December 13, 2000

 

Inside this Issue!

1. CONFERENCE:  Media Workshop at Fall Creek Falls (Jan., 2001) ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

2. PUBLIC HEARING: On proposed dam to tributary to Daddy’s Creek

3. Job Announcement:  Tennessee Clean Water Network seeks Executive Director

4. Watershed Restoration Plan Announced for Watauga Watershed

5. Join The First Conservation Voter Action Network in Tennessee

6. Send a message that Tennessee needs money to clean up abandoned mining sites!

7. EPA’s New Water Education Web Site

 

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1. CONFERENCE:  MEDIA Workshop at Fall Creek Falls (JANUARY, 2001): Only a few spaces left!!!

 

Fee is $25.00 prior to December 23, $50.00 after December 23.

Fee is $50 prior to December 23, $75 after December 23.

 

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: [email protected], Catherine, 865-494-3243

 

2. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed Dam on Daddy’s Creek

 

The Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 7:00 P. M. CST in the Fairfield Glade Recreation Center, located at One Stonehenge Drive at Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, 38558. Fairfield Glade, Inc. has proposed to construct a dam on the stream named Cove Branch, a tributary of Daddys Creek in Cumberland County. The dam would form a lake of about 66 acres at normal pool.  The lake’s purpose is to assist in the development of residential lots.  The dam would be about 55 feet high and 850 feet long.  Cove Branch and Daddys Creek are tributaries of the Obed National Wild and Scenic River.

 

Persons wishing to comment on or object to the proposal are invited to deliver oral or written comment at the public hearing.  The hearing officer will limit all testimony to relevant water quality issues and may limit testimony in the interest of time, however, all persons desiring to speak will be afforded an opportunity to do so.  Written testimony will be accepted for 10 days following the hearing and will be considered part of the official record.  The public is also invited to submit comments in writing to the Division of Water Pollution Control at the address printed below.  The comments must be received by January 21, 2001.  After considering all public comments, the Division will publish a final permit decision and a notice of the Division’s determinations.

 

SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS!!!!!

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 Tennessee.

 

*  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

 

Division of Water Pollution Control

attn: Robert Baker

[email protected]

7th Floor, L&C Annex

401 Church Street

Nashville,  TN  37243-1534

 

3.  JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:  Tennessee Clean Water Network Executive Director

 

Tennessee Clean Water Network seeks an Executive Director with experience in nonprofit management and environmental policy and advocacy. He/she will work with TCWN’s governing body, members, and constituency to effect the organization’s goals toward building the overall capacity of watershed groups in Tennessee and to work for strong and effective statewide policies, regulations, and laws that protect and restore the state’s waters.  The Executive Director will focus primary attention on overall management of the organization with particular emphasis on fundraising, long-range capacity building, and building a strong infrastructure for the newly formed organization.  The Executive Director will also work with a wide range of watershed and other citizen groups in the state on their internal capacity needs, will engage with state of Tennessee and related government agencies to affect watershed policies, and mobilize the public to advocate for TCWN’s policy goals. The Executive Director and staff will maintain TCWN’s communication network

 

For a full job description, please email Catherine Sheehy at [email protected]

 

CLOSING DATE:  February 15, 2001

 

Send resume and cover letter to:

Executive Director Search Committee

Tennessee Clean Water Network

Box 1521

Knoxville, TN 37901

 

Please enclose up to three writing samples and three references with the submission.

 

We will accept résumés by email but request that a hard copy be sent the mail.  Please direct all email submissions to:  Catherine Sheehy, TCWN Program Coordinator, [email protected]

 

4.  Watershed Restoration Plan (TMDL) Announced for Roan Creek, Tributary to Watauga River.

 

>From TDEC website:  Announcement is hereby given of the availability of Tennessee’s proposed total maximum daily load (TMDL) for fecal coliform in the Roan Creek watershed, which drains to Watauga River at approximately river mile 44.3. Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires states to develop TMDLs for waters on their impaired waters list. TMDLs must determine the allowable pollutant load that the water can assimilate, allocate that load among the various point and non-point sources, include a margin of safety, and address seasonality.

 

Roan Creek is listed on Tennessee’s final 1998 303(d) list as not supporting its designated use classifications due, in part, to discharge of fecal coliforms from Municipal Point Sources. The TMDL utilizes Tennessee’s general water quality criteria, recently collected site specific water quality data, continuous flow data from a USGS discharge monitoring station located in proximity to the watershed, and a calibrated dynamic water quality model to establish allowable loadings of fecal coliform which will result in reduced in-stream concentrations and attainment of water quality standards.  The TMDL requires reductions of  approximately 54% for Roan Creek.

 

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed TMDL are invited to submit their comments in writing no later than January 25, 2001.  For a copy of  the TMDL, please go to the TDEC website or request  copy from [email protected]  If you are interested in commenting on this plan and/or would like TCWN to assist you in commenting on this plan, please contact [email protected]

 

5.  Join The First Conservation Voter Action Network in Tennessee

 

Question:  Are you concerned about clean water and clean air, about protecting our state's forests, parks, wildlife, natural habitats, farmlands, historic and scenic places?  Are you concerned about sprawl, and how to protect the quality of life for your family?

 

Answer:  Here is an opportunity for you and your group to participate in a new email based network that will enable the conservation community and all concerned citizens throughout Tennessee to become informed and target key policy-makers about significant environmental decisions in the state.

 

The Conservation Voter Action Network is Unique in Tennessee.  It is not a listserv and will not send out frequent notices.  It is specifically designed to contact all Network participants only 6-10 times a year when your voice is needed.  As a participant you will receive a summary of the targeted issue and a sample letter.  If you choose to respond, your letter will be sent, along with others from across the state, directly via fax to the targeted decision makers in Tennessee.  The Network will provide updates on how the letters generated by participants affected each targeted issue.

 

You Are Protected:  Protecting the privacy of our participants is a priority.  Your email address is safe and will never be sold or given to another organization.  At any time anyone may contact the program to remove their address permanently from the Network.

 

!!!!!!!To Sign Up and Get Others Interested: [email protected]!!!!!!

 

Send an email to this address saying you wish to participate.  You will receive a notice shortly thereafter.  In the next two months you will receive a message to officially register with the Network system.  We encourage you to pass this invitation on to fellow members of your group and to your friends and colleagues.  We also welcome your suggestions on ways to inform others about this Action Network.

 

TN Conservation Voters Education Fund

1 Vantage Way, Suite D-115

Nashville, TN

37228

(615) 846-3993

 

6.  Send a message that Tennessee needs money to clean up abandoned mining sites!

 

[Excerpts from a letter from SOCM]

Dear Friends,

In February 1998, the Associated Press ran a nationwide story with the title "Frozen Mine Fund Saving Budget But Costing Lives." On New Years Day, 1998, five people were killed when they missed a turn in the road and plunged into an icy, water-filled pit at an abandoned coal mine in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Under the government’s budget rules, unspent funds can be counted against the federal deficit. So each year, the federal government withholds more than $125 million in revenue collected for abandoned mine clean-up while over 11,000 old coal mines sit unreclaimed ? 283 in Tennessee.  Now we hear that we have balanced the federal budget. Isn’t it time this money was spent on what it was collected for?

In 1990, Congress and the White House allocated AML money to states based on their current coal production, not their actual need for funds to clean up abandoned mines. Now some states, such as Wyoming, get more AML money than they can possibly spend on clean-up while other states, especially in Appalachia, never have enough. Tennessee1s coal resources are nearly depleted. Consequently, the need for AML money in Tennessee is unmet while other states use the money for projects unrelated to abandoned mine clean-up.

 

The estimated cost to clean up Tennessee’s 283 abandoned coal mines is more than $39 million. This clean-up would create about 1,000 new jobs

in our coal mining communities.

 

Since sustainable economies and jobs are a priority for SOCM and money is available to clean up these mines, we are asking for your help.

 

Here’s how you can help.

 

* Join me and 2,000 other SOCM members ? Let’s reclaim 283 abandoned coal mine scars, create 1,000 new jobs in Tennessee, and put a stop to death and injury from these abandoned mines.

 

* Ask your County and City government to pass a resolution requesting the disbursement of AML Funds from DC for clean-up. Sample resolutions are available through the SOCM office. County Commissions in Anderson, Campbell, Sequatchie, Van Buren, and White counties have already taken this step.

 

   * Write Representative Zach Wamp who is on the House Appropriation Committee and Interior Subcommittee. Ask him to support full spending and to spend the AML Funds on what they were collected for. (Address: The Honorable Zach Wamp, U.S. House of Representatives, 423 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515.) Sample letters available from SOCM office.

 

   * Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about SOCM1s AML work. If you need more information, let us know by indicating so on the enclosed reply card.

 

The mine that caused the New Years Tragedy was eligible for clean-up. There is plenty of money to get the job done if public safety is put ahead of politics.

 

Please return the enclosed reply card today. With your gift, we can send a clear message to the federal government, "Create Jobs ? Clean Up the Coal Fields!"

 

Sincerely,

Wanda Hodge

SOCM Strip Mine Committee

 

7.  EPA’s New Water Education Web Site www.epa.gov/adopt/education.html

 

A new EPA web site is now available for students and teachers looking for information on water-related environmental education programs. The site hosts a dizzying array of teacher resources including several excellent programs that teachers can utilize to introduce students to water conservation. The site also hosts information from several other federal agencies.

 

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Tennessee Clean Water Network E-News

 

This newsletter is intended to provide a quick look at current clean water issues in Tennessee, in addition to resources available to the concerned citizen.

 

Visit our website (www.tcwn.org) to find more detailed information.

 

Comments and submissions for the newsletter are welcome.  Send to [email protected]  or to  [email protected]  Thanks for your

participation!

 

Tennessee Clean Water Network

Box 1521

Knoxville, TN 37901

(865) 974-4884 (TCWN office)

(865) 494-9786 (Catherine Sheehy, TCWN Staff)

(865) 607-2138 (Danielle Droitsch, TCWN Staff)