Water Resources Program 2019-2021

Key Project:

Complete Administrative Agreement with Pennsylvania


Priority Water Resources Need:

Update Regulatory Processes


Project Location:

Pennsylvania portion of the basin


Project Lead:

Project Description:

Commission seal The Commission greatly values the working relationships it has developed with its member jurisdictions, and as such is working to update its nearly 20-year old Memorandum of Understanding with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), which will take the form of a new Administrative Agreement to meet contemporary standards for coordinating between the two agencies.

Coordination for development of a new Administrative Agreement with PADEP began in 2018. In addition to providing an outline for coordination, the administrative agreement will dictate the development and maintenance of policies and procedures, and other related documents, to define each agency’s role and the coordination that needs to occur for each specific program area.

Commission staff plan to present a final or near-final draft to SRBC’s Commissioners at their business meeting scheduled in September 2019. Following feedback from the Commissioners, SRBC will work with DEP to finalize the agreement and then present it to the SRBC Commissioners and DEP administration for final adoption and implementation.


Challenges:
  • Balancing regulatory roles with respect to different, yet complementary, water resource management objectives

Key Milestones:
  • •  Complete program meetings with PADEP
    (June 2019)
  • •  Complete draft agreement
    (September 2019)