08/11/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/09/2020 18:04
'In a state as rich in water resources as Pennsylvania it is important to be able to show people how their local streams, lakes, and rivers are doing,' said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. 'The online report lets people focus in on their local waterways to see how healthy they are or what is causing any impairments. Local input on impaired waters can help DEP restore those waterways.'
In addition to the fully online report, required every two years under the federal Clean Water Act, the 2020 Draft Integrated Water Report also features a map viewer that allows users to zoom down to individual stream or river sections and export information. These tools can be useful for residents looking to learn more about their waters and for decision makers at the local level for planning purposes.
'In a world now shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important for DEP to make our informational resources available digitally,' said McDonnell. 'The 2020 draft of the Integrated Water Report is another step towards making more DEP resources available and accessible.'
The report also highlights specific efforts in Pennsylvania to restore impaired watersheds. Abandoned mine drainage and sediment pollution from runoff from agricultural, urban, and suburban landscapes have all degraded water quality in many parts of Pennsylvania, and intensive efforts have been made in several key watersheds to restore these natural resources. In Union County, local groups and DEP worked to restore the Turtle Creek watershed after it was impaired by sediment runoff.
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