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RIVER KEEPERs Sue the City of CUMMING
"The Goal is to Protect Water Quality on the Site and Lake Lanier"
Cumming Aquatic Ctr State Waters
 
An environmental watchdog group has followed through on its pledge to sue the city of Cumming. The Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper contends Cumming violated four laws protecting water quality and natural resources when a contractor cleared land for the city's aquatic center on Pilgrim Mill Road.

"The goal of the lawsuit is to protect water quality on the site and on Lake Lanier,".  The Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers first noticed the clearing which was described as "probably the worst site I've ever seen".
 
 
Building an Aquatic Center for the City of Cumming is a great thing!  The economic strength that comes from a strong construction sector in Georgia is an awesome thing!!  However, tearing up streams and allowing excessive sediment into Lake Lanier and our other water resources (see Lake Allatoona which is now approximately 3/4 full of sediment) because of illegal and irresponsible construction of something considered a good thing, like a house or aquatic center, is unacceptable and everyone should be aware of the very real economic and environmental impacts that result from it.
 
Cumming - Where was the ES&PC PlanLand development is not the problem! The
 lack of concern for downstream receptors from irresponsible land development is disrespectful and continues to be a BIG problem!  Our population, most of which is in metro Atlanta, demands strict attention to water protection, especially from those that live above and around our reservoirs. 
 
Little if any concern is expressed by people concerning sediment levels accumulating on the bottom of a lake (which removes water volume).  On the other hand, a drought brings immediate attention to water volume concerns because people can see lake levels drop from the top down.  Let's help others be aware!
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ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
 
Facilities Throughout the Southeast Ordered to Comply with Clean Water Act and Pay Penalties Totaling More Than $200,000 

ES&PC Plan - Buffers(ATLANTA - July 15, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued Consent Agreements and Final Orders (CA/FOs) against six entities throughout the Southeast between Apr. 1 and Jun. 30, 2009, for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA). As part of the settlements, the responsible parties in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina agreed to come into compliance and pay a combined total of $207,500 in civil penalties.
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Alaska Landowner Ordered To Restore Wetland Habitat 
 
Alaska Clean Water Act Enforcement!(Hoonah, Alaska - July 13, 2009) Clifford Walker, has been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency to remove unauthorized fill material in wetlands and intertidal areas at his property in Southeast Alaska and to restore the site to its original pre-disturbance conditions. The site is adjacent to Game Creek, an important salmon bearing creek that flows into Port Frederick.
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Date Notice Posted: July 13, 2009
 
Facility: Cedar Creek water reclamation facility; order issued to Athens Clarke County Unified Government(ACC)
Location:
Clarke County
Order Number:
EPD-WQ-5115
Cause of Order: Violations of NPDES Permit/continuous effluent limitation exceedances   Requirement(s) of Order:     Submit evaluation results to EPD, regarding Cedar Creek Sewer Basin interceptor lines, including identified problems, repairs completed and correction action plan and schedule for remaining repairs; continue to provide Capital Improvement Plan updates until further notice; bi-annually, submit status reports addressing sewer system inspection/evaluation program, completed repairs identified in corrective action plan and construction of 4.0 MGD facility upgrade; 4.0 MGD activiated sludge plant shall be completed by February 1, 2012; stipulated penalties  
Settlement Amount: $22,876
Facility: Valleywood Drive project site/Athens; order issued to Dr. Charles B. Burch
Location: Clarke CountyES&PC Plan - Buffers
Order Number: EPD-WQ-5107
Date of Issue: July 06,2009
Cause of Order: Buffer encroachment; redirection of stream channel  
Requirement(s) of Order:     Submit proper Stream Buffer Remediation Plan, including referencing Athens Clarke County Tree Management Document; remove rock patio located within 25-ft buffer; only land disturbing activities meeting definition of minor land disturbance may be conducted on site, without buffer variance from Director  
Settlement Amount: $2,500  
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EPA Orders Mike McClure Farms to Stop Discharge of Poultry Litter
Release date: 07/13/2009 
 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has Chicken Litter - stormwater runnoffissued an administrative order to Mike McClure Farms for violating the federal Clean Water Act.

The facility is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO).  Mike McClure Farms is a poultry broiler facility situated on the north side of County Road 3310, in Hopkins County. On May 19 and 29, and June 12, 2009, EPA inspectors observed an unauthorized discharge of chicken litter from the farms' poultry litter staging area.

KNOWLEDGE is POWER!  This Newsletter in intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management, especially those on construction sites.
 
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