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Delaware River listening sessions

Listening scheduled for the Delaware River.


September 23, 2013

The Parties to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Decree entered in the Delaware River Case, which are the parties who are responsible for setting policy for releases from the New York City Reservoirs into the Delaware River Basin and ultimately into the Upper Delaware River, have announced four "listening sessions."

The sessions are intended to address matters connected with the Flexible Flow Management Plan (FFMP). Specifically the parties are soliciting comments on: Flood Mitigation under the FFMP; Aquatic Life and Ecosystems under the FFMP; Water Supply Obligations and Reliability; Recreational Use; Other Topics addressed by the FFMP.

Two of the sessions will be held in the Seelig Theater at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, NY. They will take place on Tuesday October 1, at 3:00 pm and 6:00 p.m.


ADVISORY: Decree Party Public Listening Sessions on the Flexible Flow Management Program (FFMP)

AGENDA | PROCEDURES | ONLINE REGISTRATION

The Parties to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Decree entered in the Delaware River Case (Decree posted at http://water.usgs.gov/osw/odrm/decree.html) are interested in, and invite you to share your comments on the Flexible Flow Management Program (FFMP), an adaptive framework for managing diversions and reservoir releases in the Delaware River Basin.

The Decree Parties—The State of Delaware, the State of New Jersey, the State of New York, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the City of New York—are pleased to announce two upcoming FFMP Listening Sessions that are intended to solicit feedback on the FFMP from a broad cross section of interested parties. Feedback accepted will be limited to FFMP-related issues only; comments on other topics or programs will not be accepted at these sessions. Specifically, the Decree Parties invite input on the following topics addressed by the FFMP:

Flood Mitigation under the FFMP
Aquatic Life and Ecosystems under the FFMP
Water Supply Obligations and Reliability
Recreational Use
Other Topics addressed by the FFMP.

The Listening Sessions will be held at two locations (see below) in the Delaware River Basin. The program at each location will consist of a brief overview of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Decree, and the roles and responsibilities of the Decree Party Principals, the Delaware River Master, and the Delaware River Basin Commission. Each session will be 80 minutes in length. The venues for the Listening Sessions are as follows:
Upper Basin
Loch Sheldrake, NY
Tuesday October 1, 2013
Middle Basin
Easton, PA
Wednesday October 2, 2013
3 p.m.—5 p.m. and 6 p.m.—8 p.m.
Sullivan County Community College (SUNY Sullivan)
Seelig Theater
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759 3 p.m.—5 p.m. and 6 p.m.—8 p.m.
The Nurture Nature Center
518 Northampton Street
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042
*There will be a total of four listening sessions -- two at each meeting location. At each location, one session will be in the afternoon and one will be in the early evening.

Individuals who have registered in advance of the Listening Sessions will speak first, in the order of their registration receipt. Individuals or their representatives who wish to speak must do so in person. Written comments may be submitted in person during the Listening Sessions. Additional information on Listening Session format and procedures is posted on the River Master's web site at http://water.usgs.gov/osw/odrm/index.html

Individuals who wish to speak can register by completing the online form posted on the Delaware River Master's web site at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Lrn7yAkG1dkeqmoxq22tUunjE2At5jD26_JBQAH...

Individuals without internet access can register in advance of the Listening Sessions by returning a completed registration form (see below) to the Delaware River Master's office. On-site registration will also be available at the time of the Listening Sessions.

Accommodations for special needs—Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to attend the Listening Sessions should contact the Delaware River Master's office directly at 570-296-7213 to discuss how your needs can be accommodated.
Registration Form

Name:

Affiliation:

FFMP Comment Topic(s):

Send completed form to:

Office of the Delaware River Master
Milford Professional Park
Building 3, Suite 304
10 Buist Road
Milford, PA 18337
Agenda for the Delaware River Decree Party Principals Listening Sessions

Overview—The roles of the Supreme Court Decree, Delaware River Master, and the Delaware River Basin Commission - 20 minutes (Mason1/Collier2)

Public Comment Period - 80 minutes