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Upcoming Commission Meeting

The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company, 40 W. Upper Ferry Rd, Ewing Township, N.J. The meeting is open to the public.

A public hearing was held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at DRBC's headquarters, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, N.J. Written comments on matters heard on May 15 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 20.

Business Meeting: 1:30 PM, Wednesday, June 12

The public business meeting on June 12, 2019 also will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s March 13, 2019 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 may include, but are not limited to, the following Resolutions for the Minutes:

(a) authorizing the Executive Director to retain an accounting firm to perform the Commission’s annual independent audits;
(b) authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a specialized services contract for enhancements to the source code for the hydrodynamic model known as the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC); and
(c) providing for the election of the Commission Chair, Vice Chair and Second Vice Chair for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

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 on June 12 as time allows, are asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-meeting-of-the-delaware-river-basin-commission-tickets-61107976603

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the June 12 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on May 15 or a previous date. Commission consideration on June 12 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.

Public Hearing: 1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 15

The public hearing on May 15, 2019 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 resolutions to:

Advance Sign-Up for Oral Comment. Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on May 15 were asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite.

Submitting Written Comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing were made through the Commission’s web-based comment system: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/. 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. For assistance in using the web-based comment system, please contact Paula Schmitt at paula.schmitt@drbc.gov.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on May 15 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 20

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 is 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. William Henry Gardens LLC, D-1968-092 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.069 million gallons per day (mgd) Frazer Crossing Apartments Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Ridley Creek at River Mile 84.0 - 20.8 - 0.6 (Delaware River – Ridley Creek – UNT Ridley Creek), via Outfall No. 001, in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Exelon Generation Company, D-1969-210 CP-15. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing Limerick Generating Station (LGS) and its related water withdrawals and discharge. Approved withdrawals include: (a) surface water withdrawals from the Schuylkill River, Perkiomen Creek, Wadesville Mine Pool, and the Tamaqua Area Water Authority’s Still Creek Reservoir and Owl Creek Reservoir of up to 58.2 mgd and 1,742.2 million gallons per month (mgm); and (b) groundwater withdrawals from Wells Nos. 1 and 3 of up to 3.2 mgm and 2.9 mgm, respectively. The approved discharge consists of up to 14.2 mgd of non-contact cooling water (NCCW) and treated industrial wastewater via Outfall No. 001. The wells are located in the Schuylkill – Sprogels Run Subbasin of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Groundwater Protected Area (GWPA). The LGS will continue to discharge NCCW and treated industrial wastewater to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 48.01 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River) in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Bethlehem City, D-1971-078 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 20.0 mgd Bethlehem WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.66 - 9.51 (Delaware River – Lehigh River), 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 the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Berks-Montgomery Municipal Authority, D-1973-060 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.32 mgd Morysville WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Ironstone Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 54.1 - 4.0 - 4.1 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River – Manatawny Creek – Ironstone Creek) in Colebrookdale Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. Doylestown Borough, D-1979-018 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with a decrease in allocation from 50.6 million gallons per 30 days (mg/30 days) to 48 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12. The project wells are completed in the Stockton Formation. The project is located in the Commission's Southeastern Pennsylvania GWPA in the Neshaminy Creek Watershed, Borough of Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Blue Ridge Real Estate Company, D-1985-081-2. An application to approve a proposed revision to the docket holder’s existing service area and renew the approval of the 0.4 mgd Jack Frost WWTP and its discharge. The proposed revision will include the partial removal of existing service area and the addition of area with equivalent acreage to offset and maintain the docket holder’s existing total acres served. The Jack Frost WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Porter Run, upstream of the F.E. Walter Reservoir, at River Mile 183.66 - 82.9 - 1.5 (Delaware River – Lehigh River – Porter Run) 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 Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Reading Regional Airport Authority, D-1986-038 CP-4. An application to renew the approval for the existing 0.42 mgd Reading Regional Airport Authority (RRAA) WWTP and its discharge. The RRAA WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 80.3 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River) via Outfall No. 001, in Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Monroe Energy, LLC, D-1986-041-3. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 4.3 mgd Trainer Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWTP) and its discharges of treated industrial wastewater, NCCW, steam condensate and backwash. The project will continue to discharge via Outfall No. 001 to Marcus Hook Creek at River Mile 80.2 - 0.5 (Delaware River – Marcus Hook Creek) and via Outfall No. 002 to Stony Creek at River Mile 80.4 - 0.2 (Delaware River – Stony Creek). The discharges are located in the tidal portion of Water Quality Zone 4 of the Delaware River in the Borough of Trainer, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. This docket also updates the DRBC approval to reflect an onging project to install three cooling towers and a closed-loop cooling system to replace the existing once-through cooling system. View draft docket.

  9. Rohm and Haas Chemicals, LLC, D-1989-002-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 3.7 mgd IWTP and its discharges of treated industrial wastewater effluent and NCCW. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated industrial wastewater to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2 at River Mile 117.0 - 0.3 (Delaware River – Hog Run Creek) via Outfall No. 009, and NCCW to Water Quality Zone 2 at River Mile 118.9 - 0.4 (Delaware River – Otter Creek) via Outfall Nos. 003 and 008. All three outfalls are located in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. New Castle County Department of Special Services, D-1993-006 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 2.5 mgd Middletown–Odessa–Townsend (MOT) Regional WWTP and spray-irrigation facility and its discharge. When the treated effluent cannot be spray-irrigated, the WWTP will continue to discharge to an UNT of Appoquinimink River, at River Mile 50.88 - 6.2 - 0.2 (Delaware River – Appoquinimink River – UNT Appoquinimink River), in New Castle County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  11. Warrington Township, D-1999-012 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.33 mgd Tradesville WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Mill Creek at River Mile 115.6 - 36.4 - 1.5 (Delaware River – Neshaminy Creek – Mill Creek) in Warrington Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. Northeastern Schuylkill Joint Municipal Authority, D-1999-033 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.245 mgd Northeastern Schuylkill Joint Municipal Authority (NESJMA) WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Pine Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 102.1 - 27.6 - 1.2 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River – Little Schuylkill River – Pine Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Rush Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., D-1999-071-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.95 mgd Sanofi Swiftwater IWTP and its discharges. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated industrial process water to land (via spray irrigation), and to Swiftwater Creek, at River Mile 213.0 - 11.4 - 4.4 - 3.5 (Delaware River – Brodhead Creek – Paradise Creek – Swiftwater Creek). The IWTP is located 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. The application also includes a request to continue approval of a total dissolved solids (TDS) determination consisting of an average monthly effluent concentration limit of 1,200 mg/l and a daily maximum effluent concentration limit of 1,752 mg/l. View draft docket.

  14. Muhlenberg Township Authority, D-2001-030 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of a groundwater withdrawal from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 15 and decrease the total combined allocation from 168.5 mg/30 days to 119.9 mgm for continued use in the docket holder’s public water system. The wells are completed in the Allentown, Leithsville and Hardyston formations and the Hamburg Sequence in the Laurel Run – Schuylkill River and Willow Creek watersheds in Muhlenberg and Ontelaunee townships and Laureldale Borough, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. Bedminster Municipal Authority, D-2003-014 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.436 mgd Bedminster WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Deep Run at River Mile 157.0 - 6.1 - 3.8 - 1.1 (Delaware River – Tohickon Creek – Deep Run – UNT Deep Run) 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 Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Upper Hanover Authority, D-2004-017 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.098 mgd Perkiomen WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Perkiomen Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 31.2 - 26.5 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River – Perkiomen Creek), via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, D-2005-008 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.06 mgd Hickory Run State Park WWTP and its discharge. The Hickory Run WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Hickory Run at River Mile 183.7 - 67.3 - 1.7 (Delaware River – Lehigh River – Hickory Run) 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 Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. Downingtown Municipal Water Authority, D-2006-031 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's 2.5 mgd Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and its discharge of 0.466 mgd backwash filtrate and supernatant. The WTP will continue to discharge water filtration backwash to an UNT of the East Branch Brandywine Creek at River Mile 70.7 - 1.5 - 20.0 - 9.0 - 0.4 (Delaware River – Christina River – Brandywine Creek – East Branch Brandywine Creek – UNT East Branch Brandywine Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of Delaware River Water Quality Zone C7, in Downingtown Borough, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. Wallenpaupack School District, D-2009-027 CP-3. An application to renew the approval for the existing 0.01 mgd New Foundland Elemetary School WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Wallenpaupack Creek, upstream of Lake Wallenpaupack at River Mile 277.7 - 15.8 - 1.4 - 12.7 - 7.8 (Delaware River – Lackawaxen River – Wallenpaupack Creek – Lake Wallenpaupack – Wallenpaupack Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in 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 Dreher Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  20. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc., D-2014-005 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.15 mgd Woodloch Springs WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent for seasonal spray irrigation and to Teedyuskung Creek at River Mile 277.7 - 9.9 - 0.35 (Delaware River – Lackawaxen River – Teedyuskung Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lackawaxen Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. Concord Township, D-2014-012 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.0635 mgd Riviera at Concord WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Green Creek at River Mile 82.9 - 8.9 - 3.3 - 0.9 (Delaware River – Chester Creek – West Branch Chester Creek – Green Creek), via Outfall No. 001, in Concord Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  22. Lloyd's Otto, LLC, D-2014-017 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the 0.019 mgd recreational vehicle park WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Pohopoco Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 40.9 - 2.8 (Delaware River – Lehigh River – Pohopoco 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 Franklin Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  23. Becker, Richard. C., D-2014-021 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.05 mgd Walnutport Mobile Court WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Bertsch Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 30.7 - 0.16 (Delaware River – Lehigh River – Bertsch 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 Lehigh Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  24. Arrowhead Sewer Company, Inc., D-2003-010-2. An application to renew and approve upgrades to the existing 0.525 mgd Arrowhead Sewer Company WWTP. The upgrades consist of adding new influent pumps and splitter boxes, improving the aeration blowers, adding new return activated sludge pumps, adding sludge holding tanks, installing a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) alarm system, and improving chemical addition. The WWTP will remain designed for 0.525 mgd and continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River upstream of the F.E. Walter Reservoir, at River Mile 183.7 - 90.5 (Delaware River – Lehigh River), 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 Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  25. Centerport Borough Muncipal Authority, D-2018-006 CP-1. An application to approve the existing 0.06 mgd Centerport Borough Municipal Authority (CBMA) WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Irish Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 89.6 - 2.8 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River – Irish Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Centre Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  26. Berkshire Country Club, D-2018-010-1. An application to approve a surface water withdrawal of up to 9.3 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from Intake No. 001 located on the Schuylkill River. The project is in the Schuylkill River Watershed in Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  27. Downe Township, D-2019-001 CP-1. An application to include the proposed 0.17 mgd Fortescue WWTP and sewage collection and conveyance system in the Delaware River Basin Commission’s Comprehensive Plan. The new package plant will serve approximately 390 developed lots in Fortescue and Gandy’s Beach, in Downe Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Section 3.8 Review of the project will be conducted in accordance with the 2015 Administrative Agreement (AA) between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the DRBC. Treated effluent will be discharged to Fortescue Creek at River Mile 28.0 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Fortescue Creek) in Water Quality Zone 6. View draft docket.

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.


Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: May 1, 2019