“Regional Priorities…Upper / Middle Susquehanna
Protect important headwater habitats and recharge areas of the Upper/Middle Susquehanna River Basin
To care for the water resources in the Upper/Middle Susquehanna River Basin and to ensure a sustainable supply of quality water, important headwater habitats and groundwater recharge areas must be protected. Because much of the basin is forested, the approach should focus on forested land use practices (public and private) and their effects on area water supplies. Given the extent of the Marcellus Shale Formation in the basin, the approach should also focus on all potential water resources impacts resulting from natural gas extraction.
Working collaboratively with various interest groups (county and municipal government, conservation districts, watershed associations) is essential to advancing sound land use practices that are protective of these headwater areas.
Coordination with local government to promote sound land use practices and appropriate zoning ordinances in public water supply recharge areas is particularly important in areas with limited availability of quality water. The Committee also recommends that water well construction standards be implemented, particularly related to residential water well drilling, that will protect and sustain groundwater quality and availability.”