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Most Recent Commission Meeting Highlights

Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the second-quarter public hearing and business meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission were held remotely. 

Meeting of June 10, 2020

The Delaware River Basin Commission held its regularly scheduled business meeting remotely on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, via GoToMeeting.

Below is the business meeting agenda. Items will be added as they become available.

A public hearing was held remotely on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, via telephone. Items heard at the public hearing, which began at 1:30 p.m., included 14 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other water-related projects subject to the Commission's review.

Written comments on all matters heard on May 13 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 18.

BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA

The business meeting on June 10, 2020, began at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at approximately 11:30 a.m.; there was an open public comment session after the close of the business meeting, which ran for approximately one hour.

At the beginning of the meeting, DRBC Commission Chair Ken Kosinski (N.Y.) welcomed DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini to say a few words and lead a moment of silence:

After the events of the past couple of weeks, it is not possible to have an official gathering such as this without acknowledging the terrible injustice that people of color have experienced in our country.

We also recognize the tragedy and pain of lives lost and the dreadful cost of human potential unrealized due to racial injustice.

At DRBC, our work in managing, protecting and improving the water resources of the Delaware River Basin is stronger when diverse voices are included and heard; when every individual is valued and can fulfill their potential in our Basin communities; and when all the Basin’s water users share equally in the benefits and stewardship of our shared water resources. We commit to listening, learning and finding ways to do more to meet these vital goals.

The world has changed in so many ways since our last meeting. Please join me and the DRBC Commissioners in a moment of silent reflection for George Floyd and for all victims of racism in America. And for the lives lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agenda for the business meeting follows, with links to the items approved (links to documents are added to this page as they become available). Items heard at the May 13, 2020, public hearing are noted by *. 

1. Welcome and Introductions. (K. Kosinski)

2. Minutes. (P. Bush; The minutes of the March 11, 2020, business meeting were approved by unanimous vote; pdf 241 KB)

3. Announcements.

4. Hydrologic Conditions Report. (A. Shallcross; pdf 2.2 MB)

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

  • American Rivers Names the Delaware River its 2020 River of the Year

  • NGO Petition: Recreational Uses in Water Quality Zone 3 and Upper Zone 4 (info on the WQAC page)

  • PennEast Pipeline Project - Phase 1 Application Received

  • DRBC 2019 Annual Report (pdf 3.85 MB)

  • DRBC Budget Update (see Resolution for the Minutes below)

  • Since this is his last DRBC meeting on behalf of the Commission, I would like to thank Major General Jeffery Milhorn for his service to our country, to the North Atlantic Division of the Army Corps of Engineers as Commander, and to the DRBC as our federal commissioner. Personally, I enjoyed working with General Milhorn and I appreciated his engagement in the Commission. I hope that when he looks back on his Command service for the North Atlantic Division, he has good memories of his work with DRBC. General Milhorn will be assuming a new command in July and we wish him well. I also want to thank the General and his team for their service and support to the pandemic effort in this region. The US Army Corps of Engineers was on the front lines supporting our cities and states to design and build much needed health care facilities. Thank you.

  • I would also like to thank and recognize Governor Cuomo and Ken Kosinski for their leadership this past year. This will be Ken’s final meeting as chair (see Resolution for the Minutes below).

  • Finally, much has happened since we last meet in person in March. I want to thank the Commissioners for their continued support and the DRBC staff for continuing their great work to manage, protect and improve the water resources of the Delaware River Basin.

6. General Counsel & Assistant General Counsel Reports. (K. Warren and P. Bush)

7. A Resolution for the Minutes to authorize spending for the period from July 1, 2020, through the date of adoption of interim or final annual current expense and capital budgets for fiscal year 2020. (E. Deck; this resolution was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf 88 KB)

8. A Resolution for the Minutes to provide for election of the Commission Chair, Vice-Chair and Second Vice-Chair for the year commencing July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021. (P. Bush; this resolution was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf 10 KB)

9. *Project Review Docket Applications. (D. Kovach; 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.

  • Dockets #2-3 and #5-16 were subject to public hearings on May 13, 2020. 

  • Dockets #1 and #4 were postponed to allow additional time for review prior to the May 13, 2020 public hearing.

  • Dockets #2-3 and #5-16 were approved unanimously by the Commissioners on June 10, 2020.  

 View docket location map for draft dockets heard on May 13, 2020

  1. Talen Energy Corporation (PA), Surface Water Withdrawal - This docket was postponed to allow additional time for review.

  2. New Castle County Department of Special Services (DE), WWTP, D-1972-210 CP-3.

  3. U.S. Steel Real Estate (PA), WWTP and IWTP, D-1978-068-5.

  4. Pottstown Borough Water Authority (PA), WWTP - This docket was postponed to allow additional time for review.

  5. Amity Township (PA), WWTP, D-1990-078 CP-5.

  6. Waste Management Disposal Services of Pennsylvania, Inc. (PA), Surface Water Withdrawal, D-1991-090-3.

  7. Leidy’s Inc. (PA), Groundwater Withdrawal, D-1993-021-3.

  8. Shoemakersville Municipal Authority (PA), WWTP, D-1993-074 CP-5.

  9. Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (PA), WWTP, D-2001-042 CP-6.

  10. East Vincent Township (PA), WWTP, D-2005-007 CP-3.

  11. White Manor Country Club (PA), Ground and Surface Water Withdrawal, D-2009-022-2.

  12. Tuscan Lehigh Dairies – Montgomery Co. (PA), Groundwater Withdrawal, D-2009-043-2.

  13. Schuylkill Valley Sewer Authority (PA), WWTP, D-2012-029 CP-3.

  14. Indian Head Camp (PA), WWTP, D-2015-008-2.

  15. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc. (PA), WWTP, D-2016-011-2.

  16. The Boeing Company (PA), WWTP and IWTP, D-1994-030-3.