Monthly Minute February 2024 -
A 60 second summary of what's been happening at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
$68 Million Grant Awarded to Restore Severely Impaired Watershed - SRBC has been awarded $68,255,481 through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Abandoned Mine Lands and Acid Mine Drainage Grant Program to construct an active treatment plant in the Tioga River Watershed. The plant will remedy severe acid mine drainage from historic coal mining that pollutes the Tioga River, and the benefits will expand far beyond the restoration of a single waterway.
SRBC to Hold Public Hearing on Water Project Applications - SRBC will hold a public hearing on February 1, 2024. The hearing will cover applications for several water withdrawal and consumptive use projects and testimony on the proposed General Permit GP-03, Cooperative Fish Nursery. These projects and general permit will be presented for Commission action at its next business meeting on March 14, 2024.
The Guardian - the Commission's electronic newsletter, informs our stakeholders on a quarterly basis of important studies and technical projects, proposed policies and regulations, and other items of interest to residents, communities, and businesses of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Winter 2024 topics include:
Executive Director's Message;
Groundbreaking Groundwater Recharge Study Released;
Octoraro Story Map;
Stream Salinization Study;
Blossburg Couple Honored;
Conowingo Pay For Success Program; and
SRBC Holds Business Meeting in Corning, New York - The Susquehanna River Basin Commission held its quarterly business meeting in Corning, New York, on December 14, 2023. Among its actions, the Commission: presented the William Jeanes, Sr. Award to Charlie and Joyce Andrews; approved one grant agreement; approved a motion to release a proposed general permit for public comment; tabled a motion to release a proposed rulemaking for public comment; ratified two settlement agreements for regulatory violations; and acted on 20 regulatory program water projects, with one project being tabled.
Blossburg Couple Honored for Efforts to Restore the Tioga River Watershed - SRBC is honoring a couple whose devotion to the restoration of the Tioga River Watershed will soon turn its orange, polluted waters into clear, healthy flows. Charlie and Joyce Andrews of Blossburg, Pennsylvania received the William Jeanes Sr. Award from SRBC Commissioners on December 14th, 2023 at their quarterly business meeting held in Corning, New York.
Public Comment Sought on Cooperative Fish Nursery Permitting - The
SRBC is seeking public comment on a proposed general permit, GP-03 Cooperative
Fish Nursery. This permit is designed to provide a pathway for cooperative
fish nurseries, in conjunction with their member jurisdiction fishery
authority, to withdraw water for flow-through use in nursery operations and
to avoid duplication of those member jurisdiction regulations.
Comment on GP-03
Groundbreaking Groundwater Recharge Study Released - SRBC has published a groundbreaking study focused on groundwater recharge
potential in over-utilized areas with limited water availability. The study – Identifying Optimal Groundwater Recharge Locations and Critical Aquifer
Recharge Areas within the Susquehanna River Basin – was completed by the Commission to help identify important areas of the basin.
General Permit 02 - effective October 1st, 2023
The Commission has approved a new general permit that allows for the withdrawal of
groundwater from wells for emergency uses or maintenance activities.