Upcoming Commission Meetings
Third Quarter 2021

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its third-quarter public hearing on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

The DRBC's third-quarter business meeting will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

Both the public hearing and business meeting are open to the public.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, August 11 at 1:30 P.M.

The 3Q public hearing via Zoom Webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items to be heard include 19 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 is advised to check the Commission’s web site periodically prior to the hearing date, as items scheduled for hearing may be postponed if additional time is needed to complete the Commission’s review, and items may be 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.

To Participate in the Public Hearing:

To Provide Comment during the Public Hearing:

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, August 11 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 16.

  • 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 to be Heard on August 11, 2021:

Draft Dockets (all pdfs):

Docket Location Map (pdf)

  1. Cambridge Lee Industries, Inc., D-1970-120-4. An application to renew the applicant's existing discharge of industrial process water from its copper pipe manufacturing facility. The facility will continue to discharge 0.0112 million gallons per day (mgd) of cooling tower blowdown and pretreatment system backwash from Plant No. 4 operations (Outfall No. 001), and 0.76 mgd of cooling tower blowdown and noncontact cooling water (NCCW) from Plant Nos. 2 & 3 operations (Outfall No. 002). The application includes a request to continue a total dissolved solids (TDS) determination of 15,200 mg/l for Outfall No. 001. No modifications to the existing facilities are proposed. The facility will continue to discharge industrial process water from two outfalls (Outfall Nos. 001 and 002) to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 86.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), located in Ontelaunee Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1977-094 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with a decrease in allocation from 27.82 mgm to 24.7 mgm to supply the applicant's Flying Hills public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Flying Hills 1, Flying Hills 2 and Flying Hills 3 (Green Hills Manor Well). The Flying Hills Wells 1 and 2 are completed in Brunswick Conglomerate and Flying Hills Well 3 is complete in Hammer Creek Conglomerate. The approval will also remove Green Hills Wells 1 and 2 from the system. The Green Hills Well 1 will continue to be utilized to supplement a pond at the Green Hills Corporate Center, the usage will be below the Commission's withdrawal threshold. Green Hills Well 2 has been taken offline and abandoned. The project is located in the Schuylkill River Watershed in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Horsham Water & Sewer Authority, D-1988-017 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 2.79 mgd Horsham Water & Sewer Authority Park Creek WWTP and its discharge. Effluent limits from the Commission and PADEP are based upon an average flow of 2.25 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Park Creek at River Mile 115.63 - 24.1 - 9.0 - 1.1 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Little Neshaminy Creek - Park Creek) in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. North Wales Water Authority, D-1990-006 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 195 mgm of groundwater from existing Wells Nos. 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, 21, 22, 25, 31 and 34; and to receive up to 15.88 million gallons per day (mgd) or 492.28 million gallons per month (mgm) potable water via an interconnection with the Forest Park Water Treatment Plant to supply water to the applicant's public water supply distribution system. The North Wales Water Authority serves customers in the Borough of North Wales and portions of Upper Gwynedd, Lower Gwynedd, Whitpain, Upper Dublin, Horsham and Montgomery Townships in Montgomery County; and New Britain, Warminster, Warrington, and Doylestown Townships in Bucks County. The North Wales Water Authority wells are completed in the Stockton, Brunswick and Lockatong Formations. The project is located within the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in Neshaminy, Wissahickon and Stony Creek Watersheds in Whitpain, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomery, Upper Gwynedd and Upper Dublin Townships, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  5. Lake Adventure Comm. Assoc., D-1993-062 CP-4. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.160 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP and its related discharges. The WWTP will continue to seasonally discharge a portion of the treated effluent to land via spray irrigation and a portion will continue to discharge to an unnamed tributary to Birchy Creek at River Mile 273.2 – 13.3 – 0.2 - 0.7 (Delaware River – Shohola Creek – Birchy Creek - UNT Birchy Creek) and is located in the drainage area to the Upper Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in Dingman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Shoemakersville Municipal Authority, D-1993-074 CP-6. An application to renew approval of the docket applicant's existing 0.75 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.5 – 92.3 (Delaware River – Schuylkill River), in Shoemakersville Borough, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Superior Tube Company, Inc., D-1996-013-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater and surface water withdrawal of up to 13.4 mgm to serve the applicant's industrial facility from 11 existing wells and a surface water intake located on Perkiomen Creek. The groundwater withdrawal is part of a groundwater remediation project at the Superior Tube facility and is being performed by the docket holder as part of the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action Program under U.S. EPA Docket No. RCRA-III-029-CA. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick 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 (GWPA) in the Perkiomen Creek Watershed in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Newmanstown Water Authority, D-1997-040 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of a groundwater withdrawal of up to 9.579 million gallons per month from existing wells 1, 4 and 5 for use in the docket holder’s public water supply system. The wells are completed in the Leithsville and Millbach Formations and are located in the Mill Creek Watershed in Millcreek Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Parkhouse Providence Pointe, D-2000-040 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 8.06 million gallons per month of water from Wells 2, 3, and 4 for use in the docket holder’s public water supply system. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation and are located within the Commission’s designated SEPA GWPA in the Schuylkill River Watershed in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. MC Resource Development Company, D-2000-065-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 7.13 million gallons per month to supply the docket holder’s bulk water withdrawal and hauling operation from existing Wells PV-1 and PV-2. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The wells are completed in the Bloomsburg Formation and are located in the Indian Run Watershed in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. Union League of Philadelphia, d/b/a Union League Liberty Hill, D-2001-057-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 13.12 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well Nos. 1 and 4. The project wells are 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 (GWPA) in the Schuylkill River Watershed in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. BlueTriton Brands, Inc., D-2002-045-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 7.23 mgm to supply the applicant’s bottled water facility from Well PW-1 and an importation of up to 23.219 mgm of water from three additional water sources located in the Susquehanna and Ohio River Basins. The bottled water facility and project well are located in the Iron Run Watershed within the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is designated as Special Protection Waters in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2006-036 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.14 mgd Rock Run WFP and its related discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Rock Run at River Mile 70.73 - 1.5 - 20.0 - 17.1 - 2.2 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - West Branch Brandywine Creek - Rock Run) via Outfall No. 001, in West Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Upper Makefield Township, D-2007-025 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicants existing 0.05555 mgd Enclave WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP discharge will continue to discharge treated effluent to Houghs Creek at River Mile 140.5 – 3.7 (Delaware River – Houghs Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. Blackwood Golf Course, D-2010-024-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 3.57 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well Nos. 1 and 2. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick 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 Schuylkill River Watershed in Union Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Altuglas LLC, D-2010-041-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 5.88 mgm to supply water to the applicant's industrial processing facility from existing Well No. WS-1. The project well is completed in the Upper Raritan Sand Aquifer. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Delaware River Watershed in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority, D-1987-010 CP-4. An application to renew the applicant's existing WWTP and approve the proposed project. The proposed project consists of upgrading the facility’s disc filter system for increased solids removal. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent directly to Water Quality Zone 1E at River Mile 182.8, to the classified Lower Delaware River Special Protection Waters (SPW), in the City of Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. Spring Township, D-1988-077 CP-5. An application to approve a modification to the docket holder’s existing 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP and its discharge. The proposed modification consists of installing a third final clarifier and appurtenant equipment. 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), in Spring Township, Berks County Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. PSEG Power LLC, D-2020-002-1. An Application for review of the dredging of the Delaware River for the proposed New Jersey Wind Port; a marshalling port to support offshore wind energy development in New Jersey and throughout the eastern United States. The project is located at River Mile 52.1 of the Delaware River in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County, New Jersey. The project includes the dredging of approximately 1,960,000 cubic yards of sediment to accommodate the proposed approach channel, turning basin and berthing pockets. View draft docket.
Business Meeting: Thursday, September 9 at 10:30 A.M.

The 3Q public business meeting will take place via Zoom Webinar on Thursday, September 9, 2021, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

  • View Business Meeting Agenda (coming soon)

The September 9, 2021, Public Business Meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s February 25, 2021, Special Meeting;

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

The latter is expected to include Resolutions for the Minutes: (a) updating the Administrative Manual – By-laws, Management and Personnel; and (b) providing for the biennial actuarial evaluation of the Commission’s “Other Post-Employment Benefit” (“OPEB”) obligations, in accordance with Government Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 75 (“GASB 75”).

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the September 9 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on August 11 or a previous date.

Commission consideration on September 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: July 30, 2021

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