SRBC to hold public hearing on water project applications

Written comments accepted through Aug. 12, 2019

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will receive public comment at a hearing Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. The subjects covered by the hearing include applications for several water withdrawals and consumptive use projects, as well as a diversion project.

The SRBC Commissioners are scheduled to vote on these and other action items at their next business meeting Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Big Flats, New York.

The hearing will be held at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission office in 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. Access to the hearing room will begin at 2:00 p.m. and Commission staff will be available for questions prior to the commencement of the hearing.

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 Jason E. Oyler, General Counsel and Secretary to the Commission, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Telephone 717.238.0423, ext. 1312. Fax 717.238.2436.

The list of 17 project applications and options for submitting comments electronically are all available on SRBC’s Meetings & Events webpage. SRBC will accept written comments until Aug. 12, 2019; comments may be submitted electronically through SRBC’s Meetings & Events webpage or mailed or faxed to Oyler.

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

  • Anyone wishing to attend the hearing will be asked to 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 www.srbc.net or follow us on Twitter: @SRBCnews.

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