Living with Pennsylvania Streams


The challenge:  Flooding issues, erosion and property loss in Pennsylvania’s northern tier...

The solution:  Begin to understand the process of stream function, and our role in managing water resources.

Living with Pennsylvania Streams  was created for:

municipal, code and planning officials -  to aid in reviewing plans for development along streams;

road masters and crews  -  to provide an understanding when dealing with steams and stream crossings along road systems;

land owners -  to provide facts and information allowing informed decisions before building next to or installing a crossing on property.

This Stream Processes Guide provides a sense of:  how streams function, how we often interrupt those functions, ideas on better management & practices for working in streams, or NOT.

Including chapters on:   living in watersheds; assessing stream conditions; challenges to stream management; stream management strategies; legal issues, self-assessment; and additional resources.    

To preview a selection of excerpted pages, click here  (a pdf file will open in new browser tab.)  Limited copies are now available through Endless Mountains RC&D member Conservation District offices  (Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Wyoming Counties.)




Low Impact Development Demonstration Sites

NOW AVAILABLE - a 'sampler' packet of demonstration projects throughout the Endless Mountains RC& D region. For a quick (low graphics) preview of each project's information flyer, click on the map below to open project info in a new browser tab or window. The full sampler pack is available at the Conservation District office in each county.

To visit any of the above demonstration sites, map links are provided below: 

     Infiltration Basinget directions! (to Island Park)

     Sensitve Design (incorporating multiple practices into original designs: get directions! (to Stoll Center)

     Pervious Surface Retrofit: get directions! (to Sullivan County Ag Resource Ctr)

     Porous Pavement, Vegetated Swalesget directions!  (to Muncy Heritage Park)

     Porous Paversget directions!  (to LCSWA Overflow Parking)

     Rain Garden: get directions!  (to Emergency Operations Center)


additional resource links :

- River Geomorphology Videos: to better understand geomorphic processes in rivers with special attention to the effects of channelization and gravel mining; the clips are intended for use by an instructor.


- Rain Garden Design Templates:


My Healthy Stream,a Handbook for Streamside Owners, by Jack E. Williams,  Michael P. Dombeck , Christopher A. Wood - a starting point to providelandowners with the basic information needed to help maintain and improve the health of their streams and streamside riparian lands. 

more info:



EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator (SWC)  -

- a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site ... based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.... designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property... The user supplies information about the site’s land cover and selects the types of low impact development (LID) controls they would like to use from the following seven green infrastructure practices:      Disconnection --  Rain harvesting  --  Rain gardens  --  Green roofs  --  Street planters   --  Infiltration basins     --  Porous pavement


Tracing the Streams

by: Janice Kaspersen, Stormwater, (July 23, 2013)

The Department of the Interior has just released an online tool called Streamer ... ( interactive map allows you to trace a stream in either direction—upstream to its source or downstream to where it ultimately empties. It also shows statistics for the stream, such as its length, political jurisdictions it passes through (states, counties, and cities), origin elevation, and other information. A more detailed report also shows all the US Geological Survey’s stream gages for that stream.

... Streamer is an easy way to demonstrate to others—possibly as part of a public education campaign—where local rivers eventually end up, and what’s upstream that might be influencing your local water quality. As various surveys have shown over the years, a majority of people don’t really understand the definition of the watershed (although this might be improving through NPDES Phase II educational efforts); this tool provides an easy visual way to help demonstrate the concept.



THE ORIGINAL:  the New York Guide from Chemung County NY Soil & Water Conservation District:       74 page guide (large pdf document, please allow time to load~)



Wysox, April 4, 2012 -- The Watershed Committee of the Endless Mountains RC&D Council hosted a workshop for municipal officials to provide officials an opportunity to gather resources and network with others from around the region in order to become better prepared for future storm events.

  Working In The Streams Summary

Powerpoint presentations and handouts from that workshop are availalbe as pdf documents, linked below.  (Bolded/underlined titles are the links, they  will open into a new browser window.)

   Chapter 105 Regulatory Review

   Why streams are the way they are (please be patient, this is a large file.)

   Flood mitigation options

   What can we do, and what should we do; short and long term

   Permitting Options (1 pg fact sheet) for Flood Damaged Bridges, Other Water Obstructions & Encroachments:  (or 6 page information handout)

  Chapter 105 General Permit Requirements (chart) 


Flood Resource Contact Lists, previously distributed with Flood Toolboxes, updated 2012

   Tioga and Lycoming Counties

   Bradford and Sullivan Counties

   Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties