November 8, 2000

 

Inside this Issue!

1.      PUBLIC Watershed Meetings – Across the State!  Please attend.

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.      Resource:  A Citizen’s Guide to Fights Small Dams RESOURCE:  Interested in Stormwater Management in Tennessee (Check this out!)

5.      NEWS:  Forest Service Decides to Withdraw Approved Timber Sale in Cherokee National Forest

6.      TAKE ACTION!!  Protest EPA's New "Egg Sell-Out" Agreement

7.      JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Cumberland River Compact

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1. STATE WATERSHED MEETINGS!  Attend to Demonstrate Your Interest To the State in Cleaning Up Our State’s Waters!!

GROUP 5 WATERSHEDS

SCHEDULE FOR FIRST PUBLIC MEETING


Obion, North Fork Obion (Mississippi)                                     Nov 9

Courtroom, Municipal Bldg, 408 Depot StreetUnion City                      5:00 pm

                         

Sequatchie                                                                                            Nov. 9

National Guard Armory, Hwy 28, Dunlap                                             7:00 pm

                          

Lower Cumberland (Nashville                                                   Nov 14

Auditorium, Howard School Building,                                       7:00 pm

700 2nd Avenue S. Nashville                                                               

 

Guntersville Lake, Tennessee-5                                                 Dec 5

South Pittsburg High School                                                                  7:00 pm

717 Elm Street, South Pittsburg                                                           

 

 Lower Cumberland (Lake Barkley                                                       Dec 5

Boardroom, Houston County                                                                7:00 pm

Board of Education Building, Highway 13S, Erin

                                                                                                  

Lower French Broad                                                                            Dec 7

Room 306W, Sevier Courthouse                                                          7:00 pm

125 Court Street, Sevierville                                                    

 

Nolichucky                                                                                           Dec. 5

Ruritan Building                                                                                    7:00 p.m.

Limestone Ruritan Road

Limestone

 

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.      ACTION ALERT!!! Comments Needed to Stop Proposed Dam on Tributary Watershed to Daddy’s Creek on the Cumberland Plateau

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:

*  The 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.

*  The 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  Policy Act.

*  The 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 plan.

*  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.

Send your comments with “Fairfield Glade PN# 00-76” in the subject line to:

Division of Water Pollution Control:  Attn:  R. Baker

[email protected]

7th Floor, L&C Annex

401 Church Street

Nashville, TN 37243-1534

 

Carl Olsen

[email protected]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Nashville

P.O. Box 1070

Nashville, TN 37202-1070

 

Eric Somerville

[email protected]

David Somerville

USEPA REGION 4

61 Forsyth Street, S.W.

Atlanta, GA 30303-8960

 

3.       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. Resource:  A Citizen’s Guide to Fights Small Dams

Georgia 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.

The manual can be found at:  http://www.garivers.org/dammanual/


5. 
NEWS:  Forest Service Decides to Withdraw Approved Timber Sale in Cherokee National Forest

 

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.

 

6.  TAKE ACTION!!  Protest EPA's New "Egg Sell-Out" Agreement

 Call 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. 

 Now 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.

 

Call or write Carol Browner at 202-564-4700 or:

Carol M Browner

1101A

USEPA Headquarters

Ariel Rios Building

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.

Washington, DC 20460

 

Points to make

(1)  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.

(2)  EPA and states need to regulate them stringently and enforce the law, not give them regulatory breaks and rely on them to self-police

(3)  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.

 

7.         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

3.Membership goals.

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.

 

Salary Range:  $28,000 - $32,000 with a significant increase after one year if the $100,000 goal is reached.

 

Start Date:  November 1, 2000

 

8.      Draft Watershed Restoration Plans Out for Comment!!!

 

The 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.

 

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Fecal Coliform in Cash Hollow Creek

1. 303(d) Listed Water body Information

State: Tennessee

County: Washington

Major River Basin: Holston River Basin

Watershed (Hydrologic Unit Code): Watauga River (06010103)

Location: Tributary to Knob Creek above Boone Lake (Watauga River mile 11.4)

Impaired Stream Length: 3.4 miles

Watershed Area: 3.3 square miles

Water body ID: TN06010103CASHHOLLOWCR

Constituent of Concern: Fecal Coliform

Designated Uses: Fish and Aquatic Life, Recreation, Livestock Watering and Wildlife, and Irrigation

 

For more information, please contact TCWN at [email protected]

 


 

 


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