Upcoming Commission Meetings
Third Quarter 2022

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its third-quarter public hearing on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public hearing will take place remotely via Zoom Webinar.

The DRBC will hold its third-quarter business meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2022, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The business meeting will take place remotely via Zoom Webinar.

Both the public hearing and business meeting are open to the public.

3Q Public Hearing: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 1:30 P.M.

The 3Q public hearing via Zoom Webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items to be heard include 20 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.

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 needed 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 the details of projects may change during the Commission's review, which is ongoing.

To Attend the Public Hearing:

To Provide Testimony during the Public Hearing:

Please Note:

  • If you would like to provide oral comment at the public hearing on the draft dockets, you have to register for the Zoom Webinar and also register to speak via Eventbrite.

  • To ensure a smooth connection, please make sure you are using the most up to date version of Zoom.

To Provide Written Comment on the Public Hearing Items:

  • Written comment on items scheduled for hearing should be made through the Commission's web-based comment system, SmartComment: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/.

  • Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on Wednesday, August 10 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15.

  • Exceptions to the use of this system are available based on need, by writing to the attention of the Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, West Trenton, NJ 08628

Items to be Heard on August 10, 2022:

Draft Dockets (all pdfs):

  1. Befesa Zinc US Inc., D-1967-196-4. The purpose of this docket is to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing discharges of 0.15 million gallons per day (mgd) and 0.432 mgd of NCCW from its Palmerton facility at two separate outfalls. This docket also recognizes the transfer in ownership of the plant from the Horsehead Corporation to Befesa Zinc US Inc. The facility will continue to discharge NCCW to Aquashicola Creek, via Outfalls No. 004 (up to 0.15 mgd) and 005 (up to 0.432 mgd), at River Mile 183.6 - 36.3 - 1.0 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Aquashicola Creek), is located in the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in Palmerton Borough, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

  2. Mount Airy #1, LCC, D-1977-058-6. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.22 mgd Mount Airy WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Forest Hills Run, which is a tributary of Paradise Creek and Brodhead Creek, at River Mile 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 designated as Special Protection Waters, in Paradise Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

  3. Robeson Township Municipal Authority, D-1983-034 CP-5. The purpose of this docket is to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.30 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River, via Outfall No. 001, at River Mile 92.47 - 65.8 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), in Robeson Township, Berks County Pennsylvania.

  4. Blue Ridge Real Estate Company, D-1985-025-5. The purpose of this docket is to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.225 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP and its discharge. This docket continues the Commission’s previous approval from Docket No. D-1985-025-4, to expand the facility to 0.265 mgd and discharge the first 0.04 mgd of treated effluent to land via absorption beds. The WWTP will continue to discharge 0.225 mgd of treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) to Tunkhannock Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 83.5 - 5.6 - 2.5 - 0.9 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Tobyhanna Creek - Tunkhannock Creek - UNT Tunkhannock Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

  5. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1986-059 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 6.696 mgm to supply the applicant's Merlin Hills public water supply system from existing Well No. EP-1 completed in Graphitic Gneiss. The Pennsylvania American Water Company Merlin Hills system serves customers in portions of East Pikeland Township and East Vincent Township. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The well is located in the French Creek Watershed in East Pikeland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

  6. Giorgio Foods, Inc., D-1988-043-7. The purpose of this docket is to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.50 million gallons per day (mgd) IWTP and its discharge. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Willow Creek, via Outfall No. 00, at River Mile 92.5 - 86.7 - 0.6 - 2.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek -Willow Creek) in Maidencreek Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

  7. Bath Borough Authority, D-1988-051 CP-4. The purpose of this docket is to renew the approval of the docket holder’s 0.51 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Monocacy Creek, which is a tributary to the Lehigh River, at River Mile 183.7 - 11.5 - 13.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Monocacy Creek) and is located in the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW),  in Bath Borough, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

  8. Nesquehoning Borough, D-1990-107 CP-4. The purpose of this docket is to renew the approval of the existing 0.65 mgd Nesquehoning Borough WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Nesquehoning Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 48.5 - 1.6 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Nesquehoning Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in Nesquehoning Borough, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

  9. Upper Gwynedd Township, D-1991-088 CP-10. The purpose of this docket is to renew the existing 7.5 mgd Upper Gwynedd Township WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Wissahickon Creek, via Outfall No. 001, at River Mile 92.5 - 12.8 - 12.7 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Wissahickon Creek) in Upper Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  10. Bethlehem City, D-1995-019 CP-3. An application to approve an expansion of area served through a new interconnection in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The docket also renews an allocation of 12 million gallons per day (mgd), based on an annual average, of surface water from Tunkhannock Creek and an allocation of 30.32 mgd (939.92 million gallons per month) of surface water from the Wild Creek Reservoir on Wild Creek for continued use in the docket holder’s existing public water supply system. The Wild Creek intake is located in the Pohopoco Creek Watershed in Towamensing Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania and the Tunkhannock Creek intake is located in the Tobyhanna Creek Watershed in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania 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.

  11. BlueTriton Brands, Inc., D-1998-027-5. An application to renew the approval of a groundwater withdrawal of up to 9.3 mgm to continue to supply the applicant’s bottled water operations from existing Hoffman Springs Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and up to 2.015 mgm from Mattos Catchment No. 1 to augment flows in Ountelaunee Creek. The project is located in the Ountelaunee Creek watershed in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

  12. Collegeville-Trappe Joint Public Works Department, D-2000-057 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 33.7 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from Well Nos. CT-3, CT-4, CT-5, CT-6A, CT-7, CT-8, CT-9, CT-10, CT-11, CT-12, CT-14 and CT-15. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation. The requested system allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in the Little Perkiomen Creek Watersheds in Collegeville and Trappe Boroughs, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  13. Schuylkill County Municipal Authority, D-2001-047 CP-2. The renewed approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.45 million gallons per day (mgd) Branch/Cass WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to West Creek, via Outfall No. 001, at River Mile 92.47 - 5.5 - 2.3 - 0.85 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - West Branch Schuylkill River - West West Branch Schuylkill River - West Creek), in Branch Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

  14. West Bradford Township, D-2004-022 CP-4. The purpose of this docket is to renew the approval of the existing 0.1465 mgd DuPont Property WWTP and its discharge via spray irrigation. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to two spray fields located in the Broad Run Watershed, in West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

  15. Tamaqua Area Water Authority, D-2010-028 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 155 million gallons per month (mgm) from an existing surface water intake located on the docket holder’s Still Creek Reservoir for public water supply and to continue reservoir releases of up to 36 million gallons per day (mgd) from Still Creek Reservoir and up to 8 mgd from Owl Creek Reservoirs not to exceed a total of 43.3 mgd for cooling water needs at the Limerick Generating Station. The project is located in the Still Creek and Owl Creek Watersheds in Rush Township and Tamaqua Borough, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

  16. Bethlehem City, D-1971-078 CP-5. The purpose of this docket is to approve a modification to increase primary settling in the docket holder’s existing 20.0 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP. The proposed modifications consist of increasing primary settling by the addition of a coagulant and polymer at the primary clarifiers and generally involve the following elements: new concrete tank pad and spill containment wall, new 12,500-gallon bulk coagulant storage tank, new coagulant feed pumps, piping, induction mixer and appurtenances, new polymer building, two new polymer totes, polymer blend units and feed piping, associated electrical and instrumentation/SCADA system updates. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Lehigh River, via Outfall No. 001 at River Mile 183.7 - 9.5 (Delaware River - Lehigh River). The WWTP also has an emergency outfall, Outfall No. 006, which is permitted to discharge treated effluent to Saucon Creek at River Mile 183.7-9.5-0.3 (Delaware River -Lehigh River - Saucon Creek). The WWTP discharge is located in the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

  17. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1985-029 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal with an allocation of up to 248 mgm (8 mgd) to supply the applicant's Main Division public water supply distribution system from existing surface water intakes on Chester Creek and Ridley Creek. The docket holder can withdraw up to 6.0 million gallons per day (mgd) from Chester Creek and 3.0 mgd from Ridley Creek. The project is located in the Chester Creek and Ridley Creek Watersheds in Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

  18. Richland, Borough of, D-1992-001 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 5.4 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells 2, 3, 6, an existing spring source and new Well 9. Wells 2 and 3 are completed in Crystalline Rock, Well 6 is completed in the Hardyston Formation and the new Well 9 is completed in the Buffalo Springs Formation. The requested system allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation.  The project is located in the Mill Creek Watershed in Millcreek Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

  19. Wheelabrator Falls Company, LP, D-2019-003-1. An application to approve an existing 53-megawatt waste-to-energy electric generating facility and a consumptive use of up to 6.30 million gallons per month of water purchased from the Township of Falls Authority for industrial cooling and processes. The docket approves a consumptive use allocation of 27.90 mgm that will expire following the installation and operation of equipment needed to complete a cooling tower water conservation project.  The facility is located in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

  20. Cobbs Creek Restoration and Community Foundation, D-2021-005-1.  An application to approve a groundwater and surface water withdrawal of up to 12.0 mgm to irrigate the applicant's Cobbs Creek Golf Club from Well No. IW-1 and a proposed intake on Cobbs Creek. Well IW-1 is located in Springfield granodiorite at the surface and completed in Wissahickon Schist. The proposed intake at the confluence of Cobbs Creek and Indian Creek is set to be constructed in 2023. The project is located in the Cobbs Creek Watershed in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
3Q Business Meeting: Thursday, September 8, 2022, 10:30 A.M.

The 3Q public business meeting will take place via Zoom Webinar on Thursday, September 8, 2022, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

  • View Business Meeting Agenda (posted ~10 days before business mtg.)

The September 8, 2022, Business Meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission's June 8, 2022, 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.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the September 8 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on August 10 or a previous date.

Commission consideration on September 8 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 be followed by up to one hour of Open Public Comment.

To Attend the Business Meeting:

To Provide Comment during the September 8 Open Public Comment Session:

  • Individuals who wish to address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on September 8 are asked to sign-up in advance through Eventbrite by 5 p.m., September 7: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/392419777117

  • Only individuals that are signed up in advance will be afforded the opportunity to participate in Open Public Comment.

Please Note:

  • If you would like to provide open public comment, you have to register for the Zoom Webinar and also register to speak via Eventbrite.

  • To ensure a smooth connection, please make sure you are using the most up to date version of Zoom.

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 questions concerning hearing items, please contact David Kovach, Project Review Section Manager, at 609-883-9500, ext. 264.

  • For general questions on how to participate in the public hearing and/or business meeting, please contact Patricia Hausler, at 609-883-9500, ext. 249.

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Pamela M. Bush, Esquire
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Pamela.Bush@drbc.gov
Notice Posted: July 28, 2022
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