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The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. A business meeting will be held the following month, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Both the public hearing and business meeting are open to the public and will take place at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, May 11, 2016: 1:30 P.M.

The public hearing on May 11, 2016 will begin at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items will include: draft dockets for the withdrawals, discharges and other water-related projects subject to the Commission’s review (linked below; all are pdfs) and the following resolutions:

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on May 11 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 12

After the hearing on all scheduled matters has been completed, and as time allows, an opportunity for Open Public Comment will also be provided.

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, and items may be added up to ten days prior to the hearing date. 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.

View Docket Location Map (pdf 630 KB).

  1. Deposit Village, D-1974-057 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.7 million gallons per day (mgd) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to the West Branch Delaware River at River Mile 330.71 - 14.5 (Delaware River - West Branch Delaware River) and is located 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 Village of Deposit, Broome County, New York. View draft docket.

  2. Pen Argyl Municipal Authority, D-1975-028 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.95 mgd Pen Argyl Municipal Authority WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Waltz Creek at River Mile 190.65 - 4.7 - 4.1 - 0.6 (Delaware River - Martins Creek - Waltz Creek - UNT of Waltz Creek) in the Borough of Pen Argyl, 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. View draft docket.

  3. Exide Technologies, D-1976-097-4. An application to renew the approval of Exide's existing 0.7 mgd industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) and existing 0.4 mgd stormwater treatment plant (SWTP) and their discharges. Treated effluent from the IWTP and SWTP will continue to combine prior to discharge via an existing stormwater conveyance system to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 78.29 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The application also includes a request to continue a total dissolved solids (TDS) determination of 6,000 milligrams per liter (mg/l) (monthly average) and 7,500 mg/l (daily maximum) for the existing IWTP. View draft docket.

  4. NRG REMA, LLC – Titus Generating Station, D-1987-026 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing industrial process water discharge associated with the Titus Generating Station (TGS), and to update the docket approval to reflect modifications to the facility operations associated with the closing of the TGS coal-fired generating units. The TGS will continue to discharge coal-ash leachate discharge from the Beagle Club Ash Disposal (BCAD) site via Outfall No. 004 to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 71.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The applicant has requested that the intermittent discharge from Outfall No. 004 continue to have an effluent limit of 3,500 mg/l of TDS (monthly average). View draft docket.

  5. Pennsylvania Utility Company, D-1989-033 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal (GWD) of up to 21.01 million gallons per month (mgm) to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2 and 3. The project wells are completed in the Towamensing Member of the Catskill Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Little Bushkill Watershed in Lehman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania 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. View draft docket.

  6. Richland Borough, D-1992-001 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 5.4 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 2, 3, 6 and an existing spring source. Wells Nos. 2 and 3 are completed in Crystalline Rock and Well No. 6 is completed in the Hardyston Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Mill Creek Watershed in Millcreek Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  7. Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA), D-1992-018 CP‑3. An application to renew the approval of the existing DELCORA Western Regional WWTP and to renew the approval of a project to modify and re-rate the WWTP. The project consists of constructing an outfall extension to the existing WWTP and re-rating the WWTP from 44 mgd to 50 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Water Quality Zone 4 of the tidal Delaware at River Mile 80.7 in the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Bart Golf Club, Inc., D-1992-024-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal (SWD) of up to 11.37 mgm to irrigate the applicant's Hickory Valley Golf Course from an existing surface water intake on Swamp Creek. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project intake is located in the Swamp Creek Watershed in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Village of Monticello, D-2001-005 CP-2. An application to approve an existing surface water and GWD project to supply up to 27.9 (mgm) of groundwater from Wells Nos. 1, 2 and 3; up to 47.43 mgm (1.53 mgd) of surface water from Intake No. 2 in Kiamesha Lake except that during the summer season when the allocation may be temporarily increased to 62 mgm (2 mgd); and the diversion of up to 360 million gallons per year of water from an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Kiamesha Creek into Kiamesha Lake for use in the docket holder’s public water distribution system. The docket also approves an expansion of the docket holder’s service area to include a new water district located in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York. Although all sources have been previously approved by the State of New York, only the groundwater supply was approved by the Commission. All allocations included in this docket are the same allocations previously approved by the Commission and/or the State of New York. The wells are completed in unconsolidated Pleistocene stratified drift in the Black Brook Watershed in the Village of Monticello, Sullivan County, New York and the surface water intake is located in the Sheldrake Stream Watershed in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York within drainage areas of sections of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper and Middle Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  10. Buena Borough Municipal Utilities Authority, D-2002-037 CP-2. An application to approve the renewal of an existing withdrawal and export of up to 17.80 mgm of groundwater from Well No. 3 located in the Delaware River Basin (DRB) and the import of water from Wells Nos. 1 and 2 located in the Atlantic Basin for use in the docket holder’s public water system. The docket holder is not requesting an increase in the groundwater allocation from that contained in its prior DRBC approval. The project’s sources and service area are situated in the Delaware River and Atlantic basins and no changes to the existing importation/exportation of water will occur as a result of this approval. Well No. 3 is completed in the Piney Point Formation in the Cedar Branch Creek – Maurice River Watershed in Buena Borough, Atlantic County, New Jersey. The existing groundwater withdrawals are approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and will continue to be regulated in accordance with the March 2015 Administrative Agreement between the Commission and NJDEP. View draft docket.

  11. Green Walk Trout Hatchery, Inc., D-2006-008-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing GWD of up to 13.392 mgm to supply the applicant's trout hatchery from existing Wells Nos. 2, 5 and 6. The project wells are completed in the Martinsburg Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The wells are located in the Waltz Creek Watershed in Washington 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. View draft docket.

  12. Silverleaf Resorts, Inc., D-2006-019-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.049 mgd Silverleaf Resorts WWTP and its related discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Brookdale Lake at River Mile 213.0 - 3.9 - 0.9 - 11.4 - 2.85 - 0.15 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - McMichael Creek - Pocono Creek - Scot Run - Brookdale Lake) in Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, 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. View draft docket.

  13. Central Wayne Regional Authority, D-1986-009 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 2.2 mgd Honesdale WWTP and its discharge, and to approve an expansion to the WWTP's service area. The service area expansion project includes the construction of a low-pressure grinder pump system to collect and convey sewage from the Village of White Mills, located in Texas Township, to an existing pump station located in the docket holder’s existing sewer collection system. No modifications to the WWTP treatment facilities are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lackawaxen River at River Mile 277.7 - 24.6 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River), and is located within the drainage area to the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Borough of Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1990-028-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.2 mgd Marcel Lakes WWTP and its discharge, and to approve a WWTP upgrade consisting of the replacement of the existing influent pumping, headworks and gravity collection system for the WWTP. The WWTP will remain designed for an annual average flow of 0.2 mgd, and will continue to discharge treated effluent to Dingmans Creek at River Mile 239.5 - 7.2 (Delaware River - Dingmans Creek). The WWTP is located within the drainage area to the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Delaware Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. Exeter Township, D-1992-003 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 7.1 mgd WWTP and to approve a TDS determination of an average monthly effluent limit of 1,500 mg/l. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated wastewater effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 65.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River), in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority, D-1994-021 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing import of up to 35.7 mgm of groundwater from the Atlantic Basin to the Delaware River Basin (DRB) from existing LTMUA Well No. 7 to supply the docket holder’s public water supply distribution system and an exportation of up to 139.5 mgm of water from the DRB to the Atlantic Basin through the LTMUA wastewater treatment plant (4.0 mgd) and water supply interconnection with the City of Cape May (0.5 mgd). The application also requested to renew the approval to withdraw up to 143 mgm of groundwater from five DRB groundwater sources, Wells Nos. 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9. The project's existing groundwater withdrawals are approved by the NJDEP and will continue to be regulated by NJDEP in accordance with the AA between the Commission and the State of New Jersey. The wells are located in the Delaware River Watershed in Lower Township, Cape May County, New Jersey. View draft docket.

  17. Superior Water Company, D-2001-015 CP-5. An application to approve new Well No. SWC-13 for inclusion into the applicant's public water supply distribution system and to approve an increase in the total system GWD allocation from 36.82 mgm to 39.33 mgm from one new and 11 existing wells. All the wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation, except for Well No. CP-9 which is completed in the Lockatong Formation. The wells are located in the Commission's designated Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA) in the Swamp Creek, Minister Creek, Scioto Creek and Zacharias Creek watersheds in New Hanover, Douglass, Upper Fredrick and Worcester townships, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), D-2015-022 CP-1. An application to approve the docket holder’s new 0.101 mgd groundwater extraction treatment system and its discharge of remediated groundwater into the subsurface through an injection well. The treatment system will treat contaminated groundwater withdrawn from up to 10 extraction wells within the Operable Unit 1 portion of the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site utilizing airstripping and granular activated carbon, after which the treated groundwater will be reinjected back to the subsurface via a bedrock injection well. The project extraction wells, IWTP and its discharge are located in the Upper Pohatcong Creek Watershed, 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 Washington Borough, Warren County, New Jersey. View draft docket.
Business Meeting: Wednesday, June 15, 2016: 10:30 A.M.

The public business meeting on June 15, 2016 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s March 16, 2016 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 any items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required.

Items expected to be considered on June 15 for which no hearing is required include the following:

  • A resolution for the Minutes providing for the election of Commission officers for fiscal year 2017 (ending June 30, 2017); and
  • A resolution for the Minutes to amend the Administrative Manual – Bylaws, Management and Personnel concerning the timing of annual salary adjustments.

After all scheduled business has been completed and as time allows, the meeting will also include up to one hour of Open Public Comment.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the June 15 business meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on May 11 or a previous date. Commission consideration on June 15 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.

Advance Sign-Up for Oral Comment. Individuals who wish to comment on the record during the public hearing on May 11 or to address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on either May 11 or June 15 as time allows, are asked to sign up in advance by contacting Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov.

Addresses for Written Comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be delivered by hand at the public hearing or: by hand, U.S. Mail or private carrier 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 (preferred) to paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov. If submitted by email, written comments on a docket should also be sent to Mr. David Kovach, Manager, Project Review Section at david.kovach@drbc.nj.gov.

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, conference session or hearings 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.

Additional Information, Contacts. Additional public records relating to hearing items may be examined at the Commission’s offices by appointment by contacting Carol Adamovic, 609-883-9500, ext. 249. For other questions concerning hearing items, please contact Judith Scharite, Project Review Section Administrative Assistant at 609-883-9500, ext. 216.

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
(609) 883-9500 x203
Notice Originally Posted: April 29, 2016