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DRBC Public Business Meeting: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:30 A.M.
DRBC Public Hearing: August 16, 2017
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The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its next regularly scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  The business meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Linksz Pavilion, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa.  

DRBC Public Business Meeting: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:30 A.M.

The public business meeting on September 13, 2017 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the following:

  • Adoption of the minutes of the commission’s June 14, 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. This item is expected to include the following resolutions:
    • Authorizing the Executive Director to enter into an agreement with the Wildlands Conservancy for project services associated with dam removals to be performed as mitigation for natural resource damages associated with the 2005 ash slurry spill from the PPL Martins Creek Steam Electric Station in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Pa.;
    • Authorizing the Executive Director to establish a purchasing card (“P-Card”) system for making electronic payments for certain commission expenses; and
    • Providing for replacement of the 1970’s-era HVAC system at the commission’s West Trenton office building.

Please Note: 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. Individuals who wish to address the commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on September 13 as time allows, are asked to sign-up in advance through the EventBrite link at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-meeting-of-the-delaware-river-basin-commission-tickets-36282334439. For assistance, please contact Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov.  

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the September 13 business meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on August 16 or a previous date. Commission consideration on September 13 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: August 16, 2017

The DRBC held its regularly scheduled public hearing on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.  It began at 1:30 p.m. and concluded at approximately 2:10 p.m.

Hearing items included draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other water-related projects subject to the commission’s review (linked below; all pdfs).  The written comment period on matters scheduled for hearing on August 16 closed at 5:00 p.m. on August 21, 2017

Public Hearing Items:

View docket location map (pdf 652 KB).

  1. Mount Airy #1, LLC, D-1977-058-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.22 million gallons per day (mgd) Mount Airy wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Forest Hills Run, which is a tributary of Paradise Creek which is a tributary of Brodhead Creek, at River Mile (RM) 213.2 - 10.5 - 4.4 - 2.8 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - Paradise Creek - Forest Hills Run). The WWTP is located 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, in Paradise Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Arcelor Mittal Plate, D-1979-026-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 1.2 mgd Conshohocken industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) and its discharge. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated industrial wastewater effluent and non-contact cooling water (NCCW) to the Schuylkill River at RM 92.47 - 21.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Chester County Department of Facilities Management, D-1983-015 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing 0.2 mgd Pocopson Home and Prison WWTP and its discharge to land via spray-irrigation. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to 34.1 acres of spray-irrigation fields located in the Pocopson Creek Watershed in Pocopson Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Robeson Township Municipal Authority, D-1983-034 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.3 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at RM 92.47 - 65.8 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in Robeson Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1985-055 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal (GWD) and decrease the allocation from 5.5 million gallons per 30 days (mg/30 days) to 5.0 million gallons per month (mgm) to supply the applicant's public water supply system from the existing Lily Street Well No. 1, Lily Street Well No. 2 and Anchorage Well No. 2. The application also requests to add new wells Lily Street Well No. 2 and Anchorage Well No. 2 to the applicant's public water supply system. Anchorage Well No. 2 has replaced the old Anchorage Road Well and Lily Street Well No. 2 will replace Lily Street Well No. 1 once it is operational. The project wells are located in the Marcellus Formation in the Buckwha Creek Watershed, within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Ross and Hamilton townships, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Catasauqua Borough, D-1986-032 CP-3. Consideration of this docket has been postponed to allow additional time for review. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 2.25 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River at RM 183.7 - 20.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River) within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Catasauqua Borough, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

  7. Bath Borough Authority, D-1988-051 CP-3. An application to renew the approval to upgrade the applicant's existing 0.51 mgd WWTP and its discharge by constructing a new 0.51 mgd WWTP to replace the existing WWTP. DRBC Docket No. D-1988-051 CP-2 approved the WWTP reconstruction. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Monocacy Creek, which is a tributary of the Lehigh River, at RM 183.7 - 11.5 - 13.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Monocacy Creek) within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Bath Borough, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Brodhead Creek Regional Authority, D-1991-001 CP-4. An application to modify DRBC Docket No. D-1991-001 CP-3 to approve an expansion of the docket holder’s public water supply service area into a limited area of Paradise Township, Monroe County. The docket is also modified to update the docket holder’s increase in its bulk water purchase from East Stroudsburg Borough from a monthly maximum average of 0.250 mgd to 0.400 mgd in accordance with the amended water service agreement between East Stroudsburg Borough and the docket holder. No increase in the previously approved combined total allocation of 217.97 mgm from the existing water sources is requested. The existing project withdrawals are located in the Brodhead Creek and McMichael Creek watersheds, 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, in Stroud Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Freeland Borough Municipal Authority, D-1994-063 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of a GWD project to continue to supply up to 17.2 mgm of water to the applicant’s public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. 9, 12 and 14 (also known as Well No. 17). The wells are completed in the Mauch Chunk Formation in the Sandy Run Watershed, in Freeland Borough and Foster Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  10. North Coventry Municipal Authority, D-1997-001 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 2.01 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to the Schuylkill River at RM 92.47 - 52.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), in North Coventry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc., D-2001-054-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.145 mgd Little Washington WWTP and its discharges to subsurface disposal beds and surface water. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to subsurface disposal beds and to Culbertson Run, which is a tributary of East Branch Brandywine Creek, which is a tributary of Brandywine Creek, which is a tributary of the Christina River, at RM 70.7 - 1.8 - 20.0 - 14.2 - 2.3 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - East Branch Brandywine Creek - Culbertson Run) in East Brandywine Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. Spring Ford Country Club, D-2006-016-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater and surface water withdrawal of up to 22.32 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well No. 1 and an existing intake on an unnamed tributary (UNT) to Mingo Creek. The approval will also renew the GWD from Well No. 1 of up to 11.57 mgm. Well No. 1 is completed in the Brunswick Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Commission's designated Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in the Mingo Creek Watershed in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Vogel Farm and Broad Mountain Spring Water Companies, D-2007-010-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 6.47 mgm to supply the applicant's bottled water facilities from existing Wells Nos. VF-PW-1, VF-PW-2 and BM-PW-1. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project wells are completed in the Mauch Chunk Formation. The project is located in the Quakake Creek Watershed in Packer Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  14. Upper Makefield Township, D-2007-025 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.055 mgd The Enclave WWTP (previously referred to as the Gray Tract WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Houghs Creek at River Mile 140.5 - 3.7 (Delaware River - Houghs Creek), within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2008-002 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing 6.0 mgd Yardley Water Filtration Plant (WFP) and its discharge of up to 0.402 mgd of filter backwash and settling lagoon supernatant. The WFP will continue to discharge to Brock Creek, which is a tributary of Buck Creek, at RM 138.0 - 0.54 - 1.6 (Delaware River - Buck Creek - Brock Creek), within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Keystone Mobile Home Park, D-2008-007 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.0375 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.66 - 26.4 (Delaware River - Lehigh River), within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-2008-025 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 6.0 mgd Ridley Creek WFP and its discharge of up to 0.150 mgd of filter backwash. The WFP will continue to discharge to Ridley Creek at RM 83.80 - 8.61 (Delaware River - Ridley Creek), in Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. London Grove Township Municipal Authority, D-2008-033 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.143 mgd WWTP and its discharge to land via spray-irrigation. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Kauffman Farms spray fields, located in the Middle Branch White Clay Creek Watershed, in London Grove Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority, D-2012-001 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing 16.0 mgd WFP and its discharge of up to 0.7 mgd of filter backwash. The WFP will continue to discharge directly to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2 at RM 122.3, in Tullytown Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  20. Giorgio Foods, Inc., D-1988-043-6. An application to upgrade the docket holder's existing 0.5 mgd IWTP. The upgrade consists of replacing the existing filter building with a new chilled water plant, replacing the existing outfall pipe with an insulated effluent pipe, and appurtenant improvements. The IWTP will remain at 0.50 mgd and continue to discharge treated effluent to Willow Creek, which is a tributary of Maiden Creek, which is a tributary of the Schuylkill River, at RM 92.47 - 86.7 - 0.6 - 2.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek - Willow Creek), in Maidencreek Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1990-028-3. An application to approve an upgrade to the applicant's existing Marcel Lakes WWTP and its discharge. The upgrade consists of replacing the existing sequencing batch reactor (SBR) decanters and ultra-violet (UV) disinfection system, converting the tertiary clarifier to an effluent equalization basin, adding a polymer feed system and a re-aeration system, and replacing the existing aerobic digesters. The WWTP is designed and will remain designed for an annual average flow of 0.1 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Dingmans Creek at RM 239.5 - 7.2 (Delaware River - Dingmans Creek) 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, in Delaware Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  22. Borough of Fleetwood, D-1995-058 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD and decrease the allocation from 54.39 mg/30 days to 22.61 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and Springs Nos. 10, 11 and 12. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project wells are completed in Granitic Gneiss, except for Wells Nos. 13 and 15, which are completed in the Leithsville Formation and Allentown Formation, respectively. The project is located in the Willow Creek Watershed in the Borough of Fleetwood, Ruscombmanor and Richmond Townships, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  23. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2006-025 CP-2. An application to approve new Well No. 5A for inclusion into the applicant's public water supply system and to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 10.26 mgm from Well No. 3 and new Well No. 5A. Existing Well No. 5 is being replaced by Well No. 5A due to screen failure in Well No. 5. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project wells are completed in Quaternary sands and gravels in the Delaware River 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 Westfall Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  24. DTE Midstream Appalachia, LLC, D-2016-008-1. An application to approve the construction of the Birdsboro pipeline project consisting of approximately 13.2 miles of new 12-inch diameter natural gas pipeline and associated above-ground facilities including a meter/interconnect site and pig launcher, pig receiver and four mainline valves. The project is designed to provide approximately 79,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas transportation capacity which will be used to fuel the proposed Birdsboro Power facility. The pipeline will extend from the existing Texas Eastern Transmission Company pipeline in Rockland Township to the proposed Birdsboro Power facility in the Borough of Birdsboro. The project is located within the Schuylkill River Watershed in the townships of Rockland, Oley, Amity, Union and the Borough of Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  25. Sunoco Logistics Partners, LP, D-2016-010-1. An application to approve the relocation and replacement of approximately 6,500 linear feet of existing 8-inch and 12-inch diameter liquid petroleum pipelines to provide adequate burial and clearance distance under the Delaware River federal navigation channel meeting United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requirements. Recent dredging in the Delaware River performed by the USACE has left the existing pipelines with inadequate cover. Both pipelines will be installed in a single horizontal directional drill. Following the installation of the new pipelines, the existing pipelines within and adjacent to the navigation channel will be removed and the remainder of the former pipelines in the Delaware River will be cleaned, plugged and abandoned in place. The pipelines cross the Delaware River at RM 90.6 between Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania and West Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. The Commission issued an Emergency Certificate for the replacement project on December 7, 2016 to allow sufficient time for the applicant to satisfy USACE’s project completion date. View draft docket.
Other Information

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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
Notice Posted: August 2, 2017