Subject: TN Clean Water News #10

 From: [email protected]

 To: [email protected]

 

 March 1, 2001

 

 Inside this Issue!

 

 1.  NOTICE - PUBLIC WATERSHED MEETINGS - TDEC Water Quality Assessment Meetings to be held

 2.  NOTICE - CAFO PUBLIC MEETINGS - Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Proposed Rule Public Meetings to be held in several cities throughout the  country, including Chattanooga on 3/22/01

 3.  LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - TN CONSERVATION VOTERS - Environmental Bill Summaries

 4.  JOB ANNONCEMENT - OFFICE DIRECTOR - Tennessee Environmental Council seeks  Office Director

 5.  SPOTLIGHT - INFORMATION RESOURCE - LakeNet, focused on the conservation and sustainable development of lakes

 6.  RESOURCES - ENVIROONE LISTSERVES - Quick list of environmental listserves

 7.  RESOURCE - NEW WATERSHED INITIATIVES REPORT - "Toward Understanding New Watershed Initiatives"

 

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 1.  Public Water Quality Assessment Meetings:

 The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is using a watershed  approach to address water quality. In order to provide an opportunity for the  public to become involved, the approach includes at least two public meetings in each watershed in each five-year cycle. Meeting dates for Group 3 Water  Quality Assessment Meetings have been set for the following watersheds (all times are local times):

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 Buffalo River/Lower Duck River:   3/13/01, 7 pm, Clement Building, Columbia State Community College.

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 TN Western Valley (TN River-Beech):  3/15/01, 5 pm, County Courthouse, Court Square, Decaturville

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 TN River (Part of the EAC Open House):  3/27/01, 7 pm, EAC - Chattanooga iv. Upper Duck River:   3/29/01, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Courtroom, County  Courthouse, Shelbyville

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 TN Western Valley (TN River - KY Lake):  4/9/01, 5 pm, Paris Courthouse, 101W. Washington St, Paris

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 Wolf River:  4/10/01, 6 pm, Collierville Town Hall, 151 Walnut Street, Collierville

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 South Fork Holston River-2 (Including North Fork Holston):  4/16/01, Location/time TBA

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 Lower Clinch River:  4/17/01, 7 pm, DOE Oversight Bldg, 761 Emory Valley Rd, Oak Ridge

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 Little Tennessee River:  4/26/01, Location/time TBA

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 For more information, please contact:  David Duhl, TDEC Watershed Coordinator  at (615)532-0438  or  e-mail:  [email protected]

 

 2.  CAFO Proposed Rule Public Meetings:

 Eight public meetings will be held in March on the proposed Concentrated  Animal Feeding Operations rule.  Meetings are scheduled for: Baltimore, MD;

 Ames, IA; Riverside, CA; Ft. Wayne, IN; Dallas, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Denver,  CO; and Boise, ID.

 

 The purpose of these meetings is to enhance public understanding of the  proposed regulations for CAFOs; they are not a mechanism for submitting  formal comment on the proposal.  The meetings will consist of a brief presentation by EPA officials on the proposed regulations, followed by a  question and answer session.  Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the basic aspects of the proposed regulations prior to  attendance.  Advance registration is not required.

 

 The meeting in Chattanooga will take place March 22, 2001, 1-5 pm, at the Chattanooga Clarion Hotel, 47 Chestnut Street.

 

 For information about the CAFO rule and a detailed schedule of public meetings, see www.epa.gov/owm/afos/rule.htm

 

 (Information source: EPA's WaterNews)

 

 3.  Selected Environmental Bill Summaries from Tennessee Conservation Voters:

 You can obtain copies of any of these bills via the internet by going to the General Assembly web site at www.legislature.state.us

 SB 1651/HB 1374 (Elsea/Sands)  - would add segments of the Duck River and segments of the Caney Fork River to the state scenic rivers system. The bill  would, however, take out the authority of the commissioner of environment and conservation to establish the boundaries of the scenic river in favor of  requiring the commissioner to negotiate voluntary agreements with each individual landowner.

 

 SB 265/HB 260  (Fowler/Odom) - enacts "Tennessee Forest Resources Conservation Act of 2001." This bill would establish a comprehensive program  to regulate the permitting of new or expanded chipmill facilities.  There are opportunities for public comment and abilities to challenge the granting or  denial of permit applications.

 

 SB 583/HB 1311 (Kyle/Arriola & Scroggs) - would require any new or expanding industrial chipmill seeking economic assistance from the Dept of Community Development or TN Local Development Authority to complete a forest resource impact study.  Economic assistance would be precluded unless the Dept of Agriculture finds that the operations would not have an unreasonable adverse effect on the long-term viability of forest resources. It would also  condition receipt of assistance on implementing various management practices.

 

 SB 555/HB 496 (Crutchfield/Odom) - would authorize the department of environment and conservation to develop a timetable for the removal of methyl  tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) from gasoline. Specifically, it would prohibit the use of MTBE in gasoline by December 31, 2003.

 

 SB 442/HB 778 (Crutchfield/Briley) - enacts "Tennessee Environmental Policy Act of 2001."   Similar to the federal NEPA statute, this bill requires an  environmental effects report (modeled after the federal EIS process) to be prepared prior to state action that is likely to have significant adverse  impact on the environment.

 

 For more information, contact Bill Fischbe, [email protected]

 

 4.  Position Opening at Tennessee Environmental Council:

 The Tennessee Environmental Council is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of the environment and public health in  Tennessee. TEC is a statewide organization, based in Nashville, that pursues advocacy on issues of clean water, clean air, pollution prevention, healthy  forests and smart growth.

 

 The Office Director for TEC provides full-time administrative and program support to the organization.  This position plays a key role in office,  accounting and information systems management, plus program assistance to the Executive Director and Program staff. 40 hours per week minimum, typically 9 am to 6 pm, Monday-Friday, with occasional night and weekend work required. Starting salary  $27,000 per annum. Benefits include 2 weeks paid vacation, 1:1 comp time for overtime hours, and opportunities for training and professional development. Health and retirement benefits are anticipated

 following an initial trial period.  The office offers a pleasant professional atmosphere, free parking, and easy access to the interstate.

 

 The position calls for experience in office management with a priority on  information management and organizational skills. Experience with  environmental issues a plus but not required. Excellent telephone and interpersonal skills, good verbal and written communication skills, and attention to detail are important requirements. Initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility, and problem-solving skills are especially useful. A good sense of humor and appreciation for environmental protection are desirable. Good computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel are required. Preference will be given to those with experience in Quick Books and File Maker Pro.

 

 Interested applicants are requested to fax a cover letter, current resume and 2 references to:

 

 Gwen Griffith, DVM, MS

 Executive Director

 Fax number 615-248-6545

 

 For more information, contact Gwen Griffith at [email protected]

 

 5.  LakeNet - Information Resource on Global Lake Conservation: LakeNet  is a global network of people and organizations working to promote  the conservation and sustainable development of lakes.  LakeNet focuses on what it believe are the seven major threats to lakes around the world:  invasive species, water diversion, sedimentation, accelerated eutrophication, over-fishing, acidification and global warming.

 

 See new invasive species, water diversion and global warming pages on LakeNet's website at http://www.worldlakes.org. Problem descriptions, promising strategies, links and bibliographies are included.

 

 LakeNet also maintains a listserve, through which no more than 10 messages per month are sent to interested folks about the conservation and sustainable development of international lakes.  Messages often announce useful new materials or websites regarding lakes.

 

 If you wish to subscribe, just send a blank message to: [email protected]

 

 For more information, contact Laurie Duker, LakeNet, Monitor International, 300 State Street, Annapolis, MD 21403 USA, Tel (410) 268-5155, Fax (410)

 268-8788

 

 6.  Quick List of Environmental Listserves from EnviroOne  EnviroOne invites you to join for free the discussion in one or more of  several discussion groups centered around a cleaner environment for each  medium. The following summarizes these group.  Click on the group of interest  to join.

 

 EnviroWater - a listserv on water resources, groundwater, surface water,  drinking water, marine pollution, MtBE additive, non-point sources, and more.

 www.enviroone.com/envsearch/EnviroWater.asp 

 

 EnviroAir - a listserv on acid rain, air quality standards, emission testing,  asbestos, global warming, and more. www.enviroone.com/envsearch/EnviroAir.asp 

 

 EnviroBrownfield - a listserv on tax incentive zones, new/emerging brownfield  tools, brownfields funding, and more. www.enviroone.com/envsearch/EnviroBrownfield.asp 

 

 EnviroEducation - a listserv on kids environmental activities, distance  learning, financial assistance, sustainability, and more. www.enviroone.com/envsearch/EnviroEducation.asp 

 

 EnviroList - a listserv on current postings of new jobs, grants,  scholarships, fellowships, RFPs, and more. www.enviroone.com/envsearch/EnviroList.asp 

 

 EnviroMNA - a listserv on natural attenuation including protocols, the latest on biotic/abiotic processes, innovative monitoring technologies, and more.

 www.enviroone.com/envsearch/EnviroMNA.asp 

 

 EnviroSoftware - a listserv on every software with environmental implications  including geotechnical, risk assessment, natural attenuation, groundwater,  vadose zone, soil screening, and more.  www.enviroone.com/envsearch/EnviroSoftware.asp 

 

 EnviroSoils - a listserv on soil geochemistry, soil fertility, soil cleanup,  soils from mine spoils, contaminated sediments, soil erosion, and more. www.enviroone.com/envsearch/EnviroSoils.asp

 

 7.  New Watershed Initiatives Report

 A useful report entitled "Toward understanding New Watershed Initiatives", co-authored by Steve Boren and Kenneth Genskow, of the University of  Wisconsin in Madison, has just been published and is available for downloading through "Library" at www.tu.org

 

 The report focuses on the "new watershed approach".  It details how the "new approach" evolved and what makes it different from other watershed approach  initiatives in the past.  The report also includes a section on how to evaluate new watershed initiatives as well as descriptions of the key factors in achieving success. This report is a great tool for groups that are starting new projects or are interested in evaluating current projects.

 

 (Information source: River Network's Email List, River Info.  rapids.rivernetwork.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/riverinfo

 

 

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