TN CLEAN WATER E-NEWS #22 January 8, 2002
Inside this Issue!

1. Tennessee Clean Water Network wishes you Happy New Year and announces that we have moved into new offices!
2. PUBLIC NOTICE:  TN Division of Water Pollution Control wants your input on impaired waters in Tennessee! COMMENT DEADLINE: January 15, 2001
3. GRANT OPPORUNITY: Five Star Restoration Grant Program--Deadline: March 1, 2002
4. GRANT OPPORUNITY: Toyota Tapestry Grants-- Deadline January 17, 2002
5. WATERSHED FORUM FINAL REPORT RELEASED
6. REPORT RELEASED: Protecting and Restoring America's Watersheds:
Status, Trends and Initiatives in Watershed Management
7. SOUTHERN FOREST ASSESSMENT RELEASED
8. NEW WEBSITE RESOURCE: Capacity Building Web Site
9. NEW WEBSITE RESOURCE:  EPA website addressing smart growth
10. NEW WEBSITE RESOURCE: EARTH FORCE/GREEN:  For water quality monitoring efforts
11. RESOURCE:  Your Guide to Your Lake and Its Use: a Book for Lake Residents
12. PROPOSED AQUATIC RESOURCE ALTERATION PERMITS (ARAP) AND U.S. ARMY
CORPS OF ENGINEER PERMITS

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1.  HAPPY NEW YEAR AND NEW OFFICES! Thanks to your support of our ongoing work, Tennessee Clean Water Network now has an office in downtown Knoxville. Our offices, located at 607 Walnut Street, Suite 200, Knoxville, TN. We will retain our mailing address at Box 1521, Knoxville, TN 37901. Our new phone number is 865-522-7007. Our new fax number is:  2.

2.  PUBLIC NOTICE: Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control Solicits Water Quality Data. Is your stream muddy? Does it smell? Do you believe that your river or stream is polluted? Do you have any information that leads you to believe your local streams, lake, or river is polluted?

The Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control is soliciting data for the purposes of developing the state's 2002 303(d) list of impaired waters. Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) requires the development of a list of Tennessee streams not currently meeting state water quality standards that would benefit from the development of a site-specific study called a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and the implementation of a pollution control strategy. This compilation, called the 303(d) List, is subject to review and approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The 1998 version of the 303(d) List may be downloaded from the Department's Home Page at
www.state.tn.us/environment/water.htm.

Tennessee Clean Water Network strongly recommends that ALL WATERSHED GROUPS consider submitting information to Water Pollution Control. While the state already has a comprehensive list of impaired waters, do not assume every impaired water is on the list. Contact:  Gregory M. Denton, Manager Planning and Standards Section Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control 7th Floor, L & C Annex 401 Church Street Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1534  Electronic data and/or questions may be submitted to: [email protected]   In order to be fully incorporated into this process, data would need to be received by January 15, 2002. While the Division will consider all data submitted, we reserve the right to incorporate only those data that meet minimum quality standards.

3.  GRANT OPPORUNITY: Five Star Restoration Grant Program--Deadline: March 1, 2002.  The National Association of Counties, the Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with U.S. EPA and NOAA, are soliciting applications for the Five Star Restoration Challenge Grant Program. The Five Star Program provides
modest financial assistance for "on-the-ground" community-based wetland, riparian and coastal habitat restoration projects.  Ideally, the project should involve diverse partnerships of five Organizations or more that contribute funding, land, technical assistance, workforce support, and/or other in-kind services (including schools or youth groups; corporations, local businesses, conservation organizations or local citizen groups, state or federal resource agencies; and foundations or other funders). Preference will be given to projects that 1) are part of a larger watershed or community stewardship effort, 2) include specific provisions for long-term management and protection, and 3) demonstrate
the value of innovative, collaborative approaches to restoring the nation's waters. FY2002 Five Star Challenge Grant Announcement and Application form can be found at:
http://nfwf.org/programs/5star-rfp.htm  4.

4.  GRANT OPPORUNITY: Toyota Tapestry Grants-- Deadline January 17, 2002  Over the past eleven years, the Toyota Tapestry grant program, sponsored by Toyota and administered by National Science Teachers Association, has awarded 443 grants totaling nearly $4.5 million to teachers in the United States and US territories. This year 50 grants of
up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 are available to K-2 teachers of science in the following three categories: Environmental Science Education, Physical Science Applications, or Literacy and Science Education.  To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota Tapestry proposal. Proposals must describe a project including its potential impact on students, and a budget up to $10,000 (up to $2,500 for mini-grants). Complete information about this opportunity can be found at the NSTA website at .

5.  WATERSHED FORUM FINAL REPORT RELEASED:  National Watershed Forum
Final Report Nearly 500 delegates from every State and several Tribes gathered at the National Watershed Forum in June. The Forum was an unprecedented event designed to give voice to geographically, politically, and culturally diverse organizations interested in
protecting and restoring aquatic resources through geographically-based partnerships. The Final Report from the Forum is now available on-line at www.epa.gov/owow/forum.

6.  REPORT RELEASED: Protecting and Restoring America's Watersheds:
Status, Trends and Initiatives in Watershed Management

This new interagency report published by EPA's Office of Water describes watershed-related activities - projects, programs,  and coordination efforts- implemented in the recent past.  It explores the successes of selected case studies and evaluates programs and partnerships representative of the larger national efforts underway to move stakeholders toward a watershed management approach.  To order copies, call the National Environmental Service Center for Environmental Publications 1-800-490-9198.  Ask for EPA Publication #840-R-00-001. The report is also posted on the Web at: www.epa.gov/owow/protecting

7.  SOUTHERN FOREST ASSESSMENT RELEASED: Forest Service Releases Southern Forest Resource  Assessment Report USDA's Forest Service recently released the Southern Forest Resource Assessment Report, which documents and analyzes the factors affecting the forests of 13 Southern States. The Assessment addresses topics regarding the sustainability of forests in light of increasing urbanization and timber harvests, changing technologies such as chip mills, forest pests, climate changes and other factors. The intent was to provide a thorough description of forest conditions and trends to help the public understand these complex topics. You can view the report at www.srs.fed.us/sustain/index.htm. New Web Resources

8.  NEW WEBSITE RESOURCE: Capacity Building Web Site A new website, developed by a Nonpoint Source Capacity Building Workgroup, offers a suite of tools for watershed groups and local governments, including links for scientific support, engineering, information technology, project management, legal issues, and education and outreach. Check out the new site at www.epa.gov/owow/nps/capacity/index!

9.  NEW WEBSITE RESOURCE: Site EPA recently announced a new on-line resource designed to facilitate and support smart growth activities. The site provides information on the environmental benefits of smart growth, government influence on development patterns, the federal role, sample smart growth policies, funding sources, networking opportunities, and technical tools and resources. Visit www.epa.gov/smartgrowth

10.  NEW WEBSITE RESOURCE: EARTH FORCE/GREEN Web site Earth Force/Global
Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) recently launched a new web site that allows users to enter, analyze, and share data as they work to improve their local water resources. The site is adaptable to virtually any water quality monitoring protocol and includes hundreds of free resources, including interactive maps that allow users to plot
their monitoring site; data sheets; simple monitoring guides; and data analysis tools. The site also provides water quality monitoring organizations the ability to track and download data from their volunteers. Check out the new site at www.green.org.  

 

Other News

11.  RESOURCE:  Your Guide to Your Lake and Its Use: a Book for Lake Residents  Alexandria, Va. -- Is your lake a prime sport fishery ? or a swimmer's paradise? Or do you have a different idea how to use it? A brand-new book  gives you a road map for making your lake the best resource it can be.  Managing Lakes and Reservoirs, a 400-page manual
written for people  who live around lakes, answers all your questions on how to protect your lake or reservoir.  A citizens' guide with textbook information, this manual was written by nine limnologists and lake professionals with, collectively, more than 500 years experience working with lakes and reservoirs.  Look through the Contents and then turn to
your own lake interests  or problems.

You'll learn:
How to control algae.

Why you must manage the watershed along with the lake.
Why you might - or might not - want plants growing in your lake
What phosphorus does to your lake
How barley straw may help your lake
How to use models to predict how water quality may change
Why people are the most important part of lake management
And, the list goes on for nine chapters including sources of additional information.

Written and published by the Terrene Institute and the North American Lake Management Society in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Managing Lakes and Reservoirs was edited by Holdren of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, William Jones of Indiana University and Judith Taggart of the Terrene Institute.  Copies sell for $33.95
plus shipping, with special discounts available. For more information or to order a copy, visit or phone (800)  726-4853. Copies are also available from the North American Lake Management Society at www.nalms.org.


PROPOSED TENNESSEE AQAUTIC RESOURCE ALTERATION PERMITS
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PERMIT APPLICATION: NRS 01.402 APPLICANT: Brandon and Darlene Dyson 5623
Pinewood Road Franklin, TN 37064 LOCATION: unnamed tributary to Leipers Fork Creek near Leipers Fork in Williamson County

WATERSHED DESCRIPTION:
The project is proposed very near the source of the tributary. The stream is characterized as a first order, headwater stream with base flow less than one cubic foot per second. The stream has an existing small impoundment of less than one acre upstream of the proposed
impoundment and a larger existing impoundment of several acres located downstream. The watershed is partially wooded residential property estimated to be less than one hundred acres.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proposed work involves impoundment of the referenced waters. The dam would be an earthen structure approximately 15 feet tall with a proposed
water depth of 13 feet. The estimated size of the impoundment would be about two to three acres.

PERMIT COORDINATOR: Robby Baker, USGS TOPO
QUAD: Fairview, 56 NE

PERMIT APPLICATION: NRS #01-403 APPLICANT: City of Elkton City Hall, 110
Main Street Elkton, TN 38455 LOCATION: unnamed tributary to the Elk
River

WATERSHED DESCRIPTION: The unnamed intermittent tributary originates just north of the city of Elkton and flows south into the Elk River. The watershed has a combination of commercial, industrial, and residential development. The watercourse was determined to be a wet weather conveyance from its origin until it picks up spring flow downstream toward the confluence with the Elk River. The stream has stable banks with a limestone bedrock substrate and a natural step-pool sequence.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The City of Elkton proposes to relocate 6-inch discharge line from a recirculating sand filter type wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater treatment plant is currently designed for 8,000 gpd and will serve the Elkton School. The City of Elkton hopes to gradually expand the plant in increments up to 50,000 gpd to serve
residents and business. The proposed relocation would mount 208 feet of the 6" ductile iron pipe on piers that would be attached to the limestone bed of the stream. The pipe location was requested by the landowner and would provide a smoother entrance of the discharge pipe to the Elk River.

PERMIT COORDINATOR: Joey Woodard USGS TOPOGRAPHIC
QUADRANGLE: Elkton, TN (66 SW)

PERMIT APPLICATION: NRS 01.379 APPLICANT: Shelbyville Power, Water &
Sewerage System

LOCATION: Duck River mile 222.0 in Shelbyville, Bedford County

WATERSHED DESCRIPTION: The Duck River at this location is downstream of Normandy Dam. The Tennessee Valley Authority regulates the discharge from this dam to guarantee minimum flow at Shelbyville at 120 cubic feet per second (cfs) during winter and spring months with 165 cfs during the remainder of the year.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proposal involves increasing the existing public water supply at Shelbyville from the current withdrawal rate of 9.3 cfs (6 million gallons per day (mgd)) to 18.9 cfs (12 mgd). No construction work is proposed in the river or at the intake structure. The proposal does require plant expansion with estimated completion date of December 2003.

PERMIT COORDINATOR: Robby Baker USGS TOPO MAP: Shelbyville, TN 19 NW

PERMIT APPLICATION: NRS #01-381 APPLICANT: Larry E. Jones,
Superintendent City of Lewisburg, Water & Wastewater Department 100 Water Street Lewisburg, TN 37091 (931) 359-6831

LOCATION: East Fork
Globe Creek & Vickery Spring Creek Marshall County

WATERSHED DESCRIPTION: The watershed lies within a developing urban area. Land use is predominantly residential.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct 12 stream crossings to provide water and sewer service to an area of Lewisburg near I-65 and Highway 373. Each crossing will be excavated to the depths shown on the plans with an average excavation of 25 cubic yards. There will be minimal vegetation removal. Clay check dams will be installed to prevent stream flow loss. Streams shall be returned to pre-excavation grade and each crossing will be covered with natural cobble/slab rock as encountered during excavation. Stream banks will be stabilized with riprap and upland areas will be reseeded and covered with straw. Erosion controls will be used throughout the project to prevent loss of soil into the stream and until all disturbed areas are vegetated and/or stabilized. PERMIT COORDINATOR: Donna Wingfield

USGS TOPOGRAPHIC QUADRANGLE: Lewisburg and Campbell's Station, TN

PERMIT APPLICATION: NRS #01-317 APPLICANT: Tennessee Department of
Transportation Environmental Planning and Permits Division Suite 1200,
J.K. Polk Building 505 Deaderick St. Nashville, TN 37243-0338 (615)
532-5660

LOCATION: State Route 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd.) From 0.5 miles east of Harris Lane to 0.26 miles east of SR 109(Gallatin Bypass) Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee Liberty Branch (River Mile 0.8), two unnamed tributaries to Liberty Branch and East Camp Creek (River Mile 5.3), a tributary to Cumberland River. TDOT# 83076-1224-04

WATERSHED DESCRIPTION: The Liberty Branch watershed consists primarily of
agricultural lands. Land use is predominantly pasture/old field and agricultural row crop, with a limited amount of residential/commercial land and forest/secondary woods. Liberty Branch and the unnamed tributaries to Liberty Branch have moderate habitat quality and have been impacted by cattle. Impacts include: eroding, unstable banks,
excessive algal growth and disturbed channel/substrate. The unnamed tributaries are highly intermittent streams and offer limited habitat for aquatic organisms. The streambed of Liberty Branch varies from 25'-30' in width with a stream depth of 2" ?3'. The unnamed tributaries have a width of 2'-4' with a depth of 0"-4". East Camp Creek has a width of 20'-25' and a water depth of 2"-2'. East Camp Creek appears to have moderate to good aquatic habitat, but an adjacent golf course has removed most of the riparian vegetation along one bank, and a small creek drains the course into East Camp Creek.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct 1.961 mi. of State Route 386 beginning at 0.05 miles East of Harris Lane to 0.26 miles East of SR 109 (Gallatin Bypass), Sumner County, near Gallatin, TN. along a new and existing alignment for public use. The proposed project construction will consist of a typical 4-12 ft. lane divided highway. This proposed project also involves: 1) The relocation of the two intermittent unnamed tributaries to Liberty Branch into a new relocated single channel, which is to parallel the roadway on the south side. 2) A 191 ft. box culvert 3) An 83 ft. temporary channel TDOT
proposes to mitigate these impacts by constructing the relocated channel so that the length equals the footage lost in the original intermittent streams, and by planting trees on both sides of the channel to provide shade and bank stability. The proposed new channel will also be constructed of natural materials rather than rock riprap. TDOT also proposes to use the pending In-Lieu-Fee program for the 274" of additional impact from the culvert and the temporary channel. In addition three proposed crossings are expected to meet the requirements under the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's General Permit for Road Crossings. These include: 4) 156 ft., 3 span concrete girder bridge over Liberty Branch 5) 190 ft., 3 span concrete deck girder Bridge over East Camp Creek 6) Rock Wall Foundation of Old Spring House Right of Centerline The project would be staged in order to complete all necessary excavation in the dry. Standard erosion control
devices would be used to prevent sediment from entering flowing water. Upon completion of the work, all disturbed areas would be stabilized.
PERMIT COORDINATOR: Jennifer Wallens

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PROPOSED PERMITS
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Public Notice Notice No. 01- 97 Date: December 21, 2001 Nashville
District Application No. 2001-02019 Please address all comments to:
Nashville District Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch 3701 Bell Road,
Nashville, TN 37214 JOINT PUBLIC NOTICE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY AND STATE OF TENNESSEE SUBJECT: Proposed
Stream Relocation of an Unnamed Intermittent Tributary to Wolftever
Creek TO ALL CONCERNED:

APPLICANT: City of Collegedale Attn: Howell Graham P.O. Box 23251 Chattanooga, Tennessee 37422 LOCATION: Mile 0.5 Unnamed Tributary to Wolftever Creek Mile 15.5, Left Bank, Opposite Tennessee River Mile 478.6, Left Bank, Chickamauga Lake Area, Hamilton County, Tennessee, lat 35__3' 47.48", lon 85__4' 36.55", Ooltewah, TN Quadrangle DESCRIPTION:
The City of Collegedale proposes to develop a parcel of property for a retail business with parking, which would require the filling and relocation of an intermittent unnamed tributary. The proposal would consist of filling 475 feet of the existing tributary with approximately 510 cubic yards of clean earthen material and replacing it with 600 feet
of new stream channel. The existing channel has been previously relocated and is straight with steep slopes occurring diagonally across the property. It has a wide flat bottom width of 4-6 feet and a top of bank width of 6-10 feet, and is stabilized with riprap and planted trees in the riparian zone. The new channel would be constructed with a 12 foot-wide bottom shelf, a 2 foot-wide low flow channel, and a top of bank width of 28 feet. It would consist of meanders on an average gradient of 1.4%, and would have 2:1 side slopes. The channel 2 work would also occur within portions of an intermittent stream to the north
of the property. This intermittent stream would tie into and become part of the new channel. Native occurring trees would be planted within the channel and in the riparian zone to facilitate stability. The channel would also be lined with a stabilization mat and natural grass. The riparian zone at bank-full elevation would consist of 2 rows of trees on
10-foot centers. A 20-foot vegetated buffer would be established on both sides of the tributary also with native species similar to the naturally occurring vegetation. The mitigated stream would be held in perpetuity within the storm drain easement. The new channel would be constructed in the dry and would not receive water until bank stabilization has been established. The erosion control plan would generally consist of silt
booms within all exposed channels for use during rainfall events. Once the new channel is established, water would be diverted into it, and the existing channel would be filled in.

Public Notice Notice No. 01 - 95
Date: December 21, 2001
Nashville District Application No. 200101190
Please address all comments to: Nashville District Corps of Engineers,
Regulatory Branch 3701 Bell Road, Nashville, TN 37214
JOINT PUBLIC NOTICE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND TENNESSEE VALLEY
AUTHORITY AND STATE OF TENNESSEE SUBJECT:

Proposed Channel Fill and Culverting of an Unnamed Tributary to the Obed
River, Mile 34.6 Left Bank, Cumberland County, Tennessee

APPLICANT: City of Crossville, Tennessee For the Industrial Development Board 99 Municipal Avenue Crossville, Tennessee 38555

LOCATION: Unnamed Tributary to Obed River, Mile 34.6 Left Bank lat: 36-0-8 lon: 85-3-0
USGS ? Isoline/Crossville, TN

DESCRIPTION: The proposed work consists of the placement of fill in approximately 900 linear feet and culverting of another 900 feet of an unnamed tributary to the Obed River. The existing stream is shallow with a cobble substrate. The channel width varies from
1-2 feet in depth and 2-4 feet in width. A new channel approximately 220' in length would be constructed to replace a portion the existing impacted channel on site. The applicant proposes to construct a concrete box culvert approximately 650' long 8' x 8' under the plant facility and a box culvert approximately 250' long (8' x 8') would be placed as a road crossing to the plant along the relocated stream alignment. The new channel would be similar to the existing stream channel in size and substrate. All work would be performed in the dry. A plug would be left at the top and bottom of the newly 2 constructed channel and would be removed for diversion of stream flow, if present, after work in the new
channel has been completed and stabilized. The applicant proposes to conduct on-site and off-site mitigation for the proposed stream impacts. On-site mitigation would consist of the planting of native species of trees and vegetation along the relocated section of the stream. The applicant would install limestone barriers (see site plan) at various locations and construct 6.7 acres of wetlands on-site to improve water quality immediately downstream of the proposed site. Off-site mitigation would include the following: a) Cattle exclusion on 4448 feet of Meadow Creek and 2556 of bank structure restoration. b) Enhancement of 16.19 acres of prior converted wetlands by cattle exclusion and constructed berms to restore hydrology to the wetlands. Native trees and herbaceous cover would be planted to provide full cover. c) Two livestock crossings would be constructed to move cattle from field to field. Cattle would be provided watering facilities at various locations away from the stream.
d) Mitigation sites would be protected by placement of a Permanent Conservation Easement that would be equal or greater than thirty feet on each side of the stream channel and would encompass all of the enhanced wetland areas. These measures would provide positive impact on water quality of Meadow Creek. GranitiFiandre proposes to construct a ceramic tile plant at this location and has agreed to donate an initial sum of $15,000.00 and an additional $5000.00 each year to maintain and enhance the wetland areas located on their property. A local community group would use the donation specifically for improvements to the wetland. The wetland area would be available for use by GranitiFiandre employees and outside groups by permission of GranitiFiandre. The purpose of the proposed work is to prepare the site for the construction of a ceramic
tile plant. Plans of the proposed work are attached to this notice. Written statements received in this office on or before January 21, 2001, will become a part of the record and will be considered in the determination. Any response to this notice should be directed to the Regulatory Branch, Attention: Carl R. Olsen, at the above
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