Upcoming Commission Meetings
Second Quarter 2021

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) held its second-quarter public hearing on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the hearing, which was open to the public, was held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

Written comments on items heard on May 12 will be accepted through 5 p.m., May 17.

The DRBC's second-quarter business meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the meeting, which is open to the public, will be held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, May 12 at 1:30 P.M.

The public hearing via Zoom Webinar took place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items heard included 27 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources and four resolutions, 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 could have been postponed if additional time is needed to complete the Commission’s review, and items could 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 could change during the Commission’s review, which is ongoing.

To Participate in the Public Hearing:

To Provide Comment during the Public Hearing:

  • Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on May 12 were asked to sign-up in advance through Eventbrite by 5 p.m., May 11.

  • For assistance, please contact Ms. Patricia Hausler of the Commission staff, at patricia.hausler@drbc.gov.

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, May 12 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 17.

  • Use of the web-based system ensures that all submissions are captured in a single location and their receipt is acknowledged.

  • 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, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360.

  • For assistance, please contact Ms. Patricia Hausler of the Commission staff, at patricia.hausler@drbc.gov.

Items Heard on May 12, 2021:

Public Hearing Agenda (pdf listing of below-linked items)  

A. Resolutions (all pdfs):

B. Dockets (all pdfs):

Docket Location Map

  1. Boyertown Boro, D-1973-199 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.75 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to West Branch Swamp Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 12.9 - 11.9 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Swamp Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Douglass Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Spring City Borough, D-1974-061 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.61 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 41.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in Spring City Borough, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Occidental Chemical Corporation, D-1983-009-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) discharge and treatment system. The facility will continue to pump and treat up to 0.30 mgd of groundwater and stormwater before discharging to the Delaware River at River Mile 62.7, located in Delaware City, New Castle County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  4. East Stroudsburg Borough, D-1987-015 CP-4. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 2.25 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Brodhead Creek at River Mile 213.0 - 3.25 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek) and is located within the drainage area of 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 East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. West Grove Borough, D-1996-026 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal (GWD) of up to 11.16 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply from existing Wells Nos. 3, 4 and 7 completed in the Cockeysville Marble and Wissahickon Formations. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Middle Branch White Clay Creek Watershed in West Grove Borough, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Upper Moreland - Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority, D-1998-048 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 11.25 mgd WWTP and its annual average discharge of up to 7.189 mgd and to approve a hydraulic design capacity rerate from 9.08 to 11.25 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Pennypack Creek at River Mile 109.75 - 17.8 (Delaware River - Pennypack Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Maidencreek Township Authority, D-2000-028 CP-4. An application to renew approval of the docket holder's existing 0.8 mgd Willow Creek WWTP. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Willow Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 86.1 - 0.6 - 1.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek - Willow Creek) in Ontelaunee Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Topton Borough, D-2001-041 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 0.30 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Toad Creek at River Mile 183.67 - 16.4 - 18.61 - 3.7 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Little Lehigh Creek - Toad Creek) via Outfall No. 001, 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 Longswamp Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Upper Hanover Authority, D-2001-061 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 0.4 mgd Macoby WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Macoby Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 19.5 - 5.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Macoby Creek) via Outfall No. 001 in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. Waymart Area Authority, D-2002-032 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.815 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Van Auken Creek at River Mile 277.7 – 30.0 – 3.2 (Delaware River – Lackawaxen River - Van Auken Creek) in the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Canaan Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc., D-2002-042-5. An application to renew the docket holder's existing 0.60 mgd White Haven WWTP and its discharge. The docket holder will continue to discharge to the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.77 - 71.9 (Delaware River - Lehigh River), via Outfall No. 001, in White Haven Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  12. North Coventry Water Authority, D-2002-047 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of a water supply interconnection to receive up to 23.56 mgm of potable water from the Pottstown Borough Authority. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in North Coventry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Alsace Township, D-2006-005 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 0.071 mgd Alsace Manor WWTP and its discharge. The docket holder will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) to Little Manatawny Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 54.15 - 16.7 - 4.7 - 0.23 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Manatawny Creek - Little Manatawny Creek - UNT Little Manatawny Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Alsace Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Brookdale Enterprises, LLC, D-2006-019-5. An application to renew the approval of an existing 0.049 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The docket holder's WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Brookdale Lake at River Mile 213.0 - 3.9 - 0.9 - 11.4 - 2.85 - 0.15 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - McMichael Creek - Pocono Creek - Scot Run - Brookdale Lake), via Outfall 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. Pocono Manor Investors, L.P., D-2006-026 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.14 million gallons per day (mgd) Pocono Manor WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Sweetwater Creek at River Mile 213.0 – 11.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - Paradise Creek – Swiftwater Creek) 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, in Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Camp Lohikan, D-2009-024-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.03 mgd WWTP and its land discharge via spray irrigation. Treated effluent will continue to be spray irrigated to two spray fields located in the Equinunk Creek 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 Buckingham Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. Wallenpaupack Area School District, D-2009-026 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.04 million gallon per day (mgd) Wallenpaupack Area School District High School WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Lake Wallenpaupack on the Wallenpaupack Creek, at River Mile 277.7 - 15.8 - 1.4 - 0.2 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Wallenpaupack Creek - Lake Wallenpaupack) 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 Palmyra Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. Butter Valley Golf Port, D-2010-013-2. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 4.65 million gallons per month (mgm) of groundwater from Well B and up to 5.89 million gallons per month of surface water from Pond Intakes Nos. 1 and 2 for golf course irrigation. The groundwater is used to supplement the surface water sources, and the total combined allocation of groundwater and surface water is proposed to remain at the previously approved total combined allocation of 5.89 mgm. The project well is completed in the Brunswick Formation in the West Branch Perkiomen Creek Watershed in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania within the Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area. View draft docket.

  19. Tuthill Corporation & Aquashicola-Little Gap, Inc., D-2010-026-2. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 300 million gallons of water from November through March and 3.5 million gallons per month (mgm) at all other times from two existing surface water intakes on Aquashicola Creek. The surface water withdrawals are used for snowmaking, pump testing and fire emergencies at the docket holder’s ski area. The docket also renews the approval of an allocation of 1.49 mgm from Wells 1 and 2 for the purpose of potable water supply to the ski area. The project is located in the Aquashicola Creek Watershed in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. The site is 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.

  20. Vicinity Energy, D-2010-040-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge of up to 43.6 mgd of non-contact cooling water and intake screen backwash generated at the Tri-Gen Corporation Facility and the Grays Ferry Cogen Facility via existing Outfall No. 001, which is located at the Schuylkill Generating Station. Outfall No. 001 will continue to discharge NCCW and intake screen backwash to the tidal portion of the Schuylkill River, in Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4, at River Mile 92.47 - 5.6 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. Bethany Children's Home, D-2010-043-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal and exportation project to supply up to 6.0 mgm of water for bottled water operations from Wells Nos. PW-A and PW-B. Withdrawn water will be exported from the Delaware River Basin to the DS Waters bottling facility in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. The Ephrata facility is located in the Susquehanna River Basin. No increase in the previouly approved allocation or exportation is proposed. The project wells are completed in the Epler Formation and are located in the Tulpehocken Watershed in Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  22. City of Lewes Board of Public Works, D-2012-011 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 1.5 mgd Lewes City WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to the Lewes Rehoboth Canal, a tidal tributary of Water Quality Zone 6 of the Delaware River, at River Mile 0.82 - 2.0 (Delaware River - Lewes Rehoboth Canal) via Outfall No. 001, in the City of Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  23. Union Lake Hotel, Inc., D-2012-018-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.06 mgd Camp Equinunk WWTP and its discharge. The applicant has also requested approval to modify the WWTP without expanding its capacity. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Little Equinunk Creek at River Mile 312.7 - 3.64 - 2.37 (Delaware River - Little Equinunk Creek - UNT) 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 Manchester Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  24. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2015-015 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 18.0 mgd Norristown Water Treatment Plant and its discharge of up to 1.93 mgd of clarifier supernatant wastewater. The supernatant wastewater will continue to be infrequently discharged to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 24.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) via Outfall No. 001, in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  25. New York City Department of Environmental Protection, D-1994-078 CP-2. An application to modify the service area of the existing 0.4 mgd Margaretville WWTP to include the Hamlet of Halcottsville. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the East Branch Delaware River at River Mile 330.7 - 54.75 (Delaware River - East Branch Delaware River) in Water Quality Zone E 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 the Town of Middletown, Delaware County, New York. View draft docket.

  26. Venice Island Developer, D-2007-030-2. A docket modification in connection with the transfer of a Flood Hazard Area Special Permit approval from Neducsin Properties to Venice Island Developer (“VID”), to reflect changes in the project scope and design. Neducsin’s “Venice One” project consisted of four six-story buildings comprising 200 one-bedroom and 80 two-bedroom condominiums and associated parking facilities, while VID’s “The Locks” consists of 60 townhomes and associated parking on the same site. The project is located in the Schuylkill River Watershed in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  27. Cleaveland Cliffs Plate, LLC, D-2009-039-2. An application to renew the approval of a surface water and groundwater withdrawal with a total allocation of 59.9 million gallons per month from the previously approved Schuylkill River intake, Q&T Well, and a new well designated as the FMS Well. The purpose of the new FMS Well is to replace a portion of the surface water supply which has been reduced due to the removal of a dam on the Schuylkill River. Water is used for industrial cooling and processes at the docket holder’s steel plate mill. The wells are located in the outcrop area of the Elbrook Formation in the Schuylkill-Crow Creek Watershed in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area. View draft docket.

  28. E Tetz & Sons, D-2020-001-1. May 11, 2021 Update: This docket has been postponed to allow additional time for review. An application to approve an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 100 million gallons per month (mgm) from an existing intake located in the Quarry Sump Pond for the purpose of quarry dewatering and dust control and up to 65 mgm per month from an intake located in a pond in an adjacent abandoned sand and gravel mine for quarry wash plant operations. The docket holder is planning an approximate 100‑acre expansion of the existing mining operations, which will result in increased surface water withdrawals at the project site. This docket approves increases in allocations from the quarry sump pond dewatering intake and wash plant intake contingent on the docket holder first obtaining all necessary New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) mining approvals. Until approved, the allocations for the Quarry Sump Pond Intake and the Wash Plant Intake are limited to 65.0 mgm and 44.0 mgm, respectively. The docket also approves groundwater allocations of up to 0.5 mgm each from the existing Scale House Well and the Dust Well for potable use and dust control. The project is located in the Mongaup Watershed above the Swinging Bridge Reservoir in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters.
Business Meeting: Wednesday, June 9 at 10:30 A.M.

The public business meeting will take place via Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

The June 9 Public Business Meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s March 10, 2021, 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.

In addition to the resolutions subject to a public hearing on May 12, 2021, the latter will include, but are 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, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022.

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 June 9 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on May 12 or a previous date.

Commission consideration on June 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 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.

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: April 28, 2021

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