Watershed Profile: Bowman Creek near Noxen, PA

Watershed Overview
Bowman Creek begins in Ricketts Glen State Park and flows northeast into the Susquehanna River a few miles south of Tunkhannock, PA. All of Bowman Creek Watershed is contained within northern Luzerne and southern Wyoming Counties, PA. The monitoring station is located in the middle portion of the watershed, near Bowman Creek, PA.
Drainage Characteristics
  • Drainage Area (square miles): 53.87
  • Total Stream Length (miles): 72.7
  • Average Annual Flow at Station (NHD) (cfs): 89.9
  • Population (2020): 2,647
Stream Classifications (Pennsylvania)
Designation Miles
Exceptional Value 7.22
High-Quality Cold Water Fisheries 65.49
Total 72.71
  • Land Use
  • Description Percentage
    Water 0.21
    Developed Open Space 1.88
    Low Urban 0.33
    Medium Urban 0.09
    High Urban 0.01
    Barren 0.03
    Deciduous Forest 66.62
    Coniferous Forest 0.55
    Mixed Forest 17.17
    Shrub Scrub 1.79
    Grassland Herbaceous 0.91
    Pasture/Hay 5.77
    Cropland 0.20
    Wetlands 4.44
Underlying Geology
Rock Type Percentage
Sandstone 99.68
Shale 0.32
Recent Results
Sample Time 6/18/2024 10:15:00 AM
Temperature  (C) 18.69
Specific Conductivity  (mS/cm) 0.048
PH 7.06
Turbidity  (NTU+) 0.4
Dissolved Oxygen  (mg/L) 9.33
Dissolved Oxygen (last month of readings)
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Specific Conductivity (last month of readings)
Temperature (last month of readings)
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Natural Gas
  • Natural Gas Pads 0
  • Natural Gas Water Withdrawals 0
Public Water Supply Withdrawals
  • Groundwater 5
  • Surface Water 0
NPDES Discharges
Description Count
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation 0
Mining/Quarry 0
Stormwater 0
Wastewater Treatment Plant/Sewage Treatment Plant 0
Other 0
Stream Impairments
Source Category Miles
Atmospheric Deposition Aquatic Life 0.30