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Most Recent Commission Meeting Highlights

The page offers a full recap of the most recent DRBC Commission Business Meeting.

Meeting of March 8, 2023

The Delaware River Basin Commission held its regularly scheduled public business meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

The meeting was held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

A public hearing was held remotely on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, via Zoom Webinar. Items heard at the public hearing, which began at 1:30 p.m., included 17 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other water-related projects subject to the Commission's review.

Written comments on all matters heard on February 8 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2023.

Both the public hearing and business meeting were livestreamed to DRBC's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/delrivbasincomm

Business Meeting Agenda:

The business meeting on March 8, 2023, began at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at approximately 11:30 a.m. No one spoke at the open public comment session, which began after the close of the business meeting.

Please Note: Comments made during Open Public Comment Sessions are NOT included in any decision-making record. There is no requirement for the Commission to provide for open public comment.

The agenda for the business meeting follows, with links to the items approved (links to documents are added to this page as they become available).

Items heard at the February 8, 2023, public hearing are noted by *. 

1. Call to Order. (Commission Chair, Lisa Daniels, PADEP)

2. Roll Call and Introductions. (Commission Secretary Pam Bush and Commissioners)

3. Minutes. (Pam Bush; The minutes of the December 7, 2022, business meeting was approved by unanimous vote)

4. Announcements.

5. Hydrologic Conditions Report. (Amy Shallcross)

6. Summary of Executive Director's Report. (Steve Tambini)

  • In December 2022, the DRBC published a technical report entitled Estimated Groundwater Availability in the Delaware River Basin 2020–2060 (pdf). Results from this report indicate that groundwater resources are, and will continue to be, used at sustainable rates throughout the Delaware River Basin. Visit the above link to read the report.

  • In January 2023, the DRBC's Advisory Committee on Climate Change hosted its Delaware River Basin Climate Forum in Atlantic City, N.J. as part of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Science and Environmental Summit. The highlight of the Climate Forum was a conversation among government leaders, who discussed their respective planning and adaptation strategies throughout the Delaware River Basin. DRBC staff presented extensively at the Climate Forum and Science Summit and also moderated several sessions. Learn more and view photos.

  • The DRBC and its co-regulator agencies—the EPA, NJDEP, PADEP and DNREC—are continuing to work cooperatively and are on track to develop revised water quality standards consistent with the goal of improving water quality in the Delaware River Estuary to better support fish propagation. I want to thank the staff of those agencies and DRBC's staff for their collective efforts and outstanding progress in ensuring that any new designated uses and water quality criteria are protective of aquatic life and are supported by the best available science and applicable law. Learn more about this effort.

  • The next Business Meeting of the DRBC will be held on June 7, 2023. We are pleased to announce that the meeting will take place in person in Camden, New Jersey at the Rutgers Campus Center. As we get closer to the meeting date, please check the DRBC website for more details and/or sign-up on our website to be sent notices about future DRBC meetings. 

  • March is Women's History Month, and today is International Women's Day. At the DRBC, today and every day, we celebrate and honor women's contributions and achievements throughout our past, present and future. I would also like to recognize the long and distinguished list of women who have played and are playing a critical role in managing, protecting and improving the shared water resources of the Delaware River Basin.

7. General Counsel's Report. (Ken Warren)

8. Resolution for the Minutes. (John Yagecic)

*9. Project Review Docket Applications. (David Kovach; approved dockets are all pdfs) 

  • Please note that at each of its public meetings, the Commission may consider action on any item for which a hearing has been completed or may defer one or more such items for consideration at a public meeting of the Commission on a future date.

  • Dockets #1-17 were subject to public hearings on February 8, 2023.

  • Dockets #1-17 were approved unanimously by the Commissioners on March 8, 2023.  

View docket location map of projects heard on February 8 (pdf)

  1. Borough of Phoenixville, D-1967-080 CP-5.

  2. Northampton Borough - Northampton, PA, D-1987-046 CP-3.

  3. Panther Creek Power Operating, LLC, D-1987-066-7.

  4. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1990-028-4.

  5. Lyons Borough Municipal Authority, D-1994-080 CP-5.

  6. Community Utilities of Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1999-020 CP-5.

  7. East Marlborough Township, D-2000-043 CP-5.

  8. Nazareth Borough Municipal Authority, D-2002-038 CP-4.

  9. Schwenksville Borough Authority, D-2003-029 CP-3.

  10. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2006-045 CP-4.

  11. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2008-002 CP-4.

  12. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-2008-025 CP-4.

  13. Kennett Square Borough, D-2012-003 CP-2.

  14. The College Golf Course at Delhi, D-2012-006 CP-2.

  15. Ambler Borough, D-1975-016 CP-6.

  16. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1975-078 CP-6.

  17. PEL Pharma, Inc., D-1996-049-5.