Thursday, May 27, 2010

Local Streams Included On Pollution List

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has released a statewide listing of streams, lakes and reservoirs that state officials say "do not support the public’s use of them." This draft list – also called the 2010 303(d) List – is a requirement of the federal Clean Water Act and includes Putnam County's Spring Creek, which the state says is contaminated with E. Coli because of pasture grazing. Also on the list is Little Piney Creek, which has had its flow altered, according to the state; and Meadow Creek, which the state says is losing biological integrity because of siltation from abandoned mining efforts. Cane Creek, Hudgens Creek, Pigeon Roost Creek, and the Calfkiller River are also on the list. The state also says that Mine Lick Creek is polluted because of overflows emanating from the Baxter sewer treatment plant. On the plus side, the Falling Water River was de-listed from a previous designation that came about on the basis of a 1993 survey. In both 2002 and 2007, the department repeated biological surveys at Adams Acres Road. Both times, the stream passed what were called biorecon goals. State officials say dissolved oxygen levels were fine and excessive algae was not present. Public meetings to discuss the list are being scheduled in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. To see the complete list, click here.