ASSAULT: Tennessee's Streams and Wetlands
Tennessee Water Quality Control Board will be considering proposed regulations
in early JULY governing the protection of state streams and wetlands.
Weakened by the road-building industry, these laws will actually
allow more pollution to the waters of the state if it is determined the
water is not important or provides a specific public benefit.
In other words, if the water is already polluted, or does not have
some specific purpose, pollution will be permitted.
Any community living near polluted water therefore will become
a target for more development, sprawl, and pollution.
has over 14,000 miles of rivers and streams already impacted by pollution.
The state has a duty under the Water Quality Control Act to avoid
future pollution in EVERY stream and wetlands.
IN SHORT, every permit applicant who proposes altering or destroying
a stream or wetland should be placed under a specific duty to demonstrate
that there is no practicable alternative.
proposed regulations are dangerously weak, BUT we CAN turn them around!!
What You Can Do:
or write Members of the Water Quality Control Board. Here's what you might
I am calling about the Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit regulations
being considered by the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control.
These regulations are extremely important to me because they address
issues of sprawl and impacts to our state streams and wetlands.
I would therefore like the final regulations approved by the Water
Quality Control Board to be as strong as possible. Specifically,
*I would like to be assured that every applicant be required to
demonstrate they cannot avoid negatively impacting the stream and wetland *IF the applicant cannot avoid impacting the stream,
I would like TDEC to require permit applicants to evaluate alternatives
that minimize impacts to the stream or wetland.
* The two points above
should apply to every stream and wetland in Tennessee - no matter where
they are located.
a copy of this notice of rulemaking hearing or of the draft general permits,
contact Dan Eagar, Natural Resources Section, Division of Water Pollution
Control, 7th floor, L&C Annex, 401 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee
37243-1534, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, 615/532-0708.]
more information, contact Danielle Droitsch at [email protected]]
OF THE WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD
96 & I-65 South
of Health, Tennessee
Fl., Ben Allen Road
of TN - Chattanooga
Foster chapel Road
Geneil Hailey Dillehay, P.E.
John Charles Wilson
of Geological Science
(area code could be 865)
Floor L&C Tower