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Water Quality Advisory Committee

The purpose of the SRBC Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) is to coordinate and share information on water quality activities to help promote partnerships, avoid duplication of effort, and promote consistency of water quality-related activities in the Susquehanna River Basin.  The WQAC meets during the spring and fall of each year.  The fall meeting covers a wide range of new initiatives and discussion topics, while the spring meeting has a sharper focus on a specific issue in the basin.   Topics of focus for past spring meetings have included abandoned mine drainage, climate change, stormwater management, and streamflow considerations for water quality management in the Susquehanna River Basin. Representatives from various federal, state, local, and environmental agencies and organizations participate in the meetings including the following:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (including Chesapeake Bay Program
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Office of Surface Mining
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • PA Fish and Boat Commission
  • PA Sea Grant
  • Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Upper Susquehanna Coalition
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Drainage
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • American Rivers
May 6, 2015 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
SRBC Overview (SRBC)
SRBC Program Highlights (SRBC)
American Eel in the Susquehanna River Basin: Past, Present, Future (Aaron Henning, SRBC)
December 10, 2014 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
SRBC Monitoring & Protection Program Overview (James Shallenberger, SRBC)
Monitoring Urban Watersheds (Tyler Shenk, SRBC)
Baseline Groundwater Quality Assessment using Domestic Supply Wells (Jeff Chaplin, USGS)
Baseline Groundwater Quality Assessment using Domestic Supply Wells continued (Dennis Risser, USGS)
Maryland Water Monitoring Council (Sherm Garrison, MDNR)
May 22, 2013 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
SRBC Low Flow Protection Policy Implementation (Andrew Dehoff, SRBC)
SRBC Sampling Design: Targeted vs. Probabilistic (Luanne Steffy, SRBC)
SRBC Activities (Andrew Gavin, SRBC)
Susquehanna Reservoir Sediment Transport Simulation and Effects in Chesapeake Bay using HEC-RAS, AdH, and the Water Quality Model (Michael Langland, USGS)
Tracking Invasive Species in the Susquehanna River Watershed (Mary Walsh, Western PA Conservancy)
SRBC Invasive Species Tracking (Tyler Shenk, SRBC)
May 22, 2012 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
Final Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources (Jeanne Briskin, USEPA)
Pennsylvania's Act 13: The Marcellus Shale Law (Kurt Klapkowski, PADEP)
New York State's New Water Resources Law (Michael Holt, NYSDEC)
September 27, 2011 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
Maryland's Ion Monitoring Program to Inform Potential State Chloride Criterion (Adam Rettig & Tim Fox, MD Department of the Environment)
New York's Nutrient Criteria Effort (Jeff Myers, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation)
May 25, 2011 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
October 13, 2010 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
Marcellus Shale Related Research (Richard Hammack, U.S. Dept of Energy)
Proposed Sugar Creek Ecosystem Study (Jennifer Hoffman, SRBC)
May 25, 2010 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
Golden Algae Problems and Concerns (Patrick Campbell, WV Dept of Environmental Protection
Update on Status of Flathead Catfish and Asian Swamp Eel (Richard Hortwitz, Paul Overbeck, David Keller, and Shane Moser, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences)
September 23, 2009 (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations:
June 30, 2009 (webinar) (PDF documents)
Power Point Presentations: