Watershed Profile: Quittapahilla Creek near Syner, PA


Watershed Overview
Quittapahilla Creek generally flows east to west before it joins the Swatara Creek. The Quittapahilla Creek Watershed is entirely within Lebanon County, PA. The monitoring station is located near its confluence with the Swatara Creek.
Drainage Characteristics
  • Drainage Area (square miles): 73.84
  • Total Stream Length (miles): 82.20
  • Average Annual Flow at Station (NHD) (cfs): 105.50
  • Population (2010): 67,339
Stream Classifications (Pennsylvania)
Designation Miles
Trout Stocked Fisheries 82.25
Total 82.25
  • Land Use
  • Description Percentage
    Water 0.32
    Developed Open Space 11.59
    Low Urban 12.55
    Medium Urban 5.55
    High Urban 2.85
    Barren 0.64
    Deciduous Forest 10.46
    Coniferous Forest 0.08
    Mixed Forest 3.15
    Shrub Scrub 0.05
    Grassland Herbaceous 0.19
    Pasture/Hay 11.29
    Cropland 40.85
    Wetlands 0.15
Underlying Geology
Rock Type Percentage
Conglomerate 3.14
Dolomite 25.02
Limestone 49.60
Other 4.45
Sandstone 6.59
Shale 11.20
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Recent Results
Sample Time 12/5/2020 1:30:00 PM
Temperature  (C) 9.57
Specific Conductivity  (mS/cm) 0.567
PH 8.37
Turbidity  (NTU+) 345.8
Dissolved Oxygen  (mg/L) 11.48
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Natural Gas
  • Natural Gas Pads 0
  • Natural Gas Water Withdrawals 0
Public Water Supply Withdrawals
  • Groundwater 29
  • Surface Water 1
NPDES Discharges
Description Count
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation 15
Mining/Quarry 5
Stormwater 28
Wastewater Treatment Plant/Sewage Treatment Plant 5
Other 28
Stream Impairments
Source Category Miles
Agriculture Aquatic Life 55.00
Crop Production Aquatic Life 6.80
Streambank Modifications Aquatic Life 13.40
Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers Aquatic Life 38.90
Source Unknown Recreational 80.00