Limestone Valley Presentation at the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance Meeting 3/27/13…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013 AT NOON

Wally’s Restaurant, Ringgold Road, East Ridge

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The Clean Water Act (CWA), Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Grants,

and their Application within the

South Chickamauga Creek Headwaters

 

Dan Huser and Joshua Smith

Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council

Watershed Program Managers for South Chickamauga Headwaters Watershed

Clean Water Act Section 319 Grants

 Come to learn about some basics of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and EPA CWA Section 319 Grants for nonpoint source pollution reduction, and how they apply to the South Chickamauga Headwaters.

 Also come hear the latest watershed and greenway updates. 

You are receiving this notice because you have expressed interest in the work of South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance to conserve and enhance the South Chickamauga Creek watershed, its ecology, and its cultural amenities.  If you no longer wish to receive these notices, please call (423) 265-5229 or

e-mail sandykurtz@comcast.net.

March 2013 Quarterly Newsletter…

Limestone Valley has been busier than ever 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 South Chickamauga Headwaters Project: 

We conducted additional site visits with NRCS and completed five contracts with farm-owners for completion of best management practices on their properties.

  • The first of the agricultural BMP projects were completed “On-The-Ground”.
  • Cost-shares were reimbursed for completed agricultural BMP projects.
  • We continued marketing for our septic system repair program.
  • We completed several septic system repairs and completed cost-share reimbursements after the completion of the repairs.
  • We held a tree planting event along South Chickamauga Creek, in addition to a Rain-Barrel Workshop, and an Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop.
  • We published several newspaper articles and attended County Commission meetings in Catoosa and Whitfield Counties.

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.
  • We continued recruiting watershed advisory members.
  • We held the first of our Watershed Advisory Committee meetings.

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 continued working on the Salacoa Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We continued recruiting watershed advisory members.
  • We held the first of our Watershed Advisory Committee meetings.
  • We met with Kennesaw State University and have arranged for a GIS intern to conduct the watershed mapping components of the grant.

 For the Lookout Creek Watershed Project:

  • We arranged for a student from University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s Environment Science Masters of Science Program to intern with a focus on the Lookout Creek Watershed Project.
  • We wrote and submitted a Targeted Water Quality Monitoring Plan to describe the sampling we are conducting as part of the Lookout Creek Watershed Project.
  • We began sampling at eight sites in the watershed for fecal coliform bacteria counts, turbidity, and several other parameters.
  • We began looking at historical sampling data.
  • We began working on the Lookout Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We began focusing on some of the partnerships most integral to project success.

For the Snake Creek Watershed Project:

  • We wrote and submitted a Targeted Water Quality Monitoring Plan to describe the sampling we are conducting as part of the Lookout Creek Watershed Project.
  • We began sampling at eight sites in the watershed for fecal coliform bacteria counts, turbidity, and several other parameters.
  • We started to look at historical sampling data and really investigate the watershed and sources of nonpoint source pollution.
  • We began working on the Snake Creek Watershed Management Plan draft.
  • We began focusing on some of the partnerships most integral to project success.

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Spring Cleanup along South Chickamauga Creek 4/20/13…

Saturday April 20th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, Tennessee Valley Canoe and Kayak Club, and Limestone RC&D Council are partnering on a land-based spring cleanup along South Chickamauga Creek on Saturday, April 20th.  All Cleanup work is to be done at one’s own risk.  This is a great family activity, however, may not be a great activity for small children unless under constant supervision due to the close proximity of the event to the water.  Please wear long pants and closed toed footwear.  Bring a drink of water and snack if needed. Gloves and litter bags will be provided.

Prizes will be given for the most unique piece of trash and the largest piece of trash recovered.

Please contact Dan Huser of Limestone Valley RC&D Council at dhuser.lvrcd@gmail.com or (423) 544-9076 for directions to the site or for more information…

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Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop 3/23/13…

Limestone Valley has scheduled a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop for 3/23/13 in Tunnel Hill, Georgia.  The workshop will include an introduction to the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program, in addition to providing instructions on how to sample for four common water quality parameters (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and conductivity) according to the Adopt-A-Stream sampling protocols.  Generally, these workshops are for groups interested in sampling a site once a month for at least a year.  If you have an interest in attending the workshop or are planning on it, please contact Dan Huser at (423) 544-9076 or dhuser.lvrcd@gmail.com for more information or to let us know that you plan on attending.  Dan will also be able to provide the location of the meeting and directions.

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Wouldn’t you want to sample this stream once a month?

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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South Chickamauga Creek Tree Planting Event in Ringgold 3/2/13…

South Chickamauga Creek Tree Planting Event

Ringgold, Georgia

Saturday March 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

As part of a larger effort to improve the South Chickamauga Creek Watershed, Limestone Valley RC&D Council has partnered with the City of Ringgold to hold an event at which volunteers can assist with planting tree seedlings in the floodplains of South Chickamauga Creek.   This event will be held along the Nature Trail near downtown Ringgold.  There will be two main stations at which to check-in and pickup the tools and trees for the planting.  After the trees are planted, efforts will be made to remove any trash that was washed up during the recent floods.  Volunteers most interested in planting trees are encouraged to show up early.

Station 1:  Most volunteers will likely want to meet at station 1 since it is centrally located in the park.  This check-in station will be near the Nature Trailhead parking lot (adjacent to the ballfields and pool).

Station2:  This check-in station will be located next to “little five points” at the creek (across the street from the Little General Playground).

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a shovel and RSVP (if convenient).

Please RSVP by contacting Dan Huser of Limestone Valley RC&D Council at dhuser.lvrcd@gmail.com or (423) 544-9076.

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

Cost-shares are now available for septic system repairs in the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project Area (depicted below).  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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