Friday, April 22, 2022

Delaware Currents: For Every 10 Miles Of Streams In PA's Part Of The Delaware River Watershed, 4 Don’t Meet Water Quality Standards

By Chris Mele,
Delaware Currents

Note: For Earth Day, Delaware Currents launches another one of its ambitious projects. 

This story kicks off a 10-part series to help you understand the health of the nine basins in Pennsylvania that are part of the Delaware River’s watershed. The findings are drawn from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s 2022 Integrated Water Quality Report.

For every 10 miles of streams in Pennsylvania that are part of the Delaware River watershed, four miles are so polluted as to be considered harmful, a recent state report has found.

The health of these streams is no small thing when you consider that Pennsylvania boasts the largest land mass in the four-state watershed and that the waterways in parts of 16 Pennsylvania counties are the arteries that feed the Delaware River.

The Delaware River’s health, in turn, is important because more than 15 million people depend on it for their drinking water.

Click Here to read the full article.

[How Clean Is Your Stream?

[Check DEP’s 2022 Water Quality Report to find out how clean streams are near you.]

(Photo: Neshaminy Creek, Bucks County.)

(Reprinted from Delaware Currents.)

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[Posted: April 22, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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