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The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the DRBC will take place on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa. The business meeting is open to the public.

A public hearing of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) was held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa. The public hearing was open to the public.

Written comments on matters heard on November 14 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on November 19.

DRBC Business Meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 AM

The public business meeting on December 12, 2018 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s September 13, 2018 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.

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.

Advance Sign-Up for Oral Comment. Individuals who wish to address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on December 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-51975084878. For assistance, please contact Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.gov.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the December 12 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on November 14 or a previous date. Commission consideration on December 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.

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.

DRBC Public Hearing: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 PM

The public hearing on November 14, 2018 began at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items subject to the Commission’s review included draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources.

Advance Sign-Up for Oral Comment. Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on November 14 were asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite.

Submitting Written Comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may have been made through the Commission’s web-based comment system, Smart Comment, at http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/. Use of the web-based system ensured that all submissions were captured in a single location and that 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 November 14 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on November 19.

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 deemed necessary 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 project details commonly change in the course of the Commission’s review, which is ongoing.

View docket location map (pdf 638 KB)

  1. Forest Park Water, D-1965-076 CP-12. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge of up to 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) of filter backwash from the Forest Park Water Filtration Plant (WFP). The WFP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Pine Run through Outfalls Nos. 1 and 2 at River Mile 115.63 - 40.0 - 0.1 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Pine Run) and River Mile 115.63 - 40.0 - 0.2 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Pine Run) in Chalfont Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  2. Womelsdorf Sewer Authority, D-1967-084 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.475 mgd Womelsdorf Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Tulpehocken Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 76.5 - 24.1 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Tulpehocken Creek) in Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Bristol Borough Water & Sewer, D-1969-066 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 2.7 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Otter Creek, a tidal tributary of Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2, at River Mile 118.9 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Otter Creek) in Bristol Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Matamoras Municipal Authority, D-1981-078 CP-9. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 15.0 million gallons per month (mgm) from Wells Nos. 3, 5, 7, 8 and 8A for use in the docket holder’s public water system. Wells Nos. 3 and 5 are completed in the Mahantango Formation and Wells Nos. 7, 8, and 8A are screened in unconsolidated Pleistocene-aged outwash in the Shimers Brook-Delaware River and Shingle Kill-Delaware River watersheds in Matamoras Borough and Westfall Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. All wells are 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. View draft docket.

  5. American Nickeloid Company, D-1985-030-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.045 mgd industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) and its discharge. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.7 - 45.1 (Delaware River - Lehigh River) in Walnutport Borough, 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. View draft docket.

  6. Morrisville Municipal Authority, D-1987-008 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 7.1 mgd Morrisville WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent directly to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2 at River Mile 133.0 in Morrisville Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Middle Smithfield Township, D-1990-080 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.0 mgd Fernwood WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Bush Kill at River Mile 226.9 - 2.3 (Delaware River - Bush Kill) in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania 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. View draft docket.

  8. Sinking Spring Borough, D-1994-031 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.25 mgd Sinking Spring Borough WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Cacoosing Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 76.8 - 4.0 - 3.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Tulpehocken Creek - Cacoosing Creek) in Spring Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Evonik Corporation, D-1996-011-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 1.8 mgd IWTP and its discharge. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent directly to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4 at River Mile 82.2 in the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. Womelsdorf-Robesonia Joint Authority, D-1998-023 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with a decrease in allocation from 23.0 mgm to 17.0 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, 8 and 9. Project Wells Nos. 1 and 9 are completed in Cambrian-age Leithsville and Richland formations, repectively. Wells Nos. 2 and 8 are completed in Precambrian-age felsic to mafic gneiss. The project is located in the Tulpehocken Watershed in Millcreek Township, Lebanon County Pennsylvania and the Spring Creek Watershed in Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. Upper Makefield Township, D-2002-017 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.173 mgd Heritage Hills WWTP and its discharge to surface water and to land via underground recharge basins. The WWTP surface water discharge is to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 1E at River Mile 141.9, in 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. The WWTP and its discharges are located in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority, D-2002-041 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing 8.2 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 122.9 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the City of Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. WestRock Converting Company, D-2006-041-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.06 mgd IWTP and its discharge. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated industrial process wastewater and non-contact cooling water (NCCW) to Brodhead Creek at River Mile 213 - 1.1 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek) in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania 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. View draft docket.

  14. Green Walk Trout Hatchery, Inc., D-2008-008-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 14.285 mgm to supply the applicant's trout hatchery from existing Wells Nos. 1 and 2. The project wells are completed in the Martinsburg Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The wells are located in the Jacoby Creek Watershed in Upper Mount Bethel Township, 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. View draft docket.

  15. Lower Milford Township, D-2009-010 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.035 mgd Village of Limeport WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Saucon Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 9.4 - 14.6 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Saucon Creek) in Lower Milford Township, 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.

  16. Lehigh Cement Company, LLC, D-2009-016-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing 0.35 mgd discharge of NCCW. The NCCW will continue to discharge to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Shoeneck Creek at River Mile 184.0 - 5.9 - 4.1 - 0.2 (Delaware River - Bushkill Creek - Shoeneck Creek - UNT Shoeneck Creek) in Lower Nazareth Township, 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. View draft docket.

  17. Parkland School District, D-2013-007 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.0324 mgd Parkland High School WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Jordan Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 16.3 - 9.4 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Jordan Creek) in South Whitehall Township, 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.

  18. Pine Forest Camp, Inc., D-2013-010 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.025 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Lake Greeley, which is located on Taylortown Creek, at River Mile 273.3 - 6.8 - 2.7 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Shohola Creek - Taylortown Creek - UNT Lake Greeley) in Lackawaxen Township, Pike 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.

  19. Nestlé Waters North America, Inc., D-2013-020-2. An application to renew the approval of a groundwater withdrawal of up to 11.696 mgm from Well No. IW-1 and the discharge of the withdrawn groundwater to Greenwalk Creek. The project will continue to intercept groundwater containing elevated concentrations of total dissolved solids (TDS), sulfate and calcium, apparently emanating from upgradient former slate mining areas, in order to manage the docket holder’s downgradient existing sources. The project is located in the Greenwalk Creek Watershed in Washington Township, 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. View draft docket.

  20. Allied Utility Services, Inc., D-1996-025 CP-3. An application to approve the re-rate of the docket holder’s existing Schnecksville North WWTP from 0.075 mgd to 0.120 mgd. No modifications of the existing facilities are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Coplay Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 21.1 - 10.1 - 0.7 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Coplay Creek - UNT Coplay Creek), via Outfall No. 001 in North Whitehall Township, 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.

  21. Perkasie Regional Authority, D-1997-012 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal and to increase the allocation from 40.2 million gallons per 30 days (mg/30 days) to 44.83 mgm from existing Wells Nos. 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11. The project wells are completed in the mixed zone of the Brunswick and Lockatong formations. The wells are located in the Commission's Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in the East Branch Perkiomen Creek and Three Mile Run watersheds in Perkasie Borough and East Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Wells Nos. 5, 6 and 7 are in the Three Mile Run 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. View draft docket.

  22. Lehigh Carbon Community College, D-2009-025 CP-3. An application to approve an upgrade of the applicant's existing 0.036 mgd WWTP. The proposed WWTP modifications consist of replacing the aeration tanks and clarifiers, repurposing an aeration tank, and the abandonment of sludge holding tanks. The WWTP will remain designed for 0.036 mgd and continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Jordan Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 16.3 - 14 - 1.3 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Jordan Creek - UNT Jordan Creek) via Outfall No. 001 in North Whitehall Township, 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.

  23. Pike County Commissioners Office, D-2018-001 CP-1. An application to approve the applicant's existing 0.0484 mgd Pike County Correctional Facility WWTP and its discharges to land and surface water. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to land by spray irrigation, and to Billings Creek at River Mile 273.3 - 9.4 - 3.2 - 5.7 - 2.3 (Delaware River - Shohola Creek - Shohola Marsh Reservoir - Shohola Creek - Billings Creek) in Blooming Grove Township, Pike 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.

  24. Keystone Anthracite Company, Inc., D-2018-003-1. An application to approve a total withdrawal of up to 11.3643 mgm of surface water from Intake SWW #1 (Pond No. 3) and up to 608 mgm from Intake SSW #2 when needed to supplement Pond No. 3 for use in the docket holder’s anthracite coal preparation plant. The project withdrawals were formerly operated by South Tamaqua Coal Pockets, Inc. under DRBC Certificate of Entitlement No. 256, which was terminated upon the transfer of ownership of the facility to the applicant. The project is located in the Little Schuylkill River Watershed in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  25. Village Utility, LLC, D-2018-008-1. An application to approve the applicant's new North Village at Sparta 0.12 mgd WWTP and its discharge to groundwater via subsurface disposal beds. The discharge is located in the Paulins Kill Watershed in Sparta Township, Sussex County, New Jersey 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.

Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel 
Notice Posted: October 30, 2018