Subject:          TN Clean Water News #12

    Date:          Mon, 2 Apr 2001 22:11:14 EDT


April 2, 2001


Inside this Issue!


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

2. ANNOUNCEMENT - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - Field sampling project in the Obed Watershed, April 6-7

3.  NOTICE - CAFOs - Comment Period Extended on Proposal for Large Animal Feeding Operations

4.  RESOURCE - NEW PUBLICATION FROM ELI - Smart Growth and the Clean Water Act

5.  RESOURCE - EMAIL LISTSERVE - Join National Wildlife Federation's Smart Growth and Wildlife Listserve

6.  RESOURCE - TDEC MANUAL - Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook




1.  TDEC Watershed 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):


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


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


South Fork Holston River-(Including North Fork Holston):  4/16/01, 6 pm, Public Library, 400 Broad Street, Kingport


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


Little Tennessee River:  4/26/01, 7 pm, Vonore Campus, Cleveland State Community College



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



2.  Water Quality in the Obed Watershed, Field Sampling Project, April 6-7:

TCWP, as one of the main sponsor organizations for Tennessee Paddle, is leading conservation efforts for the Obed-Emory River watershed. Tennessee Paddle Conservation projects include: 1) Projects that directly benefit the National Park Service and the Obed Wild and Scenic River (money for stream gauges and other monitoring equipment, special user surveys, or scientific studies), 2) service projects at heavy user areas of the Obed Wild and Scenic River (litter pick-up and trail work), and 3) environmental education projects that benefit or educate people in communities in the Obed-Emory watershed.


The first conservation project for this year's Tennessee Paddle festival focuses on water quality assessment in the Obed and Emory River watersheds. Tennessee Paddle volunteers will work with Morgan County high school students and teachers from Wartburg, Coalfield, and Oakdale and scientists from the UT Water Resources Center to collect and analyze water samples from about 25 locations in the Obed-Emory watershed.


Tennessee Paddle volunteers and students will collect water samples on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. The students may begin analyzing the water samples on Friday and continue analyses at the festival on Saturday April 7. Students will post results on displays and a map of the watershed that will later appear on the Tennessee Paddle website ( Students will have informative displays and handouts about watershed protection and water quality, and people who can discuss specific water quality issues with festival patrons. We hope to turn this into a long-term monitoring project that will provide useful water quality data about the ecological health of the watershed.


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers to assist with water sampling are needed!  We will need volunteers with autos that don't mind doing some driving and maybe getting a little bit wet for the water sampling. Samplers must be able to find specific locations within the Obed and Emory watersheds, use a portable water quality meter to collect and record field data, fill a couple of sample containers, and record some basic field observations about the sites where they sampled. Samplers will be taught how to use the instruments before they go out. Volunteers may have to hike short distances (~0.25 mile one way) to reach some locations.


Boaters will be able collect additional water samples from inaccessible locations within the Obed gorge, Clear Creek, Daddys Creek, and the Emory River gorge.


I look forward to hearing from people who are interested in helping with this project. Please drop me an email, call, or sign up at the Tennessee Paddle website ( on the "Help Needed" page. Thanks.


Jimmy Groton

Tennessee Paddle Conservation Team

[email protected]

865/481-8732 (work)

865/483-5799 (home)



3.  Comment Period Extended on Proposal for Large Animal Feeding Operations:

On March 26, 2001, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman announced an extension of the public comment period on a proposal to reduce water pollution from large animal feedlot operations. The 75-day extended comment period will allow the public to comment through July 30.  EPA proposed new water pollution permitting controls in January that would apply to large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), typically defined as having 1,000 cattle or comparable "animal units"of other livestock. Throughout March, EPA held eight public meetings across the country to provide additional information and encourage public comment on the proposal. EPA is providing the additional public comment opportunity based on comments received at these meetings asking for more time to study and comment on the proposed Clean Water Act permitting requirements and CAFO definitions. 


For more information, visit EPA's web site at




4.  ELI Publication, Smart Growth and the Clean Water Act:

This study investigates the relationship between three Clean Water Act programs and "smart growth," an approach to development that emphasizes greater density, mixed uses, redevelopment of underused areas, transportation choices, and open space protection. These programs can promote smart growth when federal, state, and local governments grasp opportunities to integrate water quality and smart growth goals. Some jurisdictions already have done so, resulting in efficiencies and environmental benefits.


Water quality has received relatively minor consideration in most development and planning decisions compared with road construction, tax liabilities and incentives, government subsidies, land costs, and political issues. Nevertheless, the three water quality programs examined in this report have an increasing effect at the margin. The strategies and techniques for improving water quality and fostering smart growth can be mutually reinforcing.


This report was published by the Northeast Midwest Institute and is available at




Are you concerned about the problem of sprawl and the decline of wildlife, but having difficulty translating this concern into action?  NWF's Smart Growth and Wildlife listserve will help to educate professionals and everyday citizens on this crucial subject and to identify opportunities to work for positive change. 


If you want to learn about how states are grappling with the challenge of incorporating wildlife protection into their growth management laws or how citizens are working within regional transportation forums to promote transit and defeat billions of dollars of wasteful spending on new highways, this listserve is for you.


NWF's Smart Growth and Wildlife email listserve puts out 1 to 2 emails a week with issue updates, notices of conferences and meetings, and action alerts on subjects of national interest. The listserve is a "one-way, moderated" service; NWF will ensure members receive timely and concise messages but are never deluged.  You do not need to store messages, because they will be date and text searchable on the  website.


To sign up, go to


For more information e-mail or call Caron Whitaker at [email protected],  202-797-6608.


P.S. If you are interested in habitat conservation plans under the Endangered Species Act, you should know that the HCP listserves moderated by John Kostyack, [email protected], will now be incorporated into the Smart Growth and Wildlife listserve.  Glenn Sugameli, [email protected], will continue to moderate his takings/property rights listserves; however, key messages will be cross-posted to the Smart Growth and Wildlife listserv.



  1. Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook:

Construction activities near streams, rivers and lakes often result in water pollution and stream degradation if erosion and sediment controls are not properly installed and maintained. The Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook is intended as a resource for planners, engineers, contractors, and land developers during design and construction of projects requiring erosion and sediment controls to protect waters of the state.


The material herein supplements the regulatory requirements of two programs in particular, administered by the Division of Water Pollution Control: the Stream Alteration/Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) and the General NPDES Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Construction Activities. The planning, design and

installation criteria contained herein briefly describe requirements expected to be submitted with reports, plans, and/or specifications for projects submitted to and reviewed within the Department's water programs.


Additional copies of the handbook, if available, may be obtained from the Department's Environmental Assistance Centers (EAC's) located across the state or from the Central Office at the following address:

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Division of Water Pollution Control

6th Floor, L&C Annex

401 Church Street

Nashville, TN 37243-1534



A new General NPDES Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Construction Activities was issued by the Division on June 27, 2000, and became effective July 1, 2000. The new permit has significant new requirements, including the preparation of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for all sites. A new Erosion and sediment Control Handbook, as well as a guidance document for the preparation of SWPPP's, are planned. In the meantime, the Division wants this Handbook to be as widely available as possible. Initiated by efforts of Terry Templeton, of the Division of Water Pollution Control in the Memphis Environmental Assistance Center, it has been recompiled and placed on the Department's Web site at






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