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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Public Meeting Prompts Redesign by Rogers Group and More News Coverage

See the WZTV FOX 17 :: Newsroom - Top Stories - video coverage about last night's public meeting.

The project proposal by Rogers Group's quarry to get back to business since the May 2010 flood was redesigned and presented by thier executives and consultants last night.

The previous proposal had been changed significantly from their initial submission, moved to save 269 more linear feet of existing stream.

The positive strides RCWA accomplished reflects the public's attention and the dedication by many volunteers working together towards a better scenario for the stream, Richland Creek. The results are the accomplishments.

1. Army Corps of Engineers extends pubic comment period

2. County leaders sponsor a public meeting for review of Rogers Group's Plan

3. Rogers Group redesigns their initial project proposal plan

4. The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance gets an opportunity to present their restoration proposal to the public, applicant and regulatory planners.


Main points

1. A more southerly reconnection and natural restoration to preserve more aquatic life and habitat- to bypass less of the existing stream channel.

2. Restoration of the floodplain to improve water quality, create more diverse habitat and flood defense.

3) A Conservation Trust for the entire area of focus and to restore recreational uses.

The WZTV Fox 17 coverage (link above) of the meeting reflects the chatter of about 200 in attendance (head count), four government agencies, five County leaders and several Rogers Group executives and lawyers.

In addition to a substantial public showing there were also leaders from several environmental and neighborhood organizations present. The unity around stream preservation and sustainability is what will make a difference. The Alliance is very proud and grateful to all that were in attendance and who contributed. There were seven committee volunteers but there were also many others that contacted RCWA with support and ideas. It was a collective effort- a watershed community at work for their stream!

Here is a link to an article in yesterday's Tennessean (Anne Paine) that has a link to the Rogers Group second, latest proposal - New plan proposed for moving Richland Creek around quarry.

If you feel our work is worthy, consider joining the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance by submitting an annual membership of $15.
Address: RCWA P.O. Box 92016 Nashville, TN 37209
Website: www.richlandcreekwatershedalliance.org.
Email: rcwa@comcast.net

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