DEP denies water permit

An AP story about water use in the Laurel Highlands….

DEP denies water drawing permit in Somerset County

Associated Press
By Report
Published: Yesterday

State environmental regulators have denied a permit to a company that wanted to bottle water from a popular fishing stream in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says the request by Cooper Springs Trout Hatchery of Jefferson Township, Somerset County to draw 108,000 gallons of water a day would damage the Laurel Hill Creek watershed. The watershed includes Shafer Run, which the DEP classifies as a “high quality cold water fishery” that flows into the Youghiogheny (yawk-a-GEN’-nee) River.

A hatchery official says its unclear if the business will appeal the ruling.

The DEP says drawing that much water would diminish the creek’s flow by 40 percent. The creek is also used for canoeing and swimming.