February 22, 2001

 

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

 

 

APPLICANT: Town of Ashland City

P.O. Box 36

Ashland City, Tennessee 37015

LOCATION: Marrowbone Creek Mile 0.84, Right Bank, in Cheatham County, Tennessee. Marrowbone Creek is a tributary of the Cumberland River at Mile 160.0, Right Bank. (Ashland City Quad; lat 36-16-30, lon 87-03-00). The work would be located over and on a portion of Government Tract E-519-2 of the Cheatham Lake project. See Exhibit A for the location of the proposed work.

DESCRIPTION: The proposed work consists of the construction of a water intake system for the town of Ashland City. The project would involve constructing a raw water intake structure, intake pipe, and water treatment plant. The intake would withdraw a maximum of 8.0 million gallons of water per day (MGD). It has been designed to operate within a wide range of water levels, which includes a 100-year flood occurrence, Elevation 402, and a minimum low pool, Elevation 382. Roughly 3,200 linear feet of 18-inch ductile iron pipe would carry raw water from the intake to the new treatment plant. The new intake structure would require a permanent government leased area of about 0.25 acre and a temporary construction easement area of 0.30 acre.

 

TO ALL CONCERNED: The application described below has been submitted for a Department of the Army Permit (DA) pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344). Before a permit can be issued, certification must be provided by the state of Tennessee, Division of Water Pollution Control, pursuant to Section 401(a)(1) of the CWA, that applicable water quality standards will not be  violated.

By copy of this notice, the applicant hereby applies for the required certification.

APPLICANT: Philip Metals, Inc.

710 South First Street

P.O. Box 1182

Nashville, Tennessee 37203

LOCATION: Cumberland River Mile 191.5, Right Bank, in Davidson County, Tennessee.

Cheatham Lake Government Tract M-1312-E. Nashville West Quad; lat: 36-09-00;

lon: 86-46-00.

DESCRIPTION: Philip Metals, formally Steiner-Liff Metals Company, proposes to construct a new barge facility about 1,350 feet upstream of the loading/unloading facilities currently being used by the applicant. The existing structures are in the path of the new Franklin Street/Gateway Bridge project, currently under construction by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Philip Metals is an international industrial company dealing in various kinds of environmental and recycling works. The Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation has requested to utilize the abandoned support structure for a scenic-river overlook along the Nashville Greenway Project, a proposed walkway along the river in the downtown area. A decision on this request will be made after a decision on the terminal relocation request is made.

 

SUBJECT: Proposed Construction of 4.85 miles of SR-840 from East of Thompsons Station Road to West of SR-106, Williamson County, Tennessee.

TO ALL CONCERNED: The project described below has been submitted for a Department of the Army Permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Before a permit can be issued, certification must be provided by the state of Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, pursuant to Section 401 (a)(1) of the CWA, that applicable water quality standards will not be violated. By copy of this notice, the applicant hereby applies for the required certification.

APPLICANT: Tennessee Department of Transportation

Suite 1200, James K. Polk Bldg.

505 Deaderick Street

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

LOCATION: Various Locations along Unnamed Tributaries of the West Harpeth River Mile 17.0 in Williamson County, Tennessee, USGS Map: SPRING HILL- TENN. LAT: 35-49-20.73 LONG: 86-55-46.24

DESCRIPTION: The proposed highway construction will result in several channel changes, culverts, wetland fills, and girder bridges along 4.85 miles of State Route 840. The proposed work would impact unnamed tributaries by replacing 310’ of stream and 0.015 acre of wetland with 271’ of 42” reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) culvert at Sta. 1421+60; 269’ of 6’x6’ box culvert replaces 310’ of stream at Sta. 1436+00; spring box plus 170’of 30” RCP culvert and spring box plus 120’ of 30” RCP plus 350’ of channel for a total of 520’ replacing 490’ of stream at Sta. 1457+75 to 1462+00; 312’ of 6’x6’ box culvert replaces 340’ of stream at Sta. 1461+84; 355’ of 54” RCP replaces 360’ of stream including 0.10 acre of temporary wetland impact at Sta. 1518+30; and 280’ of 30” RCP and spring box plus 210’ of channel change for a total 490’ replacing 540’ of stream at Sta. 1534+30. Please see exhibits A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, & I. The Tennessee

Department of Transportation (TDOT) proposes to mitigate the impacts from 1,997 feet of long culverts as described in Exhibit B. Likewise, TDOT proposes to mitigate the 0.015-acre of permanent wetland impact by purchasing 0.03-acre in the Harpeth Wetland Mitigation Bank. Several road crossings associated with this project have been previously approved by Nationwide Permit Number 14, Linear Transportation Crossings.

 

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SUBJECT: Proposed Fill and Encapsulation of an Unnamed Tributary to Chattanooga Creek, Mile 10.3R, Hamilton County, Tennessee

TO ALL CONCERNED: The application described below has been submitted for a Department of the Army Permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344). Before a permit can be issued, certification must be provided by the State of Tennessee, Division of Water Pollution Control, pursuant to Section 401(a)(1) of the CWA, that applicable water quality standards will not be violated. By copy of this notice, the applicant hereby applies for the required certification.

APPLICANT: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority

1001 Airport Road

Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

LOCATION: Unnamed Tributary to Chattanooga Creek, Mile 10.3R, Chickamauga Lake, Hamilton County, Tennessee

lat: 35-1-38 lon: 85-12-14 USGS – East Chattanooga, Tennessee

DESCRIPTION: The proposed work consists of the placement of concrete fill and the encapsulation of approximately 4300 linear feet of a previously relocated unnamed tributary to Chattanooga Creek. Approximately 10,000 cubic yards of concrete and fill material would be placed below the ordinary high water of the unnamed tributary in the encapsulation process. The stream would be encapsulated in a 10’ wide by 8’ high cast in place concrete box culvert. The applicant proposes to divert stream flow around the construction area in a pipe until the concrete box culvert is completed. Property constraints prohibit the relocation of the unnamed tributary.

 

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Tenth Annual National River Cleanup Week Scheduled for May 12-19, 2001

 

Each year, National River Cleanup Week encourages cleanups of local waterways and promotes the importance of keeping rivers and streams clean.  More than 54,000 volunteers took part in the last cleanup, June 3-10, 2000.  Civic clubs, businesses, paddlesports enthusiasts, fishing groups, outfitters and conservation groups join together across the country to organize and execute cleanups of their selected streams. This stimulates cleanups of blighted areas and helps communities focus attention on neglected waterways. 

 

America Outdoors, the largest national association of outfitters and  guides is the founder and national sponsor of National River Cleanup Week.  American Rivers is a supporter of National River Cleanup Week. 

 

Since the beginning of National River Cleanup Week in 1992, 326,735 volunteers have participated in 4,080 cleanups covering 80,458 miles of shoreline and waterways.  Many groups report that their efforts are paying off with greater awareness and community support occurring on the local level.

 

National River Cleanup Week assists local groups with information on how to conduct a successful river cleanup, how to promote their event, and provides safety tips.  Groups that register their cleanups may receive free National River Cleanup trash bags for cleanups occurring during the week of May 12-19, 2001.  Trash bags are subject to availability.  Groups that register also receive a packet of educational materials prior to the cleanup week. 

 

Registration is free and can be submitted online at www.americaoutdoors.org/nrcw/natao10.htm .  A video on "How to Conduct and Organize a River Cleanup," narrated by former CBS News White House correspondent Bob Pierpoint, is available for $10.95. 

 

For more information please contact the National River Cleanup Week/America Outdoors office, by phone at 865-558-3595, or email at [email protected]

 

Agency support has been provided by the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service.

 

 

EPA Proposes New Controls to Reduce Water Pollution from Large Livestock Operations

 

EPA today is proposing strict new controls to protect public health and the environment from one of the nation's leading causes of water pollution -- animal wastes from large, industrial feedlot operations. The new requirements would apply to as many as 39,000 concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) across the country.  EPA's proposal includes revisions to the definition of a CAFO, limits to land application of animal waste, and new technology requirements and effluent limits for discharges.  For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/owm/afo.htm  on

the Internet.

 

 

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FDA and EPA Issue Advisories on Fish

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued advice to pregnant women and others on the hazards of consuming commercially available fish that may be contaminated with mercury. EPA, in conjunction with the FDA's  announcement, issued advice concerning fish from non-commercial sources - freshwater fish both caught and directly eaten by subsistence and recreational fishers.   EPA is recommending that women who are pregnant or may become

pregnant, nursing mothers and young children, limit consumption of such fish to one meal per week (six ounces of cooked fish per adult; two ounces of cooked fish per child).

 

Additional information on FDA's advisory is available at http://www.fda.gov on the Internet. Additional information on EPA's advisory as well as a listing of state and local contacts on fish safety is available at  http://www.epa.gov/ost/fish on the Internet.

 

 

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STATE OF TENNESSEE

SUBJECT: Proposed Improvements to SR-93 (John B. Dennis Hwy.) from I-181 and SR-126 (Wilcox Dr.) to Moreland Dr., in Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee

TO ALL CONCERNED: The application described below has been submitted for a Department of the Army (DA) Permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 USC 1344). Before a permit can be issued for the placement of fill material below ordinary high water, cer-tification must be provided by the State of Tennessee, Department of Environment and Conser-vation, pursuant to Section 401(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act, that applicable water quality standards will not be violated. The applicant hereby applies for the required certification.

APPLICANT: Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Suite 1200, James K. Polk Building

505 Deaderick Street

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

LOCATION: Segment of SR-93 (John B. Dennis Hwy.) from I-181 and SR-126 (Wilcox Dr.) to Moreland Dr., in Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee, affecting Horse Creek and various of its tributaries. Work would be located in the Kingsport and Sullivan Gardens, USGS Quad Maps (188-SE and 189-NE).

DESCRIPTION: TDOT proposes to improve 0.902 mile of State Route 93 along existing alignment. The purpose of the proposed improvements is to facilitate traffic movement and correct route deficiencies. The existing four-lane divided highway, which consists of four 12’ traffic lanes with a 30’ wide grass median, would be widened to a six-lane divided facility by adding a 12’ lane in each direction and two 12’ shoulders. The project would also include widening the I-181 entrance and exit ramp. As a result of these improvements, fill material associated with embankment construction, drainage structures, and channel relocations would be deposited in waters of the United States. These activities are subject to DA authorization.

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