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The Role of Government in the Letort Watershed

At the federal level


Under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for regulating development involving filling and other activities in freshwater wetlands. Any project that requires filling of wetlands in the watershed must receive a corps permit.

Hazardous Wastes

The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a permanent record of hazardous waste releases into the environment and assigns responsibility for cleanup under the Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

At the state level

Pennsylvania Scenic River Program

Designated a component of the state scenic river system in 1988, the LeTort is now part of the program that recognizes outstanding natural waterways and guides state agencies in decisions involving permitting and land management issues in the riparian corridors along designated streams.

Underground storage tanks/sewage systems

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requires permits for new underground storage tanks and registration of existing tanks. The DEP has the authority to order corrective action to fix pollution from leaking tanks, and owners are liable for replacement and restoration of groundwater quality.