SRBC APPROVED 11 PROJECT APPLICATIONS, ADOPTED THE FIVE-YEAR UPDATE OF 2008 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC; ) yesterday held its quarterly business meeting in Annapolis, Md. Among its actions, SRBC:

  • adopted a resolution urging the President and Congress to provide full funding for the National Streamflow Information Program, thereby supporting the Susquehanna Flood Forecast & Warning System;
  • adopted the five-year update of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan for the Water Resources of the Susquehanna River Basin; and
  • approved 11 water withdrawal applications, including 1 into-basin diversion; and tabled 13 applications, including 1 out-of-basin diversion (see lists below).

Executive Director Andrew Dehoff said, “The update of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan included important revisions needed to keep the plan current and provide greatest utility.” Updated information was provided both by SRBC staff and the public. A significant addition to the plan was more information related to natural gas activities in the Susquehanna River basin, which were just getting underway in 2008, and the meaningful improvements made by SRBC to its regulatory program in response. Other notable new SRBC actions added to the plan include the ongoing Cumulative Water Use and Availability Study, enhanced regulatory compliance measures, an initiative for improving water quality data collection methods, and enhanced coordination with partner agencies on flow management issues in the lower Susquehanna River and upper Chesapeake Bay.

SRBC’s voting commissioners and alternates were (www.srbc.net/about/commissioners/commiss.htm): 

Col. Trey Jordan, SRBC Chair and Commander, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Kenneth Lynch, SRBC Vice Chair and Director, Region 7, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Kelly Heffner, Deputy Secretary for Water Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and Saeid Kasraei, Program Administrator, Water Supply Program, Maryland Department of the Environment.

Applications Tabled for Additional Evaluation and Coordination:

1.      Aqua Infrastructure, LLC (Tioga River), Hamilton Township, Tioga County, Pa.

2.      DS Waters of America, Inc. (Well 6), Clay Township, Lancaster County, Pa.

3.      Gettysburg Municipal Authority, York Water Company Interconnection, Straban Township, Adams County, Pa.

4.      Houtzdale Municipal Authority (Well 14R), Gulich Township, Clearfield County, Pa.

5.      Keystone Clearwater Solutions, LLC (Lycoming Creek), Lewis Township, Lycoming County, Pa.

6.      New Oxford Municipal Authority (Oxen Country Meadows Well 1), Oxford Township, Adams County, Pa.

7.      Old Dominion Electric Cooperative(consumptive water use), Rising Sun District, Cecil County, Md.

8.      Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (Susquehanna River), Fulton Township, Lancaster County, Pa.

9.      Seneca Resources Corporation (Arnot No. 5 Mine Discharge), Bloss Township, Tioga County, Pa.

10.    Talisman Energy USA Inc. (Fall Brook), Ward Township, Tioga County, Pa.

11.    Talisman Energy USA Inc. (Fellows Creek), Ward Township, Tioga County, Pa.

12.    York Water Company (Susquehanna River and South Branch Codorus Creek), Lower Windsor and Spring Garden Townships, York County, Pa.

Application Tabled for Additional Evaluation and Coordination (involving a diversion):

1.      Gettysburg Municipal Authority, York Water Company Interconnection, Straban Township, Adams County, Pa. (involving an out-of-basin diversion).

Project Applications Approved (includes new approvals, modifications, renewals)(www.srbc.net/wrp/)

1.      Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (Mifflinville Well 3), Mifflinville Water System, Mifflin Township, Columbia County, Pa.

2.      Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC (Susquehanna River), Athens Township, Bradford County, Pa.

3.      Energy Corporation of America (West Branch Susquehanna River), Goshen Township, Clearfield County, Pa.

4.      LHP Management, LLC (Fishing Creek – Clinton Country Club), Bald Eagle Township, Clinton County, Pa.

5-6.   Millersburg Area Authority (Wells 10 and 11), Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pa.

7.      New Holland Borough Authority (Well 2), New Holland Borough, Lancaster County, Pa.

8.      Southwestern Energy Production Company (Lycoming Creek-Bodines), Lewis Township, Lycoming County, Pa.

9.      Southwestern Energy Production Company (Lycoming Creek-Ralston), McIntyre Township, Lycoming County, Pa.

10.    Talisman Energy USA Inc. (Choconut Creek), Choconut Township, Susquehanna County, Pa.

Project Application Approved (involving a diversion):

1.      Gettysburg Municipal Authority, Hunterstown Wastewater Treatment Plant, Straban Township, Adams County, Pa. (modification to increase authorized into-basin diversion to accommodate occasional power plant surge).

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