UPPER TIOGA RIVER WATERSHED WELCOME CENTER SIGN RECEIVES AN UPDATE:

In 2007, the TCCCC and their partners in Upper Tioga River Watershed reclamation efforts, the Hillside Rod & Gun Club, Trout Unlimited (TU), Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), and others, unveiled an information sign at the Route 15 Welcome Center in northern Tioga County.  The sign provided a brief history of coal mining in the Upper Tioga River Watershed as well as information about the resulting Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) pollution that has plagued the River since the late 1970’s.  The pollution is so severe that the River can no longer support aquatic life from Blossburg north to Tioga Lake at the Tioga Hammond Dam.

Pictured from left to right: Larry Smith – TCCCC, Jim Lamonski – Hillside Rod & Gun Club, Al Boyer – TCCCC, Jeremy Campbell – SRBC, Roy Siefert – TCCCC & Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Jack Reilly – TCCCC, Jere White – TU, Joyce Andrews – TCCCC , Charlie Andrews – TCCCC, Andrew King – SRBC, and Mike Bogaczyk – TCCCC.

In late 2023, the TCCCC/Hillside Watershed Committee and their partners began the process of updating the sign to reflect existing and proposed improvements in the Watershed.  Updated information includes improvements in water quality as a result of the Fall Brook AMD Treatment Systems and information about the proposed Tioga River AMD Treatment Plant.  SRBC’s Stacey Hanrahan and Andrew King assisted with the update and Pannier Graphics of Gibsonia, PA was contracted to prepare the sign panel.  The sign is located on the southside of the Route 15 Welcome Center.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON THE PROPOSED TIOGA RIVER AMD TREATMENT PLANT

Approximately 100 property owners and interested individuals attended the two sessions held at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM on February 22, 2024 at the Blossburg Firehall.  Representatives from the following organizations were on hand to present information and answer questions regarding the proposed route for the underground pipe network, the construction of the treatment plant, and anticipated timeframes for the construction:

DEP Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR)
Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
Kleinfelder
Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC)
Tioga County Conservation District (TCCD)
Tioga Count Concerned Citizens Committee (TCCCC).

Andrew King – SRBC
Tom Clark – Abandoned Mine Program – Project Development Manager – Kleinfelder

COUPLE HONORED WITH SRBC AWARD:

At their Quarterly Business Meeting held December 14, 2023 in Corning, NY, the SRBC Commissioners Honored Charlie and Joyce Andrews for their long-term commitment to restoring the Upper Tioga River Watershed which has been polluted with Acid Mine Drainage.  The couple was presented with the William Jeanes Sr. Award .  William Jeanes Sr. was a Pennsylvania native who as a Maryland resident was a strong advocate of water quality protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

From left to right:  Amy Guise, Chief, Planning Division Baltimore District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Lauren Townley, Chief, Watershed Section A, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Andrew Dehoff, Executive Director, Susquehanna River Basin Commission; Joyce Andrews and Charlie Andrews, TCCCC; Bevin Buchheister, Acting Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Matthew Rowe, Assistant Director, Water and Science Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment.

AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE REPRESENTATIVES VISIT TIOGA RIVER WATERSHED

At the request of Southwestern Energy (SWN), the TCCCC provided a high-level overview of the FallBrook  AMD Treatment Project and brief description of the proposed Tioga River AMD Treatment Plant to representatives of the American Petroleum Institute (API).  API is the largest US trade association for the oil and natural gas industry.  SWN funded the design, construction, and O&M of the Fall Brook AMD Treatment Project that went on line in 2015 as part of their Fresh Water Neutral program.  TCCCC President Charlie Andrews, Secretary Joyce Andrews, and Blossburg Mayor Shane Nickerson shared thoughts on what the Fall Brook AMD Treatment Plant has meant to the community and how they felt it was instrumental in DCNR moving forward with the proposed Tioga River AMD Treatment Plant schedule to be on line in 2026.  SWN continues to advocate for the oil and gas industry to get involved in environmental projects in the areas in which they operate.