Susquehanna River Basin Commission

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


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

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Untitled Document SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION
4423 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 8, 2017
CONTACT:
Gwyn W. Rowland, Manager, Governmental and Public Affairs
Office: (717) 238-0423, ext. 1316

SRBC Invites Auditor General to Undertake Commission Audit

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has invited Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to audit the SRBC’s finances and performance in an effort to clear up misconceptions about the commission by some members of the General Assembly.

The offer, by SRBC Executive Director Andrew Dehoff, was sent to the auditor general on Aug. 7.

Dehoff said the request followed two hearings by the House State Government Committee, during which some committee members said they believe SRBC’s regulatory activities duplicate those of the PA Department of Environmental Protection. They also expressed concern about the fees that SRBC charges its permit holders.

“SRBC is a multistate commission whose responsibility is managing the water supply within the Susquehanna River Basin to ensure sufficient quantities are available,” Dehoff said. “DEP’s role is to oversee programs involving water quality and the safety of drinking water. In rare cases where there could be duplication in our regulatory activities, we work together to avoid it.”

Dehoff acknowledged that SRBC’s fees have increased in recent years as state funding to the commission has diminished, but he said SRBC has worked to improve efficiencies and keep fee increases as low as possible. In fact, the Commission announced in June that it will hold the line on nearly all of its fees for the next year and will increase the municipal discount for its Annual Compliance and Monitoring Fee.

He noted that the Commission undergoes an independent financial audit every year, but that does not include an assessment of whether the agency is performing efficiently.

“We believe the auditor general will confirm our financial house is in order and clear up the misconceptions that some legislators seem to have,” Dehoff said. “We are and believe we should be completely transparent to the public and its elected representatives.”

The letter to the auditor general can be read here.




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 srbc.net or follow us on Twitter: @SRBCnews.