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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Public Hearing for Richland Creek - September 10


PLAN TO ATTEND — PUBLIC HEARING FOR RICHLAND CREEK


The first-ever public opportunity to comment about the use of Richland Creek to irrigate the McCabe Park Golf Course has arrived.
     
TDEC PUBLIC HEARING
September 10th 5:30 pm
West Precinct Community Room
5500 Charlotte Pike

Informational session begins 5:30 pm and official comment period starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:30 p.m.  

RCWA worked 5-years to bring attention to the decades-old water-use. We have contributed scientific study, published information and discussed the impact on the fish and aquatic life with stakeholders and regulators.   The flow study we worked on for 2 years with TN Wildlife Resources Agency was focused on the McCabe Park golf course area of Creek, which concluded that pollution tolerant species were in greater number than freshwater stream species, due to  excessive withdrawal and its associated low-head dam.

For forty years McCabe Park has used Richland Creek to irrigate the golf course. Now a permit from TDEC to continue use is required.  Metro Parks has submitted a proposal to continue using the resource and supplementing their need for water with Metro Water Services.  Prior to the formal public hearing, an informational session with TDEC staff and the applicant is available.  Get the full Public Hearing announcement here.  TDEC will accept citizen-comments now, at the hearing and up to 10 days after (include permit #NRS12.236).  Send comments to Robert.d.baker@tn.gov or to his attention at TDEC Division of Water Resources, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11 Floor Nashville, TN 37243.

Citizens have an opportunity to make a difference now, speak up for the resource to protect the Creek's  freshwater and restore the habitat to support fish and aquatic life  Your attendance and voice does matter. Richland Creek has endured much abuse and misuse and its time to give the stream all its flow so the fish and aquatic life have a real chance to recover, before its too late. 

DENY Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit #NRS12.236 and Restore Richland Creek because...
1) There is a viable alternative
2) Richland Creek is too smal for the job
3) Better dilution of urban pollution
4) The ecosystem needs all its flow to recover and do its business
5) McCabe Park can raise golfing fee $1 to cover cost for using Metro Water instead.