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September 2014 Quarterly Newsletter…

Limestone Valley had a very busy summer.  We have done our best to describe the work that we have put in on several of our Clean Water Act Projects below:

For the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

  • We worked to provide financial assistance to approximately ten more local residents for repairs on their failing septic systems.
  • Soon, letters will go out to farmers advertizing potential cost-shares on agricultural projects that aim to improve water quality.
  • In addition, we have started water quality sampling once a month at various sites within the watershed.  This effort is to last one year.

For the Coahulla Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We have now received official word that we will be awarded a grant to implement the Coahulla Creek Watershed Management Plan, which would likely start at some point in early 2015.
  • We are already meeting with the City of Dalton regarding a potential bank stabilization project along Mill Creek.
  • We also recently represented our efforts in the larger Conasauga River Watershed at a recent Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation meeting for Conasauga River Watershed stakeholders.

For the Lookout Creek Watershed Project:

  • The last of watershed stakeholder meetings was held.
  • The Watershed Management Plan draft was approved by the stakeholders.
  • We are currently planning an Adopt-A-Stream workshop with Dade County 4-H Club and a Rivers Alive Stream Cleanup focused on Lookout Creek at Sells Lane and Town Creek within Jenkins Park.
  • We have also begun work on a grant proposal aimed at getting implementation of the recently approved Watershed Management Plan funded.

 For the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Project:

  • We again sampled fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters at several sites within the watershed.
  • The Upper Oostanaula Watershed Management Plan draft was completed and will soon be sent out to stakeholders for approval.
  • The last of three watershed stakeholder meetings will soon be held to go over the plan and seek comments and approval.

For the Holly Creek Watershed Project:

  • We completed a year of sampling for fecal coliform bacteria and total suspended at various sites within the watershed.
  • Work continued on the Holly Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We also completed a Canoe Cleanup Float down the Conasauga River in late August.
  • We are currently planning the 20th Annual Conasauga Rivers Alive Cleanup.
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Upcoming Event for the Conasauga River and Ocoee River Watersheds…

June 2014 Quarterly Newsletter…

Limestone Valley had a very busy late spring and summer.  We have done our best to describe the work that we have put in on several of our Clean Water Act Projects below:

 

For the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

  • The grant contract was signed and we began work on the project.
  • We have already worked to provide financial assistance to over ten local residents for repairs on their failing septic systems.
  • We also assisted with the planning and implementation of Catoosa 4-H H2O Camp, which included an Adopt-A-Stream Workshop and a Canoe Cleanup Float down South Chickamauga Creek.

 

For the Coahulla Creek Watershed Project: 

  • In October, we applied for an additional grant to implement the watershed management plan and fund water quality improvement projects.
  • We have now received official word that we will be awarded this grant, which would likely start at some point in early 2015.

 

For the Lookout Creek Watershed Project:

  • The second of three watershed stakeholder meetings was held. 
  • Work continued on the Lookout Creek Watershed Management Plan draft, which has now been made available for comments. 
  • We also conducted a presentation for the Dade County Commission where we described the plan and sought comments on its content.

 

For the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Project:

  • We again sampled fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters at several sites within the watershed. 
  • Work continued on the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • The second of three watershed stakeholder meetings was also held. 

 

For the Holly Creek Watershed Project:

  • We continued sampling for fecal coliform bacteria and total suspended at various sites within the watershed.
  • Work continued on the Holly Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We also assisted with the planning and implementation of Murray 4-H H2O Camp, which included an Adopt-A-Stream Workshop.  A Canoe Cleanup Float down the Conasauga River has been rescheduled for early August.

March 2014 Quarterly Newsletter…

Limestone Valley had a very busy late winter and spring.  We have done our best to describe the work that we have put in on several of our Clean Water Act Projects below:

For the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

  • All grant activities and reporting were completed, and we closed out the grant in January.  Overall, we completed six agricultural projects and more than twenty septic system repairs, more than double our repair goal for the current grant.
  • We are still awaiting an additional grant that was slated to begin in January 2014, but could start as late as mid-year, to fund additional agricultural projects, septic system repairs, and water quality monitoring.

For the Coahulla Creek Watershed Project: 

  • In October, we applied for an additional grant to implement the watershed management plan and fund water quality improvement projects.
  • It now appears there is a high likelihood that we will be awarded this grant, which would likely start at some point in early 2015.

For the Salacoa Creek Watershed Project: 

  • All grant activities and reporting were completed, and we closed out the grant in January. 
  • The Salacoa Creek Watershed Management Plan was submitted to the state and EPA for approval with the closeout report.

For the Lookout Creek Watershed Project:

  • We led a rainbarrel workshop with Dade County 4-H Club.
  • A volunteer tree planting event was also put together to improve the riparian zone along Lookout and Town Creeks. 
  • Work continued on the Lookout Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • Additional water quality sampling was conducted.
  • The first of three watershed stakeholder meetings was held. 

For the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Project:

  • We again sampled fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters at several sites within the watershed. 
  • Work continued on the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • Additional partnerships integral to project success were developed.
  • The first of three watershed stakeholder meetings was held. 

For the Holly Creek Watershed Project:

  • We continued sampling for fecal coliform bacteria and total suspended at various sites within the watershed.
  • Work continued on the Holly Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.

 

Volunteer Tree Planting Event along Lookout Creek at Sitton’s Mill on Sells Lane

 Saturday, February 8th at 10:00 am

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Limestone Valley RC&D Council is leading a tree planting event to improve the vegetative buffer or riparian zone along Lookout Creek and complement a grant-funded effort to improve the water quality in the Lookout Creek Watershed.  Riparian zones along creeks are important for a number of reasons including increased streambank stability and filtration of pollutants, as well as improved water quality.

Along with Limestone Valley RC&D Council, members of Dade County 4-H, Georgia Forestry Commission, and Trenton Tree City will likely assist with the event.  300 white oaks, red oaks, persimmons, and dogwoods will be planted along the creek to improve the stability of the banks of Lookout Creek, as well as the local aesthetics near Sitton’s Mill.

Shovels and a few dibbles, specifically designed to plant trees, will be available for use by volunteers, although volunteers are encouraged to bring their own if possible.  The event will surely be cold so volunteers are reminded to dress warm.

 If you would like to sign up to plant trees as a volunteer,

 please contact Dan Huser of Limestone Valley RC&D Council at (423) 544-9076 or dhuser.lvrcd@gmail.com.

 

December 2013 Quarterly Newsletter…

Limestone Valley had a very busy fall and early winter.  We have done our best to describe the work that we have put in on several of our Clean Water Act Projects below:

For the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

  • We finished our last septic system repair projects for the current grant and disbursed cost-share portions to landowners.
  • We finished our last agricultural project for the current grant and disbursed the cost-share portion to the landowner.
  • We helped lead the South Chickamauga Creek Cleanup at Camp Jordan.
  • We completed all grant activities and reporting, which are due in January to close out the grant.  Overall, we completed six agricultural projects and more than twenty septic system repairs, more than double our repair goal for the current grant.
  • We await an additional grant to begin in January 2014 to fund additional agricultural projects, septic system repairs, and monitoring.

For the Coahulla Creek Watershed Project: 

  • The Coahulla Creek Watershed Management Plan was completed, approved by the local stakeholder group, and submitted to the state and EPA for approval.
  • We helped lead another Conasauga River Watershed Cleanup including sites on Coahulla and Mill Creeks of the Coahulla Creek Watershed.
  • We completed all grant activities and reporting, which are due to close out the grant in January.
  • We applied for an additional grant to implement the watershed management plan and fund water quality improvement projects in October.

For the Salacoa Creek Watershed Project: 

  • The Salacoa Creek Watershed Management Plan was completed and approved by the local stakeholder group.   The final version will be submitted to the state and EPA for approval with the closeout report.
  • Several stream cleanups were completed in October with various local groups.
  • Additional water quality monitoring was completed in an effort to sample more rain events.
  • We completed all grant activities and reporting, which are due to close out the grant in January. 

For the Lookout Creek Watershed Project:

  • We completed our twelve month effort to sample fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters at several watershed sites.
  • We finished identifying macroinvertebrates from our summer sampling effort.
  • We led two stream cleanups along Lookout Creek. 
  • We continued working on the Lookout Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.

For the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Project:

  • We again sampled fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters at several sites within the watershed. 
  • We continued working on the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Management Plan.
  • We developed additional partnerships integral to project success.
  • We completed stream cleanups in October with various local groups.

For the Holly Creek Watershed Project:

  • We continued sampling for fecal coliform bacteria and total suspended at various sites within the watershed.
  • We helped lead another Conasauga River Watershed Cleanup including sites on Holly Creek of the Holly Creek Watershed.
  • We nearly finished mapping analysis of the Holly Creek Watershed.
  • We continued work on a draft of the Holly Creek Watershed Management Plan.

 

 

 

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Lookout Creek Cleanup October 19th!

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Tennessee River Rescue October 5th!

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September 2013 Quarterly Newsletter…

 

Limestone Valley has had a busy summer.  We have done our best to describe the work that we have put in on several of our Clean Water Act Projects below:

For the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

  • We disbursed cost-share portions to landowners for newly completed agricultural projects.
  • We worked with NRCS and the additional landowners on getting the other agricultural projects that we currently have contracted finished up.  Those that haven’t been finished are in the final stages.
  • We continued marketing for our septic system repair program and have now completed more than twenty septic system repairs, which doubles our goal for the current grant.  We completed cost-share reimbursements for all finished repairs.
  • We submitted a formal water quality report on our sampling endeavors within the watershed.
  • We await an additional grant to begin in January 2014 to fund additional agricultural projects, septic system repairs, and monitoring.

For the Coahulla Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We continued working on the Coahulla Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We have been involved in planning another Conasauga River Watershed Cleanup including sites on Coahulla and Mill Creeks of the Coahulla Creek Watershed.
  • We began planning a stormwater meeting to complement our stakeholder meeting process.

For the Salacoa Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We finished up a consecutive year of sampling each month for fecal coliform bacteria counts, TSS, and several other water quality parameters at several sites within the watershed.
  • We continued working on the Salacoa Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We continued recruiting watershed advisory members.
  • We held our second of four watershed advisory meetings.
  • We had a GIS intern complete several of the watershed mapping components of the grant.  We finished the additional mapping elements that were necessary for the project.

For the Lookout Creek Watershed Project:

  • We continued sampling fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters within the watershed at several sites. 
  • We continued working on the Lookout Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We began sampling macroinvertebrate assemblages within the watershed as part of our sampling efforts. 
  • We continued focusing on developing partnerships integral to project success.

For the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Project:

  • We continued sampling fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters at several sites within the watershed. 
  • We continued working on the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We continued focusing on developing partnerships integral to project success.
  • We finished work on the GIS analysis portion of the grant. 

For the Holly Creek Watershed Project:

  • We completed and submitted a Targeted Water Quality Monitoring Plan detailing our planned water quality monitoring endeavors. 
  • We began sampling for fecal coliform bacteria and total suspended solids as detailed in the Targeted Water Quality Monitoring Plan at various sites in the watershed.
  • We have been involved planning another Conasauga River Watershed Cleanup including sites on Holly Creek of the Holly Creek Watershed.
  • We had a GIS intern complete several of the watershed mapping components of the grant.
  • We began working on a draft of the Holly Creek Watershed Management Plan.

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June 2013 Quarterly Newsletter…

 

As usual, Limestone Valley has been busier than ever this spring.  Our attempt to describe what went on in relation to several of our Clean Water Act Projects follows:

For the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

  • We disbursed cost-share portions to landowners for recently completed agricultural projects.
  • We also worked with NRCS and additional landowners on getting the other agricultural projects that we currently have contracted finished.  Each of these projects is to be completed by the end of summer.
  • In addition, we visited another farm property and have discussed the potential for an additional agricultural project on the property.
  • We continued marketing for our septic system repair program and completed more than ten septic system repairs, which exceeds our goal for the current grant.  We completed cost-share reimbursements for all finished repairs.
  • We conducted a canoe cleanup with Catoosa County 4-H along South Chickamauga Creek.
  • We were recommended for an additional grant to fund additional agricultural projects, septic system repairs, and monitoring.

For the Coahulla Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We completed twelve consecutive months of sampling for fecal coliform bacteria counts and total suspended solids at eight sites within the watershed.
  • We continued working on the Coahulla Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We held the second of our Watershed Advisory Committee meetings.

For the Salacoa Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We continued sampling for fecal coliform bacteria counts, TSS, and several other water quality parameters at several sites within the watershed.
  • We continued working on the Salacoa Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We continued recruiting watershed advisory members.
  • We have an GIS intern lined up to conduct several of the watershed mapping components of the grant. 

For the Lookout Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We continued sampling fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters within the watershed at several sites. 
  • We continued working on the Lookout Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We began hashing out a plan to sample macroinvertebrate assemblages within the watershed. 
  • We continued focusing on developing partnerships integral to project success.

For the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Project:

  • We continued sampling fecal coliform bacteria, turbidity, and several other water quality parameters at several sites within the watershed. 
  • We continued working on the Upper Oostanaula Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We continued to look at historical sampling data and really investigate the watershed and sources of nonpoint source pollution.
  • We continued focusing on some of the partnerships most integral to project success.
  • We began to work on the GIS analysis portion of the grant.
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