August 6, 2001

Inside this Issue!

1. ANNOUNCEMENT - SAVE THE DATE - Nov 9-11, Joint TCWN TEC Conference on Water/Sprawl Issues in Tennessee
2. Public Hearing Notice:  Water Withdrawal Permit in Summertown, TN
2. USFWS proposes reintroduction of four fishes--the duskytail darter, smoky madtom, yellowfin madtom, and the spotfin chub--into the Tellico River in Monroe County, Tennessee.
3. Message Kit Available:  BIODIVERSITY AND SPRAWL
4. Report on Bush Administration Clean Water Choices
5. Tennessee PERMIT APPLICATIONS ? Look for activities in your local area!

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1.  MARK YOUR CALENDARY!  Our annual conference will be NOVEMBER 9-11! at Lakeside Resort in Smithville, TN!

TN Clean Water Network (TCWN) & TN Environmental Council (TEC) Present a Conference on Clean Water/Sprawl Issues in TN:

Mark your calendars for TCWN's 4th Annual Conference, offered jointly by TCWN and TEC, to be held November 9-11, 2001 The conference will focus on clean water issues and sprawl issues in Tennessee.

DAY ONE of the conference (Saturday) will feature a popular nationally syndicated radio talk show host (invited) and workshops on working on measures in your watershed that protect against sprawl and water pollution.  On Saturday night, we will have fun, music, and you can meet people from Across Tennessee that are working on water and sprawl related issues.

DAY TWO of the conference (optional) will feature a series of recreational events including a canoe trip, a hiking trip, a trip on Centerhill Lake, and possibly some craft-based activities.

BRING THE FAMILY!!

2. Public Hearing Notice:  Water Withdrawal Permit in Summertown

The TN Division of Water Pollution Control will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2001 at 7 pm CT in the cafeteria of the Summertown High School, 411 West College Street, to solicit public comment regarding an application by Summertown Utility District for a water withdrawal permit.

The permit would authorize the withdrawal of up to one million gallons per day of water from the Buffalo River at Henryville in Lawrence County.  Comments must be received by August 17, 2001.

3.  USFWS proposes reintroduction of four fishes--the duskytail darter, smoky madtom, yellowfin madtom, and the spotfin chub--into the Tellico River in Monroe County, Tennessee.

The fishes would be introduced between the backwaters of Tellico Reservoir and the Tellico Ranger Station.  The Service proposes to designate these populations as Nonessential Experimental Populations
under the Endangered Species Act.   This special status provides more flexibility and regulatory relief to agencies proposing to conduct activities that may affect the experimental populations.  For more
information, contact Richard Biggins, Asheville Field Office, at 828-258-3939, extension 228 or [email protected]

4.  Message Kit:  BIODIVERSITY AND SPRAWL

The Biodiversity Project just published a message kit focused on communications strategies to connect biodiversity and sprawl.  "Getting on Message: Making the Biodiversity-Sprawl Connection" can be found on their website at http://www.biodiverse.org/mediakit.htm or email    <[email protected]> to order a copy (at $15 each).

5. Report on Bush Administration Clean Water Choices

NRDC released "Clean Water, Clear Choice: Upcoming Bush Administration Decisions on Water Pollution" on its Web site to give reporters, producers and editorial writers a check list of pending federal decisions on protecting water. Check out the report at the following link:(<http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/cwcc/cwccinx.asp>)

NRDC's new report, "Clean Water, Clear Choice: Upcoming Bush Administration Decisions on Water Pollution," explains the significance of these decisions.

The report reviews the following issues:
 *     Permits to destroy America's wetlands. NRDC expects the Army  Corps of Engineers to propose weaker wetlands standards within the  next few days.
 *     PCBs in the Hudson River. NRDC expects the Environmental  Protection Agency to make an official decision on General Electric's  PCB dumping in the Hudson River by September, but the agency could
 make it as early as this week.
 *     Raw sewage discharges. NRDC expects that in the next few months  the Bush administration will make a decision on preventing sewage and  its health hazards from spilling into streets, basements and
 waterways.
 *     Arsenic in drinking water. Violating the Safe Drinking Water  Act, President Bush delayed the decision to prevent cancer-causing  arsenic levels in our drinking water.
 *     Radon in drinking water. The administration recently missed a  deadline to establish radon standards, violating the Safe Drinking  Water Act.
 *     Parasites in drinking water. The administration also missed a  deadline to protect Americans who use small drinking water systems  from the health risks caused by parasites.> *     Impaired waters. The
moratorium on the "total maximum daily  load" rule designed to clean up polluted waters expires in October,  and the administration recently proposed an additional 18-month delay.
 *     "Isolated" wetlands. The administration will need to make a  decision soon regarding its interpretation of the scope of the recent  Supreme Court ruling on isolated wetlands.

6.  Proposed Alterations of Tennessee Streams:  PERMIT APPLICATIONS ?
Look for actions in your local area!

Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits

PERMIT APPLICATION NUMBER :01-191
APPLICANT: City of Church Hill, Church Hill, TN 37642
LOCATION: Unnamed Tributary to Alexander Creek Central Avenue, Church Hill, Tn, Hawkins County
DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct 383 linear feet of gravity flow 12-inch sewer line. Approximately 60 linear feet shall traverse a jurisdictional wetland.

PERMIT APPLICATION NUMBER'S: 01-141
APPLICANT: Rogers Group, Inc., Nashville, TN 37202-5250
LOCATION: State Route 26: from Dowelltown City Limits to West of Smithville, Unnamed Tributary to Drivers Branch - DeKalb County.
DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to encapsulate 400 linear feet of the unnamed tributary to facilitate construction of State Route 26. TDOT was issued an ARAP to extend this box culvert for highway construction. The applicant requests a permit to extend it another 400 linear feet for the deposition of excess soil from the SR 26 construction project.

PERMIT APPLICATION NUMBER : 01-119
APPLICANT: East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG), 5400 Westheimer Court Houston, TX 77056
LOCATION: The Murray Project: Hamilton, Bedford, Moore, Franklin, Marion, Marshall, Grundy, McMinn, and Sequatchie Counties.
DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct a total of 46.45 miles of uprate sections, one new compressor station, additional compression at two existing stations, as well as associated valves, piping, and appurtenant facilities. Twelve wetlands totaling 9.32 acres will be temporarily impacted with emergent wetlands the most prevalent wetland habitat within the Murray Project. Approximately 49 streams will be crossed as listed in Table #3. ETNG's construction R.O.W. will vary from 75 (wetland crossing) to 100-feet. ETNG will use standard cross-country construction methods to install the pipeline which consist of clearing, grading, trenching, stringing of pipe, pipe bending, welding, coating, placing in trench, backfilling, cleanup and hydrostatic testing.

PERMIT APPLICATION: NRS #01-158
APPLICANT: John D. Arnold, 1065 Baucham Rd., Waynesboro, TN 38485
LOCATION: Goodin Branch, Parsons, TN
DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to create a 9-acre seasonal impoundment on Goodin Branch, an in intermittent tributary of the Tennessee River in Decatur County. The impoundment would be
created to attract migratory waterfowl. There is an existing water control structure and seasonal impoundment on this watercourse just downstream. An earthen levee 4 feet high with 2:1 slopes would be constructed and stabilized with vegetation to prevent erosion.

PERMIT APPLICATION: NRS #01-215
APPLICANT: John C. Tidwell, 642 Oak Shadow New Johnsonville, TN 37134
LOCATION: unnamed tributary to Harmon Creek Plant, TN
DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to seasonally impound 504 ft. of an unnamed tributary to Harmon Creek. The tributary is a small, perennial spring that originates just upstream of the applicant's
property. There is an existing water control structure on this watercourse just downstream. The applicant would construct an earthen levee 4 feet high with 2:1 slopes to create a 3.14-acre impoundment from
late November to April each year.

PERMIT APPLICATION NUMBER :01-156
APPLICANT: Lexington Water Works, 54 Monroe Street Lexington, TN 38351
LOCATION: Western tributary to Pine Lake Stegal Road Water Line Extension Center Hill, Henderson County
DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct a 6-inch water main through approximately 900 linear feet of jurisdictional wetland. The wetland shall be traversed by the directional bore method. An entrenched silt fence with staked hay bales shall be installed to prevent sediment from entering adjacent waters of the state.

U.S. ARMY COPRS OF ENGINEER NOTICES
Public Notice Public Notice No. 01-49 Date: July 25, 2001
Nashville District Application No. 200101113
Please address all comments to:
Nashville District Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch
P.O. Box 1070, Nashville, TN 37202-1070
SUBJECT: Proposed Municipal Water Intake, Mile 28.9R Watauga River, City of Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee
APPLICANT: City of Elizabethton, 136 S. Sycamore Street Elizabethton, TN 37643-3328
LOCATION: Mile 28.9R, Watauga River, Carter County, Tennessee
DESCRIPTION: The proposed work consists of the construction of a new municipal water intake in conjunction with a new water filtration treatment plant. The applicant proposes to excavate approximately 555 cubic yards of material from the existing riverbank. The current City water supply strategy for this new source is a treatment facility to provide a minimum 2.0 MGD average daily supply in the near future. This would supplement their three existing ground water treatment facilities, which
have been adversely impacted by the drought conditions of the past three years. Ultimately, this new source would be a regional supply for most Carter County residents, and a treatment facility to supply 8.0 MGD  average daily demand. Under a future 8.0-MGD average daily flow plant capacity scenario, the treatment facility would have the ability to meet a 16.0-MGD peak daily demand. For the purposes of this permit action, the immediate peak river withdrawal would be only 4.0 MGD; however, the City
requests consideration of a future peak withdrawal of 16.0 MGD. Written statements received in this office on or before August 25, 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: Maryellen Ehmann, at the
above address, telephone (615) 369-7517.

Public Notice
Public Notice No. 01-58 Date: July 27, 2001
APPLICANT: Tennessee Department of Transportation Suite 1200, James K. Polk Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION: The proposed work consists of the modification of intermittent stream channels in order to widen a 2.2-mile section of Wilson Pike, just east of Cool Springs Galleria, in Williamson County, Tennessee. The work would occur on the east side of the existing road
right-of-way to avoid impacts to the Ravenswood Historic Site on the west. Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider this
application. Requests for public hearings shall state, with particularity, the reasons for holding a public hearing. Written statements received in this office on or before August 27, 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: Lisa R. Morris, at the above ad-dress, telephone (615) 369-7504.

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