Susquehanna River Basin Commission Releases Water Quality Report

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has released a report on potential impacts to water quality from unconventional natural gas drilling and other activities in the Basin.

A water quality monitoring network with more than 50 stations was put into place in 2010, as the natural gas industry was rapidly growing in the Basin. Most of the activity was located near headwater streams where water quality observations and data were scarce.

To date, the Commission’s network of monitors has not detected discernible impacts on the Basin’s water resources, but continued vigilance is warranted.

“The Commission takes very seriously its role in monitoring water quality conditions in the Basin, in order to collect the necessary data to make informed decisions,” said Executive Director Andrew Dehoff, P.E. “This report provides more information as part of the Commission’s mission to sustainably manage the water resources of the Susquehanna River in a way that supports both ecological health and economic development.”

The full report and a summary report can be found at mdw.srbc.net/remotewaterquality/reports.htm.

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