Stream Redesignation Evaluation of Brodhead Creek; Water Quality Standards Review
[53 Pa.B. 2485]
[Saturday, May 6, 2023]
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 evaluations will be conducted on the stream section listed in the following table to determine the proper protected use designation in this Commonwealth's Water Quality Standards.
Stream Name County Tributary to Brodhead Creek Monroe Delaware River
The evaluation of Brodhead Creek is being conducted in response to a rulemaking petition submitted to the Environmental Quality Board (Board) by the Brodhead Watershed Association. On November 15, 2022, 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 Brodhead Creek is currently designated High-Quality—Coldwater Fishes, Migratory Fishes (HQ—CWF, MF), as identified in 25 Pa. Code § 93.9c (relating to Drainage List C). The petitioner is requesting the basin be redesignated to Exceptional Value waters.
The petitions are available on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Public Participation,'' then ''Environmental Quality Board,'' then ''2022 Meetings'') or by contacting the Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477, (717) 787-4526.
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 these evaluations. These evaluations may lead to recommendations to the Board for redesignation.
Interested persons may submit data through Monday, June 5, 2023. Persons are encouraged to submit information using the Department's online eComment tool at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. Data may also be submitted to eComment by e-mail to email@example.com. Data may also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Brickner, Water Quality Division, Bureau of Clean Water, P.O. Box 8774, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8774.
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 Hamilton 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. 23-599. Filed for public inspection May 5, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]
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