Upcoming Commission Meetings

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its second-quarter business meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The business meeting is open to the public.

Because COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the June 10 business meeting will be held remotely via GoToMeeting. Instructions to participate in the meeting are in the below section, but a few things to note:

  • Please join using your computer for audio. If that does not work or if you do not have access to computer audio, please join using the telephone number (it is not a toll-free number). Please do NOT use both your phone and the computer for audio source as it will cause audio performance and interference issues.

  • There will be limited camera capacity using GoToMeeting. If you do not get a camera, you can still join the meeting to hear and see the proceedings.

  • Open Public Comment is planned for one hour maximum following the Business Meeting; however, it will be available only for those who have signed upon in advance on Eventbrite by 5 p.m. on June 9th. We will not take comments from the public at this meeting if they have not signed up in advance.
Business Meeting: Wednesday, June 10 at 10:30 AM

Instructions to Participate in the June 10, 2020 Business Meeting, which begins at 10:30 a.m.:

The public business meeting on June 10, 2020 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s March 11, 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;

  • A resolution for the minutes providing for election of the Commission Chair, Vice Chair and Second Vice Chair for the year commencing July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021; and

  • Consideration of any items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required.

View Business Meeting Agenda

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the June 10 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on May 13 or a previous date. Commission consideration on June 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 the Business Meeting has adjourned, and as time allows, up to one hour of Open Public Comment will commence.

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.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, May 13 at 1:30 PM

The telephonic public hearing on May 13, 2020 began at 1:30 p.m. The hearing items included the draft dockets listed below for withdrawals, discharges, and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources. Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on May 13 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 18.

Items Heard on May 13:

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 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.

View docket location map

  1. Talen Energy Corporation, D-1970-025 CP-2. This docket has been postponed to allow additional time for review. An application to renew the approval of the existing Martins Creek Electric Generating Station, including a surface water withdrawal of up to 785.54 million gallons per month (mgm) from an existing intake on the Delaware River. Water is used for makeup water and cooling at the Martins Creek Facility and also supplies the Lower Mount Bethel Energy Facility located on an adjacent property. The project is located in Lower 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. Draft docket coming soon.

  2. New Castle County Department of Special Services, D-1972-210 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the existing 0.57 mgd Delaware City WWTP (also referred to as the Governor Bacon Health Center WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 5 at River Mile 60.6 in Delaware City, New Castle County, Delaware. View draft docket.

  3. U. S. Steel Real Estate, D-1978-068-5. An application to renew approval of the applicant’s existing WWTP, existing IWTP, and combined discharge from the WWTP and IWTP via existing Outfall No. 003. The applicant’s facility also discharges NCCW via existing Outfall No. 002. The WWTP and IWTP will continue to discharge 0.163 mgd and 3.75 mgd, respectively, to Water Quality Zone 2 of the Delaware River at River Mile 127.0 in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Pottstown Borough Water Authority, D-1989-055 CP-4This docket has been postponed to allow additional time for review. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 12.85 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.5 - 51.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the Borough of Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  5. Amity Township, D-1990-078 CP-5. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 2.2 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.5 - 58.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in Amity Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Waste Management Disposal Services of Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1991-090-3. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 6.0 million gallons per month of surface water from an existing intake on Manor Lake for dust control at the applicant’s TRRF, GROWS, GROWS North and Fairless landfills. The withdrawal is located in the Van Sciver Lake – Delaware River Watershed in Falls Township and Tullytown Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Leidys Inc, D-1993-021-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 3.45 mgm to supply the applicant's pork processing plant from existing Wells Nos. PW-1, PW-2 and PW-3. The project wells are completed in the mixed zone of the Brunswick and Lockatong formations. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The facility is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) within the Skippack Creek Watershed in Souderton Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Shoemakersville Municipal Authority, D-1993-074 CP-5. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.75 mgd WWTP and 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 the Borough of Shoemakersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority, D-2001-042 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 14.25 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.5 - 32.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. East Vincent Township, D-2005-007 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.053 mgd Bartons Meadows WWTP and its discharge to land via subsurface infiltration beds. The WWTP discharge to land is located in the drainage area of French Creek in East Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. White Manor Country Club, D-2009-022 -2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater and surface water withdrawal of up to 7.016 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well 1 and existing surface water Intakes 1 and 2. Well 1 is completed in Felsic Gneiss. The project is located in the Commission's Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in the Crum Creek Watershed in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. Tuscan Lehigh Dairies - Montgomery Co, D-2009-043 -2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 8.7 mgm to supply the applicant's facility from existing Wells Nos. 3, 4 and 5. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation. The facility is located in the Commission's Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) within the Towamencin Creek Watershed in Upper Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  13. Schuylkill Valley Sewer Authority, D-2012-029 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.55 mgd Schuylkill Valley Sewer Authority WWTP and its discharge, and to approve a modification to the service area of the WWTP. The modification consists of the addition of wastewater from the Blythe Township Recycling and Demolition Landfill. The WWTP will remain designed for 0.55 mgd and continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 127.6 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Indian Head Camp, D-2015-008-2. An application to renew approval of the applicant’s existing 0.045 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP and its discharge to land via spray irrigation. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to spray fields located in Manchester Township, Wayne 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.

  15. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc., D-2016-011-2. An application to approve the renewal of the docket holder’s existing 0.07 mgd Thornhurst WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary 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, in Thornhurst Township, Lackawanna 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. The Boeing Company, D-1994-030-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.05 mgd IWTP and its discharge of treated industrial wastewater and cooling tower blowdown. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the tidal portion of Crum Creek, which is located in Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4, at River Mile 85.3 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Crum Creek) in Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The applicant also requested a total dissolved solids (TDS) determination for the discharge, consisting of an average monthly effluent concentration limit of 2,000 mg/l and a daily maximum effluent concentration limit of 2,500 mg/l. View draft docket.

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: April 30, 2020