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Upcoming Commission Meeting

The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the DRBC will take place on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

A public hearing of the DRBC was held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

Written comments on the draft resolution and draft dockets heard at the November 13 public hearing were accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 18. 

Business Meeting: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The public business meeting on December 11, 2019 will begin at 10:30 a.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s September 11, 2019 Business Meeting;
  • Announcement 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.

The latter may include but are not limited to Resolutions for the Minutes authorizing the Executive Director or his designee to: (a) issue a task order to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (“ANSDU”) to provide analytical services for characterization of algal composition in the Delaware Estuary; (b) issue a task order to ANSDU to provide technical services for the modernization of Decision Support System (“DSS”) Tools for the Upper Delaware; and (c) execute an agreement for the preparation of an actuarial evaluation of the Commission’s “Other Post-Employment Benefit” (“OPEB”) obligations, in accordance with Government Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 75.

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.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the December 11 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on November 13 or a previous date. Commission consideration on December 11 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 address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on December 11 as time allows, are asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-meeting-of-the-delaware-river-basin-commission-tickets-79355062127. For assistance, please contact Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.gov.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The public hearing on November 13, 2019 began at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items included draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources (see below), as well as the following resolution:

Advance Sign-Up for Oral Comment. Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on November 13 were asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite.

Submitting Written Comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may have been made through the Commission’s web-based comment system, Smart Comment. Use of the web-based system ensured that all submissions were captured in a single location and their receipt was acknowledged. Exceptions to the use of this system were 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.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on November 13 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on November 18. 

Draft Dockets for Public Hearing. Click on project name to view the draft docket (all pdfs).

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.

View docket location map (pdf 506 KB)

  1. Freeland Borough Municipal Authority, D-1965-052 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 1.2 million gallons per day (mgd) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Pond Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 67.3 - 2.0 - 8.5 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Sandy Run - Pond Creek), 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 Freeland Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

  2. Chemtrade Solutions, LLC, D-1969-038-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 3.1 mgd facility and its discharge. The docket holder will continue to discharge treated stormwater and groundwater infiltration to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 5 at River Mile 78.4 via Outfall No. 001, in the City of Claymont, New Castle County, Delaware.

  3. Knoll, Inc., D-1974-162-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.0715 mgd Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWTP) and its discharges of treated industrial process water and non-contact cooling water (NCCW). The IWTP will continue to discharge to Perkiomen Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 32.3 - 28.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek) in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  4. Philadelphia Gas Works, D-1976-055 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge of up to 6.67 mgd of NCCW from process compressors, heat exchangers and the emergency fire suppression system via Outfall No. 004 at the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) Richmond Plant. Outfall No. 004 will continue to discharge to Water Quality Zone 3 of the Delaware River at River Mile 106.5, in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

  5. Reading City, D-1986-028 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an upgrade of the applicant's existing 20.5 mgd Fritz Island WWTP and its discharge. The upgrade consists of replacing the existing trickling filter treatment system with a biological reactor treatment system. The upgrade was approved by DRBC Docket No. D-1986-028 CP-3 on September 10, 2014 but is not yet complete. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.5 - 72.8 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the City of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

  6. Dublin Borough, D-1986-070 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's 1.2 mgd Dublin Borough WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Deep Run Creek at River Mile 157.0 - 6.2 - 5.4 (Delaware River - Tohickon Creek - Deep Run Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

  7. Antietam Valley Municipal Authority, D-1987-045 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder's existing 2.45 mgd WWTP and its discharge of up to 1.225 mgd. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Antietam Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 66.1 - 4.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Antietam Creek) via Outfall No. 001 in St. Lawrence Borough, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

  8. Manwalamink Sewer Company, D-1988-034 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.7 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Brodhead Creek at River Mile 213.0 - 0.6 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek) via Outfall No. 001, 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 Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

  9. Grand Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc., D-1988-052-5. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.1 mgd leachate treatment plant (LTP) and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to be discharged to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Little Bushkill Creek at River Mile 184.1 - 8.5 - 8.1 - 0.1 (Delaware River - Bushkill Creek - Little Bushkill Creek - UNT Little Bushkill Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Plainfield Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

  10. Chambers Cogeneration, LP, D-1991-019-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing Carneys Point Electric Generating Station and the use of up to 240 million gallons per month (mgm) of surface water from Chemours’ Salem Canal Intake.   The project withdrawal is from the non-tidal portion of the Salem Canal in the Township of Pennsville, Salem County, New Jersey, and the cogeneration plant is located in the Township of Carneys Point, Salem County, New Jersey.

  11. Hobart Village, D-1991-063 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.20 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to the West Branch of the Delaware River at River Mile 330.7 - 76.7 (Delaware River - West Branch Delaware River) which is located in Delaware River Water Quality Zone W1, 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 Stamford, Delaware County, New York.

  12. Honey Brook Borough Authority, D-1991-099 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 12 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 8. The project wells are completed in a Precambrian Gneiss aquifer. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the West Branch Brandywine Creek Watershed in Honey Brook Borough, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

  13. Valley Forge Sewer Authority, D-1995-006 CP-5. An applicaton to renew the approval of the existing 11.75 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 32.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) via Outfall No. 001 in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

  14. Clemens Food Group, LLC, D-1999-072-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 20.57 mgm to supply the applicant’s meat processing facility from existing Wells Nos. H-1, H-3, H-4, H-8, H-10 and H-12. The project wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The wells are located in the Commission's Southeastern Pennsylvania Groundwater Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in the Skippack Creek Watershed, Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  15. Yukiguni Maitake Manufacturing Corporation of America, D-2003-026-2. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 13.14 mgm of groundwater from existing Well No. PW‑2 for geothermal heating and cooling, agricultural production, industrial purposes such as cleaning, and potable supply at the docket holder’s proposed pilot-scale and subsequent full-scale agricultural production and processing facility. The initial allocation for use at the pilot facility remains limited to 1.95 mgm. The well is screened in outwash sand and gravel in the Gumaer Brook – Basher Kill Watershed in the Town of Mamakating, Sullivan County, New York 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.

  16. Warminster Municipal Authority, D-2004-021 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 3.0 mgd WWTP and its discharge of 1.2 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of the Little Neshaminy Creek at River Mile 115.6 - 23.6 - 3.3 - 1.4 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Little Neshaminy Creek - UNT Little Neshaminy Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

  17. Ruscombmanor Township, D-2007-034 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.05 mgd Golden Oaks WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Furnace Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 54.2 - 16.8 - 1.0 - 5.1 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Manatawny Creek - Little Manatawny Creek - Furnace Creek - UNT Furnace Creek) in Ruscombmanor Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

  18. Marcus Hook Energy, LP, D-2008-021 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing discharge of up to 4.32 mgd of process water, consisting primarily of cooling tower blowdown, from the Marcus Hook Energy Center. The facility will continue to discharge directly to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4 at River Mile 78.7 in Marcus Hook Borough, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

  19. CMBK Resort Holdings, LLC, D-2008-026-2. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 5.71 mgm of groundwater from existing Wells Nos. 2, 3 and 4 for continued use in the docket holder’s public water supply system. The wells are completed in the Long Run Member of the Catskill Formation in the Upper Pocono Creek Watershed 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.

  20. Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division, D-2009-004 CP-3. An application to renew and modify the conditions for approval of the applicant’s discharge of NCCW and process water from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) facility. The NSWCPD facility will continue to withdraw water from the Navy Reserve Basin (NRB), which is located on the tidal Schuylkill River in Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4, for temporary, intermittent, land-based tests of ship systems and to discharge up to 72.0 mgd of NCCW from Outfall No. 001 to the NRB and up to 0.60 mgd of process water from Outfall No. 005 directly to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4. The modification consists of allowing discharge to occur at higher ambient temperatures, conditional upon limiting the Outfall No. 001 discharge to a temperature delta of 3°F. The facility is located in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

  21. Chester Valley Golf Club, D-2009-035-2. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 5.6 mgm of surface water and groundwater from an existing irrigation storage pond and Well No. 11904 for golf course irrigation. The well is completed in the Elbrook Formation and the pond is located within the Valley Creek Watershed in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania in the SEPA GWPA.

  22. Springdale Gardens, LP, D-2009-044-3. An application to renew the existing 0.0126 mgd Springdale Estates WWTP and its discharge. The existing WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Mahoning Creek at River Mile 183.66 - 42.5 - 7.0 - 0.44 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Mahoning Creek - UNT Mahoning Creek) via Outfall No. 001, 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, in Mahoning Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

  23. Green Top Management, LLC, D-2010-002-4. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing Green Top Management Mobile Home Park (Green Top MHP) WWTP and to renew the approval of an upgrade and expansion of the Green Top MHP WWTP from 0.012 mgd to 0.018 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Tohickon Creek at River Mile 157.0 - 10.8 - 6.5 - 3.1 - 4.1 (Delaware River - Tohickon Creek - Lake Nockamixon - Tohickon Creek - UNT Tohickon Creek) via Outfall No. 001. The WWTP discharges 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 West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

  24. NIS Hollow Estates, LLC, D-2010-003-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing 0.018 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.7 - 39.3 - 1.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - UNT Lehigh River) 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, in East Penn Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

  25. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2010-025 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of a discharge of up to 0.1679 mgd of filter backwash from the Stony Garden Water Filtration Plant. During normal operations, the clarified supernatant is recycled to the head of the plant and is not discharged. However, under certain circumstances such as extreme weather conditions, 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, 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 Hamilton Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

  26. HMS Host Corporation, D-2013-018-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.05 mgd Peter J. Camiel Service Plaza WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Marsh Creek above the Marsh Creek Reservoir at River Mile 70.7 - 1.8 - 20.3 - 12.5 - 6.7 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - East Branch Brandywine Creek - Marsh Creek - UNT Marsh Creek) in Wallace Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

  27. Markel Corporation, D-2014-013-2. An application to renew the approval of the applicant’s existing discharge of up to 0.06 mgd of contact and non-contact cooling water from its Norristown facility. The facility will continue to discharge to Diamond Run Creek at River Mile 92.5 - 22.3 - 0.7 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Diamond Run Creek) in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  28. City of Philadelphia, D-1970-052 CP-2. An application to approve an upgrade to the applicant’s existing 210 mgd Northeast WWTP consisting of constructing an additional, preliminary treatment system for conveyance of peak wet weather flows to the existing primary settling and chlorination disinfection system for treatment prior to discharge, thereby reducing combined sewer overflows (CSOs) from the WWTP service area. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Delaware River Water Quality Zone 3 at River Mile 104.2 in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  29. Upper Montgomery Joint Authority, D-1987-028 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the docket holder’s existing 2.77 mgd WWTP and its discharge of 2.0 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Perkiomen Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 25.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

  30. Monroe Career & Technical Institute, D-2019-002 CP-1. An application to approve the existing 0.015 mgd Monroe Career & Technical Institute (MCTI) WWTP and its discharge. The MCTI WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Pocono Creek, at River Mile 213 - 4.0 - 0.82 - 8.1 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Broadhead Creek - McMichael Creek - Pocono Creek - UNT Pocono Creek) via Outfall No. 001, located 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 Bartonsville, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
Additional Info

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 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 Denise McHugh, 609-883-9500, ext. 240. For other questions concerning hearing items, please contact David Kovach, Project Review Section Manager at 609-883-9500, ext. 264.


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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: October 30, 2019