Watershed Profile: West Branch Susquehanna River near Cherry Tree, PA


Watershed Overview
The West Branch Susquehanna River originates in northern Cambria County, PA. The West Branch flows north, east, and then south through 6 counties before its confluence with the Susquehanna River north of Sunbury, PA. The monitoring station was located near the town of Cherry Tree, PA.
Drainage Characteristics
  • Drainage Area (square miles): 36.22
  • Total Stream Length (miles): 58.70
  • Average Annual Flow at Station (NHD) (cfs): 57.60
  • Population (2010): 6,948
Stream Classifications (Pennsylvania)
Designation Miles
Cold Water Fisheries 47.23
Warm Water Fisheries 11.46
Total 58.69
  • Land Use
  • Description Percentage
    Water 0.32
    Developed Open Space 7.28
    Low Urban 2.88
    Medium Urban 0.69
    High Urban 0.16
    Barren 1.19
    Deciduous Forest 51.39
    Coniferous Forest 1.49
    Mixed Forest 16.53
    Shrub Scrub 0.50
    Grassland Herbaceous 1.76
    Pasture/Hay 12.95
    Cropland 3.03
    Wetlands 0.07
Underlying Geology
Rock Type Percentage
Sandstone 41.20
Shale 58.80
Map
Historical Station

This is a historical station. Data was collected between 11/06/2012 and 12/15/2016

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Natural Gas
  • Natural Gas Pads 0
  • Natural Gas Water Withdrawals 0
Public Water Supply Withdrawals
  • Groundwater 13
  • Surface Water 5
NPDES Discharges
Description Count
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation 0
Mining/Quarry 2
Stormwater 2
Wastewater Treatment Plant/Sewage Treatment Plant 2
Other 3
Stream Impairments
Source Category Miles
Acid Mine Drainage Aquatic Life 21.00
Channelization Aquatic Life 4.10
Erosion from Derelict Land Aquatic Life 10.60
On-Site Treatment Systems Aquatic Life 2.10
Source Unknown Recreational 2.80