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Swiftwater and Indian Run EV Petition

Swiftwater Creek Exceptional Value Petition

BWA and co-petitoners Tobyhanna-Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Association, Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Swiftwater Preserve and Buck Hill Conservation Foundation submitted a petition to Pennsylvania's Environmental Quality Board (EQB) seeking a redesignation of the Upper Swiftwater Creek (above Route 611) and Indian Run to "Exceptional Value" as its designated use. The EQB, in October, 2007, accepted the petition for further study of the streams by PA Department of Environmental Protection. In October 2008, based on studies by DEP biologists, the streams were listed as having Exceptional Value Existing Use.

What does this mean?

Swiftwater Creek, like all the streams in the Paradise, Pocono, McMichael, Marshalls watersheds, and most of the Brodhead mainstem, is currently designated a "High Quality Cold Water Fishery" stream. This designation means that existing water quality must be protected when any permit to discharge to the stream is being onsidered. An exception MAY be made to that protection requirement - and the stream may be degraded - if the proposed project can be shown to have a "social or economic justification." However, the cold water fishery must still be protected.

When a stream is designated "Exceptional Value" the "social or economic justification" exception is not allowed. The existing water quality must be protected.

Exceptional value designation means developement in the watershed ust be done with great care, to assure that water quality is not degraded.

Read the Petition - Swiftwater Petition in PDF form

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