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Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Year of Achievements and Possibilities for 2011

2010 has just about come to pass and it is the season for many of us to reflect on the past and plan for the future. With the community's support, the RCWA will draw from past accomplishments to bridge future plans in 2011 that pursue our mission.

This year we requested and received funding to implement a volunteer stream monitoring program. The RCWA expects many stakeholders will join the stream monitoring program in 2011, which we look forward to and depend upon. A major goal of the monitoring program is to expand the scientific data for Richland Creek- To further characterize the stream's water quality challenges and better define areas that need restorative objectives and policies.

The RCWA has assembled an Advisory Committee for the stream-monitoring program and are grateful for their pledge of service and expertise. The Committee will advise the program organizers, help interpret the data collected and guide future objectives. RCWA expects more funding will be needed to extend monitoring and to support restorative projects identified into the future. Financial support by the community is important for success of this RCWA study.

The RCWA is especially grateful and proud of the community for the achievements made in 2010 and look forward to thanking the community further in 2011.

2010 Achievements:
  • The RCWA continued the important flow monitoring study partnership on Richland Creek with The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
  • The RCWA partnered with the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment's (VIEE) Nashville Yard Project.
  • The RCWA brought to the community's attention a stream buffer variance controversy. The organization advocated against approval of the variance and asked that the Rule to reclaim 75-feet of stream buffer for Richland Creek be upheld at the West Nashville Police Precinct redevelopment project. The effort gained some compromise of stream buffer width with the variance approval in March, but the after the May flood the City rethought their decision and announced in December a redesign. The new precinct design calls for 85-feet of stream buffer reclamation.
  • The RCWA held their 4th Annual Spring Creek Clean up on Richland Creek and Charlotte Avenue in 2010. Organizers surmised that the continued focus to "clean up" here had diminished the amount of trash accumulated this year. Less litter is good!
  • The RCWA's 2010 Annual Membership Meeting featured presentations on two scientific studies being conducted in the Richland Creek watershed that the Alliance has partnered - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Instream Flow study and Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment's Nashville Yard Project study.
  • The RCWA successfully brought to the public's attention an Army Corps of Engineer's stream relocation permit application submitted by the ReoStone quarry. The RCWA advocated for and was granted a public meeting about the controversy, which also prompted The Rogers Group to re-design their project closer to the alternative design route that RCWA proposed. Hundreds of feet of original stream channel and habitat were saved thanks to the public support and initiative.
  • The RCWA's Board of Directors expedited the organizations' business, achieved the 501c3 non-profit status and recruited two new board members.
  • The RCWA published three CreekVoice issues.
  • The RCWA assisted with or reported numerous violations to Metro Water Services and/or the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation about illicit discharges or unpermmited work in the Richland Creek watershed.
  • RCWA received assistance from the Tenneessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the World Wildlife Fund for the stream-monitoring program to be implemented. The design firm, Barge Cauthen Associates, Inc. also donated funding to assist with sample analyses fees.
Please send your $15 membership fee or donation to RCWA P O Box 92016 Nashville, TN 37209 or visit our website page "how you can help" to submit at www.richlandcreekwatershedalliance.org.
THANKS!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Department of the Army - Final Word Regarding The Rogers Group permit

Season's Greetings RCWA Stakeholders,


Celebrate your accomplishment this holiday season!


RCWA received the letter below today from the Army Corps of Engineers' Nashville Disctrict regarding the official determination for The Rogers Group permit to relocate Richland Creek.


This project was greatly improved because of the public's attention to the issue - More orginal stream channel and habitat was prevented from being destroyed.


RCWA is proud and grateful to stakeholders for participating in this public comment process.




From: Fanning, Scott LRN

Date: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Subject: File No. 2010-00546; Proposed Work at Richland Creek Mile 1.3, Tributary of

Cumberland River Mile 175.7 Left Bank (Cheatham Lake) Davidson County,

Tennessee (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO

This is in further regard to your comments concerning an application for a Department

of the Army permit by The Rogers Group for work at the subject location.


The concerns and issues raised by you and others were considered and included in the

public record. Members of the public contributed important information that has served

to develop relevant issues considered in our permit decision. We believe that requests

for a public hearing were largely satisfied by the July 14, 2010, meeting held at Cohn

Adult High School. The applicant’s proposed plans were substantially modified largely

due to public input. Since holding a separate public hearing would not likely result in

additional substantive information, we determined that such a hearing was not required

in connection with this application.


We have now completed our public interest evaluation of this application. On

November 30, 2010, after a careful consideration of all the relevant factors, including

public comments, we issued a permit for work associated with the relocation of

Richland Creek. The approved plans provide for the construction of a meandering

stream channel which more closely matches the route of Richland Creek prior to the

flood than did the originally proposed relocated channel. In addition, we have added

special conditions to the permit to minimize the anticipated environmental impacts.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the address or telephone

number below or by email.


Sincerely,


G. Scott Fanning

Regulatory Branch

US Army Corps of Engineers

3701 Bell Road

Nashville TN 37214-2660

ph. (615) 369-7521

fax (615) 369-7501


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