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Upcoming Commission Meeting

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its next regularly scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The business meeting is open to the public and will take place at the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company, 40 West Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628.

DRBC held its 2nd quarter regularly scheduled public hearing on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The public hearing was open to the public and was also held at the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company.

Business Meeting: 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The public business meeting on June 13, 2018 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s March 14, 2018 Business Meeting;
  • Announcement 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, including the following resolutions:
    • Authorizing the Executive Director to revise the Administrative Manual – By-Laws, Management and Personnel; and
    • Providing for election of the Commission Chair, Vice Chair and Second Vice Chair for the year commencing July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the June 13 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on May 16 or a previous date. Commission consideration on June 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.

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. Individuals who wish to address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on June 13 as time allows are asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/delaware-river-basin-commission-business-meeting-tickets-45726167197. For assistance, please contact Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov.

Public Hearing: 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The public hearing on May 16, 2018 began at 1:30 p.m. and ran until approximately 2:15 p.m. Hearing items subject to the Commission’s review included draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other water-related projects, as well as the following resolutions:

Advance Sign-Up for Oral Comment. Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on May 16 were asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite.

Submitting Written Comment. Written comments on items scheduled for hearing were able to be made through SmartComment: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/. Use of SmartComment ensures that all submissions are captured in a single location and their receipt is acknowledged. Exceptions to the use of SmartComment were available based on need, by writing to the attention of the Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on May 16 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 21. 

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. Below are links to the draft dockets (all pdfs).

View docket location map (pdf 639 KB).

  1. Global Advanced Metals USA, Inc., D-1970-072-6. An application to modify the approval of the applicant's existing 0.222 million gallons per day (mgd) industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) and its discharge of treated industrial process water, noncontact cooling water (NCCW), lagoon underdrain water, steam condensate, and reverse osmosis (RO) reject water. The requested modification is to the previously approved total dissolved solids (TDS) determination, and consists of a decrease in the average monthly TDS effluent limit for Outfall No. 001 from 9,620 milligrams per liter (mg/l) to 9,270 mg/l and an increase in the average monthly TDS effluent limit for Outfall No. 002 from 750 mg/l to 1,500 mg/l. The resultant overall allowable average monthly TDS load from the combined outfalls will be reduced from 14,590 pounds per day (lbs/day) to 14,521 lbs/day. No modifications to the IWTP facilities are proposed. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Swamp Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 12.9 - 12.6 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Swamp Creek) in Douglass Township, Montgomery County and Colebrookdale Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association, D-1988-014 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.755 mgd Roamingwood wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Ariel Creek, upstream of Lake Wallenpaupack, at River Mile 277.7 - 15.8 - 14.2 - 3.5 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Wallenpaupack Creek - Ariel Creek), within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Salem Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Northeast Land Company, D-1989-010 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of a groundwater withdrawal (GWD) project to continue to supply up to 4.81 million gallons per month (mgm) of water from existing Wells Nos. 1 and 2 for use in the applicant's public water supply system. The wells are completed in the Catskill Formation in the Tunkhannock Creek Watershed, 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 Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Whitemarsh Township Authority, D-1993-037 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 2.0 mgd Whitemarsh Wastewater Pollution Control Center (WPCC) and its discharge. The WPCC will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 18.7 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. Commonwealth National Golf Club, D-1996-027-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater and surface water withdrawal (SWWD) of up to 5.17 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well No. CW-2 and an existing intake on a pond which is located on an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Park Creek. Well No. CW-2 is completed in the Stockton Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in the Park Creek Watershed in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Horsham Water and Sewer Authority, D-1997-016 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 86.139 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from fifteen (15) existing wells. The project wells are completed in the Stockton Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The wells are located in the Commission's designated GWPA in the Pennypack Creek, Park Creek and Little Neshaminy Creek watersheds in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Macoby Run Golf Course, Inc., D-1998-007-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 3.875 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well No. PW-1. Well No. PW-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 GWPA in the Macoby Creek Watershed in Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation, D-1998-014-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 46.5 mgm to supply the applicant's groundwater remediation and industrial operations from twelve (12) existing wells. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick and Lockatong formations. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Commission's designated GWPA in the Skippack and Wissahichkon Creek watersheds in Upper Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Honey Brook Golf Club, D-1998-028 -3. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD and SWWD of up to 10.37 mgm from existing Well No. PW1 and existing intakes in Pond No. 3 (main irrigation pond) and Pond No. 5 for golf course irrigation. The well is completed in felsic and intermediate gneiss in the West Branch Brandywine Creek Watershed in Honey Brook Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1999-029 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.25 mgd Pocono Country Place WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Dresser Run at River Mile 183.7 - 84.1 - 24.5 - 1.7 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Tobyhanna Creek - East Branch Tobyhanna Creek - Dresser Run), 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 Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. East Marlborough Township, D-2000-043 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.44 mgd Unionville Regional WWTP and its discharge to land. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to land via spray irrigation in the West Branch Red Clay Creek Watershed, in the drainage area of Water Quality Zone C5, in East Marlborough Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. Upper Uwchlan Township Municipal Authority, D-2000-055 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.6 mgd Route 100 WWTP and its discharge to land via drip and spray irrigation. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to eight (8) drip and spray irrigation areas located in the Pickering Creek and Marsh Creek watersheds, in Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Avondale Borough, D-2000-066 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.5 mgd Avondale WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of East Branch White Clay Creek, at River Mile 70.7 - 10.3 - 15.7 - 7.6 - 0.6 (Delaware River - Christina River - White Clay Creek - East Branch White Clay Creek - UNT East Branch White Clay Creek), in Avondale Borough, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Tidewater Utilities, Inc., D-2002-004 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing export of up to 1.302 mgd of water from the Delaware River Basin (DRB) to the Atlantic Basin. The export results from the withdrawal of up to 53.791 mgm of groundwater from four existing wells in the DRB to serve the docket holder’s public water system. The wastewater is conveyed to a treatment facility outside the basin. The wells are completed in the Columbia-Pocomoke and Beaverdam formations in the Canary Creek-Broadkill River Watershed in Sussex County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  15. Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center, D-2005-016-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center WWTP, its discharge to land via spray application, and reuse for snowmaking. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent at a maximum daily rate of 0.035 mgd to land adjacent to Swabia Creek in the Lehigh River Watershed, 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 Longswamp Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Coolbaugh Township, D-2006-023 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.052 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Tobyhanna Creek, at River Mile 183.66 - 83.5 - 22.3 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Tobyhanna Creek), 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 Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. East Brandywine Township Municipal Authority, D-2007-043 CP-3. An application to renew the approval to construct the new 0.0554 mgd Hillendale WWTP and its discharge to land. The WWTP will utilize a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) treatment process with ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, and will discharge treated effluent to land via four drip irrigation fields to be located in the Brandywine-Christina River Watershed in East Brandywine Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. Bryn Athyn Borough, D-2008-013 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.065 mgd New Church WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Huntingdon Valley Creek, at River Mile 109.8 - 12.0 - 1.1 - 0.2 (Delaware River - Pennypack Creek - Huntingdon Valley Creek - UNT Huntingdon Valley Creek) in Bryn Athyn Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. Tobyhanna Army Depot, D-2009-041 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.802 mgd Tobyhanna Army WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent into Hummler Run at River Mile 183.7 - 83.5 - 26.4 - 1.8 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Tobyhanna Creek - Hummler Run), 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 Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  20. Pocono Waterworks Company, Inc., D-2013-009 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.021 mgd Pine Grove Estates WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of the Delaware River, at River Mile 289.5 - 1.8 (Delaware River - UNT Delaware River), within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Damascus Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. SPI Pharma, D-1969-006-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 2.64 mgd IWTP and its discharge. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Water Quality Zone 6 of the Delaware Bay at River Mile 0.74, in the City of Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  22. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1975-078 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 22.28 mgm for the applicant's public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and a spring. The application will also renew the approval of an existing importation of 0.494 mgd of groundwater from the Susquehanna River Basin. The applicant is also requesting an increased allocation in Well No. 3 from 2.676 mgm to 3.5 mgm. The total public water supply system allocation will remain the same as the previous allocation. Wells Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are completed in the Duncannon, Polar Gap and Packerton members of the Catskill Formation and are located in the Van Auken 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 Waymart Borough and Canaan Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  23. SPI Pharma, D-1978-085-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD to supply water to the applicant's industrial facility for magnesium extraction. The renewal will also approve an increase in allocation from 18 million gallons per thirty days (mg/30 days) to 23.76 mgm from 17 existing wells. The wells are located beneath the Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier in Delaware Bay in Water Quality Zone 6. The project is located in the Delaware Bay Watershed, City of Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  24. Hilltown Township Water & Sewer Authority, D-1992-020 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD and to increase the allocation from 16.0 mg/30 days to 21.52 mgm from existing Wells Nos. 1A, 2 and 5. Wells Nos. 1A and 2 are completed in the Brunswick Formation and Well No. 5 is completed in the Lockatong Formation. The wells are located in the Commission's designated GWPA in the Pleasant Spring Creek Watershed, Hilltown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  25. Gan Eden Estates, D-2017-002 CP-1. An application to approve a GWD project to supply up to 4.60 mgm of water to the applicant’s proposed public water supply system from new Wells Nos. TW-5, TW-6 and TW-8. The wells are completed in the Upper Walton Formation in the East Mongaup River Watershed, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in the towns of Fallsburg and Thompson, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

  26. Camp Starlight, With You, LLC, D-2017-005-1. An application to approve the existing 0.027 mgd Camp Starlight WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Shehawken Creek, at River Mile 330.5 - 0.5 - 5.0 - 0.3 (Delaware River - West Branch Delaware River - Shehawken Creek - UNT Shehawken Creek), 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 Preston Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  27. Glencrest Mobile Home Park, D-2017-007-1. An application to approve the existing 0.035 mgd Glencrest Mobile Home Park WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Coplay Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 21.1 - 12.6 - 0.47 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Coplay Creek - UNT Coplay Creek), 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 Washington Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  28. Merion Golf Club, D-2017-013-1. An application to approve a SWWD of up to 12.416 mgm to irrigate the docket holder's East and West golf courses from existing surface water Intakes Nos. 11 Fairway and 13 Fairway, and an impounded spring known as Intake West, which feeds into an UNT of Darby Creek. The approval will also include construction of new surface water Intake No. 10 Fairway on an UNT of Cobbs Creek to replace Intake No. 13 Fairway. The project is located in the Cobbs Creek Watershed, Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

Accommodations for Special Needs. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the meeting or hearing 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 Denise McHugh, 609-883-9500, ext. 240. 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: May 2, 2018