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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Volunteers Become Citizen Scientists



RCWA held their first stream monitoring training at the old science lab in Cohn School last week, which brought back high school memories for some of us. The participants read a training manual RCWA created prior, which included background information on the watershed and outlined objectives for the stream study.  After several in-class trial runs, the following Saturday citizens collected samples from Richland Creek to conduct more dissolved oxygen tests.  Ten volunteers are committing their time for this important stream monitoring study. Adequate dissolved oxygen levels are required for healthy aquatic habitats, which is the focus for this RCWA study.  Once finished, citizen scientists will have recorded 144 dissolved oxygen measurements — made a significant feat.  Big cheers to our volunteers.  Thanks also to John Robbins and Quinn Bloom for assisting volunteers during the RCWA training sessions.
Stay tuned for additional updates and photos in upcoming weeks.
The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance is appreciative for the assistance provided by the World Wildlife Fund, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Barge Cauthen & Associates.  
To become a business sponsor contact us at rcwa@comcast.net.
Together, we do make a difference.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

RCWA's Board of Zoning Appeal Case Postponed Today

RCWA filed an Item A Appeal with Metro Nashville Codes Administration on June 30, 2011.   The action was taken to defend Richland Creek from a nonconforming use car lot on Charlotte Pike that was resuming operations after they had abandoned the location for more than 24 months — a period of time longer than allowed by law for a new permit to come under the nonconforming provisions of the Metro Code.  

The Board of Zoning of Appeals postponed hearing our case (August 18, 1 PM) because 3 of the 7 Board of Zoning Appeal Members could not make the hearing today and another had to recuse themselves.  This meant for our case there would not be the required number of members (quorum) present.

RCWA's Item A Appeal (Case #2011-069) is now scheduled to be heard at 1 PM September 1st — at the next, regular scheduled hearing of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA).
A link to the Board of Appeals Meeting Dockets is http://www.nashville.gov/codes/bza/dockets.asp.

BZA Meetings are held 
700 2nd Avenue South 
Sonny West Conference Center
Nashville, TN