September 27, 2002

Inside this issue!

1. Drinking Water Protection Workshops
2. SAMBA 13TH Annual Conference
3. Public Hearing: Cumberland Coal Co. Permit Renewal
4. Public Hearing: Town of Monteray Waste Water Treatment Plant
5. National Water Monitoring Day
6. USDA Releases $323 Million for Conservation Programs
7. The National Clean Water Act Recognition Awards
8. Bush Pushes the Speed up of Environmental Reviews on Transportation Projects
9. Notice: TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation ARAP Public Notices
10. Notice: US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notices

1. Drinking Water Protection Workshops

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will be holding nine public workshops on drinking water protection throughout the state this fall. Community leaders, certain business owners and operators as well as public water system personnel should plan to attend. The workshops are designed to raise awareness about the issues involved in protecting drinking water in Tennessee. At the workshops, attendees will learn more about how many human activities can pose a threat to drinking water sources and how Tennessee's geology adds to their vulnerability.

For business owners and operators, new requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the federally mandated Underground Injection Control program, will be covered. Underground injection wells are generally manmade or improved holes in the ground that are used by commercial and industrial businesses, especially in rural and/or unsewered areas, to dispose of fluids underground (e.g., floor drains, sinkholes and large capacity septic systems.) These shallow openings can easily contaminate source water with rainfall runoff, leakage or illegal dumping. Significant risks to local water sources can occur when these wells are improperly designed or mismanaged and misused. Controlling underground injection is important to protecting some of our most important drinking water supplies, especially in the state of Tennessee, where two-third's of the state has very porous limestone, sinkholes and caves (karst topography).

A special session will allow business owners and operators using injection wells to learn more about the state requirements for the wells, obtain answers to questions and receive assistance should they be required to register wells.

Please see the attached list for a workshop near you. For additional information please call 1-888-891-TDEC, 1-888-891-8332, or [email protected]

Wednesday, October 9, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Johnson City Ramada Ltd. Johnson City
2606 N. Roan Street
Johnson City, 37601

Thursday, October 10, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Knoxville Knoxville Convention Center
701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Wednesday, October 16, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Columbia UT, Ridley 4-H Center
850 Lion Parkway
Columbia, TN 38401

Thursday, October 17, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Goodlettsville Pleasant Green Pool Building, Parks & Recreation
360 Pleasant Green Drive
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Tuesday, October 22, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Memphis Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

Thursday, October 24, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Chattanooga Chattanooga State Office Bldg.
540 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Monday, October 28, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cookeville Chamber of Commerce
One West 1st Street
Cookeville, TN 38501

Monday, November 18, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Jackson Madison County Ag Complex
309 North Parkway
(at Highway 45 bypass)
Jackson, TN 38305

Tuesday, November 19, 2002
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Union City Farm Bureau Building
1212 Stad Avenue
Union City, TN 38261

2. SAMAB 13th Annual Conference
The Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere program (SAMAB) provides a wonderful opportunity for diverse groups, bound by an interest in the environment and sustainable development of the Southern Appalachians, to come together and address the issues facing this region. This year's
SAMAB Fall Conference is November 5-7 in Gatlinburg, TN and promises to offer much to scientists, land managers, state and local government officials, activists, students, concerned citizens and others interested in the Southern Appalachians. The focus will be on measurement, mitigation, and management of human impacts in the Southern Appalachians.
This year's sessions include:
o Supporting state and local efforts to manage ecological integrity
o Challenges and progress in gateway communities
o Enhancing imperiled aquatic populations
o Biotic integrity and the TMDL process
o Environmental stewardship and streamlining in transportation planning and project decision making
o The Southern Forest Resource Assessment - Implications for the Southern Appalachians
o Invasive species - Impending change to forest ecosystems
o Restoring warm season native grass communities
o The 2002 Farm Bill - Land and resource conservation opportunities

Featured speakers at this year's conference include:
Joel Hirschhorn, Natural Resources Policy Director for the National Governors Assoc.
Bill Ross, Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Gene Cleckley, Federal Highway Administration's Director of Field Services, Southern Resource Center

For more information, call 865/974-4583 or visit

3. Public Hearing: Cumberland Coal Co. Permit Renewal
On Sep 23, 2002 the Cumberland Coal Company, LLC; Turner Mine, Area No.1 Permit No. 2981, received a renewed permit from the Office of Surface Mining Knoxville field office. Numerous organizations from across Tennessee engaged in opposing the reissuance of this permit based on numerous violations over the past three years.

Landon Medley, Chair of the SOCM Stripmine Issues Committee said, "The approval of the Cumberland Coal Company's SMCRA renewal permit is just another chapter in the long history of the Knoxville Field Office of the Office of Surface Mining's efforts to legalize water pollution of Tennessee's water resources."

Don Clark with the Obed Watershed Association said, "We gave them all kinds of justification to deny the permit based on unenforced regulations that were blatantly violated etc. They granted it anyway. We had hoped for better protection by the regulators from an extensively documented bad actor mining firm. Liability does not go away when denied.

The Cumberland Coal Company must still obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit before they can continue operations. THE NEXT HEARING IS ON THE NPDES PERMIT FOR THE SURFACE MINING RENEWAL. It will be at the Cumberland County Courthouse at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time on Monday, October 28.

4. Public Hearing: Town of Monteray Waste Water Treatment Plant
Notice is Hereby Given, the Division of Water Pollution Control will hold a public hearing pursuant to Rule 1200-4-1-.05 at:

Monterey Community Center
705 East Commercial Avenue (Hwy 62)
Monterey, TN 38574
October 24, 2002
7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time

Public comments will be received concerning the proposed issuance of the NPDES permit to Monterey WWTP, Monterey, Putnam County, Tennessee. The Town of Monterey proposes to discharge up to 1.0 million gallons per day (MGD) of Treated domestic wastewater to the Falling Water River Mile 46.1 via a wet weather Conveyance. Permit Information, the existing permit No. TN0064688 was issued on September 30, 1997 and will expire on September 30, 2002.

5. National Water Monitoring Day
On or about October 18, 2002 (the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act), volunteer monitors, water quality professionals, students, the public, and government leaders will test their local waters for four key characteristics. Stream and beach cleanups, educational events, and water festivals will be part of the event. An outreach campaign is planned to generate local and national media coverage of the event.

Purpose: Goals of the event are to educate the public about watersheds, pollution, and the importance of monitoring; to build better collaboration between agency professionals and volunteer water monitors; to generate "snapshot" data; and to celebrate the role of volunteers and the accomplishments of the Clean Water Act.

Methods: Untrained volunteers will use a simple National Water Monitoring Day kit (available for $16.75 via the Year of Clean Water website at; takes 50 samples) to test for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and water clarity. Trained volunteer monitors and professionals will use their standard, more sophisticated techniques and equipment, and may choose to monitor additional water parameters.
Note: Kits must be ordered by Oct. 10th

Data: Monitors are asked to enter their data for the four key measures to a volunteer database developed by Earthforce/Green and accessible through Since weather conditions or other factors may not make testing on Friday, October 18 practical, data from testing conducted between October 12 and 27 may be entered into the data system. Data must be entered no later than November 15, 2002. The website will include links to participating organizations, parallel activities, and educational material, as well as some digital photos of sites and events. Volunteers must register their monitoring sites before Oct. 18th.

Products: A national report summarizing and celebrating the event, with some minor analysis of the data, will be produced by America's Clean Water Foundation (ACWF). Each participating organization may also choose to prepare its own products.

Sponsors/organizers: ACWF is leading a steering committee composed of state and federal agencies and representatives from volunteer monitoring groups and national environmental groups.

For more information: Visit the Year of Clean Water website at and click on National Events. For questions on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's role and activities, visit

For ideas on how to engage your local meteorologist in National Water
Monitoring Day, visit

6. USDA Releases $323 Million for Conservation Programs
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the availability of $323 million for the Farmland Protection Program (FPP) and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. These funds will allow NRCS to fully implement these programs in fiscal year 2002 as authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill. "These funds will help keep agricultural lands in production and they will help protect our country's valuable wetland ecosystems," Veneman said. Through FPP, $48 million will allow USDA to enter into agreements with states, tribes, local governments and nonprofit organizations-such as land trusts and land resource conservation councils-to protect productive farmland through the purchase of conservation easements. USDA provides up to 50 percent of the appraised fair market value of the conservation easement. Through WRP, approximately $275 million will enable NRCS to enroll up to 250,000 acres into the program. Landowners who have already submitted WRP applications to the local NRCS office will be notified when funds are available for their projects. The goal of the program is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. The 2002 Farm Bill represents an unprecedented investment in conservation on America's private lands, nearly $13 billion over the next six years.

Detailed information on these and other conservation programs authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill is available on the Web at

7. The National Clean Water Act Recognition Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will recognize municipalities and industries for outstanding and innovative technological achievements in wastewater treatment and pollution abatement programs at the annual Clean Water Act Recognition Awards ceremony during the Water Environment Federation's Technical Conference in Chicago, Illinois on September 30th. We are recognizing projects or programs in operations and maintenance, biosolids management, pretreatment, storm water management and combined sewer overflow controls. This action also announces the 2002 national awards winners.

For Further Information Contact: Maria E. Campbell at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wastewater Management, Municipal Assistance Branch, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., (4204M), Washington, DC 20460, (202) 564-0628, or [email protected]

8. Bush Pushes the Speed up of Environmental Reviews on Transportation Projects
Excerpts from the New York Times, Sept. 18 -- President Bush ordered federal agencies today to speed environmental reviews for major transportation projects, arguing that excessive red tape had impeded the construction of airports and highways. Environmental groups immediately denounced the action, which was released this evening as an executive order. They said the order was part of an effort to restrict public debate and undermine environmental protections in place for three decades.

The president's order calls on the secretary of transportation to draw up a list of high-priority projects like roads, bridges, tunnels and airports that should receive expedited reviews and permits. It sets up an interagency task force to ''identify and promote policies that can effectively streamline the process'' while maintaining public health and environmental protection. ''Too many transportation projects become mired for too long in the complex web of clearances required by federal and state law,'' Mr. Mineta said. ''This initiative is intended to make our transportation investments more efficient, helping to ease congestion and reduce pollution.''

Environmentalists said the order was part of a sweeping effort by the administration to weaken landmark environmental legislation under the guise of streamlining. They viewed the order in the context of White House initiatives to roll back rules affecting logging in national forests and offshore drilling for oil. ''This administration wants to shoot the sheriff protecting our environment so the highway robbers can ride again,'' said Deron Lovaas, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council. The advocates said the administration was seeking to undercut the 32-year-old National Environmental Policy Act, which they consider the Magna Carta of environmental protections. The act sets the terms by which federal agencies
must study and disclose the environmental effects of their actions and include the public in decision-making.

9. Notice: TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation ARAP Public Notices
NRS 02.005 Phil White Public Hearing, Proposed wetland fill of 1.5 acres for the construction of a rifle range. 7:00 pm, Thursday, October 17, 2002, Lakeland City Hall, Lakeland, Tn. Shelby County.
NRS 02.325 Brent Lay, Beech River within the impounded portion near the confluence with the Tn. River. Proposed dredging of approximately 6,120 cubic yards of accumulated sediment for 2,400 linear feet along two sloughs, Decatur County.
M2002.04 Nolichuckey Sand Company, Inc., Dry Creek in Greene County near Greeneville, The proposed project includes the restoration and construction of Dry Creek

10. Notice: US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notices
The following is a list of Public Notices that the Nashville District has issued for work in waters of the United States. The notices listed are for applications currently under review. All work is proposed unless otherwise noted. For information purposes, we will leave a notice on our web page for approximately 30 days past the notice close comment period, after which it will be removed from this list. If you wish to obtain a copy of a particular notice, you can contact our office at (615) 369-7500 or by mail and we will be happy to forward it to you. Be sure to include the Public Notice Number with your request.
U.S.Army Engineer District, Nashville
Corps of Engineers
Attention: Regulatory Branch
3701 Bell Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
02-64 - Expires 10/27/2002, Mr. L.V. Wyatt Jr., Proposed Riprap Bank Stabilization, Tennessee River Mile 168.2L and Extending Downstream and into Stewmans Creek Mile 0.5R, Kentucky Lake, Decatur County, TN
02-63 - Expires 10/25/2002, Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, Proposed Clamshell Dredging, Cumberland River Mile 187.2R, Davidson County, TN
02-61 - Expires 10/14/2002, Perryville Marina, Proposed Dredging for Boat Access Channel, Alley Branch confluence with Tennessee River Mile 135.2L, Kentucky Lake, Decatur County, TN
02-39 - Expires 10/09/2002, Riverstone Estates Marina, Proposed Dredging for Community and Commercial Dock/Marina Facilities, Tennessee River Mile 161.8L, Kentucky Lake, Decatur County, TN
02-58 - Expires 09/18/2002, Dr. James Lee, Proposed Riprap Bank Stabilization, Tennessee River Mile 157.5L, Kentucky Lake, Decatur County, TN
Questions concerning a particular notice should be directed to the project manager listed in the text of the notice.

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