October 10, 2000

 

Inside this Issue!

1. PUBLIC MEETING! Obion North Fork Obion Mississippi

2. ALERT!  TWO DAMS PROPOSED ON CUMBERLAND PLATEAU:  THE FIRST ON A

TRIBUTARY TO DADDY’S CREEK AND THE SECOND ON THE CANEY FORK RIVER

3. CONFERENCE:  Media Workshop at Fall Creek Falls (Jan., 2001) Limited Spaces!!

4. COMMENTS on Duck River Water-Supply Plans

5. RESOURCE:  Interested in Storm water Management in Tennessee (Check this out!)

6. TAKE ACTION:  Comment on Proposed Tulloch Rule On-Line

7. NEW RESOURCE:  Spills and Kills Released

8. CHECK IT OUT!  New State Water Quality Fact Sheets

9. EVENT: First Annual Duck River Citizen Monitoring Conference to be held October 21

10. STATE MEETING:  Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control Board

Meeting

 

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1.  PUBLIC MEETING! Obion North Fork Obion Mississippi

 

TDEC WATERSHED WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT APPROACH:

GROUP 5 WATERSHEDS SCHEDULE FOR FIRST PUBLIC MEETING

 

LOCAL WATERSHED: Obion North Fork Obion Mississippi

DATE:                 November 9

LOCATION:       Courtroom, Municipal Bldg, 408 Depot Street

                            Union City

TIME:                  5:00pm

 

For more information, please contact:

 

                           David Duhl, Watershed Coordinator

                           Tennessee Department of Environment and

Conservation

                           Watershed Management Section

                           401 Church Street

                           Nashville, TN 37243-1534

                           (615) 532-0438

                           e-mail: [email protected]

 

2.  ALERT!  TWO DAMS PROPOSED ON CUMBERLAND PLATEAU:  THE FIRST ON A TRIBUTARY TO DADDY’S CREEK AND THE SECOND ON THE CANEY FORK RIVER

 

* DAM PROPOSAL ON CANEY FORK:  Crossville Chronicle Article announces

City of Crossville approves resolution to seek a permit to build a large water reservoir (e.g. dam) on the Caney Fork River.  There was some discussion at the meeting about the alternative of a pipeline to the Watts Bar reservoir that has been controversial.  The push for the reservoir appears to be coming from private engineers working for the city who are saying that Crossville will exceed their water supply capacity in 2006. The resolution calls for $350,000 to be established as a budget for the long-term project.  The engineering firm, Lamar Dunn & Associates, prepared a study of the proposed lake in April 1998 estimating a cost of $17 million for the lake. The proposed dam would yield up to 20 million gallons per day of water and would require the purchase of approximately 1,300 acres of land. The 40-foot-high dam would be constructed just west of Bruce Knob on the Caney Fork River. The dam would also be approximately one mile east of the White County line and could back up water almost to Hwy. 70.

 

* DAM PROPOSAL ON DADDY’S CREEK:  The dam proposed on Cove Branch, a tributary to Daddy’s Creek which flows into the Obed Wild and Scenic River, is part of the next and final expansion of Fairfield Glade, a private development.  The site is a 2500 acre tract bought in 1970.  The property apparently has deed restrictions that allows this additional development of land and no more.  The developer wants to develop it by

2005.  They will develop either a lake or golf course.  They are currently interested in the lake, which will impound up to 81 acres of lake.

 

The site of the dam is on a stream that was dry this summer and appears to run in response to rainfall.  It is a headwater site and is located 5 miles upstream OF the Obed and 2 miles from Daddy's Creek.  It will apparently impact 2700 feet of Cove Branch.

 

The Corps of Engineers has not started on the EA.  It must be completed before the permit is issued. The project also has to receive 401 certification from the state on water quality impacts only.

 

5. CONFERENCE:  MEDIA Workshop at Fall Creek Falls (JANUARY, 2001):

Limited Spaces Available!!

 

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is proud to announce a workshop:

 

Communicate the Clean Water Message

 

LEARN to with the MEDIA LIKE a PRO

 

LEARN HOW TO:

Craft messages

Design media strategy

Choose the right technique

Develop TV and radio interview skills

Get reporters to respond favorably to your story

January 13-14, 2001.

 

SAFE ENERGY COMMUNICATION COUNCIL will conduct an intensive, interactive two-day Media Skills Workshop at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, Tennessee

***MOST COSTS FOR THE EVENT INCLUDING LODGING, MEALS, AND MATERIALS ARE ALREADY COVERED.  BUT THERE ARE ONLY 35 SPOTS AVAILABLE TO WATERSHED GROUPS WORKING IN TENNESSEE OR KENTUCKY***

 

For further information contact:

TENNESSEE CLEAN WATER NETWORK, [email protected], Catherine,

865-494-3243

 

4.  TVA’s seeks COMMENTS on Duck River Water-Supply Plans

 

TVA is seeking public comments on five proposed alternatives to meet water-supply needs in the upper Duck River watershed during the next 50 years. The alternatives are included in a draft environmental impact statement developed by TVA in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies. The project area includes parts of Bedford, Franklin,

Marshall, Maury, Moore, and Williamson counties in middle Tennessee.

 

The proposed alternatives in the draft environmental impact statement are as follows:

* Take no action to develop additional sources of water to meet the projected needs of the area.

* Build a water-supply reservoir in the downstream portion of the Fountain Creek watershed. A pipeline about five miles long would transport water from the reservoir to a new treatment plant.

* Build a water-supply intake and pumping station on the Duck River downstream from the mouth of Cathey's Creek and a 13-mile pipeline and booster station to transport water to a new treatment plant that would be part of the existing water-distribution system.

* Raise the pool level on Normandy Reservoir and increase the minimum discharge from Normandy Dam. Build a water-supply intake and pumping station on a northern embayment of Tims Ford Reservoir, which would also include a 20-mile pipeline and booster station to transport water to a discharge point on the Duck River near Shelbyville.

 

To request a copy of the environmental impact statement or executive summary of it, call 800-882-5263. Written comments can be submitted by mail to Linda Oxendine, TVA, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr., WT 8C-K, Knoxville, TN 37902, or by e-mail to [email protected] The comment period ends October 20.

 

5.  RESOURCE:  Interested in Storm water Management in Tennessee (Check this out!)

 

The University of Tennessee Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and

The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center Knoxville, Tennessee has put together a wonderful website with information on storm water management practices.   If you are a STORMWATER NERD or have an interest in affecting the plans for your local area, check out this website. http://www.engr.utk.edu/research/water/index.html  

"Storm water Management Practices and Education Program for Counties and Local Communities in Tennessee" (Extended Abstract)

 

"Storm water Management Practices in Tennessee -- A Survey of Local Government Representatives" (Report)

 

Example Storm water Management Local Ordinance (City of Knoxville, Tennessee)

 

"ABCs of Storm water Management for Local Officials" (Workshop Presentation)

 

"Storm water Quantity and Quality Management -- A Primer for Local Government Officials"

 

6.  TAKE ACTION:  Comment on Proposed Tulloch Rule On-Line

At the end of September, the National Clean Water Network launched their new on-line advocacy center.  Please refer to article number 7 for an explanation of all the features offered by this great product.  We are encouraging CWN members to submit comments on the proposed rule to close the Tulloch loophole—a loophole in the Clean Water Act that has lead to the destruction of more than 20,000 acres of wetlands and the degradation of hundreds of miles of streams in just the past two years. Comments supporting plugging the loophole are needed by October 16, 2000!  If you are submitting your own detailed comments already, that’s great.  If you’d like to provide your members with a quick, on-line way to submit comments, please go to our web site at www.cwn.org and click on wetlands.  There you will find an e-mail version and a print version of the sample comments we sent out in August.  Let’s send a message to the Corps that we want the loophole closed once and for all!

 

The proposed rule is available on-line at www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont00.html  (access August 16th’s Federal Register publication, page 50108).

 

7.  NEW RESOURCE:  Spills and Kills Released

 

On September 20, the Clean Water Network along with NRDC and the Izaak

Walton League, released "Spills and Kills".  The report looked at manure spills and intentional manure dumping at factory farms in 10 states that killed 13 million fish in the late 1990s.  More than 1,000 manure spills and 200 fish kills from 1995 through 1998 are analyzed in the report.  Spills and Kills data came from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,

Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington and

Wisconsin.

 

This report, the most complete analysis of feedlot water pollution problems to date, documents improper land application of manure, spills and leaks from immense manure lagoons, equipment failures, and intentional manure dumping.  Currently there is no national tracking system for manure spills or fish kills.  According to report author

Merritt Frey, "We need a national tracking system to notify the public about pollution threats and to hold polluters accountable."  The Environmental Protection Agency is developing new federal standards for controlling pollution from factory farms (also called feedlots) under a consent decree with NRDC, which wants tighter regulations.

 

For a copy of the report, go to the Clean Water Network's web site at www.cwn.org and click on Reports or call CWN at 202-289-2390 and order a $5 copy.

 

8.  CHECK IT OUT!  New State Water Quality Fact Sheets

 

CWN has updated its state by state fact sheets which describe state water quality based on EPA’s 305(b) report, toxics release data, fish consumption advisories, wetlands loss, clean water enforcement, drinking water violations, beach water monitoring, value of coastal resources, and clean water funding available to states. These fact sheets can be found on our web site by going to www.cwn.org and clicking on State Information. For hard copies, please call CWN at 202-289-2421. Please feel free to use these fact sheets when speaking to your members of Congress or state agency, as well as your members.

 

9.  EVENT: First Annual Duck River Citizen Monitoring Conference to be held October 21, 2000

 

On Saturday October 21st the TSRA Duck River Project (DRP) and the Buffalo Duck River Resource Conservation and Development Council (RCD) will conduct the first Duck River watershed monitoring conference.   The conference will be held at Columbia State Community College (CSCC) in the Jones Student Center's Napier Room from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

The conference will cover ways in which citizens (including students and scouts) can collect valuable information on watersheds and water quality as well as how to protect your watershed.  The main areas of emphasis will include the following:

 

1) Water Quality Monitoring - be a river adopter - get down to where the action is!

Get out, get wet and collect some biological (a.k.a. creek critters, fish food, aquatic insects or benthic macro invertebrates) and physical (i.e. temperature) data to determine if we can paddle, swim or fish in or downstream of a particular creek.

 

2) Watershed Education - learn more about your local watershed and how your daily activities and local policies affect the health of the Duck River Watershed!   Drive around your favorite watershed using a topographic map or the Gazetteer, camera and watershed survey form to record information about possible sources of water pollution!

 

3) How to keep the clean water clean! We will be discussing ways to keep the most pristine creeks just that, PRISTINE!

4) How to address water quality problems - I need to clean it up so I can paddle, swim, or fish downstream!  Who are you gonna call?  What are you going to say?  The RCD and Earth Force the answers to these and many other questions about the Duck River Watershed.  All you have to do is sign-up and show up!

 

Email - [email protected]

615.374.3744 or 615.904.8560

 

10.  STATE MEETING:  Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control Board

Meeting

 

October 24-October 25

17th Floor, Conference Room, 401 Church Street (Nashville, TN)

 

Agenda:

* Agreed Orders? USA Raft, Inc., LLC

* Public Comments:  Division of Water Supply? Consideration for adoption of Rule 1200-4-6 Regulation Summary and Rules Adoption

* Water Pollution Control? Environmental Protection Fund Fee

* State Guidelines for Sludge/Bio-solids? Guidelines for Land

Application & Surface Disposal

* Appeal of Director’s Order? Cold Springs II Water Systems John Davis, President

* Appeal of Commissioner’s Order? Vanderschaaf Development, Inc. c/o Clair Vanderschaaf

* Appeal of Commissioner’s Order? John A. Virden, President? Mid South

Wood

 

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