Executive Director's Message
News & Views from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Monthly Minute January 2023
SRBC to Hold Public Hearing on Water Project Applications-The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on February 2, 2023. The hearing will cover applications for several water withdrawal and consumptive use projects, including one out-of-basin diversion and one commission-initiated modification. These projects are proposed for Commission action at its next business meeting on March 16, 2023.
The Guardian, the Commission’s electronic newsletter, informs our stakeholders on a quarterly basis of important studies and technical projects, proposed policies and regulations, and other items of interest to residents, communities, and businesses of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Winter 2023 topics include: Executive Director's Message; Dry Cooling--A Water Conservation Success Story; A Tale of Tagged Trout; Over the River and Through the Turbines; Study Stream Salinization; Partnering to Protect; Follow the Federal Dollars.
SRBC Holds Business Meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - HARRISBURG, Pa. – SRBC held its quarterly business meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the SRBC offices, on December 15, 2022. Among its actions, the Commission: approved 13 water resource projects, including one out-of-basin diversion with one project being tabled; adopted the regulatory program fee schedule for 2023 with no increases; adopted a resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act;approved the licensing of grant management software; and approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Maryland regarding the Conowingo Watershed Implementation Plan.
2023 Consumptive Use Mitigation Grants Now Available - SRBC is offering a second year of grants for projects focused on improving the sustainability of streamflows and groundwater during times of drought to support both water supplies and the aquatic ecosystem. Up to $6 million in funding is available this round.
SRBC Revises Two Regulatory Compliance Policies - SRBC has revised two regulatory compliance policies: the Policy and Guidance Statement for the Settlement of Civil Penalties/Enforcement Actions and the SRBC Civil Penalty Matrix.
More than $100,000 in Grants Awarded - SRBC is pleased to announce more than $100,000 in grants awarded for groundwater level monitoring projects. This is the second successful year for the program. The grants will help 20 municipalities and businesses purchase and install equipment needed to track water levels in their production wells.
$6.6 Million in Grants Awarded to Consumptive Use Mitigation Projects - The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is thrilled to announce $6.6 Million in grant funding for 14 projects that will improve water availability and water quality in the basin during droughts.
Tioga River Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment Plant Project - Abandoned mine discharges have polluted the Tioga River for more than a century. Now the SRBC, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee have a plan to stop it. See our revised web pages that include an overview of mining history, environmental impacts, and the Tioga River Restoration Project and Story Map companion.
Susquehanna River Basin Commission Annual Report 2021 - The 2021 annual report highlights the Commission’s work to enhance public welfare through comprehensive planning, water supply allocation, and management of the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin. This report highlights initiatives in which our role as river steward has evolved over the years, reflecting our ability to adapt to changing needs.
Updated Comprehensive Plan and Water Resources Program - SRBC recently adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan that outlines the vision, needs, and strategy for effectively managing the water resources of the basin over the next 20 years. The Plan will be implemented through an updated Water Resources Program that presents the priority water resources needs of the basin over the next three fiscal years and the key projects proposed to satisfy those needs.
Our 2021 annual report highlights the Commission’s work to enhance public welfare through comprehensive planning, water supply allocation, and management of the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin.
The Public Water Supply Assistance Program supports small municipal systems in meeting the Commission’s regulatory requirements and provides education and training specifically for public water supply systems.