Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Gwyn Rowland
Manager, Governmental & Public Affairs
(717) 238-0423 ext. 1316

Susquehanna River Basin Commission
4423 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110-1788

Phone: (717) 238-0423 ext. 0
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4423 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
June 12, 2017
Gwyn W. Rowland, Manager, Governmental and Public Affairs
Office: (717) 238-0423, ext. 1316

SRBC Lowers Fees and Streamlines Regulation, State House Members Learn

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) told state House members today that a three-year intensive management reorganization has resulted in a more than 40 percent reduction in municipal permit fees, overall streamlining of its regulatory process and creation of a Public Water Supply Assistance Program to offer technical assistance and further fee reductions to small municipal water supply systems.

Testifying at a public hearing of the House State Government Committee, SRBC Executive Director Andrew Dehoff, P.E., said that an entirely new management team installed over the past three years took a very aggressive approach responding to concerns expressed about SRBC operations from regulated communities.

“There has been a lot of attention on water quality lately, both in Pennsylvania and nationwide. And safe drinking water is certainly critically important,” Dehoff said. “But the quality of the water is irrelevant if nothing comes out when you turn on the tap. That’s SRBC’s unique role, and that’s why for nearly 40 years we have been reviewing and approving withdrawals of water from groundwater wells.”

The executive director explained the SRBC’s groundwater rules are designed “to ensure that communities have sustainable, reliable sources of water to provide to their homes, businesses and industries.” While the Department of Environmental Protection is charged with ensuring water purity and drinkability, SRBC focuses on the quantity of water and the reliability of sources. “Sustainable and reliable, to us, means that their sources can continue to provide needed water, even during times of drought, and can do so without conflict.”

He said one of the lingering issues is that many towns are counting on old, unproven wells to supply water for future growth. “Our long-term goal is that communities will collect the information they need to provide certainty that their groundwater sources will meet long-term needs.”

Dehoff praised the operators of water supply systems in the Basin. “The men and women that make up the boards of the water authorities and townships and boroughs they serve are exemplary public servants,” the SRBC head said. “They are conscientious and dedicated to doing what is right for their communities.”

He also summarized some of the many projects undertaken using SRBC funding to enhance, expand and improve water supplies in the Susquehanna River Basin. One Commission effort involves restoring abandoned coal mining sites in Clearfield, Indiana and Schuylkill Counties. “The project in Schuylkill County isn’t yet complete, but in Clearfield and Indiana counties we are observing wild trout living and thriving in waterways that haven’t supported trout in a century,” Dehoff said.

“In Cumberland County, we partnered with a community to address a recurring sinkhole problem that also is helping the township meet its state and federal stormwater requirements,” he noted. SRBC also assisted the Lancaster County Planning Commission with water aspects of their County Comprehensive Plan, and completed a study of favorable groundwater locations to assist in development planning.

About the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is a federal/interstate governmental agency responsible for protecting and wisely managing the water resources within the 27,500 square-mile Susquehanna River Basin without regard to political boundaries. The Susquehanna rises and flows through New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay. For more information on the Commission, visit or follow us on Twitter: @SRBCnews.