Water Resources Program 2019-2021

Key Project:

Implement Billmeyer Quarry Mitigation Project


Priority Water Resources Need:

Develop Additional Consumptive Use Mitigation


Project Location:

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


Project Lead:

Project Description:

billmeyer quarry aerial view SRBC and Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) staff has partnered to assess the feasibility of using the flooded Billmeyer Quarry as a source of consumptive use mitigation. This phase of the project involves finalizing a report that documents the findings of a quarry pumping test completed in late 2017. An operations plan will also be developed outlining how the stored water will be used to provide low flow augmentation during droughts conditions. Lastly, a water supply agreement between SRBC and LCSWMA will be drafted specifying the terms and conditions for utilizing water storage in Billmeyer Quarry for consumptive use mitigation. SRBC approved the project and water supply agreement in December 2018. The approval calls for a project operations plan to be finalized by June 2019. Afterwards, project design, permitting, and construction of pumping and discharge infrastructure needs to be completed. Future work may entail seeking permits for using the Susquehanna River as a source for refilling the quarry during non-low flow periods.


Challenges:
  • Eradicating of invasive quagga mussel population
  • Managing effects of a rock barrier separating quarry into two basins
  • Enhancing refill rate for the quarry after pumping

Key Milestones:
  • •  Finalize Hydrogeologic Characterization Report
    (July 2018)
  • •  Develop Consumptive Use Mitigation Operations Plan
    (September 2018)
  • •  Draft SRBC-LCSWMA Water Supply Agreement
    (December 2018)
  • •  Execute Final Water Supply Agreement
    (March 2019)
  • •  Finalize Consumptive Use Mitigation Operations Plan
    (July 2019)
  • •  Design, Permit, and Construct Project Infrastructure
    (March 2020)