PUBLIC Watershed Meetings – Across the State!
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
Media Workshop at Fall Creek Falls (Jan., 2001) Limited Spaces!!
4. Resource: A Citizen’s Guide to Fights Small Dams RESOURCE: Interested in Stormwater Management in Tennessee (Check this out!)
Service Decides to Withdraw Approved Timber Sale in Cherokee National
TAKE ACTION!! Protest EPA's New "Egg Sell-Out" Agreement
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Cumberland River Compact
STATE WATERSHED MEETINGS! Attend
to Demonstrate Your Interest To the State in Cleaning Up Our State’s Waters!!
FOR FIRST PUBLIC MEETING
Municipal Bldg, 408 Depot StreetUnion City
Guard Armory, Hwy 28, Dunlap
Howard School Building,
2nd Avenue S. Nashville
Pittsburg High School
Elm Street, South Pittsburg
Cumberland (Lake Barkley
of Education Building, Highway 13S, Erin
306W, Sevier Courthouse
Court Street, Sevierville
Ruritan Building 7:00 p.m.
Limestone Ruritan Road
more information, please contact:
Department of Environment and Conservation
ACTION ALERT!!! Comments Needed to Stop Proposed Dam on Tributary
Watershed to Daddy’s Creek on the
DAM PROPOSAL ON DADDY’S CREEK: A dam has been
proposed on Cove Branch, a tributary to Daddy’s Creek which flows into
the Obed Wild and Scenic River.
The proposed dam is part of the next and final expansion of Fairfield
Glade, a private development in Cumberland County.
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. Cove Branch is a headwater
site to Daddy’s Creek and the Obed watershed and is located
five miles upstream OF the Obed and 2 miles from Daddy's
Creek. It will apparently
impact over 8000 feet of stream. 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. The Cove Branch watershed
covers approximately 2.45 square miles acres.
The proposed dam would be approximately 80-90 feet high and 1000
feet in width.
LETTER ARE NEEDED!!!!!
Points that should be made:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Department of Environment
and Conservation are under a duty to deny the section 404 and 401
permits required to authorize this project.
significant public controversy over this project as well as the potential
impacts to a federal Wild and Scenic river and unit of the National Park
Service warrants the completion of a full Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) in compliance with the National Environmental
permitting authorities (TDEC and U.S. COE) are under a responsibility
to consider the Outstanding National Resource Water designation (Tier
3) by the state of Tennnssee.
A comprehensive compensatory mitigation plan must be developed
and evaluated before any further action is taken on this project.
The presence of a wild and scenic river within the watershed, potential
impact of federal species of concern, and designation of portions of the
watershed as an ONRW must be considered in the development of this mitigation
* Because of the inadequate public comment, the Corps of Engineers
and TDEC are under a duty to extend or reopen the public comment period
on this proposed project. Also,
the Corps AND TDEC should hold a public hearing on this proposed project.
your comments with “Fairfield Glade PN# 00-76” in the subject line to:
of Water Pollution Control: Attn:
Floor, L&C Annex
Army Corps of Engineers District, Nashville
Forsyth Street, S.W.
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
to with the MEDIA LIKE a PRO
Design media strategy
Choose the right
Develop TV and radio
Get reporters to
respond favorably to your story
January 13-14, 2001.
Resource: A Citizen’s Guide
to Fights Small Dams
River Network has posted on their website a manual to aid citizen groups
who wish to use legal and political means to fight the construction of
small dams in Georgia. The manual is practical for use by citizen groups
in Tennessee as well. By
small dams, we are referring to municipal, water supply and industrial
dams that are permitted under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. This
manual walks you through the process of researching and understanding
a proposed dam, building an opposition strategy, becoming a voice in the
permitting process, and making your voice heard. It does not address strategies
appropriate for fighting agricultural, hydropower or federal dams; the
laws, permits, regulations and strategies governing these dams are different.
manual can be found at: http://www.garivers.org/dammanual/
The Forest Service has decided to withdraw its decision to log certain stands in the Broad Shoals Creek (otherwise known as California Creek) drainage of the Nolichucky River. The withdrawal came after SELC filed suit today 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. The suit, filed in federal district court on behalf of the Cherokee Forest Voices and a Knoxville resident, is intended to force the agency to comply with a key section of the federal Clean Water Act.
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.
TAKE ACTION!! Protest EPA's New "Egg Sell-Out" Agreement
or write EPA today to protest its Sell Out to the Egg Producing Industry!
The CWN Feedlot Workgroup was outraged to learn that EPA has finalized
an agreement with United Egg Producers that would waive individual Clean
Water Act permtting requirements for all participating facilities.
Instead, egg producers will be covered by vague, nonspecific general
permits that will be difficult to enforce and will apply to multiple facilities,
making it very difficult for citizens to comment effectively on egg producers
in their communities.
that it's done, why does it matter?
Because we are fighting for individual, stringent permits for all
CAFOs under the new rule that EPA will propose in December. If we don't
make EPA feel pain for this decision, we will never get them to do the
right thing in the final rule.
or write Carol Browner at 202-564-4700 or:
Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
These companies have a horrible record in their communities for
fouling their waters, polluting their air, and tormenting their neighbors
with disgusting odors, flies, and vermin.
EPA and states need to regulate them stringently and enforce the
law, not give them regulatory breaks and rely on them to self-police
This is a backroom deal that had no real stakeholder process --
no national, state, or local environmental group knowledgeable about this
issue was involved. It is
no accident that the sweetheart deal that resulted is one that cuts off
effective community participation in the permitting process.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Cumberland River Compact
Job Title: Development/Membership Director for the Cumberland River Compact
Reports To: Margo Farnsworth, Executive Director
Basic Duties: Work to develop and implement a funding plan . This plan will include the basic philosophy of the Development Committee including:
1.A $200,000 operational income from corporate sponsors
2.Goals for the endowment
The entire Development Committee and Board of Directors will assist this process by providing input into this plan and personally assisting in implementation where appropriate.
Targets: To have $100,000 firmly committed to the Compact in one year. A portion of this amount may be in the form of multi-year (up to three) pledges. The primary thrust of these funds will be to provide an ongoing funding base for the Compact so that the committed funds and pledges are for basic administrative expenses leaving grant funds and other monies for projects. In future years, other options for operational funding will be considered by this position, Executive Director, Development Committee and the Board.
Experience: Must have hands on corporate fund raising experience or the equivalent. Must also have experience in membership campaigns and the management of a membership base. Experience with non-profit fund raising helpful but not necessary.
$28,000 - $32,000 with a significant increase after one year if the $100,000 goal is reached.
Start Date: November 1, 2000
Draft Watershed Restoration Plans Out for Comment!!!
Watauga River watershed (HUC 06010103) is in the northeast region of Tennessee
and northwest North Carolina
(Figure 1). Cash Hollow Creek is a tributary to Knob Creek, which drains
to the Watauga River at approximately river mile 11.4. The Cash Hollow
Creek watershed lies in the Level III Ridge and Valley (67) ecoregion.
Cash Hollow Creek (Figure 2) is approximately 3.4 miles long and drains
an area of 3.3 square miles, partially located within the Johnson City,
Tennessee city limits.
Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Fecal Coliform in Cash Hollow Creek
303(d) Listed Water body Information
River Basin: Holston River Basin
(Hydrologic Unit Code): Watauga River (06010103)
Tributary to Knob Creek above Boone Lake (Watauga River mile 11.4)
Stream Length: 3.4 miles
Area: 3.3 square miles
body ID: TN06010103CASHHOLLOWCR
of Concern: Fecal Coliform
Uses: Fish and Aquatic Life, Recreation, Livestock Watering and Wildlife,
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