Upcoming Commission Meetings
First Quarter 2021
Business Meeting: Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 10:30 A.M.
Public Hearing: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 1:30 P.M.
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First Quarter 2021

The DRBC's first-quarter business meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Webinar. The business meeting is open to the public.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) held its first-quarter public hearing on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the public hearing was held remotely via Zoom Webinar. The public hearing was open to the public. 

Written comments on projects heard on February 10 were accepted through 5 pm. on Tuesday, February 16.

Business Meeting: Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 10:30 A.M.

The 1Q public business meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the March 10 Business Meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

The March 10 Public Business Meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s December 9, 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.

View Business Meeting Agenda (pdf of above listed items; coming soon)

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

Commission consideration on March 10 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 Participate in the Business Meeting:

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

To Provide Comment during Open Public Comment:


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.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 1:30 P.M.

The public hearing via Zoom Webinar took place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items heard included 21 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 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 1Q 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 February 10 were asked to sign-up in advance through Eventbrite by 5 p.m., Feb. 9.

To Provide Written Comment on the Public Hearing Items:

  • Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on Wednesday, February 10 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16.

  • Written comment on items scheduled for hearing were made through the Commission’s web-based comment system, SmartComment.

  • Use of the web-based system ensured that all submissions are 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 Heard on February 10, 2021:

Draft Dockets (all pdfs) Heard on February 10:

Docket Location Map

  1. Vicinity Energy, D-1964-074-3. An application to renew the approval to withdrawal surface water from the Schuylkill River through Intake No. 1 for non-contact cooling, steam generation, and fire control and the consumptive use of water for electric generating and cogenerating. The docket reduces the existing surface water withdrawal allocation from 5,180 million gallon per month (mgm) to 1,860 mgm as the former Schuylkill Generating Station generating units no longer exist. The docket holder continues to provide water to two separate facilities and these projects previously described in Docket Nos. D-1995-010 CP-2 (Tri-Gen) and D-1995-032 CP-2 (Grays Ferry Co-gen) are now incorporated into this docket. Docket Nos. D-1964-074 CP-2, D-1995-010 CP-2 and D-1995-032 CP-2 will be terminated and removed from the Comprehensive Plan. The withdrawal is located on the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 5.60 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Pen Argyl Municipal Authority, D-1975-028 CP-5. An application to renew approval of the applicant’s existing 0.95 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Waltz Creek at River Mile 190.65 - 4.7 - 4.1 - 0.6 (Delaware River - Martins Creek - Waltz Creek - UNT of Waltz Creek) in 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, in the Borough of Pen Argyl, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Lower Frederick Township, D-1978-041 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 0.5 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Perkiomen Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 13.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Lower Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. SPS TECHNOLOGIES, D-1979-088-6. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 8.99 mgm to supply water to the applicant's manufacturing plant from existing Well No. 7. The project well is completed in the Wissahickon 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 (SEPA GWPA) in the Upper Reach Frankford Creek Watershed in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, D-1980-007 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 3.1 mgm to supply the French Creek State Park from existing Wells A and B. The project wells are completed in the Hammer Creek Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The State Park is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) within the French Creek Watershed in Union Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. GenOn REMA, LLC., D-1987-026-5. An application to renew approval of the docket holder’s existing 1.3 mgd discharge of treated industrial wastewater (coal-ash leachate) and stormwater from the closed Beagle Club Ash Disposal (BCAD) Site. The docket also renews the approval of a total dissolved solids (TDS) determination consisting of an effluent concentration limit of 3,500 mg/l (monthly average) and 7,000 mg/l (daily maximum) for the existing discharge. The BCAD site will continue to discharge up to 1.3 mgd to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 71.3 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River) in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Waste Management Disposal Services of Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1988-054-8. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.3 mgd GROWS Landfill leachate treatment plant (LTP) and its discharge. The LTP will continue to discharge treated effluent directly to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2 at River Mile 125.6 in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1988-089 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.75 mgd Saw Creek WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Saw Creek at River Mile 226.9 - 3.6 - 0.9 (Delaware River - Bush Kill - Saw 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 Lehman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Lansdale Borough, D-1996-045 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 4.5 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) to West Branch Neshaminy Creek at River Mile 115.63-40.0-5.35-1.25 (Delaware River-Neshaminy Creek-West Branch Neshaminy Creek-UNT Neshaminy Creek) via Outfall Nos. 001 and CSO Outfall No. 002, in Lansdale Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1998-016 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 63.55 mgm to supply the applicant's Pocono District public water supply distribution system from existing Wells PF No. 7, PCP No. 2, PCP No. 3. PCP No. 4, PFE No. 2, PFE No. 4, Pine Hill, Summit Pointe, PMIPA, Coolbaugh No. 1, MP Field Office and Lexington Well No. 2. The project wells are completed in the Catskill Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the East Branch Tobyhanna Creek, Tobyhanna Creek, Devils Hole Creek, Tank Creek, Red Run and Indian Run Watersheds in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  11. Dublin Borough, D-2000-011 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 7.13 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5. The project wells are completed in the Lockatong Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project wells are located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in the Perkiomen and Tohickon Creek Watersheds in the Borough of Dublin, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  12. Reading Area Water Authority, D-2000-059 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an allocation of 35 million gallons per day (mgd) of water from the Lake Ontelaunee Dam Intake and approve an allocation of up to 20 mgd from the Maiden Creek Intake with a combined total allocation of 35 mgd (1,085 million gallons per month) for public water supply. The Lake Ontelaunee Dam and Reservoir are located on Maiden Creek in the Schuylkill River Watershed in Ontelaunee Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Buckingham Township, D-2004-015 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.236 mgd Buckingham Village WWTP and its seasonal discharge to Lahaska Creek and to land via the existing Furlong lagoon treatment system which includes three sets of spray irrigation fields, referred to as the Kaplan, Coles, and Lindquist Spray Fields. Treated effluent not discharged to the Furlong spray fields will continue to be discharged to Lahaska Creek at River Mile 115.6 - 23.7 - 5.7 - 0.4 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Mill Creek- Lahaska Creek) in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Pleasant Valley School District, D-2008-005 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.03 mgd Brodheadsville WWTP and its land discharge via spray irrigation. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to 12 existing spray fields located in the Weir Creek watershed, tributary to Pohopoco Creek, which is tributary to the Lehigh River. The spray fields are located in the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters, in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-2010-042 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 6.9 mgm to supply the applicant's Tanglewood public water supply distribution system from existing Wells 1, 1A, 2 (Eastwood) and 8 (Indian). The project wells are completed in the Catskill Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The approval will also remove Big Bear Wells 3A and 3B from the system, the wells have been taken offline and are no longer part of the system. The project is located in the Kleinhans and Wallenpaupack Creek Watersheds in Palmyra Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  16. Covanta Delaware Valley, LP, D-2011-003 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of Covanta Delaware Valley, LP’s Delaware Valley Resource Recovery Facility (DVRRF), which derives energy from waste, and the subsidiary water allocation for the facility of up to 62.372 mgm from the Chester Water Authority (CWA) and Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) WWTP. The docket holder is not requesting an increase in subsidiary water allocation from that contained in its prior approval. The water is used for cooling purposes associated with power generation. The DVRRF is located in Chester City, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. Tinicum Township, D-2014-014 CP-2. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 2.8 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the tidal portion of Darby Creek, which is located in Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2, at River Mile 85.5 - 1.8 (Delaware River - Darby Creek) in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association, D-1988-014 CP-4. An application to approve the proposed project to upgrade the docket holder's existing 1.755 mgd WWTP. Proposed upgrades will include the addition of nutrient and copper removal technology, in addition to the replacement of existing disinfection, sludge handling, piping, and appurtenant equipment. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Ariel Creek at River Mile 277.7 - 15.8 - 14.2 - 3.5 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Wallenpaupack Creek - Ariel Creek), within the drainage area to the Upper Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), upstream of Lake Wallenpaupack, in Salem Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. Hazleton City Authority, D-1991-065 CP-4. An application to approve an increase in water withdrawal allocation from 2.5 mgd to 5.0 mgd from the existing Lehigh River intake and renew the approval of water withdrawal allocations of 3.60 million gallons per day (mgd) of water from Quakake Creek and Biesels Run combined (collectively referred to as the Hudsondale Sources), 4.75 mgd from the Dreck Creek Reservoir and 3.72 million gallons per month (mgm) from Buck Mountain Well No. 1 for public water supply. The water withdrawn will continue to be exported out of the Delaware River Basin (DRB) to a wastewater treatment plant located in the Susquehanna River Basin (SRB). The exportation of up to a maximum of 10.97 mgd (340.07 mgm) of water approved by this docket is a sum of the previously approved individual source allocations and is not an increase in the previously approved exportation amount. The increase in the Lehigh River source allocation is needed to meet increasing population growth and new industrial and commercial development. The docket combines several former DRBC approvals into one consolidated withdrawal docket. The docket holder’s sources are located in Lehigh, Lausanne and Packer Townships, Carbon County and Hazle Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh River watershed within the drainage area to the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  20. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc., D-2016-011-3. An application to approve the docket holder's proposed project to modify its existing 0.070 mgd Thornhurst WWTP. Modifications include the replacement of the existing influent screening equipment, replacement of equalization pumping equipment, uprgrade of aeration and equalization blower equipment, replacement of chlorine disinfection with ultraviolet disinfection, and appuertant equipment. The docket holder will continue to discharge treated effluent to Pond Creek, upstream of F.E. Walter Reservoir, at River Mile 183.7 - 88.8 - 2.5 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Pond Creek), via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters, in Thornhurst Township, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-2019-006 CP-1. An application to approve a groundwater withdrawal of up to 7.5 mgm to supply the applicant's Mountainhome public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 1 and 2. The wells are completed in the Long Run Member of the Catskill Formation in the Mill Creek Watershed, 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, in Barrett Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Initially Posted: January 27, 2021

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