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Public Notice

January 16, 2007

Proposed action

Channel relocation, channel fill, culvert, and wetland fill

Location

Kendrick Creek Mile 4.8 and unnamed tributaries, opposite South Fork Holston River Mile 7.9L, Sullivan County, Tennessee

Description

The proposed work consists of fill associated with stream relocation, culvert construction, and wetland fill associated with the commercial development of the 115-acre site.

  • Relocate approximately 2,200 linear feet of Kendrick Creek into approximately 2,300 linear feet of a naturally designed channel.
  • Construct a 250-foot culvert through an existing wetland area proposed to be filled. The purpose of this culvert is to direct an intermittent spring-fed tributary to the proposed created wetland area.
  • Fill a 125-linear-foot intermittent tributary to Kendrick Creek.
  • Fill approximately 1.8 acres of an existing two-acre emergent wetland.
  • A tributary to Kendrick Creek crossing the property would be left in place with a proposed extension of approximately 400 linear feet in order to reach the proposed relocated segment of Kendrick Creek.

Proposed mitigation

The new stream channel would be approximately 100 linear feet longer than the existing channel.

  • Cross vanes would be constructed as grade control structures. The riparian buffer zone would vary along the length of the stream but would average 100 feet in width.
  • This area would be seeded with annual rye and winter rye for quick cover and erosion control. Additionally, the area would be seeded with the following warm weather grasses: big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass and switch grass; and wildflower species: butterfly weed, joe pye weed, New York ironweed, and black-eyed Susan.
  • The riparian buffer area would also be planted with 400 stems-per-acre of woody vegetation consisting of pawpaw, red osier dogwood, black willow, spicebush, Osage orange, box elder, persimmon, chinquapin, and river cane.
  • There are approximately two acres of existing emergent herbaceous wetland on the subject property. The applicant is proposing to fill 1.8 acres and mitigate for the loss at a 4:1 ratio on-site with the construction of 7.2 acres of wetlands located within the floodplain of Kendrick Creek.

For additional information and maps, see the TVA-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joint Public Notice (PDF).

TVA is interested in receiving comments on the potential of the proposed action to affect the environment or historic properties, and would like to identify any other issues associated with this proposal. These comments will be used to help TVA reach a decision on the proposed action.

Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

All written comments on this proposed action must be received by Feb. 16, 2007, and should be directed to:

Anne W. Patrick, TVA
Holston-Cherokee-Douglas Watershed Team
106 Tri-Cities Business Park Dr.
Gray, TN 37615
Phone: 423-467-3809
Fax: 423-467-3815
E-mail: awpatrick@tva.gov

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