Watershed Profile: South Branch Tunkhannock Creek near La Plume, PA

Watershed Overview
South Branch Tunkhannock Creek flows west into Tunkhannock Creek northeast of Tunkhannock, PA. The majority of the watershed is contained within northern Lackawanna and eastern Wyoming Counties, PA. The monitoring station is located in the middle portion of the watershed near La Plume, PA.
Drainage Characteristics
  • Drainage Area (square miles): 70.47
  • Total Stream Length (miles): 124.2
  • Average Annual Flow at Station (NHD) (cfs): 102.4
  • Population (2020): 16,206
Stream Classifications (Pennsylvania)
Designation Miles
Cold Water Fisheries 98.73
Trout Stocked Fisheries 25.42
Total 124.15
  • Land Use
  • Description Percentage
    Water 1.76
    Developed Open Space 9.05
    Low Urban 3.62
    Medium Urban 1.42
    High Urban 0.35
    Barren 0.10
    Deciduous Forest 35.64
    Coniferous Forest 1.09
    Mixed Forest 12.71
    Shrub Scrub 0.43
    Grassland Herbaceous 0.56
    Pasture/Hay 25.51
    Cropland 0.44
    Wetlands 7.31
Underlying Geology
Rock Type Percentage
Sandstone 100.00
Recent Results
Sample Time 6/13/2024 2:00:00 AM
Temperature  (C) 17.73
Specific Conductivity  (mS/cm) 0.23
PH 7.4
Turbidity  (NTU+) 2.31
Dissolved Oxygen  (mg/L) 8.49
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 45
  • Surface Water 0
NPDES Discharges
Description Count
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation 0
Mining/Quarry 0
Stormwater 18
Wastewater Treatment Plant/Sewage Treatment Plant 2
Other 10
Stream Impairments
Source Category Miles
Municipal Point Source Aquatic Life 2.10
Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers Aquatic Life 12.20
Source Unknown Recreational 20.40