Take Action to protect our waterways & wetlands by July 31!

July 31, 2018

Did you see this Tennessean article,  As TDOT builds more roads, Tennessee’s water qualtiy standards hang in the balance?  We offer it as context for our Call to Action.

Can you grab your favorite beverage, put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to write a letter for the protection of Tennessee waters? Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) needs to hear from you by 4:30 p.m. on July 31st!

Please share. More information below…

TDEC Rollback Flier

The RULE changes of concern are the 2nd & 3rd listing at TDEC Water Notices:

  1. Water Quality Criteria– Rule Chapter 0400-40-33
  2. Classification for Surface Waters– Rule Chapter 0400-40-34
  3. Aquatic Resource Alteration– Rule Chapter 0400-40-37

These Rules interact, so request your comment apply to all three RULE CHANGES being proposed. Email comments to TDEC’s Gregory.Denton@tn.gov & Jimmy.R.Smith@tn.gov.  Or mail it to the attention of both Mr. Gregory Denton & Mr. Jimmy Smith: 

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11thFloor
Nashville, TN 37243

We are experiencing degradation of water quality, biological integrity and hydrological function of Richland Creek now. Richland Creek, and most of Nashville’s streams are federally listed as “Impaired.”  Clean water for Tennessee and Nashville is, and always will be important.  Don’t rollback water quality criteria Rule!  Let’s improve it!

Restoration and mitigation are useful tools to right the past, improve the future. It supports our mission and TDEC’s. Citizens, Metro, businesses, environmental groups, property owners and volunteers have invested in restoring our waterways and these habitats. Large mitigation projects have been completed to reclaim or restore decades-old alterations and disturbances to our waterways have been essential, wonderful and celebrated, while providing social benefit and attracting people & economic development!
That adds up to millions of dollars of community investment & benefit!  Don’t rollback antidegradation Rule!  Let’s do more to renew them!

Supporting the biological integrity of a resource like Richland Creek, investing in its restoration & mitigation adds value to the resource and supports classified uses. We have heard on previous occassions when we voiced concern about an Alteration Permit (ARAP) proposed, TDEC say to us… that would NOT be aloud today. We put stock in those words. Why? Because it’s for the public good that our fresh water habitats support fish & aquatic life, recreation and clean water!  Don’t Rollback into the last century.  Let’s fish, play & drink into the 21st Century!

Here are a just few things we’ve noticed on Richland Creek…

  • Stormwater pollution has accelerated noticeably in the Richland Creek watershed since the development boom started! There is noticibly more erosion, deposition & loss of old trees over the past few years.
  • Richland Creek and its smaller tributaries and springs have been altered during this growth. Combined with stormwater issues, the value of our resource is at serious risk now. We have a complete food web in the Creek to protect. Can we keep it for future generations?
  • All streams of Richland Creek are federally listed as “Impaired” now. Rolling back Rules would devastate resource value.

PLEASE SHARE and ask your friends, family, coworkers or neighborhood leaders to Take Action for our waterways!

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