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The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. A business meeting will be held the following day on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. The hearing and business meeting are open to the public and will be held at the at the Chase Center on the Riverfront's Dravo Auditorium, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Public Hearing: Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 1:30 P.M.

The public hearing on September 15, 2015 will begin at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items will include draft dockets for the withdrawals, discharges and other water-related projects subject to the Commission's review. Draft dockets are linked below (all are pdfs).   

Written comments on draft dockets scheduled for hearing on September 15 will be accepted through the close of the hearing that day. After the hearing on all scheduled matters has been completed, and as time allows, an opportunity for open public comment (formerly known as "public dialogue") will also be provided. 

The public is 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 is also asked to be aware that project details commonly change in the course of the Commission's review, which is ongoing.

View Map of Docket Locations (coming soon).

1. Paulsboro Refining Company, LLC, D-1969-195-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing Paulsboro Refining Company industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP), formerly known as the Valero Refining Company IWTP, and its discharge. The IWTP has an average annual design flow of 9.19 million gallons per day (mgd) and a hydraulic design capacity of 15.84 mgd. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated industrial wastewater effluent to Water Quality Zone 4 of the Delaware River at River Mile 87.7 in the Borough of Paulsboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

2. Global Advanced Metals USA, Inc., D-1970-072-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.1488 mgd IWTP and its discharge as well as the continued discharge of up to 0.0987 mgd of non-contact cooling water (NCCW), lagoon underdrain, steam condensate, reverse osmosis reject water, and stormwater from Outfalls Nos. 001 and 002. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Swamp Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 12.9 - 12.6 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Swamp Creek) via Outfall No. 001, on the border of Douglass Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Colebrookdale Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

3. Birdsboro Municipal Authority, D-1974-126 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.35 mgd Birdsboro wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Hay Creek, which is a tributary of the Schuylkill River, at River Mile 92.47 - 63.1 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Hay Creek) in the Borough of Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

4. Lower Moreland Township Authority, D-1987-052 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.279 mgd Chapel Hill WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Southampton Creek at River Mile 109.75 - 16.1 - 0.71 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Pennypack Creek - Southampton Creek - UNT) via Outfall No. 001, in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

5. Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association, D-1988-045 CP-4. An application to approve a temporary increase in allocation from 20.67 million gallons per month (mgm) to 24.8 mgm of groundwater from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for use in the docket holder's public water system. The temporary increase in allocation is necessary during the docket holder's ongoing system water loss improvement project. The temporary allocation will expire on September 16, 2020, at which time the allocation will be reduced to 20.67 mgm. The wells are completed in the Poplar Gap Member of the Catskill Formation in the Ariel Creek Watershed in Lake and Salem Townships, Wayne County, Pennsylvania 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.

6. Waste Management Disposal Services of Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1988-054-7. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.3 mgd GROWS Landfill leachate treatment plant (LTP) and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to the tidal Delaware River at River Mile 125.6 via Outfall No. 001, within Water Quality Zone 2, in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

7. Shoemakersville Borough, D-1990-007 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 7.5 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 completed in the Hamburg Sequence Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Schuylkill River Watershed in the Borough of Shoemakersville and Perry Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

8. Amity Township, D-1990-078 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 4.0 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and DRBC will continue to base effluent limitations upon a discharge flow of 2.2 mgd. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 58.35 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) via Outfall No. 001, in Amity Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

9. Sullivan Infra West, Inc., D-1992-010-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.2 mgd Kutschers Country Club WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to an UNT of Anawana Brook at River Mile 253.64 - 27.3 - 1.65 - 5.3 - 2.25 (Delaware River - Neversink River - Sheldrake Stream - Anawana Brook - UNT) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the main stem Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

10. Talamore at Oak Terrace, Inc., D-1993-030-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 5.17 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Wells PW-1 and Water Tower. Existing Wells PW-1 and Water Tower 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 Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in the Park Creek Watershed in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

11. JFBB Ski Areas, Inc., D-1993-057-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 103.33 mgm for the snowmaking operations at Jack Frost Ski Area resort from an existing surface water intake on Tobyhanna Creek. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The surface water intake is located in the Tobyhanna Creek Watershed in Kidder 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.

12. United Water Delaware, D-1996-050 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater and surface water withdrawal of up to 30 mgd (930 mgm) to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Well Christiana No. 1 and surface water intakes Stanton No. 1, Stanton No. 2, Stanton No. 2A and Christiana No. 1. Well Christiana No. 1 is completed in the Potomac Formation. The application will also renew the approval of a Tidal Capture Structure (TCS) located on White Clay Creek, a tributary of the Christina River, at River Mile 70.73 - 10.3 - 1.8 (Delaware River - Christina River - White Clay Creek). The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The water supply system is located in New Castle County, Delaware. View draft docket.

13. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1998-043 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 165.33 mgm from existing Wells Nos. 12, 13, 16, 18A, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 28 for public water supply. Wells Nos. 12, 13 and 18A are completed in the Richland Formation, Well No. 16 is completed in the Millbach Formation, Wells Nos. 19 and 20 are completed in the Ontelaunee Formation, Well No. 21 is completed in the Allentown Formation, Well No. 23 is completed in the Hammer Creek Formation and Well No. 28 is completed in the Epler/Ontelaunee Formations. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project wells are located in the Little Cacoosing Creek Watershed in Spring and Lower Heidelberg Townships and Sinking Spring and Wyomissing Boroughs, all in Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

14. Cold Spring Cottages, D-2005-002-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.014 mgd Cold Spring Cottages WWTP and its discharges to groundwater via subsurface absorption beds. The application includes a transfer of ownership from Mountain Hill Cottages to Cold Spring Cottages, LLC. The WWTP discharge is located in the Neversink River Watershed in 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 Thompson, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

15. Penn's Grove Sewer Authority, D-2005-029 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 0.75 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Water Quality Zone 5 of the tidal Delaware River at River Mile 72.0, in Penn's Grove Borough, Salem County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

16. Hudson Valley Foie Gras, LLC, D-2006-037-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.02 mgd IWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to the Middle Mongaup River at River Mile 261.1 - 12.0 - 6.2 - 5.1 - 3.7 (Delaware River - Mongaup River - Swinging Bridge Reservoir - Mongaup River - Middle Mongaup River) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Town of Liberty, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

17. West Deptford Energy Station, D-2008-027 CP-3. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 374.914 mgm from the GCUA's effluent pipeline for use at the West Deptford Energy Station (WDES), and discharge up to 4.051 mgd of concentrated effluent back into GCUA's effluent pipeline from the WDES prior to discharge into the Delaware River. The WDES is located adjacent to Water Quality Zone 4 of the Delaware River at River Mile 89.7, in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. View draft docket (coming soon).

18. NIS Hollow Estates, LLC, D-2010-003 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.018 mgd NIS Hollow Estates WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to an UNT of the Lehigh River, which is a tributary of the Lehigh River, at River Mile 183.7 - 39.3 - 1.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - UNT - Lehigh River) and is located 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 East Penn Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

19. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1975-078 CP-4. An application to approve new Well No. 6 for inclusion in the applicant's Waymart public water supply distribution system and to approve an increase in the total system groundwater withdrawal allocation from 11.68 mgm to 22.28 mgm. The application will also renew the approval of an existing importation of 0.494 mgd of groundwater from the Susquehanna River Basin. 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 in Waymart Borough and Canaan Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania 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.

20. Lower Frederick Township, D-1978-041 CP-3. An application to upgrade and expand the existing Lower Frederick Township WWTP. The upgrade consists of replacing the existing extended aeration / activated sludge treatment system with a sequencing batch reactor system. The upgrade also includes head works and sludge handling improvements, the addition of filtration and post-equalization, and the replacement of the existing chlorine contact disinfection system with UV disinfection. Additionally, the WWTP will be expanded from 0.2 mgd to 0.5 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Perkiomen Creek, which is tributary to the Schuylkill River, at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 13.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek) in Lower Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

21. Nestlé Purina Petcare Company, D-1983-018-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.53 mgd IWTP and its discharge. The applicant has also requested approval to modify the IWTP by replacing the influent screening, adding equalization tanks, and adding mixers to the aerated lagoon, while maintaining the hydraulic capacity. The modifications meet the Commission's definition of substantial alterations or additions. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to an UNT of Jordan Creek at River Mile 183.66 - 16.25 - 0.67 - 11.16 - 0.54 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Little Lehigh River - Jordan Creek - UNT) via Outfall No. 001, 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 South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

22. Gloucester County Utilities Authority (GCUA), D-1990-074 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 27 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Water Quality Zone 4 of the tidal Delaware River at River Mile 89.7 via Outfall No. DSN004A, in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. View draft docket (coming soon).

23. Mount Pocono Municipal Authority, D-1991-027 CP-2. An application to approve an upgrade and expansion of the existing Mount Pocono wastewater treatment plant and its discharge. The upgrade consists of improvements to the existing head works and sequencing batch reactors (SBRs); the construction of a new influent equalization tank, post-aeration tank, cooling system, and spray irrigation facilities; and appurtenant improvements. The project also includes the expansion of the WWTP from 0.4 mgd to 0.5 mgd. The WWTP will land discharge via spray irrigation between November 16 and March 14 when conditions are suitable, and will discharge to Forest Hills Run from November 16 to March 14 when conditions are not suitable for land discharge. Forest Hills Run is a tributary of Paradise Creek, which is a tributary of Brodhead Creek, at River Mile 213.0 - 10.6 - 4.4 - 4.9 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - Paradise Creek - Forest Hills Run). The project 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 the Borough of Mount Pocono, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

24. Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority, D-1992-030 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 2.0 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The applicant has also requested approval to replace the existing surface aerators, sludge thickening equipment, and dewatering equipment, as well as make modifications to the odor control equipment and garage. The proposed modifications will not result in a change to the hydraulic capacity of the WWTP. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Water Quality Zone 2 of the Delaware River at River Mile 108.82 via Outfall No. 001A, in Cinnaminson Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

25. North Penn Water Authority, D-1992-044 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal and decrease the allocation from 289.33 mgm to 143 mgm from 17 existing wells; and to receive up to 465 mgm of potable water via an interconnection with the Forest Park Water Treatment Plant. The application will also approve the removal of 26 existing wells from the previous approval and will add one additional well from the former Sellersville water system. The North Penn Water Authority wells are completed in the Stockton and Brunswick Formations. The project is located within the Commission's designated GWPA in the East Branch Perkiomen, Indian, Skippack, Towamencin, Wissahickon, West Branch Neshaminy Creeks, Three Mile Run and Pine Run watersheds in Franconia, Lower Salford, Towamencin, Skippack, Upper Gwynedd and Hatfield townships and Lansdale Borough, all in Montgomery County and East Rockhill and New Britain townships and New Britain Borough, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Wells Nos. NP-73 and NP-74 are located 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.

26. Doylestown Township Municipal Authority, D-1995-009 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal and to increase the system allocation from 52.7 mgm to 55.22 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. NW-1, NW-2, NW-3, NW-4, NW-5, NW-6, CW-1, CW-3, CW-5, CW-7, SW-1, SW-2, SW-6 and SW-7 all completed in the Stockton Formation. The wells are located in the Commission's designated GWPA in the Neshaminy Creek and Pine Run watersheds in Doylestown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

27. Artesian Water Company (AWC), D-2002-034 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing import project of up to 3.0 mgd from the Chesapeake Bay Basin from the Old County Road, Chesapeake City Road and Eastern States well fields, and up to 3.0 mgd from the Susquehanna River Basin from an interconnection with Chester Water Authority to augment water supply to the applicant's public water supply system. The applicant also seeks approval of new well Broad Run PA for inclusion in the AWC public water supply system and renewal of the approval to withdraw up to 612.83 mgm of groundwater for the docket holder's public water supply distribution system. AWC is not requesting an increase in groundwater withdrawal allocation. The water supply system and well fields are located in New Castle County, Delaware and New Garden Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

28. Giorgio Foods, Inc., D-2014-016-1. An application to approve an existing withdrawal of up to 14.0 mgm of groundwater from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2 and 3 for industrial processes, cooling and potable use at the applicant's existing food processing facility. The project wells are located in the Leithsville Formation in the Willow Creek Watershed in Maidencreek Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

29. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, D-2015-004 CP-1. An application to approve the replacement of the Pond Eddy Bridge located at River Mile 265.5 (Delaware River), within Water Quality Zone 1B of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Shohola Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania and Lumberland Township, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

30. MHC Lil Wolf, LP, D-2015-005 CP-1. An application to approve the applicant's existing 0.038 mgd Lil Wolf Mobile Home Park (MHP) WWTP and its discharge. The applicant also requests approval to modify and expand the WWTP to 0.07 mgd. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to an UNT of Coplay Creek at River Mile 183.66 - 21.05 - 9.86 - 0.62 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Coplay Creek - UNT) via Outfall No. 001, 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.

31. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, D-2015-007 CP-1. An application to approve the applicant's existing 0.025 mgd Washington Crossing Historic Park Upper WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Water Quality Zone 1E of the Delaware River at River Mile 146.63, 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 Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

32. Indian Head Camp, D-2015-008-1. An application to approve the new 0.045 mgd Indian Head Camp WWTP and its proposed discharge via spray irrigation. The new WWTP facilities will consist of a pumping station, an aerated storage lagoon, chlorine contact disinfection, and two spray fields. The proposed spray fields' discharge will be located in the Little Equinunk Creek 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 Manchester Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

33. Chai Lifeline, Inc., D-2015-011 CP-1. An application to approve the applicant's existing 0.0175 mgd Camp Simcha WWTP, its expansion to 0.045 mgd, and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to an UNT of the Delaware River at River Mile 265.4 - 0.46 (Delaware River - UNT) via Outfall No. 001, 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 Lumberland, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

34. Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc., D-2015-013-1. An application to approve a new 0.72 mgd groundwater remediation IWTP and its discharge to groundwater via injection wells. The IWTP will treat groundwater from the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site utilizing air stripping, after which the treated groundwater will be reinjected into the regional groundwater aquifer. The project IWTP and its discharge is located in the Pohatcong Creek Watershed, within the drainage area of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Washington Township, Warren County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

Business Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1:30 P.M.

The public business meeting on September 16, 2015 will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include: adoption of the Minutes of the Commission's June 10, 2015 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 an item for which no hearing is required - amendments of the Administrative Manual - By-Laws, Management & Personnel regarding electronic communications. The Commission will also hear a short presentation by Kim Beidler of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed on the proposed Delaware River Basin Conservation Act.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment at the September 16 business meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on September 15 or a previous date. Commission consideration on September 16 of items for which the public hearing is closed may result in either 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.     

Advance Sign-Up for Oral Comment.  Individuals who wish to comment for the record at the public hearing on September 15 or to address the Commissioners informally during the open public comment portion of the meeting that day as time allows, are asked to sign up in advance by contacting Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov or by phoning Ms. Schmitt at 609-883-9500 ext. 224. 

Addresses for Written Comment.  Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be delivered by hand at the public hearing or in advance of the hearing, either:  by hand, U.S. Mail or private carrier to:  Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628; by fax to Commission Secretary, DRBC at 609-883-9522; or by email (preferred) to paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov. If submitted by email in advance of the hearing date, written comments on a docket should also be sent to William J. Muszynski, Manager, Water Resources Management at william.muszynski@drbc.nj.gov.

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.

Updates.  Items scheduled for hearing are occasionally postponed to allow more time for the Commission to consider them. Other meeting items also are subject to change. Please check the Commission's website, www.drbc.net, closer to the meeting date for changes that may be made after the deadline for filing this notice.

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 Project Review Section assistant Victoria Lawson at 609-883-9500, ext. 216. 

Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
August 31, 2015