Comments on: Streams Take Me By Surprise http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Nelson Brooke http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/#comment-28004 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:00:58 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=18536#comment-28004 And a link:

Help Protect Birmingham, Alabama’s Drinking Water Supply!

Source water protection is key to maintaining healthy water supplies around the globe. This coal mine threat sets terrible precedent that should not be ignored.

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By: Nelson Brooke http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/#comment-28003 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:56:54 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=18536#comment-28003 I too grew up playing in the mountains, of Alabama. Catching crawfish in streams was my favorite hobby. Today, as a Riverkeeper, I fully understand the importance of our headwater and ephemeral streams to the overall health of our rivers, groundwater, and drinking water supplies. What amazes me though, is that our state environmental agency – the Alabama Department of Environmental Management – doesn’t seem to understand this critical concept.

ADEM, the Alabama Surface Mining Commission, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are allowing strip mines to blow up mountains and mine through streams in the Black Warrior River basin – effectively allowing the wholesale destruction of the southern Appalachian Mountains and the vital streams flowing from them. What’s left of these streams is turned into a waste treatment system for polluted coal mine runoff when they build sediment ponds instream. Mountaintop removal is alive and well in Alabama.

Our water quality and quantity are therefore diminishing. A glaring example of Alabama’s failure to understand the importance of stream protection for swimming, fishing, and drinking water is the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine. These agencies have issued permits to this 1,773 acre coal mine on a bend of the Black Warrior River’s Mulberry Fork – immediately adjacent to a major municipal drinking water supply intake for 200,000 people every day. 29 streams in Shepherd Bend will be impacted by the mine, and will discharge polluted water into one of the greater Birmingham area’s major drinking water supplies.

I’m glad EPA understands the importance of protecting America’s streams, but I wish our state (EPA) delegated authority did too. Shepherd Bend Mine sets a terrible precedent for streams, rivers, and drinking water supplies nationwide. Won’t EPA please step in and make its voice heard?

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By: Gianni Nocchi http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/#comment-28002 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:03:58 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=18536#comment-28002 wonderful article! 😀

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By: drjustyna http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/#comment-28001 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 06:20:35 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=18536#comment-28001 Nice blog. I will keep visiting this website very often. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.

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By: Brad Horchem http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/#comment-28000 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:23:24 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=18536#comment-28000 Travis,

Nice blog! It’s easy to underestimate the importance of our intermittent streams.

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By: Russ Cohen http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/#comment-27999 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:32:38 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=18536#comment-27999 Nice posting, Travis. Here in Massachusetts, it’s the smaller streams where most of our best remaining wild trout fisheries are located. Trout will opportunistically move into ephemeral and intermittent streams as long as flow, temperature and other conditions are suitable for them.

I’ve posted a fact sheet on the importance of protecting naturally-vegetated areas along smaller streams at this link: http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/der/riverways/pdf/riparian_factsheet_9.pdf

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By: Arman.- http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/03/streams-take-me-by-surprise/#comment-27998 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:35:06 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=18536#comment-27998 Emergency.-

I am so sad to feel most of the people in my country who have not interest with their problem. They don’t know that disaster, water supply, is worst and must be repaired. And last but not least, to change their perception what the water is. I hope this article can blow its message and should caught by my people. Great article…….!!!!

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