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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1238


Stream Redesignation Evaluations; Water Quality Standards Review

[39 Pa.B. 3536]
[Saturday, July 11, 2009]

   Under 25 Pa. Code § 93.4d (relating to processing of petitions, evaluations and assessments to change a designated use) the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) gives notice that an evaluation will be conducted on all or a portion of the streams listed to determine the proper Aquatic Life Use or Special Protection designations in the Commonwealth's Water Quality Standards.

Stream Name County Tributary To
Unnamed Tributary (04646) to Bushkill Creek (Sobers Run)--
Basin, from the source to the confluence with Bushkill Creek
Northampton Bushkill Creek
Larrys Creek--Basin, from the source to the confluence with West Branch Susquehanna River Lycoming West Branch Susquehanna River

   Persons who have technical data concerning the water quality, instream habitat or biological condition of these stream sections are encouraged to make it available to the Department for consideration in the assessment. These assessments may lead to recommendations to the Environmental Quality Board (Board) for redesignation.

   Data should be submitted to Tony Shaw, Division of Water Quality Standards, Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation, P. O. Box 8467, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8467, Data should be submitted no later than 30 days following publication of this notice. Questions concerning this evaluation can be directed to Tony Shaw at (717) 787-9637.

   Sobers Run, a tributary to Bushkill Creek, is currently designated High Quality-Cold Water Fishes (HQ-CWF) from the source to the mouth, and has been petitioned for redesignation as Exceptional Value (EV). This assessment may lead to a recommendation to the Board for redesignation. The Sobers Run study area will include the entire Sobers Run basin.

   Larrys Creek, a tributary to West Branch Susquehanna River, is currently designated HQ-CWF from the basin source to Second Fork Larrys Creek and Warm Water Fishes (WWF) from Second Fork Larrys Creek to the mouth. First Fork Larrys Creek, a tributary to Larrys Creek is currently designated HQ-CWF from basin source to mouth. Recent sampling efforts have indicated that the current designated use for Larrys Creek basin should be reassessed. This assessment may lead to a recommendation to the Board for redesignation. The Larrys Creek study area will include the entire Larrys Creek basin.

   Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Tony Shaw directly at (717) 787-9637 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1238. Filed for public inspection July 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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