- Boroughs and Townships: Armagh Township, Bratton Twp., Brown Twp., Burnham Borough, Decatur Twp., Derry Twp., Granville Twp., Juniata Terrace Borough, Kistler Borough, Lewistown Borough (county seat), McVeytown Borough, Menno Twp., Newton Hamilton Borough, Oliver Twp., Union Twp., & Wayne Twp.
- County population in 2015 was about 46,500
- County Comprehensive Plan plan dates to 2014:
- County has second-highest Amish settlement in PA. Mostly in townships comprising the “Big Valley”, close to 3000 individuals. They seem to be welcome to voluntary practices achieving conservation goals (in agriculture) rather than state regs and mandates
- 90% of the county land is forest (65%) or agriculture (25%) (most ag is in Big Valley area)
- Mifflin County is comprised of three major watersheds: the Juniata River, Jacks Creek, and the Kishacoquillas Creek
- In 2010, Mifflin County completed a County-Wide Stormwater Management Plan for all watersheds in the County
- Average rainfall is 37.5 inches; groundwater tends to be abundant.
- More than half of Mifflin County’s land area lies within high quality, cold water fisheries (HQ-CWF) watersheds, see p. 228 of Comp Plan and table 8-2.
- TMDLs have been developed for some waterbodies.
- As of 2014, 5 of the 16 municipalities have adopted stormwater ordinances consistent with Act 167
- Chapter 15 of Comp Plan is Environmental Resources Plan
Who manages water?
- Six public water utilities and six small water systems serve about 64% of Mifflin County residents with domestic water. Figure 6-1- of Comp Plan lists these facilities
- Eleven municipalities provide public sewerage service to some portion of the properties in their communities (Table 6-11 of Comp Plan). These 11 municipal systems direct their flows to one of eight wastewater treatment plants. At least 22 pump stations assist in moving flows toward the plants
- Juniata Clean Water Partnership (JCWP): team of citizens, community groups, non-profit conservation organizations, County planning offices, and County conservation districts who organized local support development of a Rivers Conservation Plan
- Agriculture community/farmers
- Amish community
- Local municipal officials
- Outdoor recreationists
- Conservation Dist.
- PSU Extension
- Wastewater treatment
- Government agencies
- Environmental NGOs
- Agricultural runoff, water quality issues
- Conservation Dist. held a watershed meeting in late March as a result of a Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grant program (meeting raised public awareness about watershed issues and received public comments on an update to the Watershed Implementation Plan for the impaired Upper Kish Watershed. Collaborating organizations, local residents, municipalities, farmers, and agricultural industry professionals attended this meeting
- DEP has proposed alternative restoration plans (ARPs) for subwatersheds in Kish Creek watershed. Prposed ARPs would set allowable loadings of sediment and nutrients in the impaired waters of the subwatersheds. Public comment until 8/27: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=40485.