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Susquehanna River Basin Commission…SRBC’s Grandfathered Water Uses Registration Program

SRBC’s Grandfathered Water Uses Registration Program

Registration of Grandfathered Water Withdraws

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is contacting you to inform you of a new program to register older, unpermitted water withdrawals and consumptive water uses in the Basin.

Program Background. In a recent study that compiled all available data to characterize Basin-wide water use and availability – , the Commission estimated that there are possibly more than 700 facilities exempt from regulatory oversight with an estimated water use of nearly one billion gallons per day. If accurate, this volume of water use is roughly equal to the total amount currently accounted for, and managed, by the Commission across the entire Basin.

With such large quantities in question, the Commission decided to develop a program that would close this significant knowledge gap regarding older, unpermitted water use to ensure the Commission’s ability to effectively manage the water resources of the Basin.

Under this new program, facility managers must register their grandfathered withdrawals and consumptive water uses by December 31, 2019, to preserve the facility’s exemption from any permit approval in the future.

The Commission is incentivizing early registration by offering a free registration period from January 1 through June 30, 2018, after which a $500 registration fee (July 1 through December 31, 2018) or $1,000 registration fee (all of 2019) will apply.


Attached please find a factsheet with more details on the registration program. Additional information is available at our website


Also, the Commission will conduct informational webinars to explain the registration program on November 14 and December 13, 2017. To register for these webinars, visit


The Commission would appreciate your assistance in spreading the word about this new program and the webinars.


In advance, thank you for your time.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission

4423 N. Front Street

Harrisburg, PA  17110-1788



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