December 15, 2016

Delaware River Basin Commission approves fee restructuring

WEST TRENTON NJ – The Delaware River Basin Commission at its quarterly public business meeting Wednesday approved several changes to its project review fee structure, including an annual, indexed inflation adjustment for most fees and water supply charges.

“The fee restructuring will provide a more predictable and sustainable source of revenues to support the costs associated with implementing the DRBC’s project review program,” said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini.  “The current project review fees, which have not been adjusted since July 2009, were creating a funding gap because they did not fully cover the regulatory program costs needed to manage and protect the basin’s water resources.”

The new fee structure will align with the One Process/One Permit Program that became effective on March 4, 2016.  For routine DRBC docket applications and renewals that are processed by DRBC’s member state agencies through One Process/One Permit, the DRBC project review fees that had previously been in effect will be eliminated.  DRBC will continue to be involved in the review process; however, a separate DRBC fee will no longer be required at the time of application to the state agency. 

The project review fee for most wastewater discharges for which DRBC issues a separate docket will continue to be a flat fee of $1,000 for private projects and $500 for publicly sponsored projects.  This fee will no longer vary according to the cost of the projects.

DRBC will now have an annual indexed inflation adjustment for most fees and charges, including water supply charges.  Beginning in 2017, increases reflecting inflation adjustments will become effective automatically on July 1.  No change to the rate will occur in any year in which the applicable inflation index is flat or negative.

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