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
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!
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
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
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
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
* 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
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,
DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct 383 linear feet of gravity flow
12-inch sewer line. Approximately 60 linear feet shall traverse a jurisdictional
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
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
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
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 No. 01-58 Date: July 27, 2001
APPLICANT: Tennessee Department of Transportation Suite 1200, James K. Polk
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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