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DRBC Business Meeting: 10:30 AM, Wednesday, June 14, 2017
DRBC Public Hearing: 1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Other Information

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) held its regularly-scheduled public hearing on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on May 17 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 22. 

The DRBC will hold its next regularly-scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The business meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

Please Note the Following Changes:

  • The DRBC is using an online system to register individuals who wish to address the commissioners during the open public comment session at the June 14 business meeting. Individuals who wish to address the commissioners informally during the open public comment session on June 14, as time allows, are asked to register in advance at http://bit.ly/2pwsQfi.

  • The DRBC is using an online system to collect comments on the May 17 public hearing items. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on May 22. Written comment should be provided using the commission’s online comment system at http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/. Comments may also be delivered by hand, U.S. Mail, or private carrier to: Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628; or by fax to Commission Secretary, DRBC at 609-883-9522. Comments could also have been delivered by hand at the May 17 public hearing.

  • The DRBC used an online system to register individuals who wished to provide testimony during the May 17 public hearing. Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on May 17 were asked to register in advance at http://bit.ly/2qy2GHO.

  • DRBC has updated its procedures regarding signage for public hearings, business meetings, and open public comment sessions. Please review the updated documents found in the box on the right.

  • Any questions on these changes should be directed to Paula Schmitt at Paula.Schmitt@drbc.nj.gov.
DRBC Business Meeting: 10:30 AM, Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The public business meeting on June 14, 2017 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s March 15, 2017 Business Meeting;

  • Announcements of upcoming meetings and events;

  • A report on hydrologic conditions;

  • Reports by the Executive Director and the Commission’s General Counsel; and

  • Consideration of any items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required.

Items that may be considered in respect to bullet no. 5 are expected to include a resolution for the Minutes providing for election of the Commission Chair, Vice Chair, and Second Vice Chair for the year commencing July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

After all scheduled business has been completed and as time allows, the business meeting will also include up to one hour of open public comment.

Advance Sign-Up for Open Public Comment Session. Individuals who wish to address the commissioners informally during the open public comment portion of the meeting on June 14 as time allows, are asked to register in advance at http://bit.ly/2pwsQfi.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the June 14 business meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on May 17 or a previous date. Commission consideration on June 14 of items for which the public hearing is closed may result in approval of the item (by docket or resolution) as proposed, approval with changes, denial, or deferral. When the commissioners defer an action, they may announce an additional period for written comment on the item, with or without an additional hearing date, or they may take additional time to consider the input they have already received without requesting further public input. Any deferred items will be considered for action at a public meeting of the commission on a future date.

DRBC Public Hearing: 1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The public hearing on May 17, 2017 began at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items included draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other water-related projects subject to the commission’s review (listed below, all pdfs) and two FY-2018 budget resolutions:

Advance Sign-Up for Public Hearing Testimony. Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on May 17 were asked to register in advance at http://bit.ly/2qy2GHO.

Addresses for Written Comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing should be provided using the commission’s online comment system at http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/. Comments could also have been delivered by hand at the public hearing or may be delviered by hand, U.S. Mail, or private carrier to: Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628; or by fax to Commission Secretary, DRBC at 609-883-9522.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on May 17 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 22

In accordance with recent format changes, there will be no opportunity for open public comment upon completion of the public hearing.

The public was advised to check the commission’s web site periodically prior to the hearing date, as items scheduled for hearing may be postponed if additional time is deemed necessary to complete the commission’s review, and items may be added up to ten days prior to the hearing date. In reviewing docket descriptions, the public was also asked to be aware that project details commonly change in the course of the commission’s review, which is ongoing.

View Docket Location Map (pdf 640 KB)

  1. Palmerton Borough, D-1964-028 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.75 million gallons per day (mgd) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Aquashicola Creek, which is a tributary of the Lehigh River, at River Mile 183.7 - 36.3 - 0.8 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Aquashicola Creek). The WWTP discharge is located within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Borough of Palmerton, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Borough of Phoenixville, D-1967-080 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 4.0 mgd Phoenixville Borough WWTP and its discharge. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 35.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the Borough of Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Borough of Phoenixville, D-1967-123 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 182.311 million gallons per month (mgm) to supply the applicant's public water supply system. Surface water will continue to be withdrawn from two existing intakes (Nos. 1 and 2) located in the Schuylkill River. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The water treatment plant is located within the Commisson’s designated Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA), in the Borough of Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Kutztown Borough, D-1983-023 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of a groundwater withdrawal project to continue to supply up to 62 mgm from Wells Nos. 1, 2, 3A and 4 for use as public supply without an increase in the existing allocation or expansion of the docket holder’s service area. The wells are completed in the Epler Formation in the Saucony Creek Watershed in Maxatawny Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. Pike County Environmental, Inc., D-1989-082-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.1 mgd WWTP and its discharge. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent directly to Water Quality Zone 1B at River Mile 256.5 to the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Westfall Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Bethlehem City, D-1995-019 CP-2. An application to renew an allocation of 12 mgd based on an annual average of surface water from Tunkhannock Creek and to approve an allocation of 30.32 mgd (939.92 mgm) of surface water from the Wild Creek Reservoir on Wild Creek for continued use in the docket holder’s existing public water supply system. This docket consolidates and updates previous Commission approvals issued to the City of Bethlehem. The Wild Creek intake is located in the Pohopoco Creek Watershed in Towamensing Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania and the Tunkhannock Creek intake located in the Tobyhanna Creek Watershed in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  7. Philadelphia City – Aviation Division, D-1996-036 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 30.69 mgm for remediation purposes from existing Wells Nos. EW-A, EW-1, EW-2 and EW-3. The project wells are completed in the Pleistocene Trenton Gravel. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Milford Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center, D-1998-051 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.015 mgd Milford Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent directly to Water Quality Zone 1C at River Mile 251, within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Westfall Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Penn Estates Utilities Inc., D-1999-020 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.56 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Brodhead Creek at River Mile 213.0 - 8.7 - 1.5 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - UNT of Brodhead Creek) via Outfall No. 1, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Stroud Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. Rivercrest Homeowners Association, D-2001-045 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 0.115 mgd WWTP and its related seasonal discharges to surface water and to land via spray irrigation. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 36.3 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - UNT of the Schuylkill River), in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. Beach Lake Municipal Authority, D-2001-052 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the 0.09 mgd Beach Lake WWTP and its discharge. No modifications are proposed to the WWTP. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Beach Lake Creek, a tributary of Masthope Creek at River Mile 282.5 - 6.98 - 3.1 (Delaware River - Masthope Creek - Beach Lake Creek) via Outfall No. 001, located within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Berlin Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. SC Stream PA, LLC, D-2006-020-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.05 mgd Paradise Stream Resort WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Paradise Creek, which is a tributary of Brodhead Creek at River Mile 213 - 13.7 - 7.7 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - Paradise Creek) in Paradise Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  13. Teva Pharmaceuticals, D-2006-022-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 5.14 mgm from existing Well No. PW-1 for irrigation purposes on the Teva property. Well No. PW-1 is completed in the Wissahickon Schist Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Pennypack Creek Watershed in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. East Brandywine Township Municipal Authority, D-2007-002 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 0.3 mgd Applecross WWTP. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Water Quality Monitoring (WQM) Permit limits the existing WWTP to an average flow of 0.138 mgd. During April through November, treated effluent is land-applied via spray irrigation located at the Applecross Golf Course. During December through March, treated effluent is stored in lagoons. Excess treated effluent is discharged to two drip disposal areas or conveyed to surface waters via Outfall No. 001 to Beaver Creek at River Mile 70.73 - 1.77 - 20.22 - 8.7 - 6.1 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - East Branch Brandywine Creek - Beaver Creek), in East Brandywine Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. To-Jo Mushrooms, Inc., D-2007-003-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.049 mgd Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWTP) and its discharge. No modifications to the IWTP are proposed. The IWTP will continue to discharge to an UNT of Trout Run at River Mile 70.7 - 18.5 - 5.2 - 7.4 - 0.8 - 0.1 (Delaware River - Christina River - White Clay Creek - East Branch White Clay Creek - Trout Run - UNT), in New Garden Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Bath Borough Authority, D-2007-016 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 15.5 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Allen Street, Smith Street and Holiday Hill. Wells Allen Street and Smith Street are both completed in the Ontelaunee Formation and Well Holiday Hill is completed in the Jacksonburg Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Monocacy Creek Watershed in Bath Borough, Northampton County, Pennsylvania within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware which is classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  17. Wayne Economic Development Corporation, D-2007-018-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.014 mgd Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) Sterling Business Park WWTP. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to the West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek at River Mile 277.7 - 17.5 - 11.5 - 5.0 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Lake Wallenpaupack - West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek) within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Sterling Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. PaperWorks Industries, Inc., D-2007-020-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 217 mgm to supply water to the applicant's manufacturing facility for industrial process and cooling purposes from an existing intake on the Schuylkill River. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Schuylkill River Watershed in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. East Stroudsburg Borough, D-2007-039 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 2.1 mgd water filtration plant (WFP) and its discharge of up to 0.09 mgd of filter backwash. The WFP will continue to discharge to Sambo Creek, which is a tributary of Brodhead Creek, at River Mile 213.5 – 5.2 – 3.5 (Delaware River – Brodhead Creek – Sambo Creek). The project discharge is located within the drainage area of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  20. Morrisville Municipal Authority, D-2008-006 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge of up to 0.15 mgd of filter backwash from the 6.0 mgd Municipal Authority of the Borough of Morrisville water filtration plant (WFP). The WFP will continue to discharge directly to Water Quality Zone 1E at River Mile 134.6 (Delaware River). The discharge is within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as Significant Resource Waters of the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. Fleischmanns Village, D-2009-008 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing withdrawal of up to 4.95 mgm of spring water from Springs Nos. 3, 4 and 5 and groundwater from Wells Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 for continued use in the docket holder’s public water system. The allocation approved by this docket is a decrease from the 9.75 million gallons per 30 days (mg/30 days) approved in the previous docket and is based on the docket holder’s estimated 10-year demands. The project sources are located in the Lower Walton Formation in the Vly Creek-Bush Kill Watershed in the Village of Fleischmanns and the Town of Middletown, Delaware County, New York within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  22. Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, D-1971-150 CP-2. An application to approve the Beaver Well, Ski Bluff Well and new Well No. 6 for inclusion into the applicant's public water supply system and to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 10.0 mgm. The Beaver and Ski Bluff wells are existing wells that are in operation but were never approved by the Commission. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project wells are completed in the Long Run and Walcksville Members of the Catskill Formation in the Wallenpaupack Lake Watershed, within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Paupack Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  23. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, D-2007-028 CP-2. An application to approve an increase in the total allocation from 7.44 mgm to 9.40 mgm of groundwater from existing Wells Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 used for water supply at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility. This docket also approves the withdrawals from existing Well No. 7, which was included in but not used at the time of the previous docket approval. The increase in allocation is necessary to meet the current and future water demands of the facility. The wells are screened in unconsolidated glacial outwash sand and gravel in the Neversink River Watershed in the Town of Fallsburg, Sullivan County, New York within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  24. Friesland Campina Domo, D-2010-010-2. An application to approve the withdrawals from existing Well No. 2 and new Wells Nos. 1A, 3 and 4 and renew the previously approved total groundwater allocation of 24.8 mgm used for non-contact cooling water (NCCW), industrial processes and potable use at the docket holder’s vitamin manufacturing facility. New Well No. 1A was installed to replace former Well No. 1 and Wells Nos. 3 and 4 were installed for supplemental supply purposes so that the other wells could be taken off-line for maintenance purposes and to provide additional instantaneous capacity to meet short-term facility processing demands. New Wells Nos. 1A, 3 and 4 and existing Wells Nos. 1 and 2 are completed in unconsolidated sand and gravel deposits in the West Branch Delaware River Watershed within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters in the Town of Delhi, Delaware County, New York. View draft docket.

  25. Philmont Country Club, D-2016-009-1. An application to approve groundwater and surface water withdrawals of up to 10.0 mgm to irrigate the docket holder's golf course from Wells Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 and a run of stream irrigation pond on the Huntington Valley Creek, which is a tributary of the Pennypack Creek. The project wells are completed in felsic gneiss. The project is located in the Commission's designated GWPA in the Pennypack Creek Watershed, Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

Advance Sign-Up for Public Hearing Testimony. Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on May 17 were asked to register in advance at http://bit.ly/2qy2GHO.

Addresses for Written Comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing should be provided using the commission’s online comment system at http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/. Comments could also have been delivered by hand at the public hearing or may be delivered by hand, U.S. Mail, or private carrier to: Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628; or by fax to Commission Secretary, DRBC at 609-883-9522.

Other Information

Accommodations for Special Needs. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the informational meeting, conference session or hearings should contact the Commission Secretary directly at 609-883-9500 ext. 203 or through the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) at 711, to discuss how we can accommodate your needs.

Additional Information, Contacts. Additional public records relating to hearing items may be examined at the commission’s offices by appointment by contacting Carol Adamovic, 609-883-9500, ext. 249. For other questions concerning hearing items, please contact Judith Scharite, Project Review Section assistant at 609-883-9500, ext. 216.


Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Pamela.Bush@drbc.nj.gov
Notice Posted: May 3, 2017
Notice Updated: May 17, 2017 (after conclusion of public hearing)