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Dirt and Phosphorous...Oh My!
from construction, agricultural/timber harvesting plus phosphorous from fertilizers and detergents disharged from urban areas combine to cause serious problems in Georgia's lakes. Phosphorus tends to attach to soil particles and then moves into surface-water bodies from rainwater runoff and discharges from wastewater treatment plants.  Phosphorus is an essential element for plant life, but when there is too much of it in water, it reduces dissolved oxygen in water bodies and kills the plants, bugs and fish that live in our rivers and lakes. This has been a very serious problem in the Atlanta area, as a major lake that receives Atlanta's waste water, West Point Lake, is south of the city.  In metropolitan Atlanta, phosphorus coming into streams have caused West Point Lake to become highly contaminated with phosphorous. Federal and State laws to reduce phosphorus coming from wastewater-treatment facilities and sediment from construction sites are suppose to restrict the volumes of these harmful biproducts that enter West Point Lake primarily from the Chattahoochee River south of Atlanta.
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Make a DifferenceEPA NPDESEPA is currently developing a proposed rulemaking to strengthen its stormwater regulations and to establish a program to reduce stormwater discharges from developed sites.  The proposed Information Request questionnaires will allow many people to add their two cents for the EPAs future stormwater management direction, and will includes:
* Questionnaires for the owners and developers of newly developed and redeveloped sites (includes short and long versions);
* Questionnaire for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting authorities.
* Questionnaires for the owners and operators of federally regulated and unregulated municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s); and
* Questionnaire for transportation-related MS4s (state, county, and local DOTs).
EPA Cites Sharp Homes-Hunter's Ridge Development For Violation of Federal Stormwater Regulations
Land Disturbance JudgementU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has issued a complaint and final order against Sharp Homes-Hunter's Ridge Development and Charles D. Sharp for failure to comply with federal stormwater rules.

The complaint cites the company for failing to prevent or minimize discharges, initiate stabilization measures, conduct inspections and maintain proper records.   Construction on more than five acres of land being developed for homes allegedly caused discharges of storm water through sewers, surface runoff and discharge pipes to Aux Sable Creek, a tributary to the Illinois River. Procedures for erosion control, as required by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, were not followed.
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Recertification Online Course for Level II: Introduction to Design is the first self-paced, self-study online course developed by GSWCC. The course meets the criteria for a Level II continuing education course for the GSWCC and is approved for 4 hours of instruction. Created for design professionals, plan reviewers, engineers, and landscape architects who need Level II recertification, the course allows professionals the opportunity to complete recertification at their own pace completely on the Internet.

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Georgia Streambank Stabilization Guidance
Streambank and shoreline stabilization consists of vegetative, structural and bioengineering methods to stabilize AND protect streambanks and shorelines. This document presents diagrams of the methods and practices listed in the Georgia DNR - Environmental Protection Division's (EPD) July 2007 "Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization Guidance" document and provides information about preferred riparian vegetation for stabilization projects.
FLINT RIVER KEEPER FILES AN APPEAL Albany, Bainbridge, and Damascus, GA -
According to Georgia EPD documents, 27 million gallons ofFlint River Basin water per day would be needed for plant's operations. Only 26% of this water would be returned to the river, with right at three quarters of withdrawn water evaporated to the sky, completely interrupted on its flow south to Lake Seminole and on to Apalachicola Bay.

Today Flint Riverkeeper and two Southwest Georgia citizens who are members have filed an appeal of an "extension" of a construction permit to build the proposed "Longleaf" coal-fired power generation plant in Early County near Hilton. The appeal was filed against Georgia's Environmental Protection Division in Atlanta following an April 9th granting of the extension.

"This permit would allow construction of a plant that would employ vastly outdated technology inefficiently using the water of the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint system, would spew thousands of tons of pollutants annually into our air in Southwest Georgia, would further poison our fish, and would foreclose many of our economic activities and opportunities", said Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper.
The next time you finish a responsible construction project, take a drive, go for a hike, catch a fish or celebrate a successful hunt.....take a moment to think a grateful thought, make a difference somewhere with someone, and give thanks and honor to the United States of America and the sacrifice our past and present military men and women have provided so we can enjoy the liberty and freedom we share, and so easily take for granted!
This Newsletter is intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management, especially those on construction sites.  There is a lot happening now with water regulations!  If you have areas of interest you would like to discuss, or areas of concern you would like included in this newsletter, please contact us at 678-469-5120.
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