January 23, 2001 - Inside this Issue!
1. ANNOUNCEMENT - TCWN FLITS - TCWN Moves Office to Downtown Knoxville
2. LEND A HAND - RIVER CLEANUP - 3rd Annual Tellico River Cleanup Day March 9
3. NOTICE - PROPOSED TMDL - Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) proposed for fecal coliform in North Fork Forked Deer River and Turkey Creek (comments due by March 4, 2002)
4. PUBLIC NOTICES - QUICK LIST FROM TDEC - Pollution Permits for Proposed Facilities
5. PUBLIC NOTICE - INTERBASIN TRANSFER - Permit Application Under the Inter-basin Water Transfer Act
6. NOTICE - ABANDONED COAL MINES - EPA Releases New Effluent Guidelines to Reclaim Abandoned Mine Sites
7. ANNOUNCEMENT - PHOTO CONTEST - EPA Sponsors Wetland Photo Contest
8. HIGHLIGHT - CREATIVE EDUCATION - Public Art Project at a Sewage Plant
9. TIP - IDEA FOR HOME FROM EPA - Eco-friendly Way to Unclog Drains
1. TCWN Moves to Knoxville
Tennessee Clean Water Network is happy to announce our move to the Walnut Building in downtown Knoxville (across the street from the library and caddy-corner with the Hilton). Please note our new address and phone number and feel free to stop in.
TCWN's new phone number: 865/522-7007; new address: 706 Walnut, Suite 200, Knoxville, TN 37902
2. Join in the Tellico River Cleanup!
The 3rd Annual Tellico River Cleanup Day is Saturday, March 9, 2002.
-Rain or Shine
-Registration begins 9:00 am at the Tellico Ranger Station (near Tellico Plain, TN) and at the Stateline Campground
-Bags and bagged trash pick-up will be provided -Bright colored clothing is recommended
-Bringing gloves is recommended
The current list of groups participating includes USDA Forest Service, TVA, Trout Unlimited, Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, Boy Scouts of America, Chattanooga Trout Association.
The area cleaned is along the Tellico and North River roads and river banks. Last year there were about 65 participants. With more participants, more area gets cleaned. We need as many groups as possible participating (recreation, environmental, school, church, scouts, etc.).
For more details contact:
Mary Jane Burnette - Tellico Ranger District, 423-253-2520
Steve Fry - Trout Unlimited, 423-855-5897
3. TMDL for Fecal Coliform Proposed for North Fork Forked Deer River and Turkey Creek Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires states to develop TMDLs for waters on their impaired waters list. TMDLs must determine the allowable pollutant load that the water can assimilate, allocate that load among the various point and nonpoint sources, include a margin of safety, and address seasonality. The TMDL proposed for fecal coliform for North Fork Forked Deer River and Turkey Creek is available at:
Comments due by March 4, 2002
Turkey Creek and one segment of the North Fork Forked Deer River (mouth to Pond Creek) are listed on Tennessee's final 1998 303(d) list as not supporting designated use classifications due, in part, to pathogens associated with urban stormwater runoff and agriculture. Also included in the TMDL analyses are the Middle Fork Forked Deer River, Beech Creek, Buck Creek, Doakville Creek, Lewis Creek, and Pond Creek. These waterbodies were assessed in 2000 and also classified as not supporting designated use classifications due, in part, to pathogens. The TMDLs require reductions in in-stream fecal coliform loading of approximately 45% to 90% in the four listed waterbodies.
Persons wishing to comment on the TMDLs are invited to submit their comments
in writing to:
Division of Water Pollution Control
Watershed Management Section
6th Floor, L & C Annex
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1534
For more information or to get involved, contact Danielle Droitsch of TN Clean Water Network at 865/522-7007.
4. Public Notices Posted by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - Proposed Pollution Permits
Pollution Permits: The Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control proposes to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for discharging treated wastewater and stormwater to the following:
1. Mountain City Sewage Treatment Plant, discharging to Town Creek mile .4 to Roan Creek mile 17.7, permit no. TN0024945
Comments must be received by February 18, 2002. (Send to Division of Water Pollution Control, 401 Church St., L&C Annex, 6th Floor, Department of Environment and Conservation, Nashville, TN 37243). Interested persons may also request in writing that the Director of the Division hold a public
hearing on any application.
5. Inter-Basin Water Transfer Permit Application
Cleveland Utilities (permit no. IWT000007) has submitted an application for a permit in accordance with the Inter-basin Water Transfer Act of 2000 (Public Chapter 854). Cleveland Utilities' raw water source and treatment plant are located in the Lower Tennessee/Hiwassee river basin. A portion of the
utilities' service area is located in the Conasauga river basin. This situation is an inter-basin water transfer as defined by the Act. In 2000 the applicant documented an existing transfer of 181,000 gallons per day. In 2001, the transfer increased to 186,700 gallons per day, a net increase of 5,700 gallons per day. The applicant proposes to transfer a net amount of 125,000 gallons per day.
The Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control's (WPC) contact person is:
Mr. Philip M. Simmons
Environmental Protection Specialist
Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control
6th Floor, L & C Annex
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1534
Phone Number: (615) 532-0358; Fax: (615) 532-0686; Email:
The permit application relating to the proposed issuance are available for review and/or copying at the above address between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., weekdays, except holidays. There is a nominal charge for copying.
Persons wishing to comment upon this application are invited to submit comments in writing to the WPC contact. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, February 18, 2002.
6. EPA Amends Regulations to Reduce Run-off from Abandoned Coal Mines EPA is releasing new effluent guidelines to reclaim abandoned mine sites and to better protect environmental quality around mines in the western and Appalachian states. The guidelines for these sites will provide incentives to remine abandoned sites instead of mining new land. Encouraging remining can provide the benefits of improving water quality, removing hazardous conditions and utilizing remaining coal as a resource instead of mining new land.
Under the new rules, remining operations will be required to implement strategies that control pollutant releases and ensure the pollutant discharges during remining activities are less than the pollutant levels released from the abandoned site prior to remining. Upon completion, the operators will reclaim the land to meet the same standards currently imposed on active mining areas. These amendments provide operators with greater certainty about environmental requirements for remining operations. The guidelines for western alkaline coal mines will allow miners to install control technologies better suited to reclaiming mining lands in arid and semi-arid regions of the country.
In the arid and semi-arid western regions of the country natural vegetation cover is sparse and rainfall usually occurs with high intensity over a short period of time causing flash floods and sediment transport. To address these impacts, the new guidelines will require western coal mine operations to
implement practices to mimic natural conditions that existed prior to mining activities. More information about coal remining is available at
7. Calling All Photographers - Wetland Photo Contest
The Environmental Protection Agency's Wetlands Division is sponsoring a wetland photography contest focusing on images that show the functions and values of wetlands. The contest is seeking high quality photographs in different regions of the United States and at different seasons of the year.
The winning photographs will be used to produce an EPA wetland poster and will be prominently displayed at the National Wetland Awards ceremony in Washington, DC in May 2002 as part of a national kick-off event for American Wetlands Month (May).
The deadline for submission is March 1, 2002. For more information and details on how to submit your photographs please go to www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/photocontest.html< A> >.
If you have any questions or need additional information please call 1-800-832-7828 and ask for wetland photo contest. To learn more about the functions and values of wetlands please visit http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands or www.iwla.org/sos/awm
8. Education Through Art - Public Art Project at a Sewage Plant in California Source: American Rivers' RiverCurrents (www.americanrivers.org)
Water education & river revitalization in California- Wondering about ways to educate the public about what happens to their wastewater? As reports the Los Angeles Times, the city council recently awarded a contract to an artist to develop a public art project at a sewage plant.
"The $700,000 project--the most expensive of its kind in city history-- will use wetlands behind the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility as the centerpiece of an educational park, which would be designed to attract tourists and bird-watchers." (LA Times, 12-20-01) The park is to be developed around three ponds containing millions of gallons of treated effluent. Pathways and viewing platforms may allow visitors to see how treated water travels from the ponds to the wetlands.
Seattle artist Lorna Jordan and her team--a landscape architect, an environmental planner and an environmental scientist--will begin creating a master plan and demonstration project. Public meetings will be held to discuss the plan.
Click here to learn about other communities working to revitalize their riverfronts:
9. AT-HOME TIP - An eco-friendly way to unclog drains
Most drain-opening products you find at the store contain ingredients hazardous to both people and water quality. Try this idea from the Environmental Protection Agency instead:
Toss a handful of baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain. Cover the drain, sealing in the carbon dioxide gas bubbles as they agitate your clog loose. Let sit 15 min. Rinse with 2 qts. boiling water. Follow with plunger.
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