PCCD prepares for water protections
Beecher also said PCCD is seeking a funding source for approximately $5,500 to add additional water quality monitoring sites to assess the potential impacts of gas transmission lines. In addition to the macroinvertebrate testing and fish surveys that PCCD normally conducts through its Water Quality Monitoring Program, a new section called the Gas Transmission Line Impact Survey has been added.
In response to a request for support from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network regarding its petition to upgrade the Upper and Middle Delaware and associated watershed from its current designation to exceptional value, the board approved a letter explaining its position on the matter.
“We recommend bringing the Delaware River up to exceptional value status, but we would prefer seeing the rest of the watershed to be assessed individually,” said PCCD watershed specialist Lori Colgan.
“The Upper and Middle Delaware River segments that are designated as Wild and Scenic river segments are already designated by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) as Outstanding Basin Waters, which is akin to Pennsylvania’s Exceptional Value (EV) status,” added Beecher. “The issue we’ve had over the years is that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has not followed suit in providing the same special protection water status to those segments of the Delaware River. We think they should be consistent with the DRBC designations.”
“Although all tributaries to the Delaware River in Pike County are already designated either Exceptional Value or High Quality and the upgrading of all Pike County streams to Exceptional Value may well be merited, we believe that it would be prudent to evaluate each tributary stream on its own merits,” the letter concludes.
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