September 9, 2000

 

Inside this Issue!

1.      Comment on TDEC’s Latest Draft Watershed Restoration Plan AND Update on Tennessee’s TMDL program

2.      Send an Internet Message to the TVA Resource Stewardship:  Water Quality Subcommittee

3.      Freedom to Know About Pollution in Your Backyard: Want to know about point source discharges in your area?  Check out this Resource!

4.      Tennesseans Sue Forest Service for Breaking Clean Water Law

5.      SOCM:  Citizen Hotline Set Up to Help Citizens Identify Bad Logging Practices

6.      ANNOUNCEMENT:  CALL for Papers on Sustainable Watersheds – Balancing Multiple Needs (10th Annual Lake Management Conference)

7.      ADOPT-A-RIVER EVENT:  OCTOBER  7

8.      Announcement and Call for Participants:  SAMAB’s 11th Annual Conference

 

 

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1.  Comment on TDEC’s Latest Draft Watershed Restoration Plan AND Update on Tennessee’s TMDL program

 

OUT FOR DRAFT COMMENT!   Comments are now being considered by TDEC regarding a draft TMDL for impacts of Fecal Coliform on Sinking Creek in the Watauga River watershed.  TCWN is looking for interested organizations and individuals to submit comments on this TMDL.  If this is a creek of concern to you, please call TCWN at 865-974-4884.

In addition, comments were submitted by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Tennessee Clean Water Network on the Nonconnah Creek TMDL for Copper and Lead

And earlier this summer, comments were submitted for the Nonconnah Creek Watershed Restoration Plan (or Total Maximum Daily Load) located in the Hatchie River watershed in West Tennessee.

WHAT TO DO:  We are looking to post our comments on the TCWN website shortly.  If you would like a copy of our comments or would like to work with us on a particular TMDL-listed waterbody, please contact us.  Contact information at the bottom.

2.      Send an Internet Message to the TVA Resource Stewardship:  Water Quality Subcommittee

Voice your opinion about how TVA should address water quality issues in the future!  As many of you probably already know, TVA convened a Federal Advisory Committee to evaluate the current status of TVA’s non-power programs. Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, represents environmental interests on this committee.  TCWN met with Dr. Smith some time ago to argue for the establishment of a water quality subcommittee which was established.  TCWN is represented on this subcommittee by Axel Ringe, a member of the TCWN Board of Directors.

Objective of Water Quality Subcommittee:

Study and examine issues relative to TVA’s efforts to improve water quality in the Tennessee River watershed. Formulate recommendations for consideration by the RRSC and submittal to TVA that would improve or otherwise enhance these efforts for the benefit of stakeholders in the Tennessee Valley.

 

Scope of Work Includes:

TVA’s watershed teams, especially their work with local communities Aquatic plant management Impact of reservoir operations options on water quality Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Source water protection in the context of interagency cooperation TVA oversight in water quantity and supply issues in the Tennessee Valley (e.g., withdrawals and interbasin transfers)

WHAT TO DO:  Log on to the TVA website www.tva.gov/rrsc/index.htm and tell EACH Resource Stewardship Council member your opinion about TVA’s efforts to improve water quality.  TCWN strongly encourages you to provide BOTH your opinion about what needs to be improved and what programs are worth saving.  TVA’s non-power programs are under attack and need support.

3.      Freedom to Know About Pollution in Your Backyard Want to know about point source discharges in your area:  Check out this Resource!

The EPA has set up a “Water Discharge Permits Query Form” that allows you to retrieve selected data from the Permit Compliance System (PCS) database in Envirofacts regarding facilities holding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

Specify the facilities by using any combination of facility name, geographic location, standard industrial classification, and chemicals. You may also select an output option.

This is really neat! http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/pcs/pcs_query_java.html

 

4.      Tennesseans Sue Forest Service for Breaking Clean Water Law [excerpt from press release]

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service for approving a timber sale in the Cherokee National Forest that would pollute streams already too dirty to meet Tennessee's water quality standards. 

 

Last year, the Forest Service approved a 131-acre timber sale on Rich Mountain in Unicoi County, an area of the national forest frequented by Knoxville resident Ray Payne and members of Cherokee Forest Voices for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and other activities.  The sale involves several large clearcuts and approximately 1.5 miles of road construction or repair on steep terrain that would result in significant sedimentation of the Nolichucky River and Broad Shoals Creek, the main streams draining the area.  Both waterways are listed by Tennessee as already too polluted to meet state water quality standards. 

 

Under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, states must identify streams that are too dirty for fishing, swimming, drinking or sustaining aquatic wildlife, and then develop plans to clean them up.  Once a stream is listed, the federal government cannot contribute additional sources of the pollutant. Tennessee has listed the Nolichucky River and its tributary, Broad Shoals Creek, for excessive sedimentation.

 

The citizens are asking the court to rescind the Forest Service's approval of the timber sale and compel the agency to complete the necessary analysis.

 

CONTACT:

Doug Ruley, SELC, (828) 285-9125

Catherine Murray, Cherokee Forest Voices, (423) 929-8163

 

5.  SOCM:  Citizen Hotline Set Up to Help Citizens Identify Bad Logging Practices

Starting September 1st 2000 the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has legal authority to order logging stopped if logging operations damage streams.  SOCM announced a special project to help citizens file complaints which can lead to "stop work" orders if water protection laws are violated.  The new law (Public Chapter 680) authorizes the TDEC to protect creeks, rivers and lakes from mud and silt runoff resulting from bad logging practices.  Damage caused by heavy equipment crossing streams or tree tops left in streams will also be grounds to order logging to be suspended.

   "Citizen complaints are the key to stopping bad logging as soon as it starts,"  said Brian Paddock, chair of the SOCM Forestry Committee. SOCM has set up toll free hotline at 877-437-7627 to take calls about logging damage.  "We have a short complaint form that we will fax or mail so complaints can be filed quickly.  Then TDEC should inspect the site and tell the logger what must be done to protect the water and comply with the law.  If the damage continues TDEC can order logging stopped until action is taken to avoid all mud run off and other damage to streams," said Mr. Paddock

Complaints may also be made using the TDEC form that is on the Internet At http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/logform.htm. Citizens can e-mail

the form back or print a copy and mail it to TDEC. Complaints may also be called in toll-free to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at 888-891-8332.

For more information:

Brian Paddock, chair SOCM Forestry Committee         931.268.2938

Don Clark, member SOCM Forestry Committee          931.277.5467

Marvin or Marg Ellis, SOCM president and member        423.562.9675

6.  ANNOUNCEMENT:  CALL for Papers on Sustainable Watersheds – Balancing Multiple Needs (10th Annual Lake Management Conference)

The 10th Annual Southeastern Lakes Management Conference will be held in our home state of Tennessee, March 21-23, 2001.  Anyone with an interest in the management and protection of southeastern lakes should attend.  The organizing committee for the NALMS conference are inviting oral and poster presentations that deal with all aspects of the management, protection, and restoration, of lakes, reservoirs, and watersheds.  Of special interest will be presentations dealing with the symposium theme.  Presentation topics include but are not limited to:  point and nonpoint sources of pollution, sprawl and smart growth, balancing multiple needs, recreation, development, and management, tourism and eco-tourism, clean boating campaign, TMDL development, water resource carrying capacity, agricultural BMPs and much more.  Abstracts cannot exceed 500 words and MUST include the title (all caps), authors with affiliations, addresses, phone numbers and email  Underline the presenting author.  Deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2000.  All speakers must pay the registration fee.

http://www.don-anderson.com/senalms2001/

Additional information can be obtained from Sue Robertson, TVA, 1101 Market St., CST 17D, Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801, 423-751-3747.

 

7.  ADOPT-A-RIVER EVENT:  OCTOBER  7

RIVER LOVERS: GET YOUR FEET WET!

Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

Adopt-A-River Seminar 2000

Saturday, Oct. 7

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Edwin Warner Park, Picnic Shelter #9 (off Vaughn Road)

NASHVILLE

Bring a Bag Lunch, Snacks and Beverages Provided

Discover the Joys of River Adoption

- how to watch over your favorite stream

- how to check its biological health

- how to organize a clean-up

- who to call if you need help

Open to the public.  Free parking.

9.      Announcement and Call for Participants:  SAMAB’s 11th Annual Conference

Mark your calendar for November 14-16 for SAMAB’s 11th Annual Fall Conference:  “Where the Rubber Meets the Road:  The Interface Between Public Agencies and Communities”  Abstracts for presentations are not being accepted through September 15, 2000.  Submit a paragraph or abstract to:  SAMAB, 314 Conference Center Building, Knoxville, TN 37996.  Phone:  865-974-4583 or Fax:  865-974-4609 or Email:  [email protected].  More information about what is required to be in the abstract is available on the SAMAB website. FOR MORE INFORMATION:  http://samab.org.

 

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