Upcoming Commission Meetings
Fourth Quarter 2020
Business Meeting: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:30 A.M.
Public Hearing: Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:30 P.M.
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Fourth Quarter 2020

The Delaware River Basin Commission's (DRBC) fourth-quarter business meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The business meeting is open to the public. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Webinar. 

The DRBC's fourth-quarter public hearing was held on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on Thursday, November 12 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17.

Business Meeting: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:30 A.M.

The 4Q public business meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the December 9 Business Meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

To Participate in the Business Meeting:

The December 9 Public Business Meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s September 10, 2020 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*.

*At the December 9, 2020 Business Meeting, this may include:

  • Possible Commission action on the findings and recommendations of the Hearing Officer in the matter of Docket D-2017-009-2 for the Gibbstown Logistics Center Dock 2; and

  • Resolutions for the Minutes:

    • Amending the Administrative Manual – Bylaws, Management and Personnel with respect to approved holidays; and
    • Authorizing the Executive Director to accept a grant from the William Penn Foundation to support the ongoing Our Shared Waters public education campaign.

View Business Meeting Agenda (pdf of above listed items)

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the December 9 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on November 12 or a previous date. Commission consideration on December 9 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.

To Provide Comment during Open Public Comment:

Public Hearing: Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:30 P.M.

The public hearing via Zoom Webinar took place on Thursday, November 12, 2020, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items heard included 16 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources, all of which are listed below.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on Thursday, November 12 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17.

The public was advised to check the Commission’s web site periodically prior to the hearing date, as items scheduled for hearing may have been postponed if additional time was needed to complete the Commission’s review, and items may have been added up to ten days prior to the hearing date. In reviewing docket descriptions, the public was also asked to be aware that the details of projects may change during the Commission’s review, which is ongoing.

To Participate in the Public Hearing:

  • The public hearing was held via Zoom Webinar.


To Provide Comment during the Public Hearing:

  • Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on August 12 were asked to sign-up in advance through Eventbrite.


To Provide Written Comment on the Public Hearing Items:

  • Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on Thursday, November 12 were accepted through the Commission’s web-based comment system, SmartComment, until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17.

  • Use of the web-based system ensured that all submissions were captured in a single location and their receipt was acknowledged.

  • Exceptions to the use of this system 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.

Items to be Heard on November 12, 2020:

Draft Dockets (all pdfs) to be Heard:

Docket Location Map (pdf)

  1. Abington Township, D-1973-191 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 3.91 million gallon per day (mgd) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Sandy Run at River Mile 92.47 - 12.8 - 11.2 - 4.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Pine Run - Sandy Run), via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Hawley Area Authority, D-1981-029 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 0.20 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lackawaxen River at River Mile 277.7 - 16.2 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River) 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 Lackawaxen Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1992-003 CP-3. An application to renew and approve an upgrade to the applicant's existing 7.1 mgd Exeter Township WWTP. The upgrade consists of adding a dechlorination system to the existing chlorine contact disinfection system.   The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.5 - 65.3 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River) in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Gilbert Power, LLC., D-1993-071-2. An application to renew the approval of a surface water withdrawal of up to 94 million gallons per month (mgm) from the Delaware River and a groundwater withdrawal of up to 3.3 mgm from the Stag Well for cooling and industrial processes at the existing 450-megawatt Gilbert Generating Station. The surface water allocation approved by this docket is a reduction of the previously approved total allocation of 2,700 million gallons per 30 days because of the closure of three steam units and the associated once-through, non-contact cooling requirements. The existing withdrawal is located in Zone 1-E 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 Holland Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

  5. Broad Run Golfers Club, D-1999-036-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 4.75 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well Nos. IW-1 and IW-2. The project wells are completed in the Cockeysville Marble 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 Broad Run Watershed in West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Upper Tulpehocken Township, D-2005-006 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.065 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Jackson Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 76.8 - 15.4 - 0.8 - 6.5 - 0.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Tulpehocken Creek - Northkill Creek - Little Northkill Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. West Deptford Energy, D-2008-027 CP-4. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 374.914 million gallons per month (mgm) and consumptively use up to 273.7 mgm of treated effluent from GCUA’s effluent pipeline for use at the West Deptford Energy Station (WDES). The project’s existing discharge of industrial wastewater back into GCUA’s effluent pipeline prior to discharge into the Delaware River is approved by the NJDEP and will continue to be regulated in accordance with the administrative agreement between the Commission and the New Jersey DEP dated March 2015 (OP-2008-027 CP-3). The WDES is located within the drainage area of Water Quality Zone 4 of the Delaware River at River Mile 89.7 in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

  8. Camp Moshava, D-2015-014-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.036 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary of Indian Orchard Brook at River Mile 277.7 - 23.1 - 1.8 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Indian Orchard Brook - UNT Indian Orchard Brook) 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 Berlin Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Hickory Hills MHC, D-1973-079-2. An application to approve the proposed modification of the docket holder's existing 0.06 mgd Hickory Hills WWTP and its discharge. The modification will include the replacement of an existing treatment train with a new packaged extended aeration system. The WWTP will continue to discharge to an unnamed tributary to East Branch Monocacy Creek at River Mile 183.66 - 11.5 - 10.1 - 6.3 - 0.35 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Monanocacy Creek - East Branch Moncacy Creek - UNT East Branch Monocacy Creek) 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 Moore Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. Reading Alloys, Inc. (Ametek), D-1979-044-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 0.24 mgd discharge of non-contact cooling water (NCCW) and the modification of effluent requirements. The docket holder will continue to discharge NCCW to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Spring Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 76.8 - 6.65 - 5.9 - 3.9 - 1.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Tulpehocken Creek - Blue Marsh Reservoir - Spring Creek - UNT of Spring Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in South Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. Quakertown Borough, D-1984-026 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 4.0 mgd WWTP and approve the proposed project to increase the WWTP hydraulic capacity to 5.0 mgd, and average annual flow from 3.15 mgd to 3.84 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Tohickon Creek, upstream of Lake Nockamixon, at River Mile 157.0 - 23.4 (Delaware River - Tohickon Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  12. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1990-050 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 92.0 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Wells Bell Tavern Well 1, Shoen Rd Well 3, Robert Dean Well 5, Robert Dean Well 6, Milford Well 7, Stonehedge Well 8, Saybrooke Well 9, Saybrooke Well 10 and new well Bell Tavern Well 11, which are all completed in Cambrian Quartz Dolomite and Granitic Gneiss. New well Bell Tavern Well 11 will be replacing Well No. 2 and Shoen Rd Well 4, which will be abandoned as soon as Bell Tavern Well 11 is put into operation. The requested system allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. Wells Shoen Rd Well 3, Robert Dean Well 5 and Robert Dean Well 6 are located within the Commission's designated GWPA in the West Valley Creek Watershed. Bell Tavern Well 1 and Bell Tavern Well 11 are located in the East Brandywine Creek Watershed; Wells Milford Well 7 and Stonehedge Well 8 are located in the Marsh Creek Watershed; and Wells Saybrooke Well 9 and Saybrooke Well 10 are located in the Black Horse Creek Watershed, all in Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1990-079 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with a decrease in system allocation from 216 mg/ 30 days to 42.41 mgm to supply the applicant's West Chester public water supply system from existing White Wells Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5, Pomona Well No. 1 and Willowdale Wells Nos. 2 and 6 which are completed in the Wissahickon and Cockeysville Marble Formations. The approval will also remove the Fern Hill - Airport Road Reservoir intake, Fern Hill Wells Nos. 1 and 2 and Lake-in-the-Woods Wells Nos. 1 and 2 from the docket. The project is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) within the Taylor Run, Plum Creek and West Branch Red Clay Creek Watersheds in East Bradford, East Marlborough and West Goshen Townships, all in Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority, D-1994-018 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing import of up to 0.792 mgd of groundwater from the Atlantic Basin to supply water to the Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park Complex. The docket also approves the export of up to 0.500 mgd of wastewater to the Atlantic Basin and the existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 30 mgm to the docket holder's theme park complex from existing Wells Nos. 7, 12 ASR and 17 completed in the Upper Potomac-Raritan-Magothy Formation. The groundwater withdrawal will continue to be regulated by NJDEP in accordance with the administrative agreement between DRBC and NJDEP dated March 2015. The project is located in the Crosswicks Creek Watershed in the Jackson Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

  15. Roxbury Town, D-2002-014 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an allocation of 13.0 million gallons per month (mgm) of groundwater from existing wells PW-1 and PW-2 and Mountain Springs No. 1 and No. 2 and to approve the withdrawals from new well PW-3 for use in the docket holder’s public water system that serves the Roxbury and the Grand George Water Districts. Well PW-3 will be used as a redundant source with no increase in the total allocation. The docket also renews the approval of an exportation of up to 0.3 million gallons per day (mgd) of water, half in the form of wastewater and half as groundwater supply, from the Hamlet of Roxbury in the Delaware River Basin to the Hamlet of Grand George in the Mohawk-Hudson River Basin. The project wells are screened in glacial stratified outwash deposits in the East 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 Roxbury, Delaware County, New York. View draft docket.

  16. Lake Bryn Mawr Camp, Inc., D-2017-011-2. An application to approve the installation of a UV disinfection system at the existing WWTP. The installation will replace the existing chlorine disinfection unit. The docket holder's existing WWTP will continue to discharge to an Unnamed Tributary (UNT) to Big Brook at River Mile 277.8 - 26.1 - 4.9 - 0.75 - 0.68 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Dyberry Creerk - Big Brook - UNT Big Brook) 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 Oregon Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
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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 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. For other questions concerning hearing items, please contact David Kovach, Project Review Section Manager.

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: October 29, 2020

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