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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1212



Commission Meeting and Public Hearin

   The Delaware River Basin Commission (Commission) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 6, 1997. The hearing will be part of the Commission's regular business meeting which is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Harbor Room of the University of Delaware's Virden Center at 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, Delaware.

   An informal conference among the Commissioners and staff will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the same location and will include a United States Geological Survey presentation on a regional pilot for integrated environmental monitoring and related research in the mid-Atlantic region; a presentation on the Delaware Estuary Program's monitoring plan; a discussion of proposed amendments to the Commission's Administrative Manual-Rules of Practice and Procedure and a Flow Management Technical Advisory Committee status report.

   In addition to the following subjects which are scheduled for public hearing at the business meeting, the Commission will also address the following: minutes of the June 25, 1997 business meeting; announcements; General Counsel's report; report on Basin hydrologic conditions; consideration of Jefferson Township Sewer Authority Doc. No. D-97-6 CP; and public dialogue.

   The subjects of the hearing will be as follows:
Applications for Approval of the Following Projects Under Article 10.3, Article 11 and/or Section 3.8 of the Compact:

   1. Reed's Sod Farms D-81-44 RENEWAL 3. An application for the renewal of a groundwater withdrawal project, formerly approved under the name of Stewart L. Reed, Jr., to supply up to 20 million gallons (mg)/30 days of water to the applicant's supplemental irrigation system from Well No. 1. Commission approval on December 11, 1991 was limited to 5 years. The applicant requests that the total withdrawal from all wells remain limited to 20 mg/30 days. The project is located in Washington Township, Mercer County, NJ.

   2. Schuylkill County Municipal Authority D-90-49 CP (Revision 2). A project to increase the applicant's existing exportation of surface water from 0.6 million gallons per day (mgd) to 1.0 mgd. The project will provide 0.225 mgd to a site spanning portions of Foster, Butler and Cass Townships just east of Interstate Route 81 in Schuylkill County, PA. The project includes a new Department of Transportation safety/rest area and the proposed Schuylkill Highridge Business Park. The project service area is situated in the Delaware River Basin (DRB) near the ridge line and exportation will be via discharge of wastewater to the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority wastewater treatment plant located in Gordon, Schuylkill County, PA in the Susquehanna River Basin (SRB). All of the exportation water sources are provided by the applicant's two existing water supply storage reservoirs, Kaufman Reservoir and Mount Laurel Reservoir (formerly known as Mud Run Reservoir). Kaufman Reservoir is located on Kaufman Run, a tributary of Mud Run, in New Castle Township; Mount Laurel Reservoir is located nearby on Mud Run, also in New Castle Township, all in the DRB in Schuylkill County. No increase in allocation from the two reservoirs is required to provide the increased exportation.

   3. Evesham Township Municipal Utilities Authority D-95-62 CP. A project to upgrade and expand the applicant's 1.5 mgd Woodstream sewage treatment plant (STP) average monthly design capacity to 1.7 mgd. The STP will continue to serve a portion of Evesham Township by providing secondary biological treatment utilizing the contact stabilization activated-sludge process and tertiary treatment with rapid sand filtration. The project will include improvement and expansion of the existing facilities and the addition of ammonia nitrogen removal facilities. The STP is located just north of Greentree Road on the east bank of the South Branch Pennsauken Creek, to which the STP will continue to discharge, in Evesham Township, Burlington County, NJ.

   4. Richland Township Water Authority D-96-44 CP. An application for approval of a groundwater withdrawal project to supply water to the applicant's distribution system from existing Well Nos. 1 and 2, from acquired Well No. 3 (formerly Judd Associates, Inc. Well No. RC-1), from acquired Well Nos. 4 and 5 (formerly Walnut Bank Water Company Well Nos. WB-2 and WB-3), and to increase the existing total withdrawal limit of 20.13 mg/30 days to 29.3 mg/30 days. The project is located in Richland Township, Bucks County, in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area.

   5. Borough of Washington D-97-4 CP. A discharge project to upgrade and expand the applicant's existing 0.85 mgd STP to 1.5 mgd. The proposed STP will provide advanced secondary biological treatment with the sequencing batch reactor activated sludge treatment process. The STP will continue to serve the Borough and portions of Washington Township, Warren County, NJ and, after ultraviolet disinfection, discharge to Pohatcong Creek via a new outfall extension; the existing discharge to Shabbecong Creek, approximately 350 feet upstream of the new discharge, will be eliminated. The project STP is situated just south of Route 57 near the eastern boundary of the Borough of Washington on the south bank of Pohatcong Creek.

   6. Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission D-97-5 CP. An application for approval of a groundwater withdrawal project to supply up to 335 mg/30 days of water to the applicant's distribution system from 14 existing wells and new Well No. Browning Road 3A, and to reduce the existing withdrawal limit from all wells to 335 mg/30 days. The project is located in Merchantville Borough and Pennsauken Township, Camden County, NJ.

   7. City of Allentown D-97-14 CP. A project to modify the applicant's Klines Island STP to improve the secondary settling and final settling processes, along with other operational and equipment modifications. The STP project is intended to more efficiently meet the effluent parameters in the current and future discharge permits. The STP will continue to be rated for a 40 mgd average monthly flow and discharge to the Lehigh River in the City of Allentown, Lehigh County, PA. The STP will continue to serve the City of Allentown, the Boroughs of Coplay, Emmaus, Alburtis and Macungie, and the Townships of Whitehall, South Whitehall, Salisbury, Upper Macungie, Lower Macungie, Upper Milford, Hanover, Weisenberg and Lowhill, all in Lehigh County. .

   Documents relating to these items may be examined at the Commission's offices. Preliminary dockets are available in single copies upon request. Contact Thomas L. Brand at (609) 883-9500 ext. 221 concerning docket-related questions. Persons wishing to testify at this hearing are requested to register with the Secretary at (609) 883-9500 ext. 203 prior to the hearing.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1212. Filed for public inspection August 1, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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