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Most Recent Commission Meeting Highlights

The page offers a full recap of the most recent DRBC Commission Business Meeting.

Meeting of June 9, 2021

Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the second-quarter 2021 public hearing and business meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission were held remotely.

The Delaware River Basin Commission held its regularly scheduled business meeting remotely on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, via Zoom Webinar.

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

A public hearing was held remotely on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, via Zoom Webinar. Items heard at the public hearing, which began at 1:30 p.m., included four resolutions and 27 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other water-related projects subject to the Commission's review.

Written comments on all matters heard on May 12 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on May 17.

Business Meeting Agenda:

The business meeting on June 9, 2021, began at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at approximately 11:50 a.m.; there was an open public comment session after the close of the business meeting, which ran until approximately 12:55 p.m.

Please Note: Comments made during Open Public Comment Sessions are NOT included in any decision-making record. There is no requirement for the Commission to provide for open public comment.

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 12, 2021, public hearing are noted by *. 

1. Welcome and Introductions. (Shawn Garvin, DNREC Secretary)

2. Minutes. (Pam Bush; The minutes of the March 10, 2021, business meeting were approved by unanimous vote; pdf)

3. Announcements.

4. Hydrologic Conditions Report. (Amy Shallcross; pdf)

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

  • DRBC's internal Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) team is working on developing a DEIJ strategic plan for the Commission. An external survey will soon be sent to Basin stakeholders; we would appreciate your feedback. 

  • On April 14, 2021, DRBC issued a news release announcing the beginning of a study to explore the feasibility of additional freshwater storage to meet future water availability, climate adaptation, drought management and flow management needs in the Delaware River Basin. For more information, please visit https://www.nj.gov/drbc/programs/flow/reservoir-storage-study.html.  
     
  • DRBC's summer water quality monitoring season is underway. Data are being collected for multiple projects. Learn more: https://www.nj.gov/drbc/home/newsbytes/approved/20210526_summer2021monitoring.html.
     
  • The Delaware River Sojourn is ON for 2021! The dates are August 7-13, 2021, with a volunteer cleanup scheduled on August 6. Learn more: https://delawareriversojourn.com.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District will hold its change of command ceremony on July 9. On behalf of all DRBC Commissioners and staff, thank you to Lt. Col. Park for your dedicated service to your country, your leadership commanding the Philadelphia District and for your thoughtful engagement in Delaware River Basin water resource issues. We wish you the best in your new assignment!

  • This will be the last meeting that Delaware will serve as chair; the new rotation takes effect July 1. Thank you to Gov. Carney and to Shawn Garvin for your dedication and efforts leading DRBC through the pandemic this past year. We look forward to continuing to work with you to manage, protect and improve the DRB's water resources.

6. General Counsel Report. (Ken Warren)

*7. A Resolution to adopt the Commission’s current expense and capital budgets for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. (Elba Deck; this Resolution was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf)

*8. A Resolution to apportion among the signatory parties the amounts required for the support of the current expense and capital budgets for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. (Elba Deck; this Resolution was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf)

9. A Resolution for the Minutes authorizing the Executive Director to enter into an agreement for professional services for the configuration and implementation of a new finance and accounting software system. (Elba Deck; this Resolution for the Minutes was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf)

*10. A Resolution to adopt the Fiscal Year 2022-2024 Water Resources Program. (Kristen B. Kavanagh; this Resolution was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf)

*11. A Resolution concerning the collection of additional information essential to the evaluation of social and economic factors affecting the attainment of uses in the Delaware River Estuary in accordance with Resolution No. 2017-4. (John Yagecic; this Resolution was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf)

12. A Resolution for the Minutes authorizing the Executive Director to partner with the USGS to obtain funding for and perform novel bacterial monitoring in urbanized areas of the Delaware River Basin. (John Yagecic; this Resolution for the Minutes was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf)

13. A Resolution for the Minutes providing for election of the Commission Chair, Vice Chair and Second Vice Chair for the year beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022. (Pam Bush; this Resolution for the Minutes was approved unanimously by the Commissioners; pdf) 

*14. Project Review Docket Applications. (David Kovach; map and approved dockets are 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 #1-27 were subject to public hearings on May 12, 2021. Docket #29 was subject to a public hearing on February 10, 2021.

  • Dockets #1-27 and #29 were approved unanimously by the Commissioners on June 9, 2021.  

  • Consideration of Docket #28 was postponed to allow additional time for review.

View docket location map for draft dockets heard on May 12, 2021

  1. Boyertown Boro – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-1973-199 CP-5

  2. Spring City Borough – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-1974-061 CP-6

  3. Occidental Chemical Corporation – Discharge & Groundwater/Stormwater Treatment System – (DE), D-1983-009-4

  4. East Stroudsburg Borough – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-1987-015 CP-4

  5. West Grove Borough – Groundwater Withdrawal – (PA), D-1996-026 CP-3

  6. Upper Moreland Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-1998-048 CP-4.

  7. Maidencreek Township Authority – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2000-028 CP-4

  8. Topton Borough – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2001-041 CP-3

  9. Upper Hanover Authority – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2001-061 CP-5

  10. Waymart Area Authority – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2002-032 CP-3

  11. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc. – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2002-042-5

  12. North Coventry Water Authority – Water Supply Interconnection – (PA), D-2002-047 CP-3

  13. Alsace Township – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2006-005 CP-4

  14. Brookdale Enterprises, LLC– Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2006-019-5

  15. Pocono Manor Investors, L.P. – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2006-026 CP-5

  16. Camp Lohikan – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2009-024-3

  17. Wallenpaupack Area School District – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2009-026 CP-4

  18. Butter Valley Golf Port – Groundwater/Surface Water Withdrawal – (PA), D-2010-013-2

  19. Tuthill Corporation & Aquashicola-Little Gap, Inc. – Surface Water Withdrawal – (PA), D-2010-026-2

  20. Vicinity Energy – NCCW Discharge – (PA), D-2010-040-2

  21. Bethany Children's Home – Groundwater Withdrawal & Exportation – (PA), D-2010-043-2

  22. City of Lewes Board of Public Works – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (DE), D-2012-011 CP-3

  23. Union Lake Hotel, Inc. – Wastewater Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2012-018-3

  24. Pennsylvania American Water Company – Norristown Water Treatment Plant – (PA), D-2015-015 CP-2.

  25. New York City Department of Environmental Protection – Wastewater Treatment Plant Service Area Modification – (NY), D-1994-078 CP-2

  26. Venice Island Developer – Flood Hazard Area Special Permit Transfer – (PA), D-2007-030-2.

  27. Cleveland Cliffs Plate, LLC – Groundwater and Surface Water Withdrawal – (PA), D-2009-039-2.

  28. E. Tetz & Sons, D-2020-001-1.  This docket was postponed to allow additional time for review.

  29. Hazelton City Authority – Surface Water and Groundwater Withdrawal and Water Exportation – (PA), D-1991-065 CP-4. (Public Hearing held February 10, 2021)