Targeting the most impaired watersheds
The Department of Environmental Protection has targeted the
most impaired watersheds in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay watershed where we
can have the most impact by working with a number of partners and stakeholders.
Click on the map below to see highlights of the water quality improvement
projects that have received funding support from Pennsylvania’s Growing
Greener, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 319 program, and the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grant funds.
These watersheds are determined by DEP’s 2014 Regional
Agricultural Watershed Assessment Program Initiative, and 2016 Integrated Water
Quality Report (303(d) list). DEP focuses state and federal funding and special
attention on these watersheds in an effort to restore clean water in a
designated time period by utilizing a holistic approach to all of the waters in
Some of the factors assessed when determining the
recoverability of a watershed include: local watershed organization
involvement, general public interest in the watershed, public water supply
recharge areas, involvement from other programs/agencies, watershed size, level
and complexity of the impairment, ability of the local area to maintain
restoration, willingness of landowners to participate, and the strength of the
local stream monitoring effort.
For general assistance with this map, or to learn more about
the programs and projects listed on the map, please contact the Division of
Water Quality Standards at 717-787-9637, or send email to RA-WQAssessments@pa.gov