Officials lift restrictions on Conewago Creek

HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM)  – York County officials have lifted recreational restrictions put in place on the Conewago Creek after a chemical plant fire last month.

The county had been telling people to avoid boating, fishing and swimming until the state Department of Environmental Protection gave the all-clear Thursday following creek water tests.

In Adams County, where recreational use of the creek had been banned, officials are advising that restrictions may be lifted. However, municipalities have the right to continue restrictions if they decide it’s best to do so.

Runoff from a June 8 fire at Miller Chemical and Fertilizer in Conewago Township made its way into the creek. Authorities have said the contamination likely is responsible for thousands of dead fish that were seen over a 10- to 15-mile span.

DEP spokesman John Repetz said the New Oxford Municipal Authority’s water intake on the South Branch of the creek remains closed and mandatory water restrictions are still in place.

He said no significant impacts to the Susquehanna River have been observed or reported, and public water supplies with intakes located on the river have reported no significant change to raw water conditions.

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