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Business Meeting: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Public Hearing: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its next regularly-scheduled (fourth quarter) business meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. The business meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.

The DRBC held its fourth quarter public hearing on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The public hearing was open to the public and was held at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa. 

Items heard at the November 15 public hearing appear below the business meeting information. Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be made online through SmartComment: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/. Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on November 15 will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on November 20

Although use of SmartComment is strongly preferred, comments may also be delivered by hand at the public hearing; or by hand, U.S. Mail, or private carrier to Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628. For assistance, please contact Paula Schmitt at paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov.

Business Meeting: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM

The public business meeting on December 13, 2017 will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the commission’s September 13, 2017 Business Meeting;
  • Announcements 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 (items heard on Nov. 15 appear below) or for which a hearing is not required.

The latter is expected to include a resolution authorizing the Executive Director to 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 (“GASB 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 13 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on November 15 or a previous date.

Commission consideration on December 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 Oral Comment. Individuals who wish to address the commissioners informally during the Open Public Comment portion of the meeting on December 13, 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-39523774674. 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 informational meeting, conference session or hearings 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 Carol Adamovic, 609-883-9500, ext. 249. For other questions concerning hearing items, please contact Judith Scharite, Project Review Section Assistant, at 609-883-9500, ext. 216.

Public Hearing: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM

The public hearing on November 15, 2017 began at 1:30 p.m. Hearing items subject to the commission’s review included the below-listed draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges, and other water-related projects, as well as the following resolution:

Individuals who wished to comment on the record during the public hearing on November 15 were asked to sign-up in advance through EventBrite.

Written comment on items scheduled for hearing may be made online through SmartComment: http://dockets.drbc.commentinput.com/.

Although use of SmartComment is strongly preferred, comments may also be delivered by hand at the public hearing; or by hand, U.S. Mail, or private carrier to Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road, West Trenton, NJ 08628. For assistance, please contact Paula Schmitt at paula.schmitt@drbc.nj.gov.

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

There was no opportunity for open public comment upon completion of the public hearing.

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.

Project descriptions and links to the draft dockets follow (all pdfs).

View Docket Location Map (pdf 575 KB)

  1. Global Advanced Metals USA, Inc., D-1970-072-6. Consideration of this docket has been postponed to allow additional time for review. An application to modify the approval of the existing discharge of non-contact cooling water (NCCW), steam condensate, and reverse osmosis reject water from the applicant's 0.222 million gallons per day (mgd) industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP). The requested modification is to the previously approved total dissolved solids (TDS) determination, and consists of a decrease in the average monthly TDS effluent limit for Outfall No. 001 from 9,620 milligrams per liter (mg/l) to 9,270 mg/l and an increase in the average monthly TDS effluent limit for Outfall No. 002 from 750 mg/l to 1,500 mg/l. The resultant overall allowable average monthly TDS load from the combined outfalls will be reduced from 14,590 pounds per day (lbs/day) to 14,521 lbs/day. No modifications to the IWTP facilities are proposed. Treated effluent will continue to discharge to Swamp Creek at River Mile 92.47 - 32.3 - 12.9 - 12.6 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Perkiomen Creek - Swamp Creek) in Douglass Township, Montgomery County, and Colebrookdale Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

  2. Blue Ridge Real Estate Company, D-1985-025-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 0.225 mgd Big Boulder Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the continuation of the approval by Docket No. D-1985-025-3 for an expansion to 0.265 mgd. The WWTP utilizes absorption beds for land discharge of the first 0.04 mgd of treated effluent. The WWTP will continue to discharge 0.225 mgd of treated effluent to an unnamed tributary (UNT) of Tunkhannock Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 83.5 - 5.6 - 2.5 - 0.9 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Tobyhanna Creek - Tunkhannock Creek - UNT Tunkhannock 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 Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  3. Catasauqua Borough, D-1986-032 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 2.25 mgd WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Lehigh River at River Mile 183.7 - 20.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River) 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 Catasauqua Borough, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  4. Kiamesha Artesian Spring Water Company, D-1990-068 CP-4. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 22.63 million gallons per month (mgm) of surface water from Kiamesha Lake and groundwater from the Filter Plant Well and the Fraser Road Well for use in the docket holder’s existing public water supply system. The total allocation is based on the reported projected daily demand and is reduced from the previously approved allocation of 28.7 million gallons per 30 days (mg/30 days). This docket also includes an annual surface water allocation of 100 million gallons per year (mgy) from Kiamesha Lake in accordance with previous New York State permit requirements. The wells are completed in the Upper Walton Formation and the surface water intake is located in the Sheldrake Stream Watershed in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Middle Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters. View draft docket.

  5. Nesquehoning Borough, D-1990-107 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.65 mgd Nesquehoning Borough WWTP and its dischage. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Nesquehoning Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 48.5 - 1.6 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Nesquehoning Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delware, which the Commission has classified as Special Protection Waters, in Nesquehoning Borough, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  6. Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority, D-1993-068 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 10 mgd Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority WWTP. No modifications are proposed. The WWTP will continute to discharge treated effluent to Water Quality Zone 2 of the Delaware River at River Mile 122.1, via Outfall No. 001, located in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  7. Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority, D-1993-076 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge from the 1.10 mgd Upper Dublin WWTP. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated wastewater effluent to the Pine Run Creek, a tributary of Sandy Run, at River Mile 92.47 - 12.5 - 10.6 - 1.1 - 0.7 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Wissahickon Creek - Sandy Run Creek - Pine Run Creek), in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  8. Northside Heights Mobile Home Estates, D-1996-039 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 0.1 mgd Northside Heights Estates WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to an UNT of Lizard Creek at River Mile 183.7 - 39.3 - 7.0 - 0.2 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Lizard Creek - UNT Lizard 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 East Penn Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  9. River Road Utilities, Inc., D-2006-038-3. An application to renew the approval of the applicant's existing 0.066 mgd WWTP and its discharge. No modifications to the WWTP are proposed. The WWTP will continue to discharge to the Delaware River Water Quality Zone 1D at River Mile 204 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 Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  10. Royersford Borough, D-2006-045 CP-3. 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. View draft docket.

  11. Upper Makefield Township, D-2007-024 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 8.711 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing Wells Nos. HH-1, HH-3, HH-4, GTW-1 and GTW-2. Wells Nos. HH-1, HH-3 and HH-4 are completed in the Brunswick Formation and Wells Nos. GTW-1 and GTW-2 are completed in the Lockatong Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Houghs Creek and Delaware River watersheds in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks 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.

  12. Squires Golf Club, D-2010-034-2. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 5.0 mgm of groundwater from existing Well 1 and up to 5.7 mgm of surface water from the existing Pond Intake for irrigation purposes at the applicant’s golf club. The requested allocations of groundwater and surface water are not increases from the allocations previously approved by the Commission. The project well is completed in the Stockton Formation in the Park Creek Watershed in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania within the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Groundwater Protected Area (GWPA). View draft docket.

  13. Naval Air Warfare Center – Warminster, D-2010-038 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing discharge of treated groundwater from the Department of the Navy, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Warminster Groundwater Treatment Plant (GTP). The GTP will continue to pump and treat an average annual flow of 0.171 mgd of contaminated groundwater from 27 on-site wells for discharge to an UNT of the Little Neshaminy Creek, a tributary of Neshaminy Creek, at River Mile 115.6 - 23.6 - 3.3 - 1.4 (Delaware River - Neshaminy Creek - Little Neshaminy Creek - UNT). The GTP is located in Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and discharges at existing Outfall No. 001 located approximately one mile away in Warwick Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  14. WG America Company, D-2011-019-2. An application to renew the approval of the existing discharge of 0.075 mgd of backwash water generated by the bottled-water operations at the applicant's bottling facility. The facility will continue to discharge to the Schuylkill River at River Mile 92.47 - 68.5 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River) in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The application includes a request to renew the approval of a TDS determination consisting of effluent concentration limits of 6,850 mg/l (average monthly) and 19,600 mg/l (daily maximum). View draft docket.

  15. Western Berks Water Authority, D-1969-055 CP-4. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 186 mgm to supply the applicant's water supply system from an existing intake on Tulpehocken Creek and a proposed 24-inch diameter raw water supply transmission line to be connected to Blue Marsh Dam. The water transmission pipeline will extend approximately 3,900 feet to the docket holder's existing 8.0 mgd water treatment plant. The project is located in the Tulpehocken Creek Watershed in Lower Heidleberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  16. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1977-094 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 27.82 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution systems from existing wells Flying Hills Wells Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and Green Hills Wells Nos. 1 and 2. The approval will also consolidate Dockets Nos. D-1977-094, D-1991-006 and D-2001-026 CP. Flying Hills Wells Nos. 1 and 2 are completed in Brunswick Conglomerate, and Flying Hills Well No. 3 and Green Hills Wells Nos. 1 and 2 are completed in Hammer Creek Conglomerate. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous docket allocations; it is a combined total of the three existing allocations. The project is located in the Schuylkill River Watershed in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  17. Delaware County Solid Waste Authority, D-1989-018 CP-7. An application to modify the approval of the applicant's existing treatment facilities and discharges at the existing Rolling Hills landfill. The applicant currently operates a 0.12 mgd leachate treatment system (LTS) and a 0.087 mgd wetland treatment system (WTS), and their respective discharges. The applicant proposes to decommission and cease operations at the LTS and its outfall (Outfall No. 001), taking the LTS out of service. The applicant has requested to maintain approval to operate and discharge from the LTS only in an emergency situation. The WTS will not be modified and will continue to operate and discharge treated effluent to Furnace Run at River Mile 92.47 - 54.15 - 13.9 - 1.4 (Delaware River - Schuylkill River - Manatawny Creek - Furnace Run) via Outfall No. 006, in Earl Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  18. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1996-016 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 217 mgm to supply the applicant's public water supply distribution system from existing intakes on Rock Run Reservoir and the West Branch Brandywine Creek. When Rock Run Reservoir is spilling, the docket holder can withdraw up to 7.0 mgd from Rock Run; and when the reservoir is not spilling the docket holder can withdraw up to 3.0 mgd from Rock Run and 4.0 mgd from the West Branch Brandywine Creek. The project is located in the West Branch Brandywine Creek Watershed in West Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  19. Pocono Manor Investors, LP, D-2007-044-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal and to approve an increase in allocation from 0.72 mg/30 days to 1.5 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from an existing intake on Indian Run. This renewal will approve the use of Well No. 2 to supplement water to the irrigation system in case of an emergency. The project is located in the Brodhead Creek Watershed, Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, 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. View draft docket.

  20. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR), D-2015-017 CP-2. An application to approve new surface water intakes located at Marshal Island and Bowman's Hill and to approve an increase in surface water withdrawal from 3.565 mgm up to 45 mgm (to supplement water in the Delaware Canal) from two existing surface water intakes on the Delaware River at Durham and Center Bridge and the two new intakes. The surface water intake at Center Bridge is the only one proposed to be used on a regular basis. The other three intakes will be used only during canal maintenance or when the Easton and New Hope inlets are not available. The increase in allocation is due to an inaccurate estimation of water use by the PA DCNR in their previous application submittal. The requested allocation is the amount of water that has been withdrawn on a daily basis from the existing intakes for the past 20 years. The water will be used to augment flow in the Delaware Canal. The existing and new intakes are located in the Delaware River Watershed in Durham, Tinicum and Solebury townships, Bucks 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. This application also continues the request under the temporary pilot project to discharge up to 3.0 mgd from the Point Pleasant Pump Station into the Delaware Canal to re-establish and maintain flow in the canal. View draft docket.

  21. Joe Jurgielewicz & Sons, Ltd., D-2017-003-1. An application to approve a groundwater withdrawal of up to 5.425 mgm to supply water to the applicant's agricultural duck farm and processing facility from 17 existing wells (Nos. PW-1 through PW-17). The project wells are completed in Ordovician sedimentary rock units of shale and graywacke of the Hamburg Sequence. The project is located in the Mill Creek Watershed in Tilden Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. View draft docket.

  22. Little Lehigh Tree & Turf, D-2017-004-1. An application to approve a groundwater withdrawal of up to 148.176 mgm to irrigate the applicant's corn farm from existing Wells Nos. H‑1, H-4, H-5 and B-1. The project wells are completed in the Allentown Dolomite Formation. The project is located in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County and Longswamp Township, Berks 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.

  23. Delaware River Partners, LLC, D-2017-009-1. An application to review the dredging of the Delaware River for the Delaware River Partners (DRP) Gibbstown Logistics Center, a proposed multi-use deepwater seaport and international logistics center located at River Mile 86.5 of the Delaware River in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. View draft docket.


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Pamela M. Bush
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Notice Posted: November 1, 2017