Watershed Profile: Little Chiques Creek near Mount Joy, PA

Watershed Overview
The headwaters of Little Chiques Creek are located in Lebanon County, PA, but the majority of the watershed lies within Lancaster County, PA. The stream flows south through the western half of the county until its confluence with Chiques Creek. The monitoring station is located in the middle of the watershed upstream of Mt. Joy, PA.
Drainage Characteristics
  • Drainage Area (square miles): 35.99
  • Total Stream Length (miles): 63.4
  • Average Annual Flow at Station (NHD) (cfs): 56.3
  • Population (2020): 7,377
Stream Classifications (Pennsylvania)
Designation Miles
Trout Stocked Fisheries 63.42
Total 63.42
  • Land Use
  • Description Percentage
    Water 0.03
    Developed Open Space 6.52
    Low Urban 4.05
    Medium Urban 1.11
    High Urban 0.25
    Barren 0.08
    Deciduous Forest 10.00
    Coniferous Forest 0.04
    Mixed Forest 5.49
    Shrub Scrub 1.20
    Grassland Herbaceous 0.18
    Pasture/Hay 14.01
    Cropland 56.55
    Wetlands 0.50
Underlying Geology
Rock Type Percentage
Conglomerate 6.10
Limestone 7.99
Other 3.68
Sandstone 40.96
Shale 41.27
Recent Results
Sample Time 6/13/2024 3:00:00 AM
Temperature  (C) 17.46
Specific Conductivity  (mS/cm) 0.433
PH 7.81
Turbidity  (NTU+) 8.23
Dissolved Oxygen  (mg/L) 7.7
Dissolved Oxygen (last month of readings)
pH (last month of readings)
Specific Conductivity (last month of readings)
Temperature (last month of readings)
Turbidity (last month of readings)
Natural Gas
  • Natural Gas Pads 0
  • Natural Gas Water Withdrawals 0
Public Water Supply Withdrawals
  • Groundwater 8
  • Surface Water 1
NPDES Discharges
Description Count
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation 17
Mining/Quarry 0
Stormwater 16
Wastewater Treatment Plant/Sewage Treatment Plant 0
Other 2
Stream Impairments
Source Category Miles
Agriculture Aquatic Life 57.00
Source Unknown Recreational 37.70