Upcoming Commission Meetings
Fourth Quarter 2022

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will hold its fourth-quarter business meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The business meeting will take place remotely via Zoom Webinar and is open to the public.

The DRBC held its fourth-quarter public hearing on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public hearing took place remotely via Zoom Webinar.

Written comments on matters heard on November 9, 2022, were accepted through 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

4Q Business Meeting: Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 10:30 A.M.

The 4Q public business meeting will take place via Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

The December 7, 2022, Business Meeting will include the following:

  • Adoption of the Minutes of the Commission's September 8, 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. This is anticipated to include:

    • A Resolution to amend the Comprehensive Plan, Water Code and Special Regulations regarding importations of water into and exportations of water from the Delaware River Basin and discharges of wastewater from high volume hydraulic fracturing (“HVHF”) and HVHF-related activities. (Public hearings held December 8 and 15, 2021, and February 3, 2022; click here for information on the pending rulemaking.)

There will be no opportunity for additional public comment for the record at the December 7 Business Meeting on items for which a hearing was completed on November 9 or a previous date.

Commission consideration on December 7 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 will be followed by up to one hour of Open Public Comment.

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

Please Note:

  • Use of this Zoom registration interface for both webinar and open public comment registration is being provided on a pilot basis and is subject to change.

  • 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., December 6, 2022.

  • 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 provide open pubic comment, you must register for the Zoom Webinar (you cannot provide comment if watching on YouTube).

  • To ensure a smooth connection, please make sure you are using the most up to date version of Zoom.

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 questions concerning 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, please contact Patricia Hausler, at 609-883-9500, ext. 249.
4Q Public Hearing: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 1:30 P.M.

The 4Q public hearing via Zoom Webinar took place on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, commencing at 1:30 p.m.

Items heard included 19 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 was 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 could 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 the details of projects may change during the Commission's review, which is ongoing.

To Attend the Public Hearing +/- Provide Oral Testimony:

Please Note:

  • Use of this Zoom registration interface for both webinar and public testimony registration was provided on a pilot basis and is subject to change.

  • To ensure an opportunity to provide testimony, folks were asked to please register by 5 p.m. on November 8, 2022.

  • To provide testimony on public hearing items, folks must have registered for the Zoom Webinar (you could not provide testimony if watching on YouTube).

  • To ensure a smooth connection, please make sure you are using the most up to date version of Zoom.

To Provide Written Comment on the Public Hearing Items:

  • Written comment on items scheduled for hearing should have been made through the Commission's web-based comment system, SmartComment.

  • Written comments on matters scheduled for hearing on Wednesday, November 9 were accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14 Tuesday, November 15.

  • 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, 25 Cosey Rd., P.O. Box 7360, West Trenton, NJ 08628.

Items Heard on November 9, 2022:

Draft Dockets (all pdfs)

  1. Boyertown Foundry Co, D-1985-080-5. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 3.54 mgm to supply water to the applicant's industrial cooling system from existing Well No. 1A. The project well is completed in the Leithsville Dolomite Formation. The requested allocation is not an increase from the previous allocation. The project is located in the Swamp Creek Watershed in Boyertown Borough, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1986-042 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing 2.2 mgd Media WWTP and its discharge. Effluent limits from PADEP and the Commission are currently based upon an average annual flow of 1.8 mgd. The WWTP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Ridley Creek at River Mile 84.1 - 7.5  (Delaware River - Ridley Creek) via Outfall No. 001, in Upper Providence Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Town of Newton, D-1990-111 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an allocation of 10.85 million gallons per month (mgm) of groundwater from Well PW-1 and an importation of water of up to 38.75 mgm from Morris Lake and Wallkill River (Pine Swamp) located in the Hudson River Basin for use in the docket holder’s public water system. The Town of Newton is not requesting an increase in the groundwater allocation from that contained in its prior DRBC approval. Well PW-1 is completed in Allentown Dolomite in the Paulins Kill Watershed. The project well and area served is 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 (SPW), in the Town of Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.
  1. Mount Pocono Municipal Authority, D-1991-027 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the docket holder’s existing 0.50 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP and its discharge. The WWTP will continue to discharge up to 0.4 mgd treated effluent to Forest Hills Run between November 16 and March 14 and discharge up to 0.5 mgd treated effluent and land discharge via spray irrigation between March 15 and November 15 when conditions are suitable for land discharge. At times of unsuitable conditions between March 15 and November 15, the WWTP will discharge treated effluent to Forest Hills Run at River Mile 213.0 - 10.6 - 4.4 - 4.9 (Delaware River - Broadhead Creek - Paradise Creek - Forest Hills Run), via Outfall No. 001, located within the drainage area to the Middle Delaware Special Protection Waters (SPW), in Mount Pocono Borough, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Monroe Energy, LLC, D-1996-052-3. An application to renew the approval to withdraw up to 1,705 million gallons per month (mgm) of surface water from the docket holders existing Delaware River surface water intake. Water is used for industrial cooling, hydrostatic testing, and fire suppression. The requested allocation is a reduction from the previously approved allocation of 4,701.667 mgm. The project intake is located at River Mile 80.64 in Delaware River Water Quality Zone 4 in the Borough of Trainer, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
  1. BlueTriton Brands, Inc., D-1997-046-5. An application to renew the approval to continue to withdrawal up to 9.3 million gallons per month (mgm) of spring water from Springs 1 and 3 at Arrowhead Springs Farm for the purpose of water bottling and to divert a maximum of 2.232 mgm of Spring 3 overflow to supply the applicant’s trout hatchery house. The withdrawal project is located in the Mill Creek Watershed in Millcreek Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Crayola, LLC., D-2000-033-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal and injection project, to continue a withdrawal of up to 16.53 mgm from existing Well Nos. 1 and 4. The withdrawal and injection support industrial processes, geothermal cooling, and replenishment of an on-site landscape pond. The project wells are located in the Epler Formation in the Bushkill Creek Watershed in Forks Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania within the drainage area to the section of the main stem Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters (SPW).
  1. Northampton Borough Municipal Authority, D-2004-013 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of the existing Northampton Borough Municipal Authority water filtration plant (WFP) and its discharge. The WFP will continue to treat up to 8.0 mgd for public water supply and discharge up to 0.150 mgd of process water and filter rinse backwash to Spring Creek, which is a tributary of the Lehigh River, at River Mile 183.66 - 24.7 - 0.1 (Delaware River - Lehigh River - Spring 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 (SPW), in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
  1. River Road Utilities, Inc., D-2006-038-4. An application to renew approval of the applicant's existing 0.066 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant (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 (SPW), in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Morrisville Municipal Authority, D-2008-006 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 Water Quality Zone 1E at River Mile 134.6 (Delaware River) via Outfall No. 001. The WFP is located 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 (SPW), in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Bluestone Country Club, D-2011-024-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal of up to 4.0 mgm to irrigate the applicant's golf course from existing Well 10, Pumphouse Well and Maintenance Well. The project wells are completed in the Stockton 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 Wissahickon Creek Watershed in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority, D-2012-001 CP-3. An application to renew approval of the docket holder’s existing WFP and its related. The WFP treats up to 16 million gallons per day (mgd) for public water supply and discharges 0.7 mgd of filter backwash water via Outfall No. 003 and intermittently discharges up to 0.48 mgd of sedimentation basin supernatant via the same outfall noted as MP103. The WFP will continue to discharge treated effluent to Water Quality Zone 2 of the Delaware River at River Mile 122.3, located in Tullytown Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Eagle Point Power Generation LLC, D-2012-010 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of a surface water withdrawal of up to 110.234 million gallons per month (mgm) of surface water and consumptively use up to 68.4 mgm of surface water from Intake No. DK-3 for cooling purposes at the existing 237-megawatt Eagle Point Cogeneration Facility. The existing withdrawal is located on the Delaware River in Water Quality Zone 4 in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.
  1. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, D-2012-012 CP-2. An application to renew the approval of an existing surface water withdrawal with a decrease in allocation from 341 mgm to 225.15 mgm to provide water to the applicant's facility for industrial cooling and process purposes. This reduction in water use is due to the replacement of its coal fired cogeneration facility with a natural gas fired system. The project is located in the Delaware River Watershed within Water Quality Zone 4 in the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., D-1989-040 CP-3. An application to renew the approval of an existing groundwater withdrawal with an increase in allocation from 23.1 mg/30 days to 37.0 mgm to supply the applicant's Spring Run public water supply distribution system from Wells Nos. UG-1, UG-2, UG-3, UG-8, UG-9 and UG-10 which were previously approved and Wells Embreeville Nos. 1R and 2 that were not previously approved. Well Embreeville 1R is a new well and will replace Pre-Compact Well Embreeville No. 1.  Wells Nos. UG-1, UG-2, UG-3, UG-8, UG-9 and UG-10 are completed in the Wissahickon Formation and Embreeville Wells Nos. 1R and 2 are completed in the Cockeysville Marble. The project is located in the Commission's designated Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area (SEPA GWPA), except for Embreeville Wells Nos. 1R and 2, in the West Branch Brandywine Watershed in West Bradford and Newlin Townships, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
  1. Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority - DELCORA, D-1992-018 CP-5. An application to approve an upgrade and expansion to the docket holder’s existing 44 million gallons per day (mgd) WWTP and its discharge. The proposed project consists of the construction of a new outfall and the installation of a multiport diffuser for better mixing, installation of a storage tunnel, with pump station for effluent diversion and various facility upgrades to improve wastewater treatment at the plant.  The proposed project will increase the facility’s discharge to 70 mgd.
  1. United Corrstack LLC - DBA DS Smith Reading Mill, D-1993-040-4. An application to approve the renewal of an existing withdrawal project and approve an increase in allocation from 17.856 million gallons per month to 29.02 mgm of groundwater from previously approved Well PW-1 and new well PW-2R. Water is used for industrial processes at the applicant's existing paper products manufacturing facility. The wells are completed in Cambrian carbonate rocks of the Lebanon Valley Sequence and are located in the Schuylkill River Watershed in the City of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
  1. E Tetz & Sons, D-2020-001-1. An application to approve an existing surface water withdrawal of up to 100 million gallons per month (mgm) from an existing intake located in the Quarry Sump Pond for the purpose of quarry dewatering and dust control and up to 65 mgm per month from an intake located in a pond in an adjacent abandoned sand and gravel mine for quarry wash plant operations. The docket holder is planning an expansion of the existing mining operations, which will result in increased surface water withdrawals at the project site. This docket approves increases in allocations from the quarry sump pond dewatering intake and wash plant intake contingent on the docket holder first obtaining all necessary New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) mining approvals. Until approved, the allocations for the Quarry Sump Pond Intake and the Wash Plant Intake are limited to 65.0 mgm and 43.5 mgm, respectively. The docket also approves groundwater allocations of up to 0.5 mgm each from the existing Scale House Well and the Dust Well for potable use and dust control. The project is located in the Mongaup Watershed above the Swinging Bridge Reservoir in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York, 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 (SPW).
  1. Montgomery County, D-2022-002 CP-1. An application to approve a 185-foot-long pedestrian/bicycle/equestrian bridge across the Wissahickon Creek and 2.25 miles of porous pavement trail to serve as a connector trail in the existing Wissahickon and Cross County Trail Network to improve access and safety for trail users. The bridge is located in the Fort Washington State Park, a recreation project area designated in the DRBC Comprehensive Plan. The project is located in Whitemarsh and Springfield Townships, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 


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Pamela M. Bush, Esquire
Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Pamela.Bush@drbc.gov
Notice Initially Posted: October 27, 2022
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