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City of Clarksville has been constantly improving Wastewater Treatment System

 

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts says claims in Riverkeeper lawsuit lack context

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville is aggressively improving its entire wastewater collection and treatment system, and has spent more than $130 million since 2010 on construction of a new sewage treatment plant and other upgrades.

Aerial photo offers an overview of Clarksville's modern wastewater treatment plant, which was expanded and improved after sustaining damage in the Flood of 2010.

Aerial photo offers an overview of Clarksville’s modern wastewater treatment plant, which was expanded and improved after sustaining damage in the Flood of 2010.

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Tennessee Riverkeeper sues City of Clarksville for Sewage Overflows

 

Tennessee RiverkeeperClarksville, TN – Tennessee Riverkeeper, Inc. has filed a lawsuit under the Clean Water Act (CWA), against the City of Clarksville for violations of the CWA and the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act.

The Clarksville Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) has had four hundred twelve (412) violations within the past five years and over twenty-four million six hundred eighteen thousand five hundred ninety-one (24,618,592) gallons of untreated sewage released into the environment.

Railroad Bridge over the Cumberland River in Clarksville.

Railroad Bridge over the Cumberland River in Clarksville.

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City of Clarksville Phase II MS4 Notice of Intent and associated documents available for viewing

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville is regulated as a Phase II community under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4).

The MS4 permit, which derives authority from the federal Clean Water Act regulatory program, is mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and enforced by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

In order to maintain compliance with the NPDES Phase II program, the City of Clarksville is required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) application to TDEC.

In order to maintain compliance with the NPDES Phase II program, the City of Clarksville is required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) application to TDEC.

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Clarksville Street Department’s Ashlie Farmer commended by state Stormwater Association

 

Peers recognize her lobbying efforts

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Ashlie Farmer, storm water coordinator with the City of Clarksville Street Department, has received the Person of the Year Award from the Tennessee Stormwater Association.

Farmer earned the commendation for the time and dedication she devoted to the association in 2016.

Ashlie Farmer

Ashlie Farmer

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Clarksville Gas & Water Department seeks Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit

 

City of Clarksville seeks Aquatic Resources Alteration Permits for Hemlock Semiconductor Project

clarksville-logo-rgbIn accordance with state water pollution control and environmental protection laws, today, the City of Clarksville’s Gas, Water, and Sewer Department has applied to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for an Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit, (ARAP). The permit is sought as part of the utility’s plans to perform preparatory infrastructure work at the Hemlock Semiconductor project site.

With the application for the ARAP being formally posted on TDEC’s website, the public comment period is officially in effect. Any persons or parties interested in the details of the permit application or wishing to make comment on the proposed site alteration or wishing to request a public hearing should visit the TDEC website, for more information. «Read the rest of this article»

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Army Corps of Engineers working to address mountaintop removal coal mining concerns

 

united_states_army_corps_of_engineers_logoThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is undertaking a process designed to limit the use of Nationwide Permit 21 to authorize surface coal mining and the discharge of the resulting dredged or fill material into waters of the United States in the Appalachian region of the following states: Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia until it expires on March 18, 2012. The Corps goal is to enhance environmental protection of aquatic resources by requiring surface coal mining projects in the affected region to obtain individual permit coverage under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which includes increased public and agency involvement in the permit review process, including an opportunity for public comment on individual projects.

Hobet Mine comparison (before) Hobet Mine comparison (after)
Landsat satellite data collected in 1987 and 2002 show (click to zoom) the growth of the Hobet-21 mountaintop mine in the Mud River watershed of West Virginia. The mine expanded across thousands of acres and produced one of the state’s longest valley fills when rock and dirt were placed into Connelly Branch. The center portion of the mine site had been partially reclaimed with grass (light green) as of 2002. [NASA images by Jesse Allen, based on data provided by the Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF).]

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