PennFuture and Brodhead Watershed Association Intervene to Defend Monroe County’s Exceptional Value Streams

(Jan. 30, 2018) Mt. Pocono, Pa. – PennFuture and Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) are intervening in an appeal before the Environmental Hearing Board, seeking to protect the Exceptional Value water quality of six streams in Monroe County, including Cranberry Creek, Paradise Creek, Devil’s Hole Creek, Tank Creek, Swiftwater Creek, and Tunkhannock Creek.  
The challenge to protecting clean streams, filed by a coalition of unknown landowners and businesses in Monroe County, claims that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) erred in its evaluation of the waterbodies as “Exceptional Value,” or EV.  EV waters have the highest protections under state law, and the water quality cannot be degraded for any reason. BWA and PennFuture intervened in this case to support DEP’s existing use evaluations and the EV status of the creeks.  
“BWA has worked for decades to protect and maintain the exceptional water quality of the waters within the Brodhead watershed. We have undertaken studies and issued reports that support the finding that these creeks are Exceptional Value waters,” said BWA Executive Director Robert J. Heil Jr. “Our members and local recreation-based businesses rely on the pristine nature of these waters for aesthetic and recreational enjoyment, including world-class fly-fishing.”
“The appeal challenges a core protection established by Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law and the federal Clean Water Act — that the existing use of our waterways must be protected,” said PennFuture Staff Attorney Abigail M. Jones. “Those unspoiled streams in the Poconos must be protected so that our communities and economy can thrive for decades to come.”
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.
The Brodhead Watershed Association is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting and improving water resources and the environment in the Brodhead watershed. The BWA assists municipalities, residents, businesses and groups with protecting natural resources through education, workshops, seminars, public programs, stream monitoring and baseline data collection and stream cleanups. For more information, visit www.brodheadwatershed.org
Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications