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Clean Water Act Status: PENNSYLVANIA
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
    Cleanest/Best States National Average Dirtiest/Worst States
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    PENNSYLVANIA contains a portion of 52 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 15%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 1039
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.

    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 91
    High 795
    Medium 0
    Low 114
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 39
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1018
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in PENNSYLVANIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 15%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Sediments 41%
    Metals 41%
    Nutrients 20%
    Unknown 11%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 10%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 19
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in PENNSYLVANIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nutrients 74%
    Sediments 42%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 21%
    Pesticides 5%
    Mercury 5%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 2
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Metals 100%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 50%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 1018 (cause not reported for 0%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in PENNSYLVANIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 15%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Resource Extraction 47%
    Agriculture 27%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 11%
    Hydromodification/Habitat Modification 9%
    Unknown Sources 6%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 19
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in PENNSYLVANIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Agriculture 63%
    Septic Systems 32%
    Combined Sewer Overflows 26%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 26%
    Other Sources 16%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 2
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Combined Sewer Overflows 50%
    Industrial Point Sources 50%
    Municipal Point Sources 50%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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