Susquehanna River Basin Commission

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The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) covers eight New York and seventeen Pennsylvania counties. It regulates water withdrawals from the Susquehanna River Basin. Companies wishing to withdraw water from sources in the Basin must apply for permission from it. As of September, 2008 eight companies have been approved to withdraw forty-one million gallons daily.

SRBC was established by the U.S. federal government to manage and protect the Basin's water resources. It encompasses 27,500 square miles in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania all the way from Cooperstown in upstate New York down to Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. Marcellus and other gas-producing shale lie underneath 72 percent or more of the covered land area.

The Commission announced in May, 2010 that it was opening a field office in Bradford County, PA to enhance compliance through on site inspections of Marcellus and Utica shale gas well sites. It was to be located in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

  • Paul Schwartz is the Executive Director of the SRBC.
  • Michael Brownell is the Commission’s Chief of Water Resources Management.
  • Eric Roof is Director of Compliance and Enforcement.
Secondary contacts
  1. Thomas W. Beauduy, Deputy Director and Counsel
  2. Jennifer Hoffman, Section Chief for Monitoring and Assessment
  3. Susan Obleski, Director of Communication
  4. Dr. Jim Richenderfer, Deputy Director of Technical Programs.
  5. Jennifer Hoffman, Manager, Monitoring and Assessment Program.
  6. Andrew Gavin, Hydrologist.

The Commission's address is 1721 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Pa., 17102.

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