February 19, 2015
TDEC Public Hearing will be held Feb 19 at 6:00 PM, West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. Question and answer session at 5:30 PM.
This is your opportunity to speak up, make change—ask for water quality and fish habitat to improve in a neighborhood stream. RCWA and neigbbors asked TDEC to hold a Public Hearing that was granted. What is the benefit of this pond? The water quality doesn’t support fish and aquatic life.
The Whitworth Subdivision is requesting a permit to dredge their 3.5 acre in-line pond to remove approximately 3000 cubic-yards of accumulated sediment. Citizens may voice their water quality concern and comment to TDEC officials at the Hearing or write one and hand it in. Written comments can be submitted to TDEC up until 4:30 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015. . After considering all public comments, the Division will publish a final permit decision and a notice of determination, which includes the division’s response to comments. Address to send your comments is below.
We would like to see the situation improved and state’s water quality standards for fish and aquatic life be upheld. Currently these standards are not supported. RCWA met with a Whitworth representative in 2011, and again last December suggesting to devise a better, long-term solution together. Cleaner water and restoring fish habitat is a worthy goal and benefit. The pond was constructed in the Kingfisher Branch, a Richland Creek tributary in the Whitland Neighborhood.
Dredging is a temporary, messy treatment, not a permanent solution. To protect the liner of the pond, an expensive dredging technique is required ($180K).
SEND COMMENTS TO:
STATE OF TENNESSEE, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Attn: Brian Canada
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1102
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