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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Delaware River Basin Commission Is Holding A Special Drought Meeting

Meeting to be Held November 23, 2016 at 11 AM in DRBC's Goddard Room
The DRBC will hold a special meeting for the purpose of considering a resolution pursuant to section 10.4 of the Delaware River Basin Compact to preserve and protect water supplies during the present dry conditions by means of coordinated actions to manage out-of-basin diversions, regional reservoir releases, and Delaware River flow objectives. The Commissioners will have the option of attending this meeting via teleconference.

DATE: The special meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to last for less than one hour.

LOCATION: The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Goddard Room of the Commission’s office building at 25 State Police Drive in West Trenton, New Jersey. Directions can be found at http://www.nj.gov/drbc/contact/directions/. Please note that web-based map applications do not provide reliable directions to DRBC’s office building.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission will consider action pursuant to section 10.4 of the Delaware River Basin Compact, which would enable it to implement a coordinated response to dry conditions throughout the basin. In particular, the resolution would empower the Commission to provide for the conservation of regional reservoir storage through phased reductions in diversions, reservoir releases, and flow objectives for purposes of water supply and flow augmentation in the Delaware River and salinity control in the Delaware River Estuary.

In anticipation of the need to consider action under section 10.4, the Commission on November 9, 2016 conducted a public hearing on the persistent dry conditions throughout the basin and how to address them. There will be no opportunity for public comment at the special meeting on November 23.

The proposed resolution will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Reservoir storage and relevant drought related information is available via http://www.nj.gov/drbc/hydrological/drought/index.html

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Bush, Commission Secretary and Assistant General Counsel, DRBC, at pamela.bush@drbc.nj.gov.

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