- County enrolled in Bay reboot program. Conservation District performs most of the farm inspections, as opposed to DEP
- Being a very rural county, there is not a lot of water governance structure in place, other than local water authorities, working groups, or watershed associations
- Large presence of gravel/dirt roads; cold-water fisheries, gas development (Utica layer)
- Townships and Boroughs: Abbott Township| Allegany Township | Austin Borough | Bingham Township | Clara Township | Coudersport Borough | Eulalia Township | Galeton Borough | Genesee Township | Harrison Township | Hebron Township | Hector Township | Homer Township | Keating Township | Oswayo Borough | Oswayo Township | Pike Township | Pleasant Valley Township | Portage Township | Roulette Township| Sharon Township | Shinglehouse Borough | Stewardson Township | Summit Township | Sweden Township | Sylvania Township | Ulysses Borough | Ulysses Township | West Branch Township | Wharton Township
Who manages water?
- At least seven public water suppliers in the county as of 2010 Comp Plan (most current): Shinglehouse Borough, Ulysses Borough, Coudersport Borough, Austin Borough, Galeton Borough, Genesee Township, and Roulette Township. http://www.pottercountypa.net/planning/comp%20plan/Chapter%2011%20-%20Water%20Supply.pdf.
- Water quality management is performed through a groundwater study by a USGS grant. 47 wells are being sampled overall. As of 8/18/17, 35 have been sampled, with the hope of having all sampled by mid-September 2017
- Continuous water monitoring systems for conductivity have been placed on almost all the public water suppliers. An alert system is in place to let operators know if a spike in the systems occurs. Jason Childs of Potter County Conservation District acknowledged there is between 9 and 11 public water systems in the county now (Hospital)
- Surface water monitoring is conducted by the Conservation District at 15 minute intervals. 18 units have been deployed on streams and the district has 27 total units for use.
- Trout Unlimited is active in the county
- 5 active watershed associations, 1 not-so-active watershed association
- Sportsmen, outdoor recreationists
- Water Quality working group (Jason Childs is the chair): concentrate on surface water monitoring
- Triple Divide Watershed Coalition holds meetings periodically; try to get the county water suppliers to come (focus on drinking water)
- Natural gas taskforce: concentrate on outreach and public education. Members of the taskforce steering committee include the county economic development coordinator, county planning director, county Commissioners, a gas field specialist, PSU Extension, and the Conservation Dist.
- Farmers and folks in the agriculture field
- County leadership and local government
- Industry (gas/timber)
- State government (DCNR, PFBC, PGC, DEP)
- Local citizens
- Small businesses
- Sediment loads seem to be the highest concern for the county when it comes to water quality. Due to the number of factors (dirt/gravel roads, some agricultural influences, and timber production) sediment is an issue the county is trying to reconcile
- At the municipal level, stormwater runoff is not a major issue
- What makes the county unique, is the presence of the Triple Divide
- The nature of the streams in the county are different compared to other parts of the state Because of the high gradient, topography, and presence of cold-water fisheries, the streams in this county are extremely sensitive to changes in water quality and flow (precipitation events)
- Source Water Protection plans have been discussed as being updated by all public water systems in the county. Some have updated theirs, most are in the process
- Municipalities in the county enacted ordinances with response to the county submission of their Act 167 plan (stormwater management act)