September 23, 2000

 

Inside this Issue!

1.      PUBLIC MEETINGS - Public Hearings to Address Water Pollution from Forestry Practices!

2.      EVENT - ALASKA SLIDE SHOW:  Alaska Comes to Tennessee

3.      EVENT\ -  ADOPT-A-RIVER EVENT:  OCTOBER  7

4.   RESOURCE:  New Summary of Final TMDL Rule Available

5.      ACTION ALERT:  Tell the Clinton Administration to Get Raw Sewage Out of Our Waters.  SEND EASY INTERNET MESSAGE BY LOGGING ONTO NRDC WEBSITE!

6.      RESOURCE:  Online Access to a Wealth of Water Quality Data

7.      NEWS – Governor Signs Interbasin Transfer Act

8.      CONFERENCE:  Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring: Overcoming Boundaries

9.      PUBLIC NOTICES FROM U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

 

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***1.  PUBLIC HEARINGS TO ADDRESS WATER POLLUTION FROM FORESTRY PRACTICES

 

Tennessee is holding a series of hearings before the Department of Agriculture to consider adoption and promulgation of Silvicultural Best Management Practices rules and Stop Work Orders rules pursuant to the Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) Section 69-3-101.

 

 DATE                         HEARING LOCATION                                  TIME

 

October 26, 2000        Pellissippi State Technical Community College   7:00 p.m. EDT

                                    10915 Hardin Valley Rd

                                    Knoxville, TN 37933

                                    Goins Administration Bldg. Auditorium

                                    Parking permitted in open lot #3 (03) ONLY

                                                                                                                       

 October 30, 2000       Ellington Agricultural Center                                          7:00 p.m. CST

                                    Ed Jones Auditorium

                                    440 Hogan Road

                                    Nashville, TN 37220

 

November 2, 2000       West Tennessee Experiment Station                              7:00 p.m. CST

                                    Room 158

                                    605 Airways Blvd.

                                    Jackson, TN 38301

 

The proposed rules are available at the following webaddress:  www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/forestry.htm

 

***2.  ALASKA SLIDE SHOW:  Alaska Comes to  Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville the Last Week of September

 

For anyone who has been to Alaska or who has had a hankering to visit our 49th state the Alaska Wilderness League and the Alaska National Parks Conservation Alaska Campaign's Wild Alaska Night is for you.

John Rosapepe of NPCA will present a slideshow on our magnificent Alaska National Parks and the threats they face in the 21st century. Learn how you can protect and continue to preserve one of our nation's great legacies. Renowed wildlife photographer Lenny Kohm will give a multi-media presentation on the Arctic National  Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain and the incredible diversity of animals that are found there (e.g., polar bears, wolves and the 140,000 Porcupine Caribou Herd). "The Last Great Wilderness"  Admission free at all events


Monday, September 25

Knoxville

7:30 pm

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church

2931 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

 

Thurs. September 28

Chattanooga

6:30pm

Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium

201 Chestnut Street

Chattanooga, TN 37401

Contact: Betty Miles 800 262 0695 x3008

Sponsored by: Tennessee Aquarium

 

Friday, September 29

Nashville

7:30pm

Edge Hill United Methodist Church

1502 Edge Hill Ave (near Vanderbilt)

Contact: Eric Lewis

Sponsored by: Nashville Sierra Club, Audubon Society

 

***3.  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.

 

***4. New Summary of Final TMDL Rule Available

 

A summary of EPA’s final TMDL rule is now available on CWN’s web site. Go to www.cwn.org and click on TMDLs. This summary was written by representatives of groups working on this issue, including those that support and those that oppose the new rule. CWN thanks everyone who helped put this together for their time and patience in preparing this objective overview of the new rule. The July 13, 2000 final rule can be viewed on EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/owow/tmdl/finalrule/.

 

***5.   ACTION ALERT:  Tell the Clinton Administration to Get Raw Sewage Out of Our Waters.  SEND EASY INTERNET MESSAGE BY LOGGING ONTO NRDC WEBSITE!

 

Sanitary sewers are designed to carry wastes from buildings to sewage treatment plants. When these sewers are overloaded, inadequately  maintained or obstructed, however, the overflows dump raw and inadequately treated sewage into basements, streets, and waterways, instead of delivering the waste to the treatment plant. Sewer overflows contain bacteria and viruses, fecal matter, untreated industrial wastes, toilet paper, tampon applicators, oxygen-depleting substances, and a host of other wastes. These overflows cause beach closings, fish kills and shellfish bed closures. Pathogens in sewage-contaminated waters can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, dysentery, and hepatitis. The consequences of contact with sewage-infested waters are even greater for children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. 

 

In May 1999, President Clinton directed the Environmental Protection Agency to develop, within one year, a strong national regulation to prevent the over 40,000 annual sanitary sewer overflows that contaminate beaches and jeopardize health. The EPA met the deadline and drafted regulations that would require raw sewage to be treated before it is discharged, but so far the Office of Management and Budget has refused to release those regulations. 

 

Take Action!

Send a message to John Spotila, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB – and the person who is holding up these rules. If you have Internet access, you can send a letter on-line by going to NRDC’s action center at www.nrdcaction.org/cgi-bin/alertpr.pl?dir=nrdc&alert=37

 

***6.  ONLINE ACCESS TO A WEALTH OF WATER-QUALITY DATA

 

Check out this website!  USGS Water Quality Data Warehouse: http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/data

 

A new online data warehouse of 6.5 million records enables water resource managers, scientists, and the public to find data about the quality of the water at 2,800 stream sites and 5,000 wells in 46 states, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

Types of information include:

·    Site, well and network (groups of sites with similar characteristics or sampling regime) information and descriptive variables like land use.

·    Daily streamflow and temperature information for repeated sampling sites.

·    Chemical concentrations in water, sediment and aquatic organisms.

 

***7.  GOVERNOR SIGNS INTER-BASIN WATER TRANSFER ACT

 

Ensures protection of Tennessee’s water supply

 

CHATTANOOGA – Saying that Tennessee’s water supply will be protected, Gov. Don Sundquist today signed the Inter-Basin Water Transfer Act.   "This legislation helps restore our confidence that water will be as available to Tennesseans in the 21st century as it has been for the last 204 years," Sundquist said during the ceremonial bill signing held in Coolidge Park. "If we have water to share, we now have a tool in place to make sure we do so in a thoughtful and informed way."

 

The act ensures that the state’s water supply will be protected. The state now has the authority to determine whether or not it is appropriate to transfer water from one river basin to another. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is in the process of establishing rules to implement the plan and seeking public input for permanent regulations.

 

Under this law, municipal water providers and those who sell water for public use must obtain a permit from TDEC before they can transfer water between river basins. These are not common transfers now, but are expected to be more frequent as Tennessee grows. The law would not affect farming activity or most industries.

 

***8.  CONFERENCE:  Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring:Overcoming Boundaries

 

Workshop for Leaders of Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs October 5-6, 2000, Washington, DC

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Oceans and Coastal Protection  Division, in partnership with the Center for Marine Conservation, is coordinating a two-day volunteer water quality monitoring workshop in Washington, DC.

 

Who Should Attend

*     Leaders of volunteer water quality monitoring programs

*     Teachers conducting student water quality monitoring programs

*     Local, state, regional, and federal agencies working with water quality issues

 

Workshop Benefits

The workshops provide useful tools for all volunteer water quality monitoring groups.  Organizations new to water quality monitoring will learn how to establish or improve monitoring operations, ensure the quality of data collected, and enhance training efforts.  Groups with more experience in volunteer monitoring will be able to share their experiences with sampling, monitoring equipment, fundraising, and other topics. 

 

No Registration Fee!

Financial Assistance Available

 

***9.  TWO (2) PUBLIC NOTICES FROM U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

 

JOINT PUBLIC NOTICES

US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

AND STATE OF TENNESSEE

 

1.  PUBLIC NOTICE NO. 00-89 DATE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2000

SUBJECT: Proposed Channel Relocation and Mitigation for Unnamed Tributary, in

Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee

TO ALL CONCERNED: The application described below has been submitted for a

Department of the Army Permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33

U.S.C. 1344).

APPLICANT: City of Franklin, P.O. Box 305, Franklin, Tennessee 37065

LOCATION: Site One - Channel Relocation and Mitigation Site on Unnamed TributaryMile 0.5, a tributary to Harpeth River Mile 87.7R, along Liberty Pike, in Franklin,Williamson County, Tennessee (Franklin Quad; lat 35-55-28.0200, lon 86-49-25.1400)

Site Two – Mitigation Site on Unnamed Tributary Mile 0.8, a tributary to Watson Branch and Harpeth River Mile 89.2R, near Curd Lane, in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee (Franklin Quad; lat 35-55-26.0400, lon 86-48-58.3920)

DESCRIPTION: The proposed work consists of placing approximately 485’ of an existing concrete-lined channel into approximately the same distance of 54” pipe culvert along Liberty Pike. This unnamed tributary is a small, spring-fed stream which has been impacted in the past by concrete-lining. Mitigation of this proposal would include removing a 120’ section of concrete-lining on the same tributary and restore the streambed to an open channel (see Sheets 3 and 4 for mitigation details of Site One). The proposed mitigation would consist of restoring the stream to a gravel bottom, creating riffle and pool sections, and constructing a cross section of 3’ wide in pool areas and 10’ wide in riffle areas with 2:1 side slopes. Pin Oak seedlings would be planted along each side of the stream on two alternating rows.

 

In addition to mitigation at Site One, stream restoration is proposed on another unnamed tributary (see Site Two on plans). This mitigation would involve restoring approximately 400’ of stream that has significantly been impacted in the past from dumping and unauthorized fill activities. Approximately 50’ of the 400’ would be impacted in the future by a proposed culverted road crossing. Mitigation at this site would be similar to the mitigation at Site One with first creating a defined channel bed (see Sheets 5 and 6 for mitigation details). The purpose of the channel relocation is to allow the proposed roadway expansion and realignment of Liberty Pike with bike lanes, provide a safer route in the developing area, and provide access to currently undeveloped property. Plans of the proposed work are attached to this notice.

 

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 October 13, 2000, 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: Amy Robinson, at the above address, telephone (615) 736-2759.

 

2.  PUBLIC NOTICE NO. 00-83 DATE: AUGUST 29, 2000

 

SUBJECT: Proposed Wetland Filling to Facilitate the Construction of the Sevier Senior

Center along U.S. Highway 441 in Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee

TO ALL CONCERNED: The application described below has been submitted for a Department of the Army (DA) permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344). Before a permit can be issued, certification must be provided by the State of Tennessee, Division of Water Pollution Control, pursuant to Section 401(a)(1) of the CWA, that applicable water quality standards will not be violated. By copy of this notice, the applicant hereby applies for the required certification.

APPLICANT: Sevier County Economic Development Council 215 Court, Suite 300 Sevierville, TN 37864

LOCATION: North side of U.S. Highway 441 in Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee; Gists Creek, Tributary to Pigeon River, Mile 1.0, Left Bank, Pigeon Forge, TN Quadrangle (156-SE), Latitude: 35°-52’-17.1”, Longitude: 83°-35’-45.4”.

DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes the construction of a Senior Center and associated driveways and parking areas just east of Sevierville along U.S. Highway 441. Future development on the southwestern portion of the site may include construction of an additional building. The permit application includes the proposed alteration for the entire site, even through the Senior Center is the only structure proposed at this time. The proposed development would result in the filling of 1.01 acres of wetlands to facilitate the proposal on the 13 acre site. Mitigation would consist of the restoration of wetlands in the northwest corner of the site, within the floodway. The proposed mitigation area currently contains 0.38 acres of wetlands. An additional 2.02 acres of wetland would be

developed to increase the total wetland area to 2.4 acres.

 

The mitigation would be accomplish by a) removing and stockpiling the topsoil from the mitigation area, b) undercutting approximately 1.0 to 1.5 feet of material, c) replacing the topsoil. The shallow water table at the site would provide the majority of the water to establish the wetland. A small, narrow channel (3’ wide by 12” deep) would be excavated to provided additional hydrology from an unnamed tributary of Gists Creek.  A variety of trees and shrubs would be planted on 30’ centers to enhance the existing wetlands, provide habitat diversity, and stabilize the mitigation area. A monitoring program would be implemented for a five year period.

 

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 September 28, 2000, will become a part of the record and will be considered in the determination. Responses to this notice should be directed to the Regulatory Branch, Attention: Marty G. Tyree, at the above address, telephone (615) 736-5183.

 

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