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Meeting of September 13, 2017

The Delaware River Basin Commission held its regularly scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Linksz Pavilion, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa. Below is the business meeting agenda. Items will be added as they become available.

A public hearing was held earlier on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa. Items heard at the public hearing, which began at 1:30 p.m. and adjourned at approximately 2:10 p.m., included draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other water-related projects subject to the commission's review. Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on August 16 were accepted through 5 p.m. on August 21.


The business meeting on September 13, 2017 began at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at approximately 11:45 a.m.; there was an open public comment session after the close of the business meeting, which ran until approximately 12:50 p.m.

The agenda for the business meeting follows, with links to the dockets and resolutions approved (links to documents are added to this page as they become available).  Items heard at the August 16, 2017 public hearing are noted by *. 

1. Welcome and Introductions. (J. Orr)

2. Minutes. (P. Bush; The minutes of the June 14, 2017 business meeting were approved by unanimous vote; pdf 311 KB)

3. Announcements.

4. Hydrologic Report. (A. Shallcross)

5. Resolution for the Minutes Authorizing the Executive Director to Enter into a Contract with the Wildlands Conservancy for Dam Removal Projects Required by a Consent Order and Agreement Between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Settlors Martins Creek, LLC and Talen Generation, LLC. (K. Najjar; approved by unanimous vote; pdf 80 KB)

6. Resolution for the Minutes Authorizing the Executive Director to Contract with Vendors Associated with the State of New Jersey Energy Incentive Programs to Replace Components of the Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) System and to Update Lighting to Conserve Energy in the Commission’s West Trenton Headquarters Building. (K. Najjar; approved by unanimous vote; pdf 79 KB)

7. Resolution for the Minutes to Amend the Administrative Manual – By-Laws, Management and Personnel By the Addition of a New Chapter 9, Entitled “Purchasing Cards,” and to Update Chapters 5 and 6 for Consistency With the New Chapter. (E. Deck; approved by unanimous vote; pdf 867 KB)

8. Resolution for the Minutes Authorizing the Executive Director to Enter into a Joint Funding Agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey for the Development of Additional Years of Historic Precipitation and Temperature Data to be Used for Water Supply Planning Simulations. (A. Shallcross; approved by unanimous vote; pdf 126 KB)

9. Resolution for the Minutes Authorizing and Directing the Executive Director to Require Additional Nutrient Monitoring for Point Source Discharges to the Delaware River Estuary and Bay (Water Quality Zones 2 – 6) for Development and Calibration of the Delaware Estuary Eutrophication Model. (T. Fikslin; approved by unanimous vote; pdf 83 KB)

10. A Resolution to Recognize That Evidence Supports Further Study on the Inclusion of Propagation as a Designated Use in Zones 3 and 4 and the Upper Portion of Zone 5 of the Delaware River Estuary; to Provide for Such Studies to be Undertaken in Consultation with Co-Regulators and Dischargers; and to Direct the Executive Director to Initiate DRBC Rulemaking to Revise the Designated Aquatic Life Uses Consistent with the Results of the Identified Studies and the Objectives and Goals of the Federal Clean Water Act. (Public Hearing held April 6, 2017) (T. Fikslin; approved 4-1, with the Federal Government voting no; pdf 250 KB) 

11. Resolution for the Minutes Directing the Executive Director to Publish for Public Comment Revised Draft Regulations Regarding Certain Natural Gas Development Activities in the Delaware River Basin. (S. Tambini; approved by roll call vote 3-1-1: Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania voting yes, Federal Government voting no, and New Jersey abstaining; pdf 257 KB)

12. Executive Director’s Report. (S. Tambini)

13. General Counsel’s Report. (K. Warren)

14. *Project Review Docket Applications. (D. Kovach) All dockets subject to public hearings on August 16, 2017 (D-1986-032 CP-3 was noticed, but not heard, on Aug. 16) were approved unanimously by the commissioners on September 13, 2017. Approved dockets are all pdfs. Please note that at each of its public meetings, the commission may consider action on any item for which a hearing has been completed or may defer one or more such items for consideration at a public meeting of the commission on a future date.

View Docket Location Map (pdf 652 KB).

  1. Mount Airy #1, LLC (PA), wastewater treatment plant, D-1977-058-5.

  2. Arcelor Mittal Plate (PA), industrial wastewater treatment plant, D-1979-026-3.

  3. Chester County Department of Facilities Management (PA), Pocopson Home and Prison wastewater treatment plant, D-1983-015 CP-5.

  4. Robeson Township Municipal Authority (PA), wastewater treatment plant, D-1983-034 CP-4.

  5. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (PA), groundwater withdrawal, new wells, D-1985-055 CP-4.

  6. Catasauqua Borough (PA), wastewater treatment plant, D-1986-032 CP-3. Consideration of this docket has been postponed to allow additional time for review.

  7. Bath Borough Authority (PA), wastewater treatment plant, new construction, D-1988-051 CP-3.

  8. Brodhead Creek Regional Authority (PA), expansion of service area, D-1991-001 CP-4.

  9. Freeland Borough Municipal Authority (PA), groundwater withdrawal, D-1994-063 CP‑3.

  10. North Coventry Municipal Authority (PA), wastewater treatment plant, D-1997-001 CP‑4.

  11. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc. (PA), Little Washington wastewater treatment plant, D-2001-054-3.

  12. Spring Ford Country Club (PA), groundwater and surface water withdrawal, D-2006-016-2.

  13. Vogel Farm and Broad Mountain Spring Water Companies (PA), groundwater withdrawal, D-2007-010-2.

  14. Upper Makefield Township (PA), wastewater treatment plant, D-2007-025 CP-3.

  15. Pennsylvania American Water Company (PA), Yardley water filtration plant, D-2008-002 CP-3.

  16. Keystone Mobile Home Park (PA), wastewater treatment plant, D-2008-007 CP-3.

  17. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (PA), Ridley Creek water filtration plant, D-2008-025 CP-3.

  18. London Grove Township Municipal Authority (PA), wastewater treatment plant, spray irrigation, D-2008-033 CP-3.

  19. Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority (PA), water filtration plant, D-2012-001 CP-2.

  20. Giorgio Foods, Inc. (PA), industrial wastewater treatment plant upgrade, D-1988-043-6.

  21. Pennsylvania American Water Company (PA), Marcel Lakes wastewater treatment plant upgrade, D-1990-028-3.

  22. Borough of Fleetwood (PA), groundwater withdrawal, D-1995-058 CP-3.

  23. Pennsylvania American Water Company (PA), groundwater withdrawal, new well, D‑2006-025 CP-2.

  24. DTE Midstream Appalachia, LLC (PA), Birdsboro Power Facility pipeline construction, D-2016-008-1.

  25. Sunoco Logistics Partners, LP (PA and NJ), pipeline relocation and replacement, federal navigation channel, D-2016-010-1.