Upcoming Commission Meetings
Second Quarter 2022

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its second-quarter business meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The business meeting, which is open to the public, will be held both remotely via Zoom Webinar and in-person at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE  19801, in the Center's Dravo Auditorium.

If there are any updated details regarding Covid protocols for the in-person meeting venue, they will be posted to this webpage and shared via our communication channels at least ten days prior to the meeting date; please check back.

The DRBC held its second-quarter public hearing on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public hearing, which was open to the public, was held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

Written comments on all matters heard on May 11, 2022, were accepted through 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

2Q Business Meeting: June 8, 10:30 AM

The 2Q public business meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, via Zoom Webinar and in-person at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, in the Center's Dravo Auditorium.

Any Covid protocols for the in-person business meeting venue will be posted on this webpage at least 10 days prior to the meeting date; please check back.

  • View Business Meeting Agenda (coming soon)

The June 8, 2022, Public Business Meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission's March 9, 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.

The latter will include, but is not necessarily limited to, a Resolution for the Minutes providing for election of the Commission Chair, Vice Chair, and Second Vice Chair for the year commencing July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2023.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the June 8 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on May 11 or a previous date.

Commission consideration on June 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 Provide Comment during the June 8 Open Public Comment Session:

Individuals who wish to address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on June 8 are asked to sign-up in advance through Eventbrite by 5 p.m., June 7: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/329343644707

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

To Participate in the June 8 Business Meeting:

The business meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar and in-person at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, in the Center's Dravo Auditorium. 

Any Covid protocols for the in-person business meeting venue will be posted on this webpage at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

To Join the Zoom Webinar:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84912910226?pwd=M3Y1M1dXUHFkdHRhOENnQStLSHNiUT09

  • Webinar ID: 849 1291 0226

  • Passcode: 632578

  • Phone: +1 929 205 6099; Toll-Free: 888 475 4499

Please note that the business meeting will also be livestreamed to DRBC's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/delrivbasincomm

However, if you would like to address the Commissioners during Open Public Comment, you must either participate via Zoom or in-person and register 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 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.

For questions about participating in the public hearing and/or meeting or providing written comment, please contact Patricia Hausler.

2Q Public Hearing: May 11, 1:30 PM

The 2Q public hearing via Zoom Webinar took place on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items heard included three resolutions and 13 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 was advised to check the Commission's website 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 Provide Comment during the May 11 Public Hearing:

Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on May 11 were asked to sign-up in advance through Eventbrite by 5 p.m., May 10.

To Participate in the May 11 Public Hearing:

Please note that the public hearing was also livestreamed to DRBC's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/delrivbasincomm.

However, if you wanted to provide oral comment on one of the draft dockets, you must have participated via Zoom and registered via Eventbrite.

As always, to ensure a smooth connection, we recommended that folks please make sure they 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 have been made through the Commission's web-based comment system, SmartComment.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on Wednesday, May 11 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

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 Heard on May 11, 2022:

Resolutions (all pdfs):

  1. A Resolution to adopt the Commission's current expense and capital budgets for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.

  2. A Resolution to apportion among the signatory parties the amounts required for the support of the current expense and capital budgets for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023.

  3. A Resolution to adopt the Fiscal Year 2023-2025 Water Resources Program.

Draft Dockets (all pdfs):

  1. Holcim (US) Inc., D-1974-189-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater and surface water withdrawal of up to 70.68 mgm from Wells 1 and 2 and a surface water intake on the Lehigh River for use at the applicant's cement manufacturing plant. The project wells are completed in the Jacksonburg Formation and are located in the Coplay Creek and Lehigh River Watersheds in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania within the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has designated as Special Protection Waters.

  2. Lower Moreland Township Authority, D-1987-052 CP-5. 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 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.

  3. Concord Township, D-1997-019 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 1.8 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to West Branch Creek at River Mile 82.93 - 8.9 - 5.4 (Delaware River - Chester Creek - West Branch Chester Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Concord Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

  4. Portland Borough Authority, D-1997-029 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of a total combined groundwater allocation of 12.4 million gallons per month (mgm) from existing Wells 1, 2, 3, and 4 for public water supply. The application also requests approval of a new area served that is anticipated to expand into additional parts of Upper Mount Bethel Township within the next ten years. Wells 1, 2 and 4 are completed in the Martinsburg Formation and Well 3 is screened in Pleistocene Stratified Drift in the Slateford Creek Watershed in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania Monroe County, Pennsylvania 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.

  5. Delaware Water Gap Borough, D-1997-032 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 8.5 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. 4, 6, and 7 completed in the Poxono Island and Bloomsburg Formations. The allocation is a decrease from the previous allocation of 11.0 mgm and is based on projected peak demands. The wells are located in the Delaware River and Cherry Creek Watersheds within the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which the Commission has designated as Special Protection Waters, in Delaware Water Gap Borough, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

  6. Warwick Township Water & Sewer Authority, D-1998-019 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of a water supply interconnection to receive up to 24.8 mgm of potable water from Aqua Pennsylvania and up to 24.8 mgm from North Wales Water Authority, for a total of up to 49.6 mgm. 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 (SEPA GWPA) in Warwick Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

  7. Beach Lake Municipal Authority, D-2001-052 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the 0.09 mgd Beach Lake WWTP and its discharge. No modifications are proposed to the WWTP. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Beach Lake Creek, a tributary of Masthope Creek, at River Mile 282.5 - 6.98 - 3.1 (Delaware River - Masthope Creek - Beach Lake Creek) via Outfall No. 001, located 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 Berlin Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

  8. Buck Hill Falls Water Company, D-2009-001 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the 0.2 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Buck Hill Creek, a tributary of Brodhead Creek, at River Mile 213.00 - 21.11 - 0.50 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - Buck Hill Creek) via Outfall No. 001, located within the drainage area of the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Barrett Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

  9. Green Top Management, LLC, D-2010-002-5. An application to renew the approval of the 0.018 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to discharge an unnamed Tributary to Tohickon Creek, upstream of Nockamixon Lake at River Mile 157.0 - 10.8 - 6.5 - 3.1 - 4.1 (Delaware River - Tohickon Creek - Lake Nockamixon - Tohickon Creek - UNT Tohickon Creek)) via Outfall No. 001, located within the drainage area of the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

  10. Biddle Air National Guard Base, D-2010-020 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 3.2 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from Well Nos. 1 and 2. The project wells are completed in the Stockton 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 Park Creek Watershed in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  11. Reading Alloys, Inc. (Kymera International), D-2011-023-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater and surface water withdrawal of up to 0.57 mgm of groundwater from existing Well Nos. 3 and 4 and 14.5 mgm of surface water from existing Intake No. 1 to supply water to the applicant's manufacturing plant. Groundwater withdrawals are used for potable and domestic water and surface water withdrawals are used for industrial cooling purposes. The project wells are completed in the Richland Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Spring Creek Watershed, a tributary to the Tulpehocken Creek in Heidelberg and South Heidelberg Townships, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

  12. Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority, D-2012-021 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of a water supply interconnection to receive up to 10 mgd of potable water from the Forest Park Water Treatment Facility to supply the applicant's Southwest Region Water system. The North Penn and North Wales Water Authorities, which jointly own the Forest Park Water Treatment Facility have agreed to each make 5 mgd capacity available to the BCWSA for a total of 10 mgd. The service area includes Hulmeville Borough, Langhorne Borough, Langhorne Manor Borough, Lower Southampton Township, Middletown Township, Penndel Borough, Bensalem Township and portions of Northampton Township and Upper Southampton Township which are all located in Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The water will also serve portions of Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The project is located primarily in the Neshaminy Creek Watershed, within the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA).

  13. Philadelphia Gas Works, D-2012-017 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of a surface water withdrawal of up to 229.648 mgm from the Delaware River at the applicant’s Philadelphia Gas Works - Richmond Plant. The application requested an increase in the approved maximum pumping rate from 5,145 gpm to 6,000 gpm to account for the use of the largest capacity pump. The water is used in the fire suppression system, emergency generator heat exchangers and plant winterization. The project intake is located approximately 4,500 feet downstream of the Frankford Creek confluence in the tidal portion of the Delaware River in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice First Posted: April 29, 2022

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