Upcoming Commission Meetings
First Quarter 2023

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its first-quarter public hearing on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public hearing will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar.

The DRBC will hold its first-quarter business meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The business meeting will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar.

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

1Q Public Hearing: February 8, 2023

The 1Q public hearing via Zoom Webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items heard included 17 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the Basin's water resources, 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 Attend the Public Hearing +/- Provide Oral Testimony:

Please Note:

  • To provide testimony on public hearing items, you must register for the Zoom Webinar & note in your registration that you wish to testify (you cannot provide testimony if watching on YouTube).

  • To ensure an opportunity to provide testimony, please register by 5 p.m. on February 7, 2023.

  • To ensure a smooth connection, please make sure you are using the most up to date version of Zoom. It is recommended to do this prior to the scheduled public hearing time. For questions related to using the Zoom interface, please visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us for Zoom support.

  • Use of the Zoom registration interface for both webinar and public testimony registration is being provided on a pilot basis and is subject to change. People who register will receive an email confirmation (from DRBC Meetings <no-reply@zoom.us>) when they register; folks will also receive a reminder email on the day of the public hearing that will include the registration details. Please check your spam if you do not see this email in your in-box.

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 Wednesday, February 8 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2023.

  • 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.

Items to be Heard February 8

Draft Dockets (all pdfs)

  1. Borough of Phoenixville, D-1967-080 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 4.0 million gallons per day (mgd) Phoenixville Borough WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 35.0 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in the Borough of Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

  2. Northampton Borough - Northampton, PA, D-1987-046 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.5 mgd Northampton Borough WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge to Hokendauqua Creek, which is a tributary of the Lehigh River, at River Mile 183.7 - 22.1 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Hokendauqua 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 Northampton Borough, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

  3. Panther Creek Power Operating, LLC, D-1987-066-7. An application to renew the approval of an allocation of 69.2 mgm of groundwater from the Lausanne Tunnel mine pool overflow and up to 1.2 mgd, based on a 30-day average, of surface water purchased from Nesquehoning Borough Authority for use at the applicant's electric generating facility. No changes to the facility operations or water allocations are proposed. The project, including the associated withdrawal, is located within the Lehigh River Watershed in the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has designated as Special Protection Waters, in Nesquehoning Borough, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

  4. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1990-028-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.1 mgd Marcel Lakes WWTP. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Dingmans Creek at River Mile 239.5 - 7.2 (Delaware River - Dingmans Creek) which is located 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, in Delaware Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania.

  5. Lyons Borough Municipal Authority, D-1994-080 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of an existing 0.375 mgd WWTP and its discharge. Effluent limits are currently based upon an average annual flow of 0.3 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Sacony Creek, which is a tributary of Maiden Creek, itself a tributary of the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 86.7 - 11.3 - 12.2 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek - Sacony Creek) via Outfall No. 001 in the Borough of Lyons, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Community Utilities of Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1999-020 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.56 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Brodhead Creek at River Mile 213.0 - 8.7 - 1.5 (Delaware River - Brodhead Creek - UNT of Brodhead Creek) via Outfall No. 1, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Stroud Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
  1. East Marlborough Township, D-2000-043 CP-5. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.440 mgd Unionville Regional Sewage WWTP and its discharge to land. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to land via spray irrigation near the West Branch Red Clay Creek, within the drainage area to Water Quality Zone C5, in East Marlborough Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Nazareth Borough Municipal Authority, D-2002-038 CP-4. An application to renew approval of the docket holder's existing 1.6 mgd WWTP and its discharge and to upgrade the disinfection system from chlorine disinfection to ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Shoeneck Creek, via Outfall No. 001, at River Mile 184.1 - 5.9 - 3.2 (Delaware River - Bushkill Creek - Shoeneck Creek) , in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, in the drainage area to the Lower Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW) area.
  1. Schwenksville Borough Authority, D-2003-029 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 15.29 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from Well Nos. 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9.  The project wells are completed in the Brunswick Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in the Perkiomen Creek Watershed in Borough of Schwenksville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2006-045 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.0 mgd Royersford Borough WWTP and its discharge. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 41.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-2008-002 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 5.4 mgd Yardley Water Filtration Plant (WFP) and its discharge of up to 0.402 mgd of water treatment effluent. The WFP will continue to discharge to Brock Creek, which is a tributary of Buck Creek, at River Mile 138.0 - 0.54 - 1.6 (Delaware River - Buck Creek - Brock Creek), within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which the Commission has designated as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  
  1. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-2008-025 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge of up to 0.15 mgd of filter backwash from the applicant's 6.0 mgd water filtration plant (WFP). The WFP will continue to discharge to Ridley Creek, which is a tributary to Water Quality Zone 4 of the Delaware River at River Mile 83.80 - 8.61 (Delaware River - Ridley Creek) via Outfall No. 001 in Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  
  1. Kennett Square Borough, D-2012-003 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 35.712 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from Well Nos. 1 and 2. The project wells are completed in the Cockeysville Marble and Mafic Gneiss. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Red Clay Creek Watershed in Borough of Kennett Square, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  
  1. The College Golf Course at Delhi, D-2012-006 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 6.975 million gallons per month (mgm) from an irrigation intake in the Little Delaware River and up to 0.30 mgm of groundwater from an existing on-site well. The water is used for irrigation and potable supply at the College Golf Course at Delhi. The project is located in the West Branch Delaware River and Little Delaware River Watersheds, within the drainage area to the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has designated as Special Protection Waters, in the Town of Delhi, Delaware County, New York.  
  1. Ambler Borough, D-1975-016 CP-6. An application to approve a proposed increase in flow from the docket holder's facility to accommodate the acceptance of flow from the existing UDT WWTP, operated by the Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (BCWSA). To accommodate the increase in flow (approximately 1.28 mgd diverted from UDT WWTP), the docket holder proposes to expand its existing influent pump station and increase the existing annual average flow of the facility from 6.5 mgd to 7.7 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Wissahickon Creek, at River Mile 92.5 - 12.8 - 12.7 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Wissahickon Creek), located in in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1975-078 CP-6. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with an increase in allocation from 22.28 mgm to 25.048 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from four (4) existing wells, an existing Spring and new Well 7. The project also includes an existing importation of up to 0.494 mgd of groundwater from the Susquehanna River Basin from Wells SCI 1 and 2 in the Aqua PA Waymart SCI System. The project wells are completed in the Duncannon, Polar Gap and Packerton members of the Catskill Formation. The project is located in the Van Auken Creek Watershed in Waymart Borough and Canaan Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters.  
  1. PEL Pharma, Inc., D-1996-049-5. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with an increase in allocation from of up to 2.3 mgm to 3.45 to continue to supply the applicant's industrial facility from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, and 3. The project wells are completed in the Lockatong and Brunswick Formations. The project is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA) in the East Branch Perkiomen Creek Watershed in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 
1Q Business Meeting: March 8, 2023

The 1Q public business meeting will take place via Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

  • View Business Meeting Agenda (posted ~10 days before business mtg.)

The March 8, 2023, Business Meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission's December 7, 2022, 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.

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the March 8 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on February 8 or a previous date.

Commission consideration on March 8 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 may be followed by up to one hour of Open Public Comment.

To Attend the Business Meeting +/- Provide Open Public Comment:

Please Note:

  • To provide open pubic comment, you must register for the Zoom Webinar & note in your registration that you wish to provide open public comment (you cannot provide comment if watching on YouTube).

  • Registration for open public comment does not guarantee an opportunity to speak during the 1-hour session, based on time limitations and other factors. Those interested in giving public comment should register by 5 p.m., March 7, 2023.

  • 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.

  • To ensure a smooth connection, please make sure you are using the most up to date version of Zoom. It is recommended to do this prior to the scheduled business meeting time. For questions related to using the Zoom interface, please visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us for Zoom support.

  • Use of the Zoom registration interface for both the business meeting webinar and open public comment registration is being provided on a pilot basis and is subject to change. People who register will receive an email confirmation (from DRBC Meetings <no-reply@zoom.us>) when they register; folks will also receive a reminder email on the day of the business meeting that will include the registration details. Please check your spam if you do not see this email in your in-box.
DRBC Contacts for More Info

For Additional Info & Questions:

  • 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 questions concerning public hearing items, please contact David Kovach, Project Review Section Manager, at 609-883-9500, ext. 264.

  • For general questions on how to participate in the public hearing and/or business meeting, or for questions related to the DRBC process, please email contact@drbc.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 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.
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