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Cost-Shares on Septic System Repairs Still Available in the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project Area…

Cost-shares are still available for septic system repairs in the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project Area (depicted below), much of which is around Ringgold, Georgia.  The cost-share rates are variable and range from 25% to 60% depending on the severity of the problem and the proximity to a blue-line stream.  People of all income levels are generally eligible for repairs assuming they have a failing system.  Our focus is on repairing failing systems that are likely contributing effluent to blue-line streams, although people with other issues are encouraged to apply as well.  We will be working closely with Georgia Department of Public Health to ensure only the highest quality repairs are complete.  In all, we hope to help cost-share on at least 14 septic system repairs by the close of 2013.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Josh Smith at (423) 309-2630 or jsmith.lvrcd@gmail.com.

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1st Salacoa Creek Watershed Advisory Committee Meeting 3/21/13…

If you have an interest in sitting on the Watershed Advisory Committee for the Salacoa Creek Watershed, our first meeting is scheduled for 3/21/13 in Calhoun at 3 pm.  This meeting will focus on the new Clean Water Act Section 319 grant for the watershed and what it is about.  In the meetings to follow, the watershed advisory committee will help guide the process of developing a watershed management plan and ensuring the community is on board with the plan.  If you have an interest in attending or are planning on it, please contact Dan McBee at (706) 263-4002 or mcbee.dan3@gmail.com so that we can have a drink, surveys and an introductory handout, as well as a seat ready for you.  Dan will also be able to provide the location of the meeting and directions.

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1st Coahulla Creek Watershed Advisory Committee Meeting 2/9/13…

If you have an interest in sitting on the Watershed Advisory Committee for the Coahulla Creek Watershed, our first meeting is scheduled for 2/9/13 in Dalton at 10 am.  This meeting will focus on the new Clean Water Act Section 319 grant for the watershed and what it is about.  In the meetings to follow, the watershed advisory committee will help guide the process of developing a watershed management plan and ensuring the community is on board with the plan.  If you have an interest in attending or are planning on it, please contact Josh Smith at (423) 309-2630 or jsmith.lvrcd@gmail.com so that we can have coffee, surveys and an introductory handout, as well as a seat ready for you.  Josh will also be able to provide the location of the meeting and directions.

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December 2013 Quarterly Newsletter…

As usual, Limestone Valley has had a lot going on in the last few months.  Here goes our attempt to describe what went on in relation to several of our Clean Water Act Projects….

For the Conasauga River Watershed Project:

  • We finished up and submitted the final grant close-out report. 

For the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

  • We conducted additional site visits with NRCS for farm-owners interested in BMPs.
  • We further investigated and planned tree-planting events, in addition to other volunteer events.
  • We wrote and submitted a proposal requesting additional funding for the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project.
  • We met with Georgia Department of Public Health about the septic system repair program.
  • We began a strong marketing effort for the septic system repair program.
  • We went on our first septic system repair site visits.

For the Coahulla Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We continued monthly 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 and submitted progress to Georgia EPD.
  • We completed the majority of the watershed mapping component for the grant.
  • We attempted to recruit additional stakeholders at the Prater’s Mill Fair.
  • We held an Adopt-A-Stream data entry workshop with Murray County 4H.
  • We continued planning for and executed the Fall Stream Cleanup Event.

For the Salacoa Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We continued sampling for fecal coliform bacteria counts, TSS, and several other parameters within the watershed at several sites.
  • We began working on the Salacoa Creek Watershed Management Plan draft and submitted progress to Georgia EPD.
  • We continued recruiting watershed advisory members.
  • We met with Gordon County GIS about watershed mapping.

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September 2012 Quarterly Newsletter…

Limestone Valley has had a lot going on in the last few months.  Here goes our attempt to describe what went on in relation to our Clean Water Act Projects….

For the Conasauga River Watershed Project:

  • We worked very hard on the final report to be submitted very soon. 

For the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

  • We finished our fecal coliform sampling to see if the main four tributaries could be de-listed. 
  • We gathered the parcel data to prioritize potential landowners for projects according to proximity to streams.
  • We sent out letters to farm-owners along the creeks of the watershed.
  • We conducted the first site visits with NRCS for farm-owners interested in BMPs.
  • We further investigated potential tree-planting events, in addition to other volunteer events.

For the Coahulla Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We continued monthly sampling for fecal coliform bacteria counts and total suspended solids at eight sites within the watershed.
  • We acquired historical water quality data from GA EPD and Dalton Utilities.
  • We started on the Coahulla Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We figured out who would make up the majority of the Watershed Advisory Committee.
  • We assisted Murray County 4H with H20 Camp in the greater Conasauga River Watershed.  This included an Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Sampling Workshop and a canoe cleanup event on the Conasauga River.
  • We began planning for the Fall Stream Cleanup Event.

For the Salacoa Creek Watershed Project: 

  • We wrote a Targeted Water Quality Monitoring Plan to describe our sampling efforts associated with the project.
  • We began sampling for fecal coliform bacteria counts, TSS, and several other parameters within the watershed at several sites.
  • We began researching information related to the project.
  • We led a paddling event that recruited stakeholders to the Watershed Advisory Committee.

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