Clean Water, Water Quality Division, P.O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774 or (717) 787-9637.

 Interested persons may submit written comments on this draft water quality assessment methodology by Monday, November 9, 2020. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. All comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commentator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at or by e-mail to Written comments can be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Assessment Methodology'' as the subject line of written communication.

 Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Gary Walters at (717) 787-9637 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5894 (TTD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1317. Filed for public inspection September 25, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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