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Upcoming Commission Meeting

The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will take place on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the RiverWinds Community Center, 1000 RiverWinds Drive, Thorofare, NJ 08086.

The DRBC held a public hearing on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company, 40 West Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628.

The public hearing was open to the public. The business meeting is also open to the public. 

Public Hearing: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The public hearing on August 15, 2018 began at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items subject to the Commission’s review included draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other projects that could have a substantial effect on the basin’s water resources.

Submitting Written Comment. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be made through SmartComment: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/. Use of SmartComment ensures that all submissions are captured in a single location and their receipt is acknowledged. Exceptions to the use of SmartComment 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 in using SmartComment, please contact Paula Schmitt at paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov.

Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on August 15 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on August 20. 

Advance Sign-Up for Open Public Comment. Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on August 15 were asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite.

The public was advised to check the Commission’s web site periodically prior to the hearing date, as items scheduled for hearing may have been postponed if additional time was deemed necessary to complete the Commission’s review, and items may have been added up to ten days prior to the hearing date. In reviewing docket descriptions, the public was also asked to be aware that project details commonly change in the course of the Commission’s review, which is ongoing.

Draft Dockets.

View docket location map (pdf 562 KB).

  1. Minersville Sewer Authority, D-1970-201 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.0 million gallons per day (mgd) Minersville Sewer Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge the treated effluent to the West Branch Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 120.4 - 7.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - West Branch Schuylkill River), via Outfall No. 001, in Minersville Borough, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  2. Margaretville Village, D-1974-157 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of a groundwater withdrawal of up to 4.0 million gallons per month (mgm) from the Ball Park Well and the Fair Street Well for public water supply. The requested allocation is a reduction from the docket holder’s previously approved total allocation of 18.529 million gallons per 30 days (mg/30 days). The wells are screened in unconsolidated sand and gravel in the East Branch Delaware River Watershed within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in the Village of Margaretville, Delaware County, New York. View draft docket.
     
  3. Lehigh County Authority, D-1977-041 CP-4. An application to renew approval of the docket holder's existing 0.08 mgd Lynn Township WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Ontelaunee Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 86.7 - 21.5 - 8.7 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Maiden Creek - Ontelaunee Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  4. Borough of Bally, D-1978-019 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 10.02 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Well No. 4. The project well is completed in the Leithsville Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Borough of Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  5. Upper Merion Township (Matsunk), D-1987-013 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 6.88 mgd Matsunk WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated wastewater effluent to Frog Run, which is a tributary of the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 21.6 - 0.3 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Frog Run) in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  6. Valley Township, D-1988-031 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 4.5 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. V1, V2 and V4. The project wells are completed in Pre-Cambrian gabbroic gneiss. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Brandywine-Christina Watershed in Valley Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  7. Upper Merion Township (Trout Run), D-1992-051 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 6.0 mgd Trout Run WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated wastewater effluent to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 27.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  8. Pennsylvania American Water Company (Coatesville), D-1992-064 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 7.0 mgd Coatesville WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated sewage effluent to West Branch Brandywine Creek at River Mile 70.7 - 1.5 - 20.0 - 15.5 (Delaware River - Christina River - Brandywine Creek - West Branch Brandywine Creek), in the Borough of South Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  9. Narrowsburg Water District, D-1992-081 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 4.24 mgm from existing Wells Nos. 1 (TTW-1R), 2 and 3 for use in the docket holder’s public water system. Wells Nos. 1 and 2 are screened in unconsolidated alluvium and Well No. 3 is completed in the Honesdale Formation in the Peggy Run and Delaware River watersheds within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters in the Town of Tusten, Sullivan County, New York. View draft docket.
     
  10. Helix Ironwood, LLC, D-1997-045-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 72.54 mgm to supply water to the applicant's electric generation facility from an existing intake on Pennsy Supply Quarry No. SG-2. The docket will also continue the approval of an existing importation of up to 4.5 mgd of treated effluent from the Susquehanna River Basin (SRB) and a consumptive use of up to 2.34 mgd from the source in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Tuplehocken Creek Watershed in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  11. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc. (Lake Harmony), D-2002-006 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.40 mgd Lake Harmony WWTP, its discharge and proposed construction modifications. The proposed upgrades to the WWTP will consist of the following: (a) the installation of a new headworks building with system and pumping equipment upgrades; (b) the installation of an additional Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) unit; and (c) the addition of a new disc cloth filtration unit. The hydraulic design capacity of the WWTP is proposed to increase from 0.40 mgd to 0.50 mgd. The average monthly discharge will remain at 0.40 mgd and continue to discharge treated effluent to Shingle Mill Run, a tributary within the drainage area of the F.E. Walter Reservoir, at River Mile 183.66 - 83.5 - 4.9 - 0.6 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Tobyhanna Creek - Shingle Mill Run) via Outfall No. 001, in Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. The discharge is located 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. View draft docket.
     
  12. Slatington Borough, D-2003-015 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.5 mgd Slatington Borough WWTP, its discharge and to approve modification to the facility. The proposed modification will convert an existing anaerobic digester unit into an aerobic digester with appurtenant improvements. The WWTP will continue to discharge at a rate of 1.5 mgd to the Lehigh River at River Mile (183.66 - 33.7) 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 Slatington Borough, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  13. West Bradford Township, D-2004-022 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.1465 mgd DuPont Property WWTP and its discharge via spray irrigation. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to two spray fields located in the Broad Run Watershed, in West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  14. Hydro Extrusions USA, LLC, D-2005-001-5. An application to renew the existing discharge from the 0.1 mgd Hydro Extrusions USA industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) and continue the current daily maximum total dissolved solids (TDS) determination of 2,000 milligrams per liter (mg/l). The IWTP will continue to discharge treated process industrial wastewater and noncontact cooling water (NCCW) to the West Branch Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 115 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - West Branch Schuylkill River), via Outfall No. 002, in Cressona Borough, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  15. Evergreen Community Power, LLC, D-2008-011-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 53.57 mgm to supply water to the applicant's steam turbine power plant from existing Wells Nos. PW2 and PW3 and the consumptive use of up to 1.08 mgd. The project wells are completed in a Cambrian Carbonate Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Schuylkill River Watershed in the City of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  16. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), D-2013-008 CP‑2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.025 mgd Beltzville State Park WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Pohopoco Creek, a tributary of the Lehigh River, at River Mile 183.66 - 40.8 - 4.9 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Pohopoco Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Franklin Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, 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. View draft docket.
     
  17. Lehighton Water Authority, D-2014-006 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing Lehighton Water Authority Water Filtration Plant (WFP) and its discharge. The WFP will continue to treat up to 1.6 mgd and discharge a monthly average of 0.023 mgd treated and filtered backwash to Long Run at River Mile 183.7 - 44.0 - 2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Long Run) via Outfall No. 001, located 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 Franklin Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  18. Green Lane - Marlborough Joint Authority, D-1966-002 CP-2. An application to renew the approval and upgrade of the existing 0.20 mgd Green Lane - Marlborough Joint Authority WWTP. The upgrade consists of the installation of a new influent splitter box and ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection. The WWTP will remain designed for a flow of 0.2 mgd and will continue to discharge treated effluent to Perkiomen Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 19.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek) in Green Lane Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  19. Merrill Creek Owners Group (MCOG), D-1977-110 CP-19. An application to update the Docket and Plan of Operation for the Merrill Creek Reservoir in accordance with Delaware River Basin Commission Consumptive Use Policy Resolution No. 2018-5. View draft docket.
     
  20. Berks County, D-1990-036 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.50 mgd County of Berks WWTP, its discharge and modifications to its facilities. Proposed modifications will include the following: (a) an upgrade of the existing headworks process with equipment improvements; (b) replacement of existing oxidation equipment; (c) replacement of the existing chlorine disinfection system with UV disinfection; and (d) replacement of the existing sludge dewatering system and appurtenant improvements to its sludge conveyance operations. The WWTP will continue to operate at its current flow and discharge treated effluent to Plum Creek, within the drainage area of the Schuylkill River Watershed at River Mile 92.47 - 76.8 - 4.8 - 0.35 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Tulpehocken Creek - Plum Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  21. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1997-034 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with an increase in allocation from 23.56 mgm to 27.10 mgm for public water supply from existing Wells Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 10A and 12 completed in the Delaware River Member and Towamensing Member of the Catskill Formation and the Sloat Brook Member and Millrift Member of the Trimmers Formation. The wells are located in the Saw Creek Watershed, 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 Lehman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  22. Kennett Square Borough, D-1999-017 CP-2. An application to renew the approval and upgrade of the existing 1.1 mgd Kennett Square Borough WWTP. The upgrade will consist of converting the current oxidation ditch/activated sludge treatment process to a Modified Ludzak-Ettinger (MLE) treatment process. The WWTP will remain designed to treat an annual average flow of 1.1 mgd and will continue to discharge treated effluent to the West Branch Red Clay Creek, at River Mile 70.73 - 10.0 - 2.6 - 13.4 - 3.3 (Delaware River - Christina River - White Clay Creek - Red Clay Creek - West Branch Red Clay Creek) in Kennett Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  23. New Hanover Township Authority, D-1999-040 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of the existing 1.925 mgd New Hanover Township Authority WWTP and its discharge, and to approve a total dissolved solids (TDS) determination consisting of an increase in the average monthly TDS effluent limit from 1,000 mg/l to 1,200 mg/l. No modifications to the WWTP facilities are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Swamp Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 12.9 - 4.8 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Swamp Creek) in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  24. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc. (Willistown Woods), D-2000-024-2. An application to renew the approval and upgrade of the applicant's existing 0.175 mgd Willistown Woods WWTP. The upgrade will consist of converting the existing conventional activated sludge and cloth disc filter treatment system to a membrane bioreactor (MBR) treatment system, and headworks and appurtenant improvements. The WWTP will remain at 0.175 mgd and will continue to discharge treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Hunters Run at River Mile 83.8 - 16.5 - 0.6 - 0.5 (Delaware River - Ridley Creek - Hunters Run - UNT Hunters Run) in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  25. Lake Bryn Mawr Camp, Inc., D-2017-011-1. An application to approve the existing 0.012 mgd Lake Bryn Mawr Camp WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Big Brook at River Mile 277.9 - 27.1 - 4.9 - 0.8 - 0.7 (Delaware River - Lackawaxen River - Dyberry Creek - Big Brook - UNT Big Brook), via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Upper Delaware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Oregon Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  26. SPG, Inc., D-2018-002-1. An application to approve the existing 0.02 Whispering Hollow South Mobile Home Park (MHP) WWTP, its discharge and proposed modification to its facilities. Proposed modifications include the installation of a new flow equalization tank and installation of new aerobic sludge digestion tank with appurtenant improvements. The WWTP will continue to operate at its current flow and discharge to an UNT of Hokendauqua Creek, at River Mile 183.66 - 22.5 - 6.3 - 0.8 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Hokendauqua Creek - UNT Hokendauqua 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 Allen Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
     
  27. Keystone Anthracite Company, Inc., D-2018-003-1. An application to approve a total withdrawal of up to 7.452 mgm of surface water from Pond No. 3 Intake and 3.068 mgm from Intake SWW No. 2, a total system allocation of 7.452 mgm, for use in the docket holder’s anthracite coal preparation plant. The project withdrawals were formerly operated by South Tamaqua Coal Pockets, Inc. under DRBC Certificate of Entitlement No. 256, which was terminated the date that ownership of the facility was transferred to the applicant. The project is located in the Little Schuylkill River Watershed in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.
Business Meeting: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The public business meeting on September 13, 2018 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission’s June 13, 2018 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.

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 September 13 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on August 15 or a previous date. Commission consideration on September 13 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 Open Public Comment. Individuals who wish to address the Commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on September 13 as time allows, are asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/delaware-river-basin-commission-business-meeting-registration-48200730683. For assistance, please contact Ms. Paula Schmitt of the Commission staff, at paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.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.

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: August 1, 2018