HARRISBURG – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission announced that 18 separate water withdrawals approved by SRBC in 6 Pennsylvania counties remain temporarily suspended due to localized lower stream flow levels (see below for list of suspended withdrawals).
Streams have responded positively to recent rainfall events, reducing the number of suspended water withdrawals by more than half this week. The vast majority of the temporarily suspended withdrawals are related to water for natural gas projects.
The suspended withdrawals are part of SRBC’s passby flow requirement to protect aquatic resources and downstream water users. When streams drop below pre-determined protective flow levels, project sponsors who are required to meet SRBC’s passby requirement must stop taking water. They cannot resume taking water until streams have recovered above the protected level for at least 48 hours.
SRBC and its regulated project sponsors monitor real-time stream flow data generated by stream gages maintained and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. Regulated project sponsors also are required to install tamper-proof water meters that automatically record their water withdrawals on a daily basis. SRBC requires that information be reported quarterly, in addition to continuous spot-inspections conducted by SRBC field staff working out of the field office in Sayre, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
WATER WITHDRAWALS STILL TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED AS OF AUG. 11:
Smith Transport Warehouse, Bald Eagle Creek
Chesapeake Appalachia, Chemung River (Barrett) and Sugar Creek (Isbell)
Healthy Properties, Sugar Creek
Talisman Energy, Fall Brook, Seeley Creek, Sugar Creek, Towanda Creek, and Tributary to North Branch Sugar Creek
Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Towanda Creek
Towanda Country Club, Little Wysox Creek
Pennsylvania General Energy Company, Pine Creek (Poust)
Ultra Resources, Pine Creek
LDG Innovations, Tioga River
Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Tioga River and Unnamed tributary of North Elk Run
Ultra Resources, Cowanesque River
Sugar Hollow Trout Park and Hatchery, Hatchery Effluent