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Designated Uses and Water Quality Standards

Chapter 93 of Title 25 of the PA Code

Title 25 of the PA Code sets forth regulations for Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania and within Article II are the chapters concerned with Water Resources, several of which are of relevance to the activities of Conservation Districts. Chapter 92 details the management of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in the Commonwealth, Chapter 102 deals with Erosion and Sediment Control, Chapter 105 titled Dam Safety and Waterways Management is also concerned with streambank stability, stream crossings, and habitat projects, Chapter 106 concerns Floodplain Management. and Chapter 111 is titled Storm Water Management.

Chapter 93 of Title 25 is Water Quality Standards and herein is listed the limits for chemical, physical and biological parameters that affect the suitability of Pennsylvania's surface waters in sustaining life, health, and human activities. All surface waters have designated uses which determine the standards for water quality to be met for that body of water. Protected uses group into several broad categories such as Aquatic Life, Water Supply, Recreation and Fish Consumption, and Special Protection. Within each category are specific uses; Aquatic Life includes Warm Water Fishes (WWF), Cold Water Fishes (CWF), Migratory Fishes (MF), and Trout Stocking (TSF) and Recreation and Fish Consumption includes Boating (B), Fishing (F), Water Contact Sports (WC), and Esthetics (E).

Special Protection waters in Pennsylvania are designated as either High Quality (HQ) or Exceptional Value (EV), with EV being the higher standard. In Bedford County, Shobers Run, Deep Hollow Run, Yellow Creek, Evitts Creek, Town Creek, Amorine Branch, Flintstone Creek, Lost Creek, Twigg Hollow, Laurel Branch, some tributaries of Wills Creek as well as Bobs Creek upstream of Deep Hollow Run (Pavia) are listed as High Quality waters. Listed as Exceptional Value waters are Sideling Hill Creek in the Potomac River basin and parts of Cove Creek in the Juniata watershed.

To view Chapter 93 starting at page 1 of Ch 93, CLICK HERE.

To view stream listings for the Juniata River watershed (drainage list N), CLICK HERE.

To view stream listings for the Potomac River watershed (drainage list Z), CLICK HERE.

Link to DEP Water Quality Assessment and Standards page

 

 

 

Next page: Pennsylvania's Integrated list of Waters

 

 

 

 

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