Upcoming Commission Meetings

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its third-quarter public hearing on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the meeting will be held remotely via telephone.

The DRBC's third-quarter business meeting will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Because of COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the meeting will be held remotely via GoToMeeting.

Both the public hearing and business meeting are open to the public.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, August 12 at 1:30 PM

The telephonic public hearing will take place on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items to be heard include 23 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources and three resolutions, all of which are listed below.

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 needed 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 the details of projects may change during the Commission’s review, which is ongoing.

To Participate in the Public Hearing:

  • Call 866-831-8616. When the operator answers, the passcode is 4257.

To Provide Comment during the Public Hearing: 

To Provide Written Comment on the Public Hearing Items:

  • Written comment on items scheduled for hearing should be made through the Commission’s web-based comment system, SmartComment: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/.

  • Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on August 12 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on August 17.

  • Use of the web-based system ensures that all submissions are captured in a single location and their receipt is acknowledged.

  • Exceptions to the use of this system are available based on need, by writing to the attention of the Commission Secretary, DRBC, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360.
  • For assistance, please contact Ms. Patricia Hausler of the Commission staff, at patricia.hausler@drbc.gov.

Items to be Heard on August 12, 2020:

Resolutions:

Draft Dockets (all pdfs):

Docket Location Map

  1. Martins Creek, LLC / Talen Energy, D-1970-025 CP-2. An application to renew DRBC Docket No. D-1970-025 CP, which approved the construction of additional electric generating facilities, a surface water withdrawal and discharge of cooling water, and consumptive use at the Martins Creek Generating Station. The application was submitted as required by Section VIII.B. of Resolution No. 2018-5, adopted by the Commission on June 13, 2018. The applicant requested a total allocation of 785.54 million gallons per month of surface water from the Delaware River for industrial cooling of the electric generating facilities known as Martins Creek and Lower Mount Bethel Energy.   The project is located in Lower Mount Bethel 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.

  2. Birdsboro Municipal Authority, D-1974-126 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 1.35 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Hay Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 63.1 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Hay Creek) in the Borough of Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. West Grove Borough Authority, D-1987-024 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 0.25 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge to Middle Branch White Clay Creek at River Mile 70.2 - 10.0 - 15.9 - 9.5 (Delaware River - Christina River - White Clay Creek - Middle Branch White Clay Creek) via Outfall No.001, in London Grove Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Mount Airy #1, LCC, D-1989-037-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 9.82 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 1 and 2 and to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 14.47 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from an existing intake in Mount Airy Lake. The requested allocations are not an increase from the previous allocations. The project wells are completed in the Long Run Member of the Catskill Formation. The project is located in the Forest Hills Run Watershed in Paradise 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.

  5. Manwalamink Water Co., D-1989-050 CP-6. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 15.0 million gallons per month (mgm) of groundwater from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 for continued use in the docket holder's public water system. Wells Nos. 1 and 2 are screened in sand and gravel and Wells Nos. 3, 5 and 6 are completed in the Ridgeley-Coeymans Formation in the Shawnee Creek and Delaware River watersheds, 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 Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1993-083 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 40.3 mgm to supply the applicant's Chalfont public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 8A, 11, 12, 13 and 14. The project wells are completed in the Stockton Formation. The project is located in the Commission's Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) within the North Branch Neshaminy Creek, Pine Run and Neshaminy Creek Watersheds in the Borough of Chalfont, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. JBS Souderton, Inc., D-1996-021-5. This docket has been postponed to allow additional time for review. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 1.0 mgd industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) and its discharge. The IWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Skippack Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 32.3 - 3.0 - 12.8 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Skippack Creek) in Franconia Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  8. Sunnybrook Golf Club, D-1997-007-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 4.65 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Wells Nos. 1 and 2. The project wells are completed in the Ledger Dolomite Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Commission's Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in the Wissahickon Creek Watershed in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. Northampton Generating Company, D-1998-040-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 77.5 mgm to supply the applicant's 112 megawatt cogeneration facility from an existing intake on the Lehigh River. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Lehigh River Watershed in Northampton Borough and Allen Township, both in 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.

  10. New Hanover Township Authority, D-1999-040 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 1.925 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Swamp Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 32.3 - 12.9 - 4.8 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Swamp Creek) in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  11. Fairless Energy, LLC, D-2001-028 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing Fairless Energy Electric Generating Station and its use of up to 356.5 million gallons per month (mgm) of surface water from the U.S. Steel Delaware River Intake. The electric generating station is located adjacent to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 2 in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  12. Bedminster Municipal Authority, D-2006-010 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.06 mgd Pennland Farms WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated wastewater effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Deep Run Creek at River Mile 157.0 - 4.7 - 7.1 - 0.1 (Delaware River - Tohickon Creek - Deep Run Creek - 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.

  13. East Brandywine Township Municipal Authority, D-2007-002 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.3 mgd Applecross WWTP and its discharges to land and to surface water. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to land via spray irrigation and drip disposal and to Beaver Creek at River Mile 70.7 - 1.7 - 20.2 - 8.8 - 6.1 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - East Brandywine Creek - Beaver Creek) in East Brandywine Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. Franconia Sewer Authority, D-2007-041 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.15 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Skippack Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 32.3 - 3.0 - 12.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Skippack Creek) in Franconia Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  15. US Steel Real Estate, D-2009-006-2. An application to renew the approval of a total allocation of 7,288.1 million gallons per month of surface water from two intakes for industrial processes, cooling, fire suppression and potable water supply at the docket holder's industrial park facility. The surface water withdraw is located in Water Quality Zone 2 of the Delaware River at River Mile 127.0 in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Pineville Facility Company, LLC, D-2009-031-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with a total system allocation of 4.4 million gallons per month for nursey stock irrigation from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation. The wells are located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Groundwater protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in the Pidcock and Mill Creek Watersheds in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. Beaver Lake Estates, D-2009-038 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.14 million gallons per day (mgd) Beaver Lake Estates WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to an UNT of Barnum Brook at River Mile 253.6 - 25.2 - 2.0 - 1.1 (Delaware River - Neversink River - Barnum Brook - UNT) 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.

  18. Reading Area Water Authority, D-2010-009 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 35 mgd Maiden Creek water filtration plant (WFP) and its discharge of 3.26 mgd of filter backwash and process water. The WFP will continue to discharge from two existing outfalls to Maiden Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 85.6 - 0.2 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek) in Ontelaunee Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. RALHAL Corp. and Concord Estates Condominiums LLC, D-2012-019 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.137 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Sheldrake Stream at River Mile 253.6 - 27.3 - 2.7 (Delaware River - Neversink River - Sheldrake Stream) within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Town of Fallsburg, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.

  20. MHC Lil Wolf, LP, D-2015-005 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.07 mgd Li'l Wolf MHP WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary to Coplay Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 21.1 - 9.9 - 0.6 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Coplay Creek - UNT) and is located in 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 North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  21. Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc., D-2015-013-2. An application to renew the approval of a 0.72 mgd groundwater remediation industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) and its discharge to groundwater via injection wells. The IWTP will continue to treat groundwater from the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site utilizing airstripping, after which the treated groundwater will be reinjected into the regional groundwater aquifer. The project IWTP and its discharge are located in the 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 Township, Warren County, New Jersey. Wells Nos. 1 and 2 are screened in sand and gravel, and Wells Nos. 3, 5 and 6 are completed in the Ridgeley-Coeymans Formation in the Shawnee Creek and Delaware River watersheds, 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 Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  22. Pottstown Borough Water Authority, D-1989-055 CP-4. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 12.85 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.5 - 51.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the Borough of Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The application also includes a request to renew a total dissolved solids determination consisting of daily maximum effluent limits of 3,000 mg/l and 240,000 lbs/day and an average monthly effluent limit of 200,290 lbs/day. View draft docket.

  23. Municipal Authority of the Borough of Milford, D-1965-168 CP-2. An application to approve a surface water withdrawal of up to 6.0 mgm to supply water to the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Springs 1 and 2. The springs are located in the drainage area of Vantine Brook within the Sawkill Creek Watershed in the Borough of Milford, 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 designated as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  24. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-2019-007 CP-1. An application to approve an existing discharge from the 0.220 mgd Aqua Pennsylvania Ingram's Mill Water Filtration Plant. Filtered backwash will continue to discharge to the East Branch Brandywine Creek at River Mile 70.6 - 1.8 - 20.0 - 3.9 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek- East Branch Brandywine Creek) in West Chester Borough, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
Business Meeting: Thursday, September 10 at 10:30 AM

The public business meeting will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2020, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

Because COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect, the September 10 business meeting will be held remotely via GoToMeeting.

General GoToMeeting Instructions:

  • Please join using your computer for audio. If that does not work or if you do not have access to computer audio, please join using the telephone number (it is not a toll-free number). Please do NOT use both your phone and the computer for audio source as it will cause audio performance and interference issues.

  • There will be limited camera capacity using GoToMeeting. If you do not get a camera, you can still join the meeting to hear and see the proceedings.

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Instructions to Participate on September 10:

The September 10 public business meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s June 10, 2020 Business Meeting
  • Announcement of upcoming meetings and events
  • A report on hydrologic conditions
  • Reports by the Executive Director and the Commission’s General Counsel
  • Resolutions to:
    • Adopt the Commission’s annual current expense and capital budgets for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021
    • 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, 2021
  • Consideration of any items for which a hearing has been completed or is not required.

View Business Meeting Agenda (coming soon)

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the September 10 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on August 12 or a previous date. Commission consideration on September 10 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.

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

To Provide Comment during Open Public Comment:

Accommodations for Special Needs. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the meeting or hearing should contact the Commission Secretary 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 Denise McHugh. For other questions concerning hearing items, please contact David Kovach, Project Review Section Manager.

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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: July 31, 2020