CHAPTER NO. 623

HOUSE BILL NO. 2462

By Representatives McDonald, Stamps, Davidson

Substituted for: Senate Bill No. 2911

By Senator Graves

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 69, Chapter 3, relative to water sampling and quality.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 69, Chapter 3, is amended by adding the following as a new part 3:

Section 69-3-301. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is hereby directed to conduct a stream mapping project in the Red River and Barren River watersheds of Sumner County.

Section 69-3-302. As used in this act, unless the context otherwise requires, "stream mapping" means the collection and analysis of water samples along streams that normally exhibit water flow at least six (6) consecutive months per year within a given area.

Section 69-3-303. Water samples collected pursuant to this part shall be collected according to each of the following guidelines:

(1) at distances along each of the streams in the Red River and Barren River watersheds in Sumner County of no greater than three (3) miles from the previous sample taken;

(2) at or near the same location for each sampling; and

(3) on a regular, quarterly basis.

Section 69-3-304. Samples collected pursuant to this part shall each be analyzed for pH, ammonia, and BOD (Biological Oxygen Demand) in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.

PASSED:

February 26, 1998

APPROVED this day of 1998

Pursuant to Article III, Section 18, of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Governor had House Bill No. 2462 in his possession longer than ten (10) days, so therefore the bill becomes law without the Governor's signature.