Project Review: Notice of Applications Received (NAR)
October 6, 2021

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 October 2021 NAR Project Locations

Project Descriptions:

  1. Hatfield Township Municipal Authority, D-1986-036 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 8.37 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The applicant has also requested approval to re-rate the WWTP to 10.68 mgd with no proposed construction in order to stay in compliance with PADEP's hydraulic overloading condition. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to West Branch Neshaminy Creek at River Mile 115.63 - 40.01 - 4.0 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - West Branch Neshaminy Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  2. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1986-059 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 6.696 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Well No. EP-1 completed in Graphitic Gneiss. The Pennsylvania American Water Company Merlin Hills system serves customers in portions of East Pikeland Township and East Vincent Township. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The well is located in the French Creek Watershed in East Pikeland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

  3. Northampton Borough - Northampton, PA, D-1987-046 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.5 mgd Northampton Borough WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Hokendauqua Creek, which is a tributary of the Lehigh River, at River Mile 183.7 - 22.1 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Hokendauqua Creek) 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, in Northampton Borough, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

  4. Concord Township, D-1997-019 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 1.8 mgd Central WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to West Branch Chester Creek at River Mile 82.93 - 8.9 - 5.4 (Delaware River - Chester Creek - West Branch Chester Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Concord Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

  5. Delaware Water Gap Borough, D-1997-032 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 11.0 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. 4, 6, and 7 in the Poxono Island and Bloomsburg Formations. The allocation is a decrease from the previous allocation of 15.5 mgm. The wells are located in the Delaware River and Cherry Creek Watersheds within the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is designated as Special Protection Waters, in Delaware Water Gap Borough, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
  6. Upper Saucon Township, D-2000-051 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with an increase in system allocation from 33.232 mgm to 41.07 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells CC-1, CC-2, Gun Club Well and Zinc Mine Well. The project wells are completed in the Quartz Fanglomerate and Beekmantown Formations. The project is located in theLaurel Run and Saucon Creek Watersheds in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters.

  7. East Stroudsburg Borough, D-2007-039 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 2.1 mgd water filtration plant (WFP) and its discharge of up to 0.09 mgd of filter backwash. The WFP will continue to discharge to Sambo Creek, which is a tributary of Brodhead Creek, at River Mile 213.5 - 5.2 - 3.5 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - Sambo Creek). The project discharge is located within the drainage area of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

  8. Covanta Plymouth Renewable Energy LP, D-2012-016 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of Covanta Plymouth Renewable Energy, LP’s Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility (MCRRF), which derives energy from waste, and the subsidiary water allocation for the facility of up to 22.73 mgm from Aqua Pennsylvania (Aqua PA). The docket holder is not requesting an increase in subsidiary water allocation from that contained in its prior approval. The water is used for industrial processes, fire suppression and primarily industrial cooling purposes associated with power generation. The MCRRF is located in Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  9. Philadelphia Gas Works, D-2012-017 CP-2. An application for the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 267.84 mgm, which is an increase, from the Delaware River at the applicant’s Philadelphia Gas Works - Richmond Plant. The water is used for non-contact industrial cooling and fire suppression purposes. The project intake is located approximately 4,500 feet downstream of the Frankford Creek confluence in the tidal portion of the Delaware River in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

  10. MC Project Company, LLC, D-2021-004-1.  An application to renew the approval of a 7.77 mgd existing industrial waste treatment facility and its discharges of cooling water and cooling tower blowdown and a 0.024 mgd sewage treatment facility and its discharge at the Martins Creek Electric Generating Station. The electric generating facility and its discharges were previously approved by the Commission in Docket No. D-1970-025 CP.  This docket will renew the approval and update information from the previous docket. Treated wastewater and effluent will continue to be discharged to the Delaware River at River Mile 194.26 in Water Quality Zone 1D via Outfall Nos. 010 and 013, within the drainage area to the lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

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