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Upcoming Public Hearings:

Each hearing listed below has a direct link to the online WebEx Meeting. A telephone number and passcode are provided in the public notice document for anyone who cannot participate via a computer.  People who attend the hearing by phone and who are not able to register online will be given the opportunity to confirm their participation during the hearing. Your participation is appreciated.

Date: Hearing: Site (Public Notice): Webex:
07-06 1:00pm CDT Tennessee Storm Water Multi-Sector General Permit (TNR050000) WEBEX LINK
    Notice of Public Hearing   
    Permit Public Notice  
07-29 6:00pm CDT Aquatic Resource Alteration General Permit for Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Watershed Activities WEBEX LINK
    Notice of Public Hearing  
    Draft Permit  (Rationale / Affirmation)  
08-24 9:30am CDT Rulemaking Hearing - 0400-49-01 Rules Governing Water and Wastewater Operator Certification WEBEX LINK
    Notice of Hearing (Amended Version)  
    Redline Version  

WebEx Participation Instructions and Guidance

(For participation in public meetings/hearings through web conferencing)

Please note that you may also participate in public hearings by telephone. Call-in information for each hearing, as well as a number to call during the hearing for technical assistance, is provided in each public notice.

JUNE 8, 2020

Proposed TMDL for the Lower French Broad River Watershed

The Draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for E. coli in the Lower French Broad River watershed, located in east Tennessee is now availbale for public review and comment. 

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed TMDL are invited to submit comments through July 13, 2020 and can be submitted directly using this FORM.


Request for Water Quality Data 

APRIL 21, 2020 - The Tennessee Division of Water Resources is soliciting data in order to conduct a thorough investigation of water quality conditions across Tennessee. The results of this statewide assessment will be used to develop documents required under the federal Clean Water Act. The Division is specifically requesting water quality data from the watersheds identified by the Division as Group 3 watersheds. Please see public notice document for details.


June 22, 2020

On August 24, 2020, TDEC will be holding a pulic hearing in order to receive comments regarding proposed amendments to the following:

Comments on the amendments will be accepted through close of business August 24th and should be submitted to Sherry.Messick@tn.gov.

Please see hearing notice above for details on all attendance options. 

JULY 1

  • M2020-15 - Notice of Public Participation Opportunities for Individual NPDES Permits, Mining Unit. 

JUNE 30

  • NRS19.068 - Notice of Determination - Pursuant to The Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977 and Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0400-40-03-.06(4)(d), this notice sets out TDEC’s determination that the degradation of Exceptional Tennessee Waters resulting from the new habitat alteration proposed in the §401 Water Quality Certification and Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit application NRS19.068 is necessary to accommodate important economic or social development related to Phase 6 of the Kennesaw Farms subdivision in Gallatin (Sumner County).  
  • NRS20.135 - Bill Legg proposes to install 650 feet of rip rap to control active erosion on Knob Creek and install a permenant 35 foot wide riaparian buffer along 3,900 feet of Knob Creek near the intersection of West Point Road and Hughes Road (Lawrence County).
  • NRS20.144 - Wade Davis proposes to stabilize 550 linear feet of one bank of the Buffalo River near Old Highway 13 in Hurricane Mills (Humphreys County) through installation of a partial rock riprap revetment and a forested riparian buffer.
  • NRS20.153 - The Obed Watershed Community Association proposes various stream enhancements including cedar tree revetments, grade control, and rock toe protection along 1,479 feet of an un-named tributary of Brown Creek in Maryville (Blount County). Because a determination was made that these activities would result in no measurable degradation of water quality, the public notice period for this activity is 20 days. 
  • TND0020205 - James Sills proposes the removal of approximately 5,000 cubic yards of gravel (over the course of a five-year permit cycle) from exposed dry gravel bars on Standing Rock Creek near Highway 232, Dover (Stewart County) for personal use and sale.    
  • MMXX-026 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program) 

JUNE 26

JUNE 25

  • Public Notice and Notice of Public Hearing for the proposed establishment of  a General Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit that authorizes Natural Resource Conservation Service-designed streambank stabilization projects. A Public Hearing will be held on July 29th, via Webex conferencing. Details on the hearing and how to attend are included in the notice of public hearing document below.

JUNE 23

  • NRS 20.001 - Bell Tower Investments, LLC, proposes to impact 0.81 acres of wetland associated with the construction of a residential apartment complex and a gravity-driven sewer line installation at 2588 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro (Rutherford County). The applicant proposes to offset these impacts through the purchase of 1.62 wetland mitigation credits from the Banks Pisgah Mitigation Bank.
  • NRS20.057 - Fredrick Gibson proposes to construct rock armoring on 550 feet of Standing Rock Creek and 80 feet of Palmer Branch to stabilize eroded stream bank near Dover (Stewart County) and install 35 foot wide riparian buffers along the length of his property. 
  • NRS20.118 - The City of Harriman was issued an emergency permit pursuant to Rule 0400-40-07-.04(4)(a)4 prior to public notice and participation. The emergency permit authorized rock armor protection of 1,350 feet of the Emory River along Riverfront Park and 533 feet of rock armor protection of the Emory River along Bullard Road in Harriman.  
  • MMXX-025 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program) 

JUNE 19

JUNE 16

  • NRS20.017 - Brandon McClain proposes to stabilize 1,385 feet of stream bank along Knob Creek near West Point Road (Lawrence County) using 30 feet of full-bank rip rap, 405 feet of partial bank rip rap, 950 feet of boulder toe revetment, and native plantings. Impact minimization includes planting a minimum of a 35-foot wide native riparian buffer for 3,000 feet along the stream bank for the length of the applicant’s property boundary, including the treatment area.
  • NRS20.131 - J.A. Sergio & Sons proposes continued construction of The Reserve at the Country Club, an approximately 82.5 acre residential development on Shag Rag Road in Cookeville (Putnam County). This would include 3.47 acres of wetland impacts. Mitigation for wetland impacts would be through the purchase of 2.2 credits from the Bakers Crossroads Wetland Mitigation Bank and 4.74 credits from the Roaring Paunch Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank.  
  • MMXX-024 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program) 

JUNE 9

  • NRS19.129 MODIFICATION- The City of Soddy Daisy has been issued an emergency 401 water quality certification that authorizes bank stabilization of approximately 75 feet on Little Soddy Creek near Depot Street (Hamilton County). This is in addition to approximately 340 feet of previously conducted bank stabilization. Comments are being taken related to this authorized activity.   
  • NRS20.008 - Walker Meadows, LLC proposes to relocate 310 linear feet of an unnamed tributary to Cane Branch in Munford (Tipton County). Stream impacts are proposed for the widening and construction of a turn lane along McLaughlin Drive to accommodate residential development. Stream impacts will be offset through on-site permittee-responsible mitigation. 
  • NRS20.095 - TDOT has placed 335 feet of rip rap along a single bank of Spivey Creek near SR-36 (Unicoi County) in response to a mud slide. Compensatory mitigation will be provided by purchasing 310 credits from Shady Valley Mitigation Bank. The additional 25 feet of rip rap was placed where an existing retaining wall failed, resulting in no additional impact. The work was permitted under emergency permitting rules on April 15, 2020. Comments are still being received on this permitting action.   
  • MMXX-023 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program) 

JUNE 5

JUNE 4

  • M2020-14 - Notice of Public Participation Opportunities for Individual NPDES Permits, Mining Unit. 

JUNE 2

  • TND0020201 - Galen Brown proposes to remove gravel for commercial use at three points of impact in Flynn Creek near Flynn’s Lick in Jackson County.  
  • NRS 19.267 - The Tennessee Department of Transportation proposes to upgrade State Route 266 (Jefferson Pike) in Smyrna (Rutherford County) which will result in 210 linear feet of  impact to two streams and 1.017 acres of impact to six wetlands. Wetland impacts will be offset through the purchase of 2.034 credits from the Coffee County Wetland Mitigation Bank.  
  • NRS 20.114 - David Robertson proposes to construct a 12 foot x 30 foot concrete boat ramp on the Holston River in Strawberry Plains (Jefferson County).  
  • MMXX-022 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program) 

 

MAY 29

MAY 26

  • TND0020204 - Steven Pickett proposes the annual removal of approximately 300 cubic yards of gravel from Beans Creek near State Route 121 in Belvidere (Franklin County) for personal use and sale.
  • MMXX-021 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program) 

MAY 22

MAY 19

  • NRS19.010MOD - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes to place an additional 1,700 feet of rip rap on the banks of the Mississippi River in Dyer County to provide additional levee stabilization, bringing total bank armoring in this area to 5,600 feet. This is a modification of an existing permit but is still open for public comment.
  • NRS20.041 - The Town of Smyrna is proposing to extend the Olive Branch gravity sewer line from near Neal Avenue to near Rocky Fork Road (Rutherford County), adding 13,700 feet of 24-inch iron ductile sewer line. This would include crossing 10 streams using jack-and-bore techniques and six open-cut trench stream crossings totaling 80 feet of permanent stream impact (rip rap).
  • NRS20.086 - Morris Monroe proposes to construct a nine-foot by 40-foot boat ramp on the Holston River near New Market (Jefferson County). The private ramp is to serve to launch small recreational boats, and is to be constructed of rod-iron reinforced concrete.
  • MMXX-020 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program) 

MAY 15

MAY 12

  • NRS20.010 - The Tennessee Department of Transportation proposes to concrete-line 243 feet of Cardiff Creek, encapsulate 290 feet of stream, place 45 feet of rip rap at the outlet, fill 81 feet of stream, and permanently impacting 0.061 acres of wetland to stabilize a portion of I-40 near mile marker 342 (Roane County). Stream impacts are proposed to be offset by purchasing 732.5 credits from Oostanaula Stream Mitigation Bank. The work was permitted under emergency permitting rules on May 8, 2020 due to an imminent threat to public safety.
  • NRS20.011 - Timber Properties, LLC proposes to permanently impact 0.14 acres of moderate-quality wetland associated with the construction of a Speedway station at Schaad Road and Oak Ridge Highway, near Knoxville. Impacts include 0.11 acres of wetland fill in order to meet grading requirements and 0.03 acres filled due to the construction of a retaining wall. The applicant proposes to offset these impacts through the purchase of 0.28 wetland mitigation credits from the Tennessee Mitigation Fund in-lieu fee program.
  • NRS20.040 - The Big Creek Utility District proposes replacement of 26,400 feet of water line on private easement, requiring ten stream crossings (total impact 195 feet) on Berner Creek, an unnamed tributary to Berner Creek, Fall Creek, Round Mountain Creek, and six unnamed tributaries in Grundy County. Six wetlands crossings will also occur (total impact 0.096 acres).
  • NRS20.049 - The Tennessee Department of Transportation proposes to widen State Route 26 from near State Route 53 to State Route 96 (4.1 miles) in Dekalb County. Work will impact 14 streams, four wetlands, and one open water pond in the Caney Fork River watershed. Stream impacts are proposed to be offset through purchase of 1,130.6 credits from the Cumberland River Compact Stream Restoration In-Lieu Fee Program, and the permanent 0.219 acres of wetland impacts will be offset with the purchase of 0.44 credits from Baker’s Crossroads Wetland Mitigation Bank.
  • MMXX-019 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program) 

MAY 8

MAY 7

  • NRS19.068 - Southeastern Building Corporation proposes to realign two unnamed tributaries to Old Hickory Reservoir near Sierra Gorda Drive in Gallatin (Sumner County) to flow into a new 68-foot culvert. The impacts are associated with construction of a residential development. Approximately 68 linear feet of one tributary will be encapsulated and 32 linear feet relocated. Approximately 48 linear feet of another tributary will be relocated and 26 linear feet stabilized with riprap. Approximately 0.01 acres of wetland will be impacted. Third-party compensatory mitigation is proposed through purchase of stream credits from the Cumberland River Compact In-lieu Fee program.
  • NRS19.256 - KF Land Partners proposes to install an eight-inch sanitary sewer line connection crossing a miscellaneous tributary to Old Hickory Reservoir at Highway 31E between S. McMahan Drive and Thorne Boulevard in Gallatin (Sumner County). The sewer line will be installed using an open cut trench, and require a 20-foot wide riparian clearing centered on the sewer line. After construction, the stream bed will be graded and shaped to match the existing stream cross-section and slope to the maximum extent possible.
  • M2020-13 - Notice of Public Participation Opportunities for Individual NPDES Permits, Mining Unit.

MAY 5

  • NRS 20.061 - In support of a HUD flood resiliency project, Shelby County proposes the restoration of approximately 3,100 feet of South Cypress Creek and an unnamed tributary between W. Mitchell Road and Nonconnah Road, temporary impacts to 0.4 acres of wetlands, and 15.6 acres of wetland enhancement. The project is self-mitigating.
  • MMXX-018 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program).

MAY 1

APRIL 28

  • NRS19.051 - Knox County Engineering and Public Works proposes alterations to Meadow Creek, an unnamed tributary to Meadow Creek, and Grassy Creek and filling a 0.16 acre wetland to relocate Ball Camp Pike in Knoxville. Approximately 414 linear feet of stream will be relocated and replaced onsite using natural channel design (NCD). Approximately 427 linear feet of Meadow Creek will be filled and replaced with a 578 linear foot NCD stream. Additionally, 452 feet of stream will be encapsulated. The relocated channels will provide a net increase of 191 functional feet, and will be monitored for five years to ensure project success. Impacts to the wetland will be offset through the purchase of compensatory mitigation credits from the Tennessee Mitigation Fund, Upper Tennessee River Service Area.
  • NRS19.228 - Brian Furst proposes construction of shoreline rock armoring along 200 feet of the right descending bank of the Holston River (Hawkins County), including installation of a 21 foot wide rip rap-lined chute extending upland 78.5 feet to prevent further gulley erosion The rock armoring would extend three feet high from the stream bed and be comprised of boulders three feet in diameter. Vegetation will be established above the boulders on the channel bank, and riparian forest buffer 35 feet wide will be established at top of bank for the length of the revetment.
  • NRS19.261 - Prologis proposes to place fill in 1.05 acres of low resource value wetland and 167 linear feet of an unnamed tributary to Lytle Creek for the construction of two warehouses and associated infrastructure on 78 acres near Elam Farms Parkway in Murfreesboro (Rutherford County). The applicant proposes to purchase 2.10 wetland mitigation credits from the Swamp Road Wetland Mitigation Bank #2 and 148.6 functional feet of stream mitigation credits from the Cumberland River Compact Stream Restoration In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Program Middle Cumberland Service Area to offset unavoidable impacts.
  • NRS 19.271 - Amy Gilbert proposes rip rap installation along 980 feet of the French Broad River and 148 feet of an unnamed tributary to the French Broad River to prevent continued bank erosion. The applicant will also install and protect 912 feet of 50-foot wide native riparian buffer along one bank of the French Broad River and 808 feet of 35 foot wide native riparian buffer along one bank of an unnamed tributary to the French Broad River.
  • NRS 20.077 - Westervelt Ecological Services, Inc. proposes various stream and wetland mitigation treatments along 32,567 linear feet of degraded channel in unnamed tributaries to Line Creek, 1.30 acres of degraded wetlands, and five open-water ponds totaling approximately one acre. The work is associated with the development of a stream in-lieu fee compensatory mitigation project near Red Boiling Springs (Clay and Macon Counties).
  • MMXX-017 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program).

APRIL 24

APRIL 21

  • NRS16.175 -  Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC., proposes to install a 24-inch diameter natural gas pipeline via open-cut dry-crossing methods of Snake Creek near Finger Leapwood Road in Adamsville (McNairy County). Stream banks will be stabilized by placing rip rap for approximately two feet along the banks. Approximately 0.58 acres of wetlands will be temporarily impacted and 0.205 acres of wetlands will be permanently impacted. The area will be stabilized and re-planted and compensatory wetland mitigation provided at a 2:1 ratio through the purchase of wetland mitigation credits from the Tennessee Mitigation Fund, Lower Tennessee River watershed.
  • NRS19.195 - The West Tennessee River Basin Authority proposes to repair approximately 200 feet of stream bank on Dry Creek at Highway 152 and Lavinia Road near Jackson (Madison County). Fill material will be used to reshape the subgrade of the repaired stream bank. Rip rap will then be placed along the disturbed materials to protect the bank from erosion and provide a hard point spillway for future flood events. The stream bank and riparian area will be seeded with native grass seed after construction.
  • NRS20.029 - The Sumner County Board of Education proposes construction of an elementary school, middle school, high school, and associated athletic facilities and roads in Gallatin near Upper Station Camp Creek Road. Impacts to water resources include filling 1.03 acres of wetlands and encapsulation or filling 607 linear feet of unnamed tributaries to Station Camp Creek. Wetland credits have been purchased from the Tennessee Mitigation Fund In-lieu Fee Program to compensate for unavoidable wetland impacts. On-site permittee-responsible stream mitigation will be provided through creation of stream buffers, stream preservation, improvement of in-stream habitat for the endangered streamside salamander, and establishing and maintaining 19.5 acres of native warm season grasses.
  • NRS20.060 - The Tennessee Department of Transportation proposes to widen Blair Branch Road in Etowah (McMinn County) and provide new alignment for a State Industrial Access road serving North Etowah Industrial Park. Impacts to two unnamed tributaries to Tom Foeman Creek and a wetland involve replacing a 29-foot culvert with a 44-foot culvert with 10 feet of rip rap at the inlet and outlet, replacing a 23-foot culvert with an 80-foot culvert with 15 feet of rip rap at the inlet and outlet, and filling of 0.214 acres of wetland. Wetland impacts will be offset through purchase of 0.43 credits from the Sequatchie Valley Wetland Mitigation Bank.
  • NRS20.070 - MH Way, Inc. proposes to fill 0.99 acres of wetland to accommodate residential grading and construction of a storm water detention pond on Rucker Road in Christiana (Rutherford County). The proposed impacts will be offset by purchasing approximately 1.7 credits from the Banks Pisgah Mitigation Bank.
  • MMXX-016 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program).

APRIL 17

APRIL 16

  • M2020-12 - Notice of Public Participation Opportunities for Individual NPDES Permits, Mining Unit. 

APRIL 14

  • NRS19.178 - HGS, LLC., proposes to restore 11,662 linear feet of Hughes Branch and unnamed tributaries to Hughes Branch near Horton Highway and Brunner Street (Baileyton, Greene County). Proposed water body impacts include varying treatments consisting of stream restoration, re-establishment, and riparian buffer establishment. The purpose of the proposed activity is to restore ecological function of the aquatic resources on site to generate credits for a stream mitigation bank.
  • NRS20.053 - The Tennessee Department of Transportation proposes to upgrade the interchange of Interstate 65 and State Route 99, resulting in 402 linear feet of impact to four unnamed tributaries of Pumpkin Creek near Columbia (Maury County). Impacts to stream resources will be offset through on-site permittee responsible mitigation.
  • MMXX-015 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program).

APRIL 9

*Please note that this was originally put on notice on March 12th (M2020-06) and again on March 26th (M2020-10) with a venue change due to COVID-19 related meeting restrictions. To assure that we are meeting all time requirements for public notices, we are re-scheduling this hearing for May 12th and extending the comment period out through May 22, 2020.  Please see current public notice document for details.

APRIL 7

  • Notice of Determination:  The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has renewed or established 16 General Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits (ARAPs) that authorize alterations for various similar categories of activities that do not result in permanent loss of resource values and will have no more than de minimis impacts to water quality. 
  • NRS 19.011 - The Tennessee Department of Transportation proposes to widen State Route 28 north of I-40 near Crossville (Cumberland County), resulting in 3,795 linear feet of impact to 13 streams (Black Drowning Creek, Gould Creek, Mine Branch, and miscellaneous tributaries to the Obed River), 1.315 acres of impact to 10 wetlands, and 0.455 acres of fill to three ponds. The applicant proposes to mitigate for unavoidable wetland impacts through the purchase of 2.63 wetland in-lieu fee credits from the Tennessee Mitigation Fund, Upper Tennessee River Service Area. Compensation for unavoidable stream impacts will be through the purchase of 1,475.7 functional feet stream credits from Mud Creek Stream Mitigation Bank upon bank approval.
  • MMXX-014 - Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permit Actions (Individual and General NPDES Permits, State Operation Permits & Pretreatment Program).

APRIL 3

State Revolving Fund Program

Document Draft Issuance Date Comment Period End Date
     
Current Categorical Exclusions
Applicant Project Issue Date Comment Period End
NONE AT THIS TIME      
Current Finding of No Significant Impact Statements / Environmental Assessments
Applicant Project Issue Date Comment Period End
City of Oak Ridge Facilities Plan 05-06-2020 06-06-2020
Loan No. DWF 2019-216
Finding of No Significant Impact
Transmittal Letter
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Figure 2 - Project Location

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