4423 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
July 28, 2017
Gwyn W. Rowland, Manager, Governmental and Public Affairs
Office: (717) 238-0423, ext. 1316

SRBC to Hold Public Hearing on Water Project Applications, Request for Waiver, and Proposed Alternatives Analysis Guidance

Written comments accepted through Aug. 14, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) will receive public comment at a hearing on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. The subjects covered by the hearing include applications for several water withdrawal and consumptive use projects; a request for waiver of Code of Federal Regulations Title 18, Sections 806.6(a)(5) and (b) by Middletown Borough, and a proposed guidance for alternatives analysis.

The SRBC Commissioners are scheduled to vote on these and other action items at their next business meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Elmira, N.Y.

The hearing will be held at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Room 8E-B, East Wing, Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg, Pa. The hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. or when public testimony concludes, whichever comes first. For parking options, see http://parkharrisburg.com/destinations/pennsylvania-state-capitol/.

Members of the public who are planning to present oral testimony at the public hearing are encouraged to notify SRBC prior to the hearing of their intent and to indicate the subject of their comment. The notices are to be directed to Mr. Jason Oyler, General Counsel, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, Telephone:  (717) 238-0423, ext. 1312, Fax:  (717) 238-2436.

The list of 21 project applications, proposed alternatives analysis guidance, and options for submitting comments electronically are all available on SRBC’s Public Participation Center at www.srbc.net/pubinfo/publicparticipation.htm. SRBC will accept written comments until Aug. 14, 2017; comments may be submitted electronically through SRBC’s Public Participation Center or mailed or faxed to Mr. Oyler.

SRBC’s guidelines for public hearings include (see full set on the website):

  • Anyone wishing to attend the hearing must sign-in and show photo identification.
  • Signage, posters, banners or other display media will be permitted only in designated areas.
  • The press is permitted to set up and use video and recording devices in a designated area. The public is permitted to use small, hand-held devices that remain in their possession and are used in a non-disruptive manner.

About the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is a federal/interstate governmental agency responsible for protecting and wisely managing the water resources within the 27,500 square-mile Susquehanna River Basin without regard to political boundaries. The Susquehanna rises and flows through New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay. For more information on the Commission, visit srbc.net or follow us on Twitter: @SRBCnews.