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DEP names watersheds as Critical Water Planning Areas

Three watersheds across the Commonwealth received the designation of “Critical Water Planning Area” today, including the Hill Creek and Back Creek in the Ohio Basin, and the combined Marsh Creek and Rock Creek watersheds in the Potomac Basin. While the Little Lehigh Creek was not given this designation today, DEP and local leaders agree that…

LCA Water is Chromium-Free

Over the past week, the national news media has covered an important topic for water drinkers everywhere – contamination of drinking water supplies with hexavalent chromium (a.k.a. Chromium VI), which was the subject cancer-causing contaminant in the 2000 file “Erin Brockovich.” In today’s edition of The Morning Call, information on a recent study was published…

Drought Warning Lifted!

Following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced November 10, 2010 that it has removed about two-thirds of the state from drought watch and warning status. DEP lifted the declarations for 46 counties located primarily in central and eastern Pennsylvania. In western Pennsylvania, 21 counties either remain in…

Storm Report: Sewer overflows & cleanup efforts

Last week, the Lehigh Valley received record rainfall in the amount of more than 8 inches beginning on Thursday, September 30, and continuing overnight into Friday, October 1, 2010.  For Lehigh County Authority (LCA) and the municipalities that are connected to its regional sewer system, the storm brings the issue of leaking sewer lines into…

State declares Drought Warning

On September 16, 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) declared a Drought Warning for most areas of eastern Pennsylvania, including Lehigh and Northampton counties, due to prolonged dry conditions across the state and precipitation well below normal. What is a Drought Warning? This DEP declaration is the second stage of drought declarations, which…

What are we doing to battle sewer system overflows?

In late 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an order for all the municipalities using the regional sewer system in central Lehigh County to eliminate sewer system overflows that have plagued our system for quite some time. Municipalities throughout the region have sewer systems providing service to residents and businesses. These sewer systems are…