EPA Sets Water Quality Improvement Plan for Pine Creek Watershed in Western Pennsylvania

(PHILADELPHIA – March 11, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a water quality improvement plan for bacteria to protect public health and streams, creeks and a lake in the Pine Creek watershed in Allegheny County, Pa. The waters are severely impacted by sewer overflows, stormwater runoff, failing septic systems and other sources that have driven bacteria levels as high as 100 times the acceptable limits.

EPA established the bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL for the Pine Creek watershed in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). This TMDL identifies the maximum amount of bacteria the waterbodies can accept from various sources and still meet Pennsylvania water quality standards.

Read the final TMDL on the EPA mid-Atlantic Region website.