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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-1461



Stream Redesignation Evaluations of Toms Creek and Jones Creek; Water Quality Standards Review

[50 Pa.B. 5921]
[Saturday, October 24, 2020]

 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 the following stream sections to determine the proper protected use designations in this Commonwealth's Water Quality Standards.

Stream Name County Tributary to
Toms Creek Adams/Franklin Monocacy River
Jones Creek Susquehanna Snake Creek

 The Toms Creek evaluation is being conducted in response to a rulemaking petition submitted to the Environmental Quality Board (Board) by the Friends of Toms Creek. On July 21, 2020, the Board accepted the rulemaking petition for study under 25 Pa. Code Chapter 23 (relating to Environmental Quality Board Policy for processing petitions—statement of policy). The Toms Creek basin is currently designated High Quality—Coldwater Fishes, Migratory Fishes (CWF, MF), as identified in 25 Pa. Code § 93.9z (relating to Drainage List Z). The petitioner is requesting the basin, from its source to Copper Run, be redesignated to Exceptional Value.

 The Jones Creek evaluation is being conducted in response to a request from the Glacial Lakes Conservation Association. The Jones Creek basin is currently designated CWF and MF, as identified in 25 Pa. Code § 93.9i (relating to Drainage List I). The Glacial Lakes Conservation Association is requesting the basin be evaluated to determine its proper protected use designation.

 The petitions are available on the Department's web site at (select ''Public Participation,'' then ''Environmental Quality Board,'' then ''2020 Meetings'') or by contacting the Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477, (717) 787-4526.

 The Department is seeking information concerning the water quality of the waters to supplement any evaluations or assessments that have been or are being performed for potential redesignations. Persons who have technical data concerning the water quality, instream habitat or biological condition of these stream sections are encouraged to make the data available to the Department for consideration in the evaluations. These evaluations may lead to recommendations by the Department to the Board for redesignation.

 Data should be submitted to Mark Brickner, Water Quality Division, Bureau of Clean Water, P.O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774 or Data must be submitted by Monday, November 23, 2020. Questions concerning these evaluations can be directed to Mark Brickner at or (717) 787-9637.

 Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Mark Brickner directly at (717) 787-9637, or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1461. Filed for public inspection October 23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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