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City of Cumming Removes a Stream Buffer to Lake Lanier Tributary, cont'd
State Waters Destruction by Cumming
 City of Cumming, Georgia
Why is it a BIG DEAL that  Cumming, a certified LIA, improperly clears a stream buffer?
Let's answer this question with another one..... Wouldn't common sense tell a smoker that it doesn't work when you tell your kids not to smoke, and then light up a cigarette and smoke one yourself?  Closet smokers eventually get caught and when they do, they make one of two decisions.  They either stop smoking and take responsibility, or they make excuses even while holding the lit cigarette in their hand.  You make the decision on which route the City of Cumming will take with their alleged stream buffer violation.
The faster a lake fills with sediment, the faster the human population (including our children and their children) down stream have to pay for more reservoirs and water treatment facilities.  The City of Cumming has a huge responsibility to respect the erosion and sediment control laws that it has committed to properly enforce. 
The Georgia EPD and a nonprofit river protection group contend the city encroached on state waters (see photo above).  
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Jim Spotts - PolymersTECHTALK 
by Dr. Jim Spotts
TechTalk is a forum for resolving erosion and sediment control and/or construction related problems from a technical perspective.  Technical questions are submitted by the reader; suggestions may be from Southeast Environmental Consultants, LLC, (SEC) or other sources.  Simple Solutions to Everyday Questions!
Question:  I tried spreading polymer by hand to stabilize the soil, but I got uneven distribution.  This stuff really works, but only on the areas protected.  How can I more evenly distribute it? 
Response:  You're right when you say soil specific polymer Powder Polymer Applicationonly works on the areas it covers.  Uneven distribution is the common result of spreading polymer by hand.   First, a soil test is required to determine the polymer needed per acre of exposed soil.  Two better methods of spreading include spreading with a seed spreader, or slowly pouring the polymer into a funnel attached to the wand of a leaf blower.   Both methods get better results if the polymer is mixed with dry sand to help distribute the polymer over a broader area.  If this is to cover a long slope, consider splitting the load, distributing half from the top and half from the bottom.  This will find those 'shadow' areas when distributed from one direction alone.  Don't forget to wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling the material. 
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SOIL STABILIZATION with Anionic Polyacrylamide
Go Green with soil specific polymers provided by GeoLOGIC!  They are a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to muck out sediment basins, stabilize soil and clarify water!
Polymer - Stream Bank ApplicationDosage-application rates are determined by soil specific testing.  Soil polymers and blends should never be used without testing the soil first.  The above rates are generalized guidelines only, please refer to your soil specific test results for specific application rates.  Consult GeoLOGIC for site specific application.  Powder polymer may be applied by hand spreader, mechanical disc, or hand sowing. Slop or ditch application may require artificial support such as straw, or wood fiber mulch to reduce down slope movement. Areas of high water velocity will require benching or tier structuring to reduce velocity. Sheet flow applications are best.

Powder polymer may be mixed with dry silica sand to aid in spreading. Ratios of sand to powder will vary in accordance with the type of spreading device used. 
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U.S. EPA orders Hawaii DOT to Protect Coastal Waters
Release date: 06/23/2009
Honolulu and Kalaeloa-Barbers Point Harbors need to comply with stormwater requirements

HONOLULU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered the Hawaii Department of Transportation's Harbors Division to comply with federal Clean Water Act stormwater regulations at the Honolulu and Kalaeloa-Barbers Point Harbors on Oahu.

Fuel, oil and debris carried by stormwater from the HarborHawaii DOT NPDES Violations Division and tenant facilities, discharge directly into harbor waters and through municipal storm drains running to harbor waters.

"We've identified many stormwater permit violations and compliance issues to be resolved to protect Oahu's coastal waters," said Alexis Strauss, Water Division director in the EPA's Pacific Southwest region. "We'll oversee HDOT as they take these actions under this order and ensure we have stronger public health and environmental protections in place."
West Virginia's May Lose It's Authority to Enforce the NPDES General Permit
West Virginia to lose NPDES AuthorityCHARLESTON, West Virginia, June 25, 2009 (ENS) - West Virginia officials have failed to abide by the federal Clean Water Act, instead deferring to the industries they are supposed to regulate, a coalition of environmental groups claims in a formal petition asking the federal government to take back control of discharge permitting and enforcement from the state.
The Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Coal River Mountain Watch, and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin formal proceedings to withdraw approval of state's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, NPDES, program, which they say is "grossly deficient."
BIG NEWS !!!! 
Clean Water Restoration Act replaces the term "navigable waters" currently subject to to CWA as the term "waters of the US."
A proposed bill would amend the Clean Water Act to clarify the Muddy Riverjurisdiction of the federal government over waters of the United States. Over time, several U.S. Supreme Court decisions and Bush administration policies have created uncertainty regarding federal protection for some waters, especially headwater streams and so-called isolated wetlands. Headwater streams are the small swales, creeks and streams that are the origin of most rivers.
This change in language would bring under federal protection to all waters subject to the ebb and flow of the tide, the territorial seas, and all interstate and intrastate waters and their tributaries, including lakes, rivers, streams, including intermittent streams, mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, sloughs, prairie potholes, wet meadows, playa lakes, and natural ponds to the fullest extent that these waters, or activities affecting them, are subject to the legislative power of Congress. 
Hecla Fined $177,500 for CWA Violations (05/28/2009)
Company spends approximately $2.3 million to correct problems Hecla Mineat wastewater treatment plant (Mullan, Idaho-05/28/2009) Hecla Mining Company, operator of the Lucky Friday Mine and Mill near Mullan, Idaho, will pay a $177,500 fine for violations of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permit. The silver, lead, and zinc mine exceeded its permit limits for lead, zinc, cadmium, and total suspended solids between September 2008 and February 2009. Discharges from the facility enter the South Fork Coeur d'Alene River. .
At the NPDES Training Institute, we believe that KNOWLEDGE is POWER!  This newsletter in intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management, especially those on construction sites. 
Please contact me directly at 678-469-5120 with your questions or suggestions.
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