Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued notice for an Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit on December 10 concerning Richland Creek. Citizens have 30 days from that date to request a Public Hearing.
Grab your favorite holiday beverage and write a brief letter asking TDEC to hold a public hearing about this permit that must arrive by January 10, 2015.
Please include the permit #NRS14.318, your name, address and a water quality concern you have in your letter, then mail it to the attention of:
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Division of Water Resources, Natural Resources Unit
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Citizens have a vested interest in the integrity and health of our streams and watershed. The Whitworth development had impounded a branch of Richland Creek to create a pond, and is requesting a permit to dredge the resource to remove accumulated sediment. Besides dirt and stormwater pollution issues, TDEC determined water quality is poor—high concentration of Nitrate and Phosphorus, and not meeting its most important classified use—fish and aquaitc life.
The pond construction obstructs natural flow downstream, eliminating the ability of water to reach the branch in the Whitland neighborhood that residents love and named Kingfisher (aka Bosley Springs).
We submitted our public hearing request, pointing out that citizens need ample time to understand and ask questions about this permit. The notice was issued 15 days before the busiest time of the year, when many are out of town celebrating the holiday. There is no good reason for the pond, the pollution it creates, or the stream flow it obstructs. Let’s not continue to dredge, but restore its natural flow and habitat to improve water quality at Whitworth, Kingfisher and Richland Creek.
Thanks for taking time during this holiday season to defend Richland Creek!