TN Clean Water News #20

September 17, 2001

Inside this Issue!

1.  ANNOUNCEMENT - Clinch/Holston/Powell - Protecting Our Rivers Conference, 9/22/01
2.  ANNOUNCEMENT - PITCH IN - Volunteers Needed for Bank Stabilization Project in Briceville, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6
3.  ANNOUNCEMENT - REGISTER TODAY - Nov 9-11, Joint TCWN TEC Conference on Water/Sprawl Issues in Tennessee
4. PUBLIC NOTICES - QUICK LIST FROM TDEC - Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) Notices
5.  NOTICE - PESTICIDE SPRAY DRIFT - Send Comments on EPA's Draft Pesticide Registration Notice
6.  SPOTLIGHT - NAS REPORT - Cancer Risk from Arsenic in Drinking Water
7.  PUBLIC NOTICES - U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Notices
8.  RESOURCE -  New southern freshwater fauna and habitat assessment.

1.  Protecting Our Rivers Conference, Sept 22:

Clinch Holston Powell    -     Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to  5:30 p.m Mountain Empire Community College Goodloe Center, Big Stone Gap, Virginia

With Guest Speaker Va. State Delegate Bud Phillips and Featuring:
      -Clean Water Act - Danielle Droitsch, Tennessee Clean Water Network & Dr. Richard Roth, Radford University Professor
      -Horse logging practices - Jason Rutledge, Healing Harvest Forest Foundation
      -Biodiversity -  Bill Kittrell, The Nature Conservancy & Mike Pinder, Va. Dept. of    Game and Inland Fisheries
      -Guest River Restoration Project - Project Coordinator Toby Edwards
      -Non Point Source Pollution - Debbie Hubbs & Shannon O'Quinn, TVA
      -Citizens' Water Quality Monitoring - Brian Schmidt, Friends of the South Fork of the Holston
      - Scenic Rivers Initiative - Dodd Galbreath, Tennessee Dept. of
Environment &   Conservation
      -River Based Businesses -Thomas Horsch, Adventure Damascus
      -Mining Impacts - Janice Nease, Coal River Mountain Watch; Richard
Davis, DMME;   & Jeff Linkenholder, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      -Sustainable Forestry - Harry Groot, Next Generation Woods, Inc.
      -Farming and Agriculture - Local farmer Buddy Thomas, Gene Harris, NRCS, & Sally     Causey, Rural Resources
      -Darrell Mullins, Lonesome Pine Soil & Water Conservation Office - Illegal Dumping
      -Brad Stallard, Wise County Health Dept. - Alternative Sewage Systems

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable to meet following lunch from 12:30 to 1:30

A project of the Coalition for Jobs and the Environment

Call Carol Green @ 540-328-1000 for more information or [email protected]


REGISTRATION FORM - Protecting Our Rivers Conference Registration Deadline: Sept. 19 ($15 at the door)

Name(s) of those attending__________________________________________________

Mailing Address__________________________________________________________

Phone ____________________ Email____________________
Amt. Enclosed
($10.00 each) $________

Would you like to bring a display (and table) to the conference?
_____ No

Make check payable to Coalition for Jobs and the Environment and mail to:
Wise County Clean Team, P.O. Box 570, Wise, VA 24293

Lunch not guaranteed if you do not pre-register.  Please do so early!!

2.  ANNOUNCEMENT - PITCH IN - In Briceville- Volunteers Needed for Bank Stabilization Work:

Volunteers are needed to work on a bank stabilization project in Briceville on three consecutive Saturdays (Sept. 22, Sept. 29, and Oct. 6).  As described in newspaper articles at...,,,, and,

We will meet at Briceville School at 8:00 am on each workday.  Check out one of the above links for details.  Also, we will start work on Friday, September 21 at 9:00 am so tasks will be ready for all who show up on Saturday, Sept. 22.  Any brave souls willing to start work on Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 am will be welcome.

For more information, visit one of the links above or contact Barry Thacker at [email protected].

3.  ANNOUNCEMENT - Water/Sprawl Conference Nov. 9-11, REGISTER TODAY:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Our annual conference will be NOVEMBER 9-11! at Lakeside Resort in Smithville, TN!  TN Clean Water Network (TCWN) & TN Environmental Council (TEC) Present a Conference on Clean Water/Sprawl Issues in TN:

DAY ONE of the conference (Saturday) will feature Jim Hightower, a popular nationally syndicated radio talk show host (invited and almost confirmed!) and workshops on working on measures in your watershed that protect against sprawl and water pollution.

On Saturday night, we will have fun, music, and you can meet people from across Tennessee that are working on water and sprawl related issues.

DAY TWO of the conference (optional) will feature a series of recreational events including a canoe trip, a hiking trip, a trip on Centerhill Lake, and possibly some craft-based activities.

4.  Public Notices Posted by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) Notices:

The applications described below have been submitted for Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits (ARAP) pursuant to the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977.  For more detailed information on each
application, visit:

1) Applicant: Greyston Properties of Dickson, Inc.
Permit No: NRS 01-203
Location: Jones Creek in Dickson, Dickson County
Description: proposed withdrawal of water from Jones Creek for golf course irrigation

2) Applicant: James C. Tanner
Permit No: NRS 01-213
Location: Unnamed tributary to Dry Creek, Wane County
Description: proposed retaining wall

3) Applicant: Jerry Hopkins
Permit No: NRS 01-195
Location: Unnamed tributary to Mulberry Creek, Hancock County
Description: proposed stream impoundment

4) Applicant: Ray Sanders
Permit No: NRS 01-159
Location: Unnamed tributary to Blackburn Branch, Bradley County
Description: proposed stream impoundment

5) Applicant: Town of Collierville
Permit No: NRS 01-228
Location: Lateral K, Shelby County
Description: proposed riprap and retaining wall

5.  Comment on Draft Pesticide Registration Notice from EPA:

The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability of, and seeking public comment on, a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PR-Notice) titled ``Spray and Dust Drift Label Statements for Pesticide Products.'' PR-Notices are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel.

This particular draft PR-Notice provides guidance on drift label statements for pesticide products. The purpose of this new labeling is to provide pesticide registrants and applicators and other individuals
responsible for pesticide applications with improved and more consistent product label statements for controlling pesticide drift from spray and dust applications in order to be protective of human health and the environment. The Agency invites comments on any aspect of the draft PR-Notice as well as the specific issues addressed in the background section.

DATES: Comments, identified by docket control number OPP-00730, must be received on or before November 20, 2001.

For more information:

6.  NAS Reports Cancer Risk from Arsenic in Drinking Water:

Even extremely low concentrations of arsenic in drinking water appear to be associated with a higher incidence of cancer, according to a new report by the National Academy of Sciences.  A committee of the
academy's National Research Council released its report on Sept. 11, cautioning that men and women who daily consume water  containing three parts per billion of arsenic have about a one in 1,000 increased risk of developing bladder or lung cancer during their lifetimes. At 10 parts per billion, the risk is greater than three in 1,000.

Source: Environmental News Network

7.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Notices


The following is a list of Public Notices that the Nashville District has issued for work in waters of the United States.  The notices listed are for applications currently under review. All work is proposed unless otherwise noted. For information purposes, we will leave a notice on our web page for approximately 30 days past the notice close comment period, after which it will be removed from this list.  If you wish to obtain a copy of a particular notice, you can contact our office at (615) 369-7500 or by mail and we will be happy to forward it to you.  Be sure to include the Public Notice Number with your request.

U.S.Army Engineer District, Nashville
Corps of Engineers
Attention: Regulatory Branch
3701 Bell Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

To view a file in pdf format, click on the public notice number Notice No.

01-73 - Expires 10/18/2001, Proposed Discharge of Fill Material Associated with Linear Transportation Crossings on State Route 30, Meigs/McMinn Counties, TN

01-75 - Expires 10/11/2001, Proposed Multiple Stream Crossings for a Submerged Gravity Sewer Pipeline, Temporary Access and Permanent Road Construction, South Fork Creek and its Tributaries at Mile 0.9, Wilson County, TN

01-45 - Expires 10/05/2001, Proposed Encapsulating of 400 feet of an Unnamed Tributary to Drivers Branch, DeKalb County, TN

01-72 - Expires 10/05/2001, Proposed Channel Relocations and Wetland Fill associated with SR-96 Improvements, Franklin and Williamson Counties, TN

01-74 - Expires 10/06/2001, Proposed Barge Terminal, Cumberland River Mile 184.2 to 184.9, L, Cheatham Lake, Davidson County, TN

01-71 - Expires 10/01/2001, Proposed Multiple Gravity Sewer Line Crossings, Little Shoal Creek Watershed Between Miles 3.0 and 6.0, Lawrence County, TN

01-70 - Expires 10/01/2001, Proposed Barge Terminal, Cumberland River Mile 117.5 L, Lake Barkley, Montgomery County, TN

01-69 - Expires 09/20/2001, Proposed Improvements to SR 1 (US-11W) from Knox County Line to North of Ritz View Drive, Culvert/Bridge and Channel Relocations, Frost Branch and unnamed tributaries, Knox County, TN

8.  RESOURCE -  Of particular interest to some might be the new southern freshwater fauna and habitat assessment.

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