May 2, 2003

1) TCWN WORKING FOR YOU! Protecting the Little Tennessee Watershed
2) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: Public Hearing on SR-840 Permits in Williamson County
3) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: Public Hearing on Robert Clear Coal Company Permits
4) NEWS: Recent Article Focuses on Bush Administration's Assault on the Clean Water Act
5) NEWS: Comment Period Closes on Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
6) NEWS: Earth Day 2003 - A Celebration of 30 Years of Improvements in Nation's
Water Quality
7) EVENT: French Broad River Festival - May 9-11, 2003
8) RESOURCE: Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants
9) RESOURCE: Community Assistance Program Grants
10) RESOURCE: EPA Educational Materials for Stormwater
11) PUBLIC NOTICE: NPDES Permits
12) PUBLIC NOTICE: TDEC Mining Section NPDES Permits
13) PUBLIC NOTICE: Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) Notices
14) PUBLIC NOTICE: US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Permit Notices

1) TCWN WORKING FOR YOU! Protecting the Little Tennessee Watershed
For the past several years, TCWN has been heavily engaged in the relicensing of four hydroelectric dams on the Little Tennessee River. The hydroelectric dams, operated by a subsidiary of Alcoa Aluminum, must go through a full environmental and economic analysis prior to getting a new license for the next 20-50 years. TCWN has identified the permanent protection of the Little Tennessee watershed surrounding the four hydroelectric dams as a top priority for mitigation impacts. Following several years of research and intensive meetings with a large group of stakeholders engaged in the process, TCWN brought together several key interest groups including state and federal agencies along with other non-governmental organizations to work toward watershed protection of the privately owned lands on the Little Tennessee. The key interest groups, currently calling themselves TIGRA (Tennessee Interest
Groups and Resource Agencies), have focused their negotiations on the protection of the watershed and the development of a mitigation fund for protection of these lands. It is expected that negotiations with Tapoco will continue throughout the summer.

2) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: Public Hearing on SR-840 Permits in Williamson County
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Water Pollution Control will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 5, 2003 at 6:00 P. M. CDT at Fairview High School, 2595 Fairview Blvd, Fairview, Tennessee, 37062. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit public comments regarding an application by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits pursuant to the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977 and §401 Water Quality Certifications pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act (Permit Number NRS02.350) for the proposed construction of 6.43 miles of SR-840 from southwest of SR-100 to west of Bending Chestnut Road in Williamson County, Tennessee.

TDOT is seeking permits that would authorize stream and wetlands crossings along the proposed alignment. These crossings would include Copperas Branch, White Oak Branch, South Harpeth Creek, Kelly Creek, unnamed tributaries of the South Harpeth River and Turnbull Creek. Impacts to all waters would be in headwaters in the vicinity of the Duck/Harpeth River watershed divide.

A Joint Public Notice (P/N 02-75) was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on November 8, 2002 concerning the proposed project. That notice can be reviewed via the internet at: http://www.orn.usace.army.mil/cof/notices/02-75.pdf

A previous public hearing was held in Williamson County on January 14, 2003. Issues that arose during the first public hearing concerning the legibility of diagrams contained in the original notice, failure to provide written notice to interested parties, and the water quality status of certain waters resulted in a decision by the division to issue, concurrently, a second Public Notice (PN#03-30) of the proposed permits and this notice for a second public hearing.

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed project are invited to deliver oral or written comment at the public hearing. The hearing officer will limit all testimony to relevant water quality issues and may limit testimony in the interest of time, however, all persons desiring to speak will be afforded an opportunity to do so. The public is also invited to submit comments in writing to the Division at the address printed below. The comments must be received by close of business on June 9, 2003. After considering all public comments, a final permit decision and a notice of the Division's determinations will be announced. The permit application and supporting documentation are available for review at the Division office during business hours at the following address:
State of Tennessee
Division of Water Pollution Control attn: Brian Canada 7th Floor, Life and Casualty Annex 401 Church Street Nashville, TN 37243-1534
Telephone # 615/532-0660

Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/new.php

3) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: Public Hearing on Robert Clear Coal Company Permits
The Division of Water Pollution Control, Mining Section, will hold a joint public hearing at:
7:00 P. M. EST
May 27, 2003
Elk Valley Elementary School
Pioneer, TN
At the hearing, the Department will receive public comments concerning the issuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and an Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) to the following applicant:
Robert Clear Coal Company
P. O. Box 352
LaFollette, TN 37766
Mine Area 9
NPDES Permit TN0076376 (Draft)
ARAP M2003-05 (Draft)

This proposed coal surface and auger mine, coal storage facility, and load-out area would discharge treated wastewater and storm water into Dan Branch tributary, Lick Fork tributaries, Botts Hollow tributary, Capuchin Creek, Drew Branch, Granny Barnes Branch, Incline Hollow, Jeffers Hollow, Jeffers Hollow tributary, Little Elk Creek, and Little Elk Creek tributary in Campbell and Scott Counties. The Division of Water Pollution Control, Mining Section, advertised its tentative decision to issue the NPDES permit in Public Notice M2003-06, dated March 31, 2003.

The draft ARAP covers proposed projects associated with the coal mining operation. The company proposes watershed restoration activities designed to decrease sediment loads to downstream reaches and to restore surface drainage patterns within the permit area. The ARAP was advertised on PN M2003-05, dated March 17, 2003.

Written testimony will be accepted through the hearing date and for ten days thereafter. Interested persons may obtain additional information, a copy of the draft permit, and inspect and copy forms at the Division of Water Pollution Control office located at 2700 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 220, Knoxville, TN 37921. Phone (865) 594-6035.

Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/new.php

4) NEWS: Recent Article Focuses on Bush Administration's Assault on the Clean Water Act
Ted Williams, outdoor writer for Fly Rod and Reel magazine, has written an excellent article explaining the ecological values of headwater streams and outlining the assault that the Bush Administration is making on their protections via the Clean Water Act. Follow the link below to this read about the quiet disaster that is befalling the headwaters of this country.
http://www.flyrodreel.com/conservation.html

Source: Tennessee Environmental News

5) NEWS: Comment Period Closes on Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
The comment period closed on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on April 16. The dust is still settling and it will take a while for EPA to tally and post all the comments submitted on the plan to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act. However, at
latest count we know that EPA received more than 115,000 comments - the vast majority of them from national, state, and local groups and citizens and other allies working to stop the
administration from changing the definition of "waters of the United States" to leave many streams, ponds, and wetlands unprotected. Thank you for rallying to help save the Clean Water Act!

Source: Clean Water Network listserve

6) NEWS: Earth Day 2003 - A Celebration of 30 Years of Improvements in Nation's
Water Quality
Using historical records and water quality data archived over the past 60 years, a retrospective study evaluates the impact of the 1972 Clean Water Act on long-term water quality trends in the nation's rivers and estuaries. Previously elusive answers to critical questions about the effectiveness of the regulatory requirements of the 1972 Clean Water Act are now available in
Progress in Water Quality: An Evaluation of the National Investment in Municipal Wastewater Treatment published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2000 (www.epa.gov/owm/wquality/benefits.htm) and Municipal Wastewater Treatment: Evaluating Improvements in National Water Quality published in 2002 by John Wiley & Sons (www.wiley.com).

For the complete story visit:
http://www.epa.gov/water/waternews/2003/042203.html#1

Source: RiverInfo, a River Network listserve

7) EVENT: French Broad River Festival - May 9-11, 2003
Friday: Local bluegrass music, race registration, vending, camping at festival site.
Saturday: Vending and live music from noon to midnight. Afternoon race down the French Broad River, silent auction, raffle drawing. Located on the Hot Springs Spa and Campground property. For more information contact Mark Mickey or Chris Donochod at [email protected]

8) RESOURCE: Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants
Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants (AWPPGs) provide eligible applicants an
opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination, dissemination, and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. Priority will be given to funding projects that address two areas identified by EPA for FY 2003: (1) strengthening partnerships between EPA and groups promoting watershed protection and
restoration, and (2) improving the guidance and technology to successfully develop and implement watershed plans and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) although AWPPGs can continue to be used by recipients to build and refine any element of a comprehensive watershed program. Interstate associations, intertribal consortia, and non-profit, non-governmental organizations are eligible to apply.

For complete information visit:
http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/funding/awpd_rfip_fy2003.html

Source: RiverInfo, a River Network listserve

9) RESOURCE: Community Assistance Program Grants
The National Forest Foundation has established a Community Assistance Program (CAP) to promote the creation of locally-based forest partnerships. Newly-forming (or formed) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants in the $5K-$15K range. Grants may be used for a wide range of needs including: basic start-up and operating costs, materials and equipment, technical assistance, training, consultants, community outreach, obtaining 501(c)(3) status, program development, group facilitation, nonprofit management skill-building, and communications.

For additional information, visit http://www.natlforests.org/

10) RESOURCE: EPA Educational Materials for Stormwater
Phase II of the NPDES stormwater regulations place new requirements on approximately 5,000 smaller cities and towns and as many as 200,000 construction sites (1 to 5 acres) nationwide. In order to help states and communities implement the new requirements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a CD-based outreach kit as part of the ongoing celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. The materials will help communities reach out to a wide variety of audiences, including homeowners, construction site operators, and businesses. Local officials can use the CD to customize these materials with their agency's name, address, and phone number so citizens will know where to turn for more information.

The complete Stormwater Month collection of materials is available at www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwatermonth. You can also order the CD, which includes all the files you'll need to customize these publications, as well as a complete reference library for the NPDES stormwater program, including regulations, guidance documents, and more.
Source: Clean Water Network listserve
11) PUBLIC NOTICE: NPDES Permits
TDEC has posted the following draft environmental permits to solicit comments and information necessary to evaluate the potential impact of the proposed activities on human health and the environment. Submit comments by mail to TDEC, Division of Water Pollution Control, 6th Floor, L&C Tower, 401 Church St., Nashville, TN 37243, Attn: Public Notice Coordinator; by fax at (615) 532-0503; or by email at [email protected] Comments must be received by MAY 26, 2003.

Individual NPDES Permits
Proposed Reissuances
Applicant name Savannah STP
Permit number TN0061565 Permit Writer PRM EAC Jackson
Major discharger Yes
Location 2830 Legion Drive
County Hardin
City Savannah
Zip 38372
Description of activity Treatment of municipal sewage
Effluent description treated municipal wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Horse Creek mile 7.8
Facility latitude 35.249167 Facility longitude -88.208056

Applicant name Paris STP
Permit number TN0061271 Permit Writer PRM EAC Jackson
Major discharger Yes
Location
County Henry
City Paris
Zip 38242
Description of activity Treatment of municipal sewage
Effluent description treated municipal wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream mile 0.5 of unnamed tributary to Bailey Fork Creek at mile 6.2
Facility latitude 36.296111 Facility longitude -88.260833
Applicant name Johnson City (Holston River) STP
Permit number TN0028789 Permit Writer PRM EAC Johnson City
Major discharger Yes
Location 228 Airport Road
County Washington
City Gray
Zip 37615
Description of activity Treatment of municipal sewage
Effluent description treated municipal wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream South Fork Holston River Mile 18.0
Facility latitude 36.447222 Facility longitude -82.441667
Applicant name West Middle and Elementary School
Permit number TN0025151 Permit Writer HVA EAC Johnson City
Major discharger No
Location 4154 South Wilcox Drive
County Sullivan
City Kingsport
Zip 37660
Description of activity Extended aeration
Effluent description treated domestic wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Horse Creek at mile 6.2
Facility latitude 36.477222 Facility longitude -82.588333

Proposed Terminations
Applicant name Windsor Forestry Tools, L.L.C.
Permit number TN0075060 Permit Writer WDM EAC Jackson
Major discharger No
Location 6004 Windsor Road
County Gibson
City Milan
Zip 38358
Description of activity Manufacture chainsaw chains and bars for the forestry industry.
Effluent description non-contact cooling water through Outfall 001
Receiving stream Clear Creek at mile 2.6 to Wolf Creek at mile 3.5
Facility latitude 35.882222 Facility longitude -88.761944
Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/wpcppo/mdi/

12) PUBLIC NOTICE: TDEC Mining Section NPDES Permits
TDEC Mining Section has posted the following proposals to issue, reissue, deny or terminate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits as listed below. These permits authorize and regulate discharges of treated wastewater and/or storm water from mining and processing facilities, including access roads and haul roads located within the affected areas. Send comments to TDEC Mining Section, Attn: Public Notice Coordinator, 2700 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 220, Knoxville, TN 37921 by MAY 19, 2003

Non-Coal Proposed Issuance
Almar Rock, Inc., 139 United Drive, Jackson, TN 38305-8812. Birdsong Mine, NPDES Permit TN0076392. This proposed construction sand and gravel mining facility, located at latitude 35_52_00_, longitude 87_57_30_, will discharge treated wastewater and storm water to an unnamed tributary of the Kentucky Reservoir (Tennessee River) in Benton County.

Non-Coal Proposed Reissuances
Rogers Group, Inc., P. O. Box 25250, Nashville, TN 37202. Cowan Quarry, NPDES Permit TN0066311. This existing limestone quarry and processing facility, with an asphalt plant, located at latitude 35_09_20_, longitude 86_00_35_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water into an unnamed tributary to Boiling Fork Creek and into an unnamed tributary to Keith Cove Creek in Franklin County. The operator has certified that there will be no changes to the wastewater and storm water treatment systems and has requested permit renewal based on current "Approved" plans.

Rogers Group, Inc., P. O. Box 25250, Nashville, TN 37202-5250. Cross Plains Quarry, NPDES Permit TN0072028. This existing limestone quarry and processing facility, located at latitude 36_32_21_, longitude 86_38_35_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water to an unnamed tributary of the South Fork of the Red River in Robertson County.

Rogers Group, Inc., P. O. Box 25250, Nashville, TN 37202-5250. Grundy County Quarry, NPDES Permit TN0066541. This existing limestone quarry and processing facility, located at latitude 35_22_10_, longitude 85_49_27_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water to an unnamed tributary of Jay Creek in Grundy County.

Rogers Group, Inc., P. O. Box 25250, Nashville, TN 37202. Sparta Quarry, NPDES Permit TN0063509. This existing limestone quarry and processing facility, located at latitude 35_56_ 52_, longitude 85_30_15_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water into the groundwater via unimproved sinkholes in White County. The operator has certified that there will be no changes to the wastewater and storm water treatment systems and has requested permit renewal based on current "Approved" plans.

Vulcan Construction Materials, LP, Airpark II, Suite B-19, 1410 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37217-2983. River Road Quarry, NPDES Permit TN0003549. This existing limestone quarry and processing facility with an asphalt concrete plant, located at latitude 36_07_51_, longitude 86_55_02_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water to Overall Creek in Davidson County.

Non-Coal Proposed Termination
Nolichuckey Sand Company, Inc., 1980 Greystone Road, Greeneville, TN 37743. Nolichuckey River Dredging Operation (Site 1), NPDES Permit TN0065846. This former sand and gravel river dredge operation located at latitude 36_09_20_, longitude 82_43_15_, discharged treated wastewater and storm water to the Nolichuckey River at River Mile 60 in Greene County. The site is inactive and onshore processing equipment has been removed.

Coal Proposed Issuance
Tennessee Mining, Inc., P. O. Box 465, Jacksboro, TN 37757. SRS Surface Mine, NPDES Permit TN0076198, SMCRA Permit 3066. This proposed surface coal mine, located at latitude 36o04_08_, longitude 84o23_54_, will discharge treated wastewater and storm water to Hundred Acre Hollow and Prudential Hollow in Morgan County.

Coal Proposed Reissuance
Consolidation Coal Company, P. O. Box 1289, Bluefield, VA 24605. Matthews Mining Complex, NPDES Permit TN0048895, SMCRA Permit 2449. This reclaimed underground coal mine and preparation plant, located at latitude 36_29_39_, longitude 83_53_07_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water to Tackett Creek and Spruce Lick Creek in Claiborne County. The operator has certified that there will be no changes to the wastewater and storm water treatment systems and has requested permit renewal based on current "Approved" plans.

Coal Proposed Reclamation
East Fork, 116 Green Acres, Jamestown, TN 38553. Area 1, NPDES Permit TN0063398, SMCRA Permit 2853. This reclaimed surface coal mine, located at latitude 36_17_26_, longitude 84_57_32_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water to Fern Camp Creek in Fentress County.

Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/wpcppo/mining/

13) PUBLIC NOTICE: Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) Notices
The following is a list of Public Notices from TDEC of permitting decisions, public hearings, and rulemaking activities. Public comment and participation are encouraged on all of these issues. Comments must be received within 30 days of the date that the notice is posted. Comments on any issue are welcome at any time and may be made by sending e-mail to [email protected]

May 2, 2003

NRS02.445 US Forest Service, road reconstruction, Paint Creek, Greene County, Tennessee

NRS03.108 Tennessee Valley Authority, clamshell-dredging at coal barge un-loader and plant intake channel; Johnsonville Fossil Plant (JOF), Tennessee River, Kentucky Reservoir; Humphreys County, Tennessee
April 14, 2003
NRS02.480 Pikeville Natural Gas Systems; multiple gas line crossings, Sequatchie River, Skillern Creek, Cove Branch, Hall Creek and Unnamed Tributaries to Hall Creek, Cove Branch and Sequatchie River, Bledsoe County

NRS03.017 TDOT SR139; Channel Relocation Crowder Branch, Jefferson County, TN, TDOT # 35009-1228-94

NRS03.028 Harpeth Valley Utilities District, main trunk gravity sewer interceptor; Overall Creek, tributary to Cumberland River, in Bellevue, Davidson County

NRS03.034 TDOT SR125; Bridge and Approaches Over Piney Creek and Channel Relocation, Hardeman County, TN TDOT#35009-1228-94

NRS03.076 TDOT Feathers Chapel Rd.; Bridge and Approaches over branch of Treadville Creek, Fayette County, TN TDOT#24022-1412-94

NRS03.079 Madison County Highway Department; channel relocation and encapsulation for Ridgecrest Road Project Extension, Unnamed tributary to Johnson Creek, Madison County

NRS03.086 Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust; Culvert and fill, Unnamed Tributary to Meridian Creek and Adjacent Wetlands in Madison County

NRS03.101 TDOT SR-100; Road Widening; Sleepy Hollow Creek/Overby Branch, Williamson County, TN, TDOT#94013-1207-04

NRS03.139 TDOT SR-160/348; Maintenance; Mink Creek, Cocke and Greene County, TN. TDOT#98014-4272-04
Source: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/wpc/wpcppo/arap/
14) PUBLIC NOTICE: US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Permit Notices
The following is a list of Public Notices issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District for work in waters of the United States. The notices listed are for applications currently under review. All work is proposed unless otherwise noted. 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

Notice No.

03-39 - Expires 6/2/2003, Cumberland Yacht Harbor, Proposed Excavation for Recessed Commercial Marina, Mill Creek Mile 0.2, Opposite Cumberland River Mile 194.5L, Cheatham Lake, Davidson County, TN

03-40 - Expires 5/15/2003, Charles Elcan, Proposed Gravel Removal, Mile 6.4L South Harpeth River, Davidson County, TN

03-36 - Expires5/24/2003, Neal G. Clement, MD, Existing Mechanized Land Clearing, Wetland Fill and Proposed Wetland Restoration Plan, Adjacent to Sinking creek within Harding Bottoms, Tennessee River Mile 245.8R, Lauderdale County, AL

03-37 - Expires 5/21/2003, Mr. Ed Loy, Jr., Proposed Channel Dredging and Riprap, Little Turkey Creek Mile 1.9R, Opposite Tennessee River Mile 616.5R, Fort Loudon Lake, Knox County, TN

03-34 - Expires 5/16/2003, Town of Grant, AL, Proposed Municipal Wastewater Outfall, Tennessee River Mile 370.2R, Guntersville Lake, Marshall County, AL

03-27 - Expires 5/16/2003, Kay Archer, Proposed Access Dredging, Private Boat Dock, and Boat Ramp, Muddy Creek, Opposite French Broad River Mile 41.0L, Jefferson County, TN

03-35 - Expires 5/19/2003, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Proposed Overpass, Sinking Creek, Somerset, Pulaski County, KY

03-33 - Expires 5/14/2003, Teague Brothers Sand and Gravel, Inc., Proposed Commercial Sand and Gravel Dredging, Tennessee River Miles 112.0 to 121.0; 126.0 to 128.5; 128.5 to 130.0 left descending bank; 130.0 to 135.0; 136.0 to 140.0; 143.5 to 144.0 left descending bank; 144.0 to 145.5; 147.0 to 148.5; 150.0 to 152.0; 155.5 to 156.5; 172.0 to 173.0; 173.0 to 176.5 left descending bank; 176.5 to 182.0; 184.0 to 189.0; 193.0 to 194.0; 194.0 to 195.0 left descending bank, Harding, Perry, Humphreys, and Decatur Counties, TN
03-32 - Expires 5/5/2003, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Proposed Wetland Development Fill, Burtons Branch, Putnam County, TN

03-26 - Expires 5/4/2003, Chapman Certified Properties, L.P., Proposed Channel Fill and Channel Relocation, Unnamed Tributary to Stock Creek, Little River Mile 3.1R, Knox County, TN

Source: http://www.orn.usace.army.mil/cof/notices.htm