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Upcoming Commission Meeting
September 9-10, 2014

The next public hearing of the Delaware River Basin Commission will be on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. A conference session and business meeting will take place the following day, Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The public hearing, conference session, and business meeting are open to the public and will be held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

Public Hearing: September 9, 2014 - 1:30 p.m.

The public hearing on September 9, 2014 will begin at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items will include draft dockets for the withdrawals, discharges, and other water-related projects listed below and for resolutions (1) directing the Executive Director to prepare Stage 2 total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for the Delaware River Estuary and Bay and to furnish these to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) so that EPA may establish the Stage 2 TMDLs (pdf 537 KB); and (2) authorizing the Executive Director to enter into an agreement with New York University Medical Center for studies on the effects of PCBs and dissolved oxygen on Atlantic Sturgeon (pdf 533 KB). Written comments on draft dockets and resolutions scheduled for hearing on September 9 will be accepted through the close of the hearing that day. After the hearing on all scheduled matters has been completed, the meeting will include an opportunity for public dialogue. 

Draft dockets and resolutions scheduled for hearing are posted on the commission's website, www.drbc.net, ten days prior to the hearing date. Additional public records relating to the hearing items may be examined at the commission's offices. Please contact Project Review Section assistant Victoria Lawson at 609-883-9500, extension 216, with any questions concerning these items.

The public is advised to check the commission's web site periodically prior to the hearing date, as items scheduled for hearing may be postponed if additional time is deemed necessary to complete the commission's review. In reviewing docket descriptions, the public is also asked to be aware that project details commonly change in the course of the commission's review, which is ongoing.

Please be advised that during the public hearing on September 9, as was the case at the commission's most recent hearing on June 10, 2014, the staff's presentation will be shorter than in the past for the subset of draft dockets (hearing items 1 - 25) that consist of renewals where a project has undergone no substantive changes. The opportunity for interested parties to comment on or ask questions concerning these dockets will be unchanged, and if any member of the public requests additional information about a project during the hearing, staff will be prepared to offer more detail. A detailed description of each project is included in the draft docket, which can be accessed on the DRBC website via a hyperlink from this hearing notice.

View map of project locations (pdf 741 KB). All draft dockets linked below are pdfs.

1. Knoll, Inc., D-1974-162-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 0.0715 million gallons per day (mgd) industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) and its discharge from Outfall No. 001 as well as the discharge of up to 0.0215 mgd of non-contact cooling water (NCCW) from Outfall No. 003 on an emergency basis. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Perkiomen Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 28.47 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

2. Upper Merion Township (Frog Run), D-1987-013 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 6.88 mgd Upper Merion Municipal Utility Authority wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated wastewater effluent to Frog Run at River Mile 92.47 - 21.6 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Frog Run) via Outfall No. 2, in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

3. Salem City Water and Sewer Department, D-1987-037 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.4 mgd Salem WWTP and its discharge. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge to the tidal portion of the Salem River, a tidal tributary of the Delaware River, at River Mile 58.4 -1.0 (Delaware River - Salem River) in Water Quality Zone 5, in the City of Salem, Salem County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

4. Burlington City, D-1990-016 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 2.7 mgd City of Burlington WWTP and its discharge. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Water Quality Zone 2 of the Delaware River at River Mile 117.5 in the City of Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

5. Upper Merion Township (Trout Creek), D-1992-051 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 6.0 mgd Upper Merion Municipal Utility Authority WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated wastewater effluent to Trout Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 27.5 - 0.1 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Trout Creek) via Outfall No. 2, in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

6. Exelon (Eddystone IWTP), D-1992-066 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 3.744 mgd Eddystone Generating Station IWTP and its comingled discharge with up to 831.336 mgd of NCCW. Treated industrial effluent will continue to comingle with NCCW and be discharged to River Mile 84.8 (Delaware River) via Outfall No. 008, within Water Quality Zone 4, in the Borough of Eddystone, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

7. JFBB Ski Areas, Inc. (Big Boulder), D-1993-053-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal (SWWD) of up to 125 million gallons per month (mgm) for the snowmaking operations at Big Boulder Ski Area resort from an existing surface water intake on Big Boulder Lake. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The surface water intake is located in the Tobyhanna Creek Watershed in Kidder Township, Carbon 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.

8. New Hanover Township Authority, D-1999-040 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.925 mgd New Hanover Township Authority WWTP and its discharge. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Swamp Creek, which is a tributary of Perkiomen Creek, which is a tributary of the Schuylkill River, at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 12.9 - 4.8 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Swamp Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

9. Central Carbon Municipal Authority, D-1999-048 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 4.8 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.66 - 42.3 (Delaware River - Lehigh River) via Outfall No. 001, 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 Mahoning Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

10. South Coventry Township, D-2000-026 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal (GWD) of up to 3.82 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. SW-1 and SW-2 completed in the Stockton Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The wells are located within the Commission's designated Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in the Upper Reach French Creek Watershed in South Coventry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

11. Topton Borough, D-2001-041 CP-2. An application to renew approval of the applicant's 0.3 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Toad Creek at River Mile 183.66 - 16.4 - 18.61 - 3.7 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Little Lehigh Creek - Toad Creek) via Outfall No. 001, 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 Longswamp Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

12. Roxbury Town, D-2002-014 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an allocation of up to 13.0 mgm of groundwater from existing Wells Nos. 1 and 2 and a collection of 12 existing spring sources for use in the docket holder's public water system that serves the Roxbury and the Grand George Water Districts with no increase in allocation. The project involves the exportation of up to 0.3 mgd of water, half in the form of raw wastewater and half as groundwater supply, from the Hamlet of Roxbury in the Delaware River Basin to the Hamlet of Grand George in the Mohawk-Hudson River Basin. The project wells are screened in glacial stratified outwash deposits in the East Branch Delaware River Watershed, 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, in the Town of Roxbury, Delaware County, New York. View draft docket.

13. Morgan Hill Golf Club, D-2002-024-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 7.03 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well No. IW-1 completed in the Leithsville Dolomite Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project well is located in the Delaware River Watershed in Williams Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, within the 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.

14. Bedminster Municipal Authority, D-2003-014 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 0.26 mgd Bedminster WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an Unknown Tributary (UNT) of Deep Run at River Mile 157.0 - 6.1 - 3.8 - 1.1 (Delaware River - Tohickon Creek - Deep Run - UNT) via Outfall No. 001, 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 Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

15. Upper Hanover Authority, D-2004-017 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.098 mgd Upper Hanover Authority Perkiomen WWTP and its discharge. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Perkiomen Creek, which is tributary to the Schuylkill River, at River Mile 92.5 - 31.2 - 26.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek) in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

16. Ledgerock Golf Club, D-2004-026-2. An application to renew the approval of a GWD of up to 8.525 mgm for irrigation of the docket holder's golf course from existing Wells Nos. IW-1 and IW-2 with no increase in allocation. The project wells are completed in the Hammer Creek Formation in the Angelica Creek - Schuylkill River Watershed in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

17. Sapa Extrusions, Inc., D-2005-001-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.1 mgd Sapa Extrusions IWTP and its discharge. This docket also continues the approval of a TDS determination of 4,000 mg/l (daily maximum) from the IWTP effluent. No modifications of the IWTP are proposed. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated industrial wastewater and non-contact cooling water to the West Branch Schuylkill River, which is a tributary of the Schuylkill River, at River Mile 92.47 - 115.0 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - West Branch Schuylkill River), in Cressona Borough, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

18. Borough of Strausstown, D-2005-006 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 0.065 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Jackson Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 76.8 - 15.4 - 0.8 - 6.5 - 0.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Tulpehocken Creek - Northkill Creek - Little Northkill Creek - Jackson Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

19. Pennsylvania American Water Company (Coatesville), D-2006-036 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.14 mgd Coatesville Water Filtration Plant (WFP) and its related discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Rock Run at River Mile 70.73 - 1.5 - 20.0 - 17.1 - 2.2 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - West Branch Brandywine Creek - Rock Run) via Outfall No. 001, in West Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

20. Yukiguni Maitake Manufacturing Corporation of America, D-2008-035-2. An application to renew the approval to construct the applicant's pilot-scale mushroom growing facility. The facility will include three discharges. Two of the three discharges are to a three-bay infiltration basin system. The third is to an on-site septic tank which discharges to a leach field. The three-bay infiltration basin system will accept up to 55,000 gpd, of which 51,000 gpd will be from the geothermal system (Outfall No. 005) and the remaining 4,000 gpd will be from process water (Outfall No. 002). The on-site septic tank and leach field will receive up to 1,000 gpd of sanitary wastewater (Outfall No. 001). The applicant's mushroom facility and its related discharges will be constructed 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, near River Mile 253.64 - 9.26 - 12.3 (Delaware River - Neversink River - Basher Kill), in Mamakating Township, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

21. Exelon (Eddystone SWWD), D-2008-038 CP-2. An application to reduce the SWWD allocation at the applicant's Eddystone Generating Station from 45,533 mgm to 25,892 mgm as a result of decommissioning power units 1 and 2. The eight pumps located at Intake No. 2 will continue to withdraw surface water from Water Quality Zone 4 of the Delaware River in the Borough of Eddystone, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

22. Axeon Refining, LLC, D-2009-037-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's discharge of up to 5.48 mgd of commingled stormwater, industrial wastewater, condensate, sand filter backflush water, and/or tank drain discharge from six outfalls at the applicant's asphalt refinery. The applicant has also requested approval of a 2,300 mg/l TDS variance from all six outfalls. The asphalt refinery and six outfalls are located in the drainage area of Water Quality Zone 4 of the Delaware River at or near River Mile 89.66, in Paulsboro Boro, Gloucester County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

23. Beaver Lake Estates, D-2009-038 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 0.14 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to an UNT of Barnum Brook at River Mile 253.64 - 25.15 - 2.0 - 1.12 (Delaware River - Neversink River - Barnum Brook - UNT) via Outfall No. 001, 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, in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

24. Village of Buckingham Springs, D-2009-040 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.1 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Mill Creek at River Mile 115.63 - 23.39 - 4.95 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Mill Creek), in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

25. Pennsylvania American Water Company (Stony Garden), D-2010-025 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.167 mgd Stony Garden Water Filtration Plant (WFP) and its discharge, and to approve the construction of two new storage lagoons that will reduce discharge frequency from the WFP. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to Ross Commons Creek at River Mile 183.66 - 36.32 - 20.7 - 0.06 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Aquashicola Creek - Ross Commons Creek) via Outfall No 001, in Hamilton Township, Monroe 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.

26. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (Bristol), D-1978-083 CP-2. An emergency application to approve new Wells Nos. 9 and 10 for inclusion in the applicant's Bristol Water System (Edgely Well Field). The requested system allocation of up to 95.69 mgm is not an increase from the previously approved allocation. The wells are completed in the unconsolidated sand and gravel aquifer and are located in the Delaware River Watershed in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

27. Crystal Water Supply Company, Inc., D-1986-022 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD project to supply up to 9.3 mgm to the docket holder's public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. A and B and new Wells Nos. OB-1 and TW‑2. The two new groundwater sources were interconnected to the applicant's distribution system in 2010 due to diminished yields in previously approved wells. The total allocation of groundwater proposed in this docket constitutes a reduction from the total allocation of 11.23 mg/30 days contained in the prior DRBC approval. The project wells are located in the Walton Formation in the Sheldrake Stream Watershed, which drains to the Neversink River 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, in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

28. Reading City, D-1986-028 CP-3. An application to approve the upgrade of the 20.5 mgd City of Reading Fritz Island WWTP. The upgrade consists of replacing the existing trickling filter treatment system with four new biological reactors in a step feed configuration with fine bubble aeration, constructing four new clarifiers, performing improvements to the solids handling train (including sludge thickening and dewatering), and appurtenant improvements. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River, at River Mile 92.47 - 72.8 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the City of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

29. Stanley Black and Decker, D-1987-032-4. An application for the renewal and approval of the decrease in GWD, treatment and discharge from 15.634 mgm to 14.663 mgm of groundwater from the applicant's existing groundwater remediation system from existing recovery well PW-5 and new recovery well PW-6. The wells are completed in the Buffalo Springs Formation in the Schuylkill River Watershed. Existing recovery wells PS-1, PS-2, PS-3 and PS-4 will be discontinued from service and replaced by new well PW-6. Water is treated by air stripping before it is discharged via an existing stormwater outfall to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 75.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), in the City of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

30. Fallsburg Consolidated Water District, D-1990-105 CP-3. An application to approve a total withdrawal of up to 129.4 mgm of groundwater from twelve previously approved wells and new Wells Nos. Woodbourne No. 3, Sheldrake No. 2 and Sheldrake No. 3 to continue to supply water to the applicant's public water distribution system. The requested allocation proposes an increase from the allocation of 90 mg/30 days approved in the previous docket. With the exception of two wells which are bedrock wells completed in the Walton Formation, the project wells are screened in unconsolidated valley fill deposits in the Sheldrake Stream, Neversink River and Mongaup River watersheds, within the drainage areas of sections of the main stem Delaware River known as the Middle and Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Town of Fallsburg, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

31. Waymart Area Authority, D-2002-032 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing Waymart Area Authority WWTP and to approve a hydraulic re-rate of the WWTP from 0.715 mgd to 0.815 mgd. The proposed modifications associated with the re-rate consist of adding a mechanical fine screen, upgrading the existing UV disinfection system and the sludge thickening system, and appurtenant improvements. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Van Auken Creek, which is a tributary of the Lackawaxen River, at River Mile 277.7 - 30.0 - 3.2 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Van Auken Creek), 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, in Canaan Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

32. Buckingham Township, D-2003-013 CP-7. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 43.4 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply system from existing Wells Nos. F-1 through F-9, CS-1 through CS-5, BV-1, BV-2, FS-1, FS-2, FG-1, FG-2, L-1 and L-2 in the Stockton, Brunswick and Lockatong formations. The applicant is requesting an increased allocation in Well No. F-8 from 5.487 mgm to 8.928 mgm. The system allocation will remain the same as the previous allocation. The wells are located within the Commission's designated GWPA in the Neshaminy, Pine Creek and Robin Run watersheds in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

33. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, D-2013-014 CP-1. An application for approval of a withdrawal of up to 13.1 mgm of groundwater from new Well No. 2 for use in the aquaculture building at the docket holder's fish hatchery. The project well is completed in the Jacksonburg Limestone in the drainage area of Trout Brook, a tributary of the Musconetcong River in the Town of Hackettstown, Warren County, New Jersey. The project is located 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. The project will be incorporated into the Commission's Comprehensive Plan. Future activities for the project will be regulated by NJDEP in accordance with Section IV.C.4 of the Administrative Agreement between DRBC and NJDEP dated December 18, 2009. View draft docket.

34. HMSHOSTP.J.CamielHillTravelPlaza, D-2013-018 CP-1. An application to approve the applicant's existing 0.05 mgd Peter J. Camiel Service Plaza WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to an UNT of Marsh Creek above the Marsh Creek Reservoir at River Mile 70.73 - 1.76 - 20.3 - 17.52 - 0.26 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - Marsh Creek - UNT) via Outfall No. 001, in Wallace Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

Conference Session & Business Meeting: September 10, 2014 - 12:15 p.m.

The meeting on September 10, 2014 will begin at 12:15 p.m. with an informal conference session, consisting of a presentation by staff of the annual progress report on implementation of the Basin Plan. The business meeting will follow, consisting of: adoption of the Minutes of the commission's June 11, 2014 business meeting, announcements of upcoming meetings and events, a report on hydrologic conditions, reports by the Executive Director and the commission's General Counsel, and consideration of items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required.    

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment at the September 10 business meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on September 9 or a previous date. Commission consideration of items for which the public hearing is closed may result in either approval of the item (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.

Advance Sign-Up for Oral Comment.  Individuals who wish to comment for the record on a hearing item or to address the commissioners informally during the public dialogue portion of the meeting on September 9 are asked to sign up in advance by contacting Ms. Paula Schmitt of the commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.state.nj.us or by phoning Ms. Schmitt at 609-883-9500 ext. 224. 

Addresses for Written Comment.  Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be delivered by hand at the public hearing or submitted in advance of the hearing date to: Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 7360, 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628; by fax to Commission Secretary, DRBC at 609-883-9522 or by email to paula.schmitt@drbc.state.nj.us. If submitted by email in advance of the hearing date, written comments on a docket should also be sent to Mr. William J. Muszynski, Manager, Water Resources Management at william.muszynski@drbc.state.nj.us.

Accommodations for Special Needs.  Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the informational 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.

Updates.  Items scheduled for hearing are occasionally postponed to allow more time for the commission to consider them. Other meeting items also are subject to change. Please check the commission's website, www.drbc.net, closer to the meeting date for changes that may be made after the deadline for filing this notice.

Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Posted: August 25, 2014