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Upcoming Commission Meeting

The first-quarter DRBC business meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

The first-quarter DRBC public hearing was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public hearing was open to the public and was held at DRBC's office building, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J.

Written comments on matters heard on February 12, 2020 were accepted through 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18 (note new date; was February 17). 

Business Meeting: Wednesday, March 11, 10:30 AM

The public business meeting on March 11, 2020 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s December 11, 2019 Business Meeting;
  • Announcement of upcoming meetings and events;
  • A report on hydrologic conditions; and
  • Consideration of any additional 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 March 11 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on February 12 or a previous date. See below for information on items heard on February 12.

Commission consideration on March 11 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.

Open Public Comment. 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. Individuals who wish to address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting are asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-meeting-of-the-delaware-river-basin-commission-tickets-92193795123. For assistance, please contact Ms. Giselle Hernandez of the Commission staff, at giselle.hernandez@drbc.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 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 other questions concerning hearing items, please contact David Kovach, Project Review Section Manager at 609-883-9500, ext. 264.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1:30 PM

The public hearing on February 12, 2020 began at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items included draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources, as well as the following resolution:

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

Submitting Written Comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may have been made through Smart Comment. 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.

Written comments on matters heard on February 12, 2020 were accepted through 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18 (note new date; was February 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 is 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.

View Docket Location Map

  1. Upper Southampton Auth., D-1965-023 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with a decrease in allocation from 13.53 mgm to 11.8 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 3 and 7. The project wells are completed in the Stockton Formation. The project is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in the Southampton Creek Watershed, Southampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Brodhead Creek Regional Authority, D-1986-011 CP-5. An application to renew approval of the existing 4.5 million gallon per day (mgd) Brodhead Creek Regional Authority (BCRA) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to McMichael Creek at River Mile 213.0 - 4.0 - 0.2 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - McMichael Creek) and is located in the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Borough of Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority, D-1987-010 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 10.0 mgd EAJSA WWTP and its discharge and to approve a service area expansion for the WWTP. The WWTP facilities will not be modified, and the WWT will continue to discharge treated effluent directly to Water Quality Zone 1E of the Delaware River at River Mile 182.8, 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 the City of Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The service area expansion consists of adding the Borough of Stockertown, for which sewage is currently conveyed to the Stockertown WWTP for treatment. View draft docket.

  4. Fleetwood Borough Authority, D-1987-054 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.7 mgd Fleetwood Borough Authority WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Willow Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 86.7 - 0.6 - 6.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek - Willow Creek), via Outfall No. 001, in Richmond Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. Spring Township, D-1988-077 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 2.0 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Cacoosing Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 76.8 - 4.0 - 2.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Tulpehocken Creek - Cacoosing Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Spring Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Wyomissing Valley Joint Municipal Authority, D-1991-009 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 4.0 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Wyomissing Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 75.4 - 0.22 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Wyomissing Creek), via Outfall No. 001, in Reading City, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Exelon, D-1992-066 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 3.045 mgd Eddystone Generating Station IWTP and its discharges of treated industral wastewater effluent and up to 832.2 mgd of non-contact cooling water (NCCW). Treated industrial effluent will continue to comingle with NCCW prior to discharge to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4 at River Mile 84.8, in the Borough of Eddystone, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Borough of Bally, D-1994-044 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.5 mgd Borough of Bally WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to West Branch Perkiomen Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.08 - 18.65 - 5.20 - 3.55 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Green Lane Reservoir - West Branch Perkiomen Creek) via Outfalls Nos. 001 and 002, in Washington Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1995-057 CP-3. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 46.2 million gallons per month of groundwater from Wells 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for public water supply. The wells are completed in the Catskill Formation in the West Branch Lackawaxen and Lackawaxen River Watersheds in Honesdale Borough and Texas 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.

  10. Northampton Generating Company, D-1998-040 -2. This item has been postponed to allow additional time for review. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 77.5 mgm to supply the applicant's 96 megawatt (MW) cogeneration facility from an existing intake on the Lehigh River. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Lehigh River Watershed in Northampton Borough and Allen Township, both in Northampton 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.

  11. Lehigh County Authority, D-1999-011 CP-3. An application to renew the approval for the docket holder's existing 0.06 mgd Heidelberg Heights WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an Unnamed Tributary (UNT) of Mill Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 16.0 - 18.8 - 3.3 - (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Jordan Creek - Mill Creek - UNT Mill Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, 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.

  12. Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority, D-1999-013 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.6 mgd Harvey Avenue WWTP and its related discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Cooks Run at River Mile 115.6 - 38.1 - 2.6 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Cooks Run) via Outfall No. 001, in Doylestown Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Dan Schantz Farm & Greenhouses, D-1999-014 -3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 3.57 mgm for nursey stock irrigation from existing Wells Nos. W-1, W-3, W-4, W-5, W-6, W-7 and W-8. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The wells are located in the Commission's designated GWPA in the Hosensack Creek Watershed in Lower MilfordTownship, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Lehigh County Authority, D-2001-020 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's Central Lehigh Division System allocation of 264.78 million gallons per month (mgm) of groundwater from 18 existing wells and an interconnection with the City of Allentown for public water supply. The wells are completed in the Allentown, Jacksonburg and Beekmantown formations in the Little Lehigh Creek - Lehigh River, Liebert Creek - Little Lehigh Creek and Spring Creek watersheds in Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie and South Whitehall Townships, Lehigh 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.

  15. Exelon, D-2010-036 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing average discharge of 42.6 mgd of non-contact cooling water and process water from the Fairless Hills Generating Station (FHGS) via Outfall No. 001. Outfall No. 001 discharges to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2 at River Mile 126.85. The FHGS is located within the U.S. Steel complex in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Upper Makefield Township, D-2016-006 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.0202 mgd Dutchess Farms WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to land via a constructed wetland and discharge to an Unnamed Tributary (UNT) of Jericho Creek at River Mile 143.2 - 3.7 - 0.85 (Delaware River - Jericho Creek - UNT Jericho Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the portion of the Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. Bristol Township, D-1990-098 CP-2. An application to approve an upgrade and expansion to the docket holder's existing Croyden WWTP, consisting of constructing an additional secondary clarifier and 2 additional chlorine contact tanks, and replacing the existing grit removal system with a new grit removal system. As a result of the upgrade, the WWTP’s annual average design flow will be expanded from 2.25 mgd to 3.75 mgd, and the maximum monthly average design flow will be expanded from 3.0 mgd to 5.0 mgd.   The WWTP will continue to discharge directly to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2 at River Mile 116.9 in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. Plumstead Township, D-1997-033 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with an increase in total system allocation from 23.02 mgm to 35.1 mgm from eleven (11) existing wells. Wells LG-6, CR-2, CR-3 MT-1 and MT-2 are completed in the mixed zone of the Brunswick and Lockatong Formations. Wells NB-2 and NB-3 are completed in the Lockatong Formation. Wells DR-1, SH-5, SH-6 and SH-7 are completed in the Stockton Formation. The project is located in the Commission's designated GWPA in the Deep Run, North Branch Neshaminy Creek, Pine Run, Geddes Run and Cabin Run Watersheds in Plumstead Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The public water supply system is also located 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. View draft docket.

  19. Artesian Water Company, D-2001-034 CP-2. An application to consolidate Docket Nos. D-2001-034 CP, D-2000-047 CP and D-2007-042 CP-1 into a single docket covering the docket holder's Church Creek Regional Systemand to add Jonathans Landing Well No. 1, Hunters Ridge Well No. 1, Riverside Well No. 1R, Church Creek Well No. 3 and Riverview Well No. 1 to the DRBC Comprehensive Plan. The applicant also requests to renew the approval to withdraw up to 55.79 mgm of groundwater from ten groundwater sources. The project's existing groundwater withdrawals are approved by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and will continue to be regulated by DNREC in accordance with the current Administrative Agreement between the Commission and DNREC. The wells are located in the Lower Saint Jones River, Spring Creek and Murderkill River Watersheds in Kent County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  20. Joe Jurgielewicz & Son, Ltd., D-2017-003 -2. An application to approve new Well No. PW-18 for inclusion in the applicant's agricultural duck farm and processing facility groundwater system and to renew a groundwater withdrawal of up to 5.425 mgm from 17 existing wells (Nos. PW-1 through PW-17) and new Well No. PW-18. The project wells are completed in Ordovician sedimentary rock units of shale and graywacke of the Hamburg Sequence. The project is located in the Mill Creek Watershed in Tilden Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. NP New Castle, LLC, D-2019-004 -1. An application to approve the applicant's existing 0.05 mgd Schuylkill Mall WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnnamed tributary (UNT) to Mud Run at River Mile 92.5 - 123.0 - 5.7 - 0.9 - 0.2 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Mill Creek - Mud Run - UNT Mud Run) in New Castle Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  22. Pocono Mountains Industries. Inc., D-2019-008 -1. An application to approve the applicant's existing 0.014 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Red Run at River Mile 183.7 - 83.5 - 11.4 - 6.4 - 3.6 (Delaware River -Lehigh River - Tobyhanna Creek - Upper Tuckhannock Creek - Red Run) and is located in the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: January 30, 2020