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Most Recent Commission Meeting Highlights

The page offers a full recap of the most recent DRBC Commission Business Meeting.

Meeting of September 8, 2022

The Delaware River Basin Commission held its regularly scheduled public business meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

The meeting was held remotely via Zoom Webinar.

A public hearing was held remotely on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, via Zoom Webinar. Items heard at the public hearing, which began at 1:30 p.m., included 20 draft dockets for withdrawals, discharges and other water-related projects subject to the Commission's review.

Written comments on all matters heard on August 10 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022.

Both the public hearing and business meeting were livestreamed to DRBC's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/delrivbasincomm

Business Meeting Agenda:

The business meeting on September 8, 2022, began at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at approximately 11:45 a.m.; there was an open public comment session after the close of the business meeting, which ran until approximately 12:50 p.m.

Please Note: 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.

The agenda for the business meeting follows, with links to the items approved (links to documents are added to this page as they become available).

Items heard at the August 10, 2022, public hearing are noted by *. 

1. Call to Order. (Commission Chair, Lisa Daniels, PADEP)

2. Roll Call and Introductions. (Commission Secretary Pam Bush and Commissioners)

3. Minutes. (Pam Bush; The minutes of the June 8, 2022, business meeting was approved by unanimous vote)

4. Announcements.

5. Hydrologic Conditions Report. (Amy Shallcross)

6. Summary of Executive Director's Report. (Steve Tambini)

  • Despite this week's rain, overall dry conditions will likely continue in the Delaware River Basin. The DRBC and its state and federal partners have begun to coordinate drought planning and preparedness activities. The DRBC's drought management and operating plans are based upon the amount of water available in storage in several key reservoirs. If drought conditions persist, additional actions may be needed to preserve storage and manage the salt front in the Delaware River Estuary. More drought-related information and information about the current hydrologic conditions can be found on our website. We encourage all water users to maximize water efficiency and cooperate with all state-issued drought watch alerts.

  • The next Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2022; it will be held virtually. The agenda includes several key issues related to the DRBC review of Aquatic Life Designated Uses in the Delaware River Estuary, including a presentation by DRBC staff of a preview of the draft analysis of attainability that is scheduled to be completed later this month. The WQAC has been meeting routinely throughout 2022, providing the Committee, the public and interested stakeholders the opportunity to view the science, modeling and planning that will support important changes to water quality standards in the Delaware River Estuary. Tuesday's meeting is open to the public; click here to get the link to register for the webinar.

  • DRBC recently published a technical report entitled Reducing Microplastics in the Delaware River Estuary. The Commission's research sought to characterize the distribution of microplastics in the Delaware River Basin between Trenton, N.J., and the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Microplastics were prevalent in all samples that were collected at 15 sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Thank you to Jake Branksy and Dr. Fanghui Chen who were the principal investigators for this research, which was funded in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. Learn more and read the final report.

  • On September 21, 2022, the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin will hold its annual recognition dinner in Philadelphia. This year's awardees include the DRBC for its innovative and collaborative work to reduce PCB pollution in the Delaware River Estuary and our own esteemed Counsel Pamela Bush, Esq. for her significant contributions to public water resource policy. Congratulations to Pam and DRBC staff!

  • Registration opens today for the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed's 10th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, to be held on November 4 and 5 in Philadelphia, Pa. The DRBC will be hosting a session on Water Equity; visit the link to learn more.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins in September and is an important time to reflect on contributions and achievements of Hispanic and Latinx community members throughout our diverse Basin. According to the 2020 Census, Spanish is the most commonly spoken language after English in the Basin. In Philadelphia, the DRB's most populous city, the Hispanic and Latinx population is almost 15% of residents. In 2021, DRBC added translation services in multiple languages to its website and piloted live Spanish translation during its latest rulemaking hearings. This month the DRBC will be participating in New Jersey Governor Murphy’s Hispanic Resource Fair, produced in partnership with the New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission, to be held September 23. During this month long recognition and throughout the year, we celebrate and support Hispanic heritage and our valued colleagues in the Latinx community.

7. General Counsel's Report. (Ken Warren)

The report included:

8. Resolution for the Minutes. (Elba Deck)

9. Resolution for the Minutes. (Steve Tambini)

*10. Project Review Docket Applications. (David Kovach; approved dockets are all pdfs) 

  • Please note that at each of its public meetings, the Commission may consider action on any item for which a hearing has been completed or may defer one or more such items for consideration at a public meeting of the Commission on a future date.

  • Dockets #1-20 were subject to public hearings on August 10, 2022.

  • Docket #21 was subject to a public hearing on May 11, 2022.

  • Dockets #1-21 were approved unanimously by the Commissioners on September 8, 2022.  

View docket location map of projects heard on August 10; #21 heard on May 11 (pdf)

  1. Befesa Zinc US Inc., D-1967-196-4.

  2. Mount Airy #1, LCC, D-1977-058-6.

  3. Robeson Township Municipal Authority, D-1983-034 CP-5.

  4. Blue Ridge Real Estate Company, D-1985-025-5.

  5. Pennsylvania American Water Company, D-1986-059 CP-4.

  6. Giorgio Foods, Inc., D-1988-043-7.

  7. Bath Borough Authority, D-1988-051 CP-4.

  8. Nesquehoning Borough, D-1990-107 CP-4.

  9. Upper Gwynedd Township, D-1991-088 CP-10.

  10. Bethlehem City, D-1995-019 CP-3.

  11. BlueTriton Brands, Inc., D-1998-027-5.

  12. Collegeville-Trappe Joint Public Works Department, D-2000-057 CP-3.

  13. Schuylkill County Municipal Authority, D-2001-047 CP-2.

  14. West Bradford Township, D-2004-022 CP-4.

  15. Tamaqua Area Water Authority, D-2010-028 CP-2.

  16. Bethlehem City, D-1971-078 CP-5.

  17. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1985-029 CP-2.

  18. Richland, Borough of, D-1992-001 CP-4.

  19. Wheelabrator Falls Company, LP, D-2019-003-1.

  20. Cobbs Creek Restoration and Community Foundation, D-2021-005-1.

  21. Holcim (US) Inc., D-1974-189-3.