Alabama-Tombigbee Clean Water Partnership Draft Quarterly Steering Committee Meeting Summary for May 6, 2009 From: Ashley Henderson Attendees Janalie Graham/USACE LeaAnna Meadows/AFC Wesley Ballard/ALDOT Steve Guy/ALFA Judy Palfrey/City of Mgm Janet Chapman/MDEQ Brian Haigler/ADEM Bob Tolbert/Tuscaloosa Co Barry Feagen/ALDOT Tom Lang/AFC Bruce Gornto/Dixie Pellets Roy McAuley/APPCo The Alabama-Tombigbee Clean Water Partnership Steering Committee met on May 6, 2009. After a welcome by Chairman Roy McAuley and introductions of all present, the following items were discussed: Statewide Update-Allison Jenkins provided the attached report. Tombigbee Sedimentation Project Update- The attached meeting summary of the April 7th meeting was presented. Regulatory Activities-Brian Haigler reported that the Alabama Environmental Commission has had some changeover of Commissioners. The water quality group is beginning work on the 2010 303(d) list. Several TMDLs are in internal review. The Catoma Creek pathogens TMDL will be out for review in June/July of this year, but probably not completed until after the Upper Alabama River water quality sampling in 2010. Water quality sampling will be done in the Southeastern portion of the state this year (ie Chattahoochee, Choctawatchee, Pea, Yellow, Conecuh and Sepulga Rivers) Dixie Pellets- Bruce Gornto presented information about Dixie Pellets located on the Alabama River at Selma, AL. Dixie Pellets makes wood pellets for consumption by European electrical utilities. The pellets are made from 1/3 residuals from existing wood uses and 2/3 green in woods, non-marketable products. Seventy-five percent of the pellets were shipped to Theodore, AL via the Alabama River on barges in 2008. Dixie Pellets has several river concerns that have the potential to disrupt their business. These include low channel depth during dry periods, shoaling from sediments after heavy rains this winter and spring, and navigating the sharp river bend at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma during high water levels. Facilitator Report- The Quarterly Facilitator Report is attached. Funds were requested as follows $2,500 to LWT for rain barrel brochure development, $1000 to Ashley Henderson to purchase rain barrel supplies, $8,000 to the Southeast Watershed Forum for the Prattville Quality Growth and Stormwater Management Forum, and $500 to Ashley Henderson for reimbursement for Bioretention Workshop at North Carolina State University. Additionally, a request for withdrawal of the previously approved $2000 for a Wilcox County water festival was made due to a lack of interest in the project at this time. Judy Palfrey made a motion to approve the funding requests. Bob Tolbert seconded the motion. The group voted unanimously to approve. Individual Reports- All members present were given an opportunity to give a report on his activities. Janalie Graham reported that the USACE has dredged below the Claiborne Dam and is providing two lockages at day for fish passage through the Claiborne Dam and the . Additionally, a second Alabama Sturgeon has been spotted by a Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources staff member but not captured in the Alabama River above the Claiborne Dam. Barry Feagan provided the attached summary of the General Requirements for ALDOT Construction Projects in addition to a map showing current projects. Janet Chapman reported that the Northeast Mississippi Resources Initiative is working on a project similar to the Alabama Water Agenda, a group in Pontoc is interested in the rain barrel project and that an educational assessment day will be held on Lake Pickwick later in the summer. Dates of Interest: Next Ala-Tom CWP Meetings: July 22, 2009 and October 28, 2009.
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