Utley Brook

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Utley Brook
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationLenox Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
 ⁃ elevationbetween 1,260 and 1,280 feet (384 and 390 m)
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
Tunkhannock Creek in Nicholson Township, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
 ⁃ coordinates
41°37′53″N 75°44′54″W / 41.63140°N 75.74834°W / 41.63140; -75.74834Coordinates: 41°37′53″N 75°44′54″W / 41.63140°N 75.74834°W / 41.63140; -75.74834
 ⁃ elevation
732 ft (223 m)
Length4.5 mi (7.2 km)
Basin features
ProgressionTunkhannock Creek → Susquehanna RiverChesapeake Bay
Tributaries 
 ⁃ rightWillow Brook

Utley Brook is a tributary of Tunkhannock Creek in Susquehanna County and Wyoming County, in Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long and flows through Lenox Township in Susquehanna County and Nicholson Township in Wyoming County.[1] The stream is in the United States Geological Survey quadrangles of Hop Bottom and Lenoxville. The surficial geology in its vicinity consists of Wisconsinan Till, alluvium, bedrock, wetlands, and lakes. The creek is a Coldwater Fishery and a Migratory Fishery. It has one named tributary, which is known as Willow Brook.

Course[edit]

Utley Brook begins in Lenox Township, Susquehanna County. It flows south for several tenths of a mile and passes through a wetland before turning southeast. After a few tenths of a mile, the stream turns south for several tenths of a mile before turning south-southwest and passing through another wetland. It then turns south for several tenths of a mile and enters Nicholson Township, Wyoming County. Here, it turns south-southwest for several tenths of a mile, receiving Willow Brook, its only named tributary, from the right. It then crosses Pennsylvania Route 92 and reaches its confluence with Tunkhannock Creek.[1]

Tributaries[edit]

Utley Brook has one named tributary, which is known as Willow Brook. Willow Brook is approximately 3.7 miles (6.0 km) long.[1]

Geography and geology[edit]

The elevation near the mouth of Utley Brook is 732 feet (223 m) above sea level.[2] The elevation of the stream's source is between 1,260 and 1,280 feet (384 and 390 m) above sea level.[1]

The surficial geology in the valley of Utley Brook mostly consists of alluvium and a till known as Wisconsinan Till. However, there are also wetlands and lakes in the valley. Additionally, bedrock consisting of sandstone and shale occurs in the surficial geology on some hills around the stream's valley.[3]

Marcellus Gas Gathering, LLC. has requested and/or received a permit to build, operate, and maintain an 8-inch (20-centimeter) diameter steel natural gas pipeline crossing a stream in the watershed of Utley Brook.[4] Williams Field Services Company, LLC requested and/or received a permit to build, operate, and maintain a 12-inch (30-centimeter) diameter natural gas pipeline crossing Utley Brook itself.[5]

Watershed and biology[edit]

The mouth of Utley Brook is in the United States Geological Survey quadrangle of Hop Bottom. However, its source is in the quadrangle of Lenoxville.[2]

Utley Brook is classified as a Coldwater Fishery and a Migratory Fishery.[5]

History[edit]

Utley Brook was entered into the Geographic Names Information System on August 2, 1979. Its identifier in the Geographic Names Information System is 1190275.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d United States Geological Survey, The National Map Viewer, retrieved December 5, 2015
  2. ^ a b c Geographic Names Information System, Feature Detail Report for: Utley Brook, retrieved December 5, 2015
  3. ^ Duane D. Braun (2007), Surficial geology of the Lenoxville 7.5-minute quadrangle, Susquehanna, Lackawanna, and Wyoming Counties, Pennsylvania, p. 14, retrieved December 5, 2015
  4. ^ "WATER OBSTRUCTIONS AND ENCROACHMENTS", Pennsylvania Bulletin, June 14, 2014, retrieved December 5, 2015
  5. ^ a b "WATER OBSTRUCTIONS AND ENCROACHMENTS", Pennsylvania Bulletin, retrieved December 5, 2015