Project Review: Notice of Applications Received (NAR)
June 29, 2022

The Commission recently received applications from the sponsors of the following projects for approval pursuant to Section 3.8, Article 11, and/or Section 10.3 of the Delaware River Basin Compact.

These projects currently are under review by the Commission staff in consultation with other public agencies.

Individuals or organizations having a special interest in any projects or information relating to a project's impacts on water and related land resources of the Delaware River Basin are invited to submit written comments to the Water Resource Management Branch.

Please refer to the appropriate docket number, listed below, on all correspondence. Public hearings as may be required for these projects will be announced at a later date in accordance with the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure

Map of June 2022 NAR Project Locations

Project Descriptions:

  1. Panther Creek Power Operating, LLC, D-1987-066 -7. An application to renew the approval of an allocation of 69.24 mgm of groundwater from the Lausanne Tunnel mine pool overflow and up to 37.2 mgm of surface water purchased from Nesquehoning Borough Authority for use at the applicant’s 84-megawatt waste coal fired thermal electric Panther Creek Energy Facility. No changes to the facility operations or water allocations are proposed. The project, including the associated withdrawal, is located within the Lehigh River Watershed in the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has designated as Special Protection Waters, in Nesquehoning Borough, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

  2. Jim Thorpe Borough, D-1996-019 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.92 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River at the River Mile 183.66 – 47.0 (Delaware River - Lehigh River), via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in the Borough of Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

  3. Downingtown Area Regional Authority, D-1998-033 CP-5. An application to renew the applicant's existing 10.88 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the East Branch Brandywine Creek at River 70.73 – 1.5 – 20.0 – 7.65 (Delaware River - Christina River -  Brandywine Creek - East Branch Brandywine Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in East Cain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

  4. Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., D-1999-071 -6. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.55 mgd Swiftwater Facility and approve a modification in its discharge to no longer utilize spray irrrigation in its discharge process. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated process wastewater to Swiftwater Creek at River Mile 213.0 – 11.4 – 4.4 – 3.5 (Delaware River – Brodhead Creek – Paradise Creek – Swiftwater Creek), within the drainage area to the Middle Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW) are in Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

  5. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, D-2012-012 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal with a decrease in allocation from 341 mgm to 225.15 mgm to provide water to the applicant's facility for industrial cooling and process purposes. This reduction in water use is due to the replacement of its coal fired cogeneration facility with a natural gas fired system. The project is located in the Delaware River Watershed within Water Quality Zone 4 in the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

  6. Lehigh Valley Zoo, D-2013-006 CP-3. An application to renew the applicant's existing 0.021 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Jordan Creek at River Mile 183.7 – 16.3 – 18.0 (Delaware River – Lehigh River – Jordan Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

  7. Montgomery County, D-2022-002 CP-1. An application to approve a 185-foot long single span truss pedestrian bridge across the Wissahickon Creek within the Fort Washington State Park, a recreation project area designated in the DRBC Comprehensive Plan. The bridge is part of the 2.25 mile long Cross County and Wissahickon Connector Trail Project that will connect two sections of the existing Wissahickon Trail improving access and safety for trail users. The bridge is located in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Contact: David Kovach, P.G.
Manager, Project Review
(609) 883-9500, ext. 264