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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-1088



Draft Stream Evaluation Reports; Available for Public Comment

[53 Pa.B. 5066]
[Saturday, August 12, 2023]

 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 the following Draft Stream Evaluation Reports are available for public comment for a 30-day comment period.

Stream Name County Tributary to
Aquashicola Creek  Monroe and CarbonLehigh River
Jones CreekSusquehannaSnake Creek
Hosensack CreekBerks, Lehigh and Montgomery Perkiomen Creek

 The Aquashicola Creek evaluation was conducted in response to a petition from the Aquashicola/Pohopoco Watershed Conservancy, which was accepted for further study by the Environmental Quality Board (Board) on December 21, 2010. This portion of the Aquashicola Creek basin is currently designated High Quality—Cold Water Fishes (CWF), Migratory Fishes (MF). The petition requests the Aquashicola Creek basin from the source to Buckwha Creek be redesignated to Exceptional Value.

 The Jones Creek evaluation was conducted as part of ongoing monitoring and assessment efforts. The entire Jones Creek basin is currently designated CWF, MF.

 The Hosensack Creek evaluation was conducted in response to a petition submitted by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited and Lower Milford Township, which was accepted for further study by the Board on April 21, 2015. The Hosensack Creek basin is currently designated CWF, MF from the headwaters to its confluence with Perkiomen Creek.

 The draft reports are available for review on the Department's eComment web site at

 The Department has asked all relevant local jurisdictions to make a copy of this notification available to any and all interested citizens, including those who own real property in the relevant municipalities and to any other parties the municipalities believe may be interested in these evaluations and draft reports.

 Interested persons may submit comments through Monday, September 11, 2023. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system at Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to ecomment@ or by mail to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commentator's name and address. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments received on the draft reports during the public comment period will be reviewed and considered in the Department's evaluation.

 For further information, contact Mark Brickner, Water Quality Division, at or (717) 787-9637. Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 can contact the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-1088. Filed for public inspection August 11, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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