The Viscosity Effect: A Newly Found Connection Between the Riparian Zone and Water Quality

DEP responds to deadly truck crash, determines that release of brine is a ‘violation of Clean Streams Law’ – Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper

Five bugs that are a sign of clean water

These five macroinvertebrates can tell you a lot about the health of a waterway

This an article that appeared on the Chesapeake Bay Progam website on January 19, 2021. It was written by Margot Cumming and a link to the article is below.

More additions proposed to Lass A and Wild Trout Streams

Please take a moment to comment in SUPPORT of the proposed changes (additions) to the Class A wild trout list, and Wild Trout list. These stream sections will receive additional protections from being reclassified. Your comment doesn’t have to be lengthy. Just say you support the additions.

Class A comment form:

Wild Trout comment form:

List of Class A streams being added:

List of Wild Trout streams being added:


By John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

 A tiny waterway – more a trickle than a stream – winds down through an under-road culvert at the intersection for a small Snyder County community.

A few scattered populations of minnows and macroinvertebrates share the tiny channel un-interrupted until a hose is lowered into the stream from a roadside truck and water is drawn into an approximately 700-gallon tank to be used for a nearby hydroseeding project.

The truck returned for several additional water draws from the same stream later that day.

“Ultimately, when water is drawn from a waterway for whatever reason, the larger the water body, the less the likelihood of an impact (within the aquatic ecosystem within),” said Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) Manager of Compliance Jeremy Hoffman. “These small streams are not the ideal place to get water, but oftentimes, they are the closest proximity to where a project may be happening. If people are willing to truck water a little bit farther, a larger stream would certainly be the better place to target vs. some of the smaller streams in our area.”

Hoffman admitted this is a best-practice suggestion, but in the case of the reported hydroseeding water draw concern, no regulatory thresholds were breached.

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