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In brief: DEP decides against seeking Susquehanna impairment designation

By , - Last modified: February 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has determined that the main stem of the Susquehanna River should not be proposed as an impaired waterway in a federally required report, the agency said earlier this week.

DEP has submitted its final 2012 Integrated Waters report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The report is required under the federal Clean Water Act and includes the state proposing waterways as impaired if appropriate.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and others had requested DEP propose the river section as impaired due to die-offs of young fish and disease within its smallmouth bass population, according to a news release.

But DEP said that position "is based on very limited, piecemeal data and is not supported by the existing data or the law," the release stated.

The agency also said it is determined to help find the cause of the problems with the bass, according to the release.

Issues with the smallmouth bass population in the section of the Susquehanna River flowing through the midstate have been cited as a remaining problem as stakeholders seek to further develop and market the river as an economic resource.

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