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Establishment of a Bluebird Trail

 

 

January 25, Sunday at 12:30 P.M.

 

A big thank you to everyone that helped put up 30 bluebird houses.

 

 

FFEA Mission: Protect, Conserve and Preserve Floyds Fork Creek & its watershed.

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Salt River Regional sewer infrastructure will open new greenfields to sprawl  

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TO: KIPDA, David.Abell@ky.gov, Jarrett.Haley@ky.gov, MSD, Bullitt County representatives and Bullitt Fiscal Court, Bullitt County Sanitation District, Bullitt Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts, City of Mt Washington, City of Shepherdsville, Oldham County Environmental Authority and Oldham County Fiscal Court and Oldham County Judge/Executive David Voegele and ALL WORKGROUP attendees or anyone who attended the closed workgroup sessions (meetings closed and barring the public and FFEA). Please see that all receive copies.

FROM: Mrs. Teena Halbig, FFEA Immediate Past President

              6505 Echo Trail, Louisville, KY 40299

              267-6883, teenahal@aol.com              

DATE: 1-12-15  

RE:  Salt River Regional Wastewater Public Meeting/Hearing, 10:00A.M., KIPDA

For the PROPOSAL FOR THE LARGEST SEWER PROJECT IN KENTUCKY;  LOCATION: THE FLOYDS FORK WATERSHED/SALT RIVER WATERSHED

 

Floyds Fork Environmental Association (FFEA), founded in 1991, has a mission to protect, conserve and preserve Floyds Fork Creek and its watershed.

 

Perhaps in 2007, we were in litigation regarding KY Division of Water, KY Waterways Alliance, 26 on the Technical Advisory Committee that included elected and appointed representatives from these same various counties with the intent to do “wastewater pollution trading” and wastewater “pollution shifting” and to form a Regional Sewer Authority.  With passage of time, some of those now in office might not be aware of the history. Here it seems that history is trying to repeat itself – but, at that time, the court thought this would never be repeated in the future for the Floyds Fork Watershed. But FFEA believes what is trying to be pushed again today is repeating the past. Note that only the disbanding of the above kept the parties from further legal processes.

 

We ask for better public notice. If inclement weather exists, we ask for an extension of the hearing. We find it highly improper and disadvantageous/unfair to the public to hold this hearing at a time and on a date that is not convenient to the public.  The 10:00 A.M. on a workday is not convenient for the public and any night meetings are best held at 7:00 P.M. and no earlier.

 

Both NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) and CWA (Clean Water Act) mandate an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) be done. FFEA will do everything possible to ensure this happens.

 

Two major points: This seems to be that KIPDA and possibly US EPA, possibly KY Division of Water, along with various County Representatives and sewer districts (Jefferson County/MSD, Oldham County, Bullitt County, and potentially additional counties in the Floyds Fork Watershed and Salt River Watershed and beyond, etc.) have been and are planning a major project that will likely have some federal funds and also have significant environmental and financial impacts. Even if a non-federal regionalization, there is still undue and considerable control and responsibility to influence the outcome.  

 

            Figures at the last meeting given by Strand Associates are amounts for today (and not in the future for figures could change, of course):

Alternative #1.   $120 Million to treat, convey and utilities but $204 Million to own & operate without regionalization; NO REGIONALIZATION

Alternative #2.  $208 Million with PARTIAL regionalization to pay for capital investments like forced mains, treatment mains, pump stations, basins and $263 Million to own and operate  

Alternative #3.  $407 Million with COMPLETE regionalization

            The above figures do not include other expenses for a secretary, treasurer, audits, expenses for commissioners’ travel, food and lodging, regular meetings, potential for an Executive Director who would be paid, etc.

 

We believe the quality of the human environment will also be affected. We think the use of eminent domain will be needed and that it is disingenuous of Strand Associates, KIPDA, MSD, etc. to not have shown the public the SEWER PIPELINE CONCEPTUAL MAP OF ALIGNMENT or put on websites or in the news because Greg Heitzman gave it to FFEA long ago.  This is a grievous lack of transparency. We also disparage the lack of notice to the public for meetings/hearings; we were told that KIPDA only sends a press release out and depends on the media to let the public know of meetings/hearings - plus email notices to their contacts they have regarding the prior 3 meetings/hearings and this final meeting/hearing. We believe this is insufficient and would like a copy of all media contacted plus email listings.    

 

We also foresee federal funds might be required through US EPA and KIPDA. Thus, this should be a NEPA project and requires an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS. FFEA feels strongly that an EIS should be done now.  Such a huge project for a miles and miles long SEWER PIPELINE that could involved numerous counties in the FLOYDS FORK WATERSHED/SALT RIVER WATERSHED will no doubt involve historic property disturbances and have environmental impacts. FFEA is concerned for environmental, endangered species, sprawl and greenhouse gas, financial and as mentioned, historic properties.

 

Here are some concerns for significant environmental impacts:

 

1.      Greenfields/Openspace opened up for suburban sprawl with less land surface, vegetation and trees to cleanse and soak up water and recharge underground aquifers. In the rush, less green infrastructure use but large storage basins multiplying. Zoning & sustainability are defeated by sprawl development; outer ring development will create longer drive times and create more greenhouse gas and require more roads to be built - creating more impervious surfaces. Will the regionalization open the way for a surge of growth with probable long term debt? Debt that will be paid by those in the Floyds Fork Watershed? Will the EAST end become more elitist where segregation of the wealthy can afford to live but not the middle or low income?

2.      Potential for new sewer overflows along Floyds Fork & Salt River

3.      Potential for pump station backups, stoppages

4.      Felling of thousands of trees reducing tree canopy and tree water absorption to help lessen flooding; also loss of vegetation that helps cleanse water.

5.      Fish and wildlife affected: (Federally endangered Indiana Bat, some endangered plant species like glade cress, mussel species and mussel beds, archaeological resources, etc.)

6.      There will be “water pollution shifting” as sewage is shunted/funneled down a sewer pipeline to a new and expensive big sewage plant at the Salt River in Bullitt County. There is no proof this will IMPROVE WATER QUALITY but shifts where pollution was found and shifts that pollution further downstream to this big plant. This makes the Floyds Fork Watershed look better on the federal/Congressional Report of 303d and 303b lists for impaired segments that do not meet their designated uses. However, the water shunted/pumped downstream will not have the advantages of natural cleansing occurring in soil, stream banks and beds, by vegetation, etc. It is better to clean up pollution at its source point. It will be harder to tell where the pollution is coming from. We have no real assurances or data to say the water will be cleaner. There are concerns that KY could end up contributing even more to the hypoxia/”dead zone” in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, there is a change in HYDROLOGY. This means the streams will no longer have the volume of flow as before which affects the entire ecology of the streams! Will farmers have as much water for crops and animals? EPA knows that people will notice a difference in base flow and some streams might be dry when they were wet before. Thus the aquatic life and other life forms have great potential to be affected as well as their food and water sources for survival and ability to continue to live in the same areas. Basically, suburban sprawl will potentially lower water quality benefits with additional urban runoff – thus defeating water quality benefits! The 303d and 303b lists might look different due to the shifting of the water pollution but will the water be cleaner? – will the loading of nitrogen and phosphorus, heavy metals, etc. decrease or just end up being more concentrated at the end of the long SEWER PIPELINE?

7.      Why add on additional infrastructure debt? In Northern KY where this was done a few years ago (but the consultants did not give this example that is better compared with Louisville!), costs rose in addition to existing sewer rates – those Northern KY ratepayers had to pay the next 3 years about 15% per year = 45% increase. Even with a 5% cap in one year (known as HB221,  after 3 years, the bill number changed to HB 26 where Senator Damon Thayer added the 5% cap ), but infrastructure costs are additional (devil is in the details!) and cost was borne by ratepayers. Can ratepayers and low income or even middle income and retirees keep up with these FEES?       

8.      Potential loss of Historic Resources like buildings, stone walls, historic homes, farmland, Indian burial grounds, archaeology, historic cemeteries, ancient trees, aquatic resources, Indiana Bat habitat, etc.       

 

Financial Concerns:

 

The financing structure for a regional system involving several counties should be presented ahead of any discussion about what to build. 

 

Will the regional authority issue tax exempt bonds that the public will be required to repay with interest over two decades or longer? A study of the significant socio-environmental impact due to the cumulative debt burden on ratepayers must be done because bond financing will inflate costs with interest and over time. Will that study be done and when? I have personally been at 2 Metro Council meetings where MSD/Bud Schardein asked for $50 Million in bonds and more lately in 2014 where $30 million was asked for but I know it is a lot more than these two figures that has been okayed. Look at Atlanta and Detroit problems – does Louisville want to end up with similar problems?

 

How much cumulative debt is the public carrying now with the Louisville Bridges, the MSD IOAP (Integrated Overflow Abatement Program), the Metro Louisville Bond debt and the push for a regressive LIFT tax?? This will be another added burden flowing in large part, from low and middle income people who can least afford it.

 

Basically, there needs to be discussion about good government, sustainability and efficiency and why the reasonable alternative of reinvesting for urban core development that uses existing infrastructure is not on the table?

 

Without restrictive zoning to contain sprawl the urban runoff will destroy the water quality of the remaining fishing and recreational use waters. In the end, the general public, the landscape, topography and ecology will pay the cost. 

 

By the way, how many BILLIONS will this cost? – how many BILLIONS of principal and interest are we talking about? 

 

Again, the financing structure for a regional system involving several counties should be presented ahead of any discussion about what to build. Basically, there needs to be discussion about good government, sustainability and efficiency used for urban core development of existing infrastructure and restrictive zoning to contain sprawl. Otherwise, the public, the landscape, topography, environment and ecology will pay the cost. By the way, how many BILLIONS will this cost? – how many BILLIONS are we talking about? 

 

No, FFEA does not favor formation of a Regional Sewer Commission due to the many issues pointed out above.

 

A disc of the audio that I am submitting is of the last meeting held by KIPDA and is requested to be part of this record for we do not believe comments/notes made by the public have been recorded appropriately. We also do not feel answers were given to some questions.

 

Plus the CONCEPTUAL MAP OF POTENTIAL SEWERSHED MAP from MSD/Heitzman is handed in as part of the record.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Teena Halbig

Immediate Past President

Floyds Fork Environmental Association

6505 Echo Trail

Louisville, KY 40299

267-6883

teenahal@aol.com

www.floydsfork.net

 

 

FLOYDS FORK ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION

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FLOYDS FORK ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Media Advisory

1-8-15

Contact: Peter Bodnar III, pdb3@aye.net , (502) 231-3563

Teena Halbig, TeenaHal@aol.com(502) 267-6883 or cell (502) 777-5192

 January 12, 2015 (MONDAY) at 10:00 A.M. at KIPDA (11520 Commonwealth Drive, Burke Room, Louisville, KY 40299)

Multi Million Dollar Sewer Pipeline and Spending Authority to be Proposed

KIPDA will hold a final public meeting to present its findings on a Salt River Regional Sewer multi-county Pipeline. Floyds Fork Environmental Association (FFEA) will provide additional input on the proposal for Regionalization in the Floyds Fork Watershed that would be built if agreements are made. Little serious attempt has been made to engage the tax & rate paying public who will be paying for this construction long into the future.None of the proposal scenarios have any better water quality than the status quo

Director Greg Heitzman held a meeting on the August 26, 2013 meeting at MSD (Steve Emly and Brian Bingham also present) with FFEA representatives (Peter Bodnar III, Trina Palma, Ed Halbig and Teena Halbig). Heitzman said he would be meeting with various county officials in the Floyds Fork/Salt River Watershed to form a workgroup. This workgroup would meet to see if any would sign agreements to become a members to form a Regional Wastewater Commission. This would entail building a major and costly SEWER PIPELINE and other infrastructure (like multiple pump stations) to send sewage to the Salt River in Bullitt Countywhere a large regional treatment plant would be built - eventually, possibly going on to Ft. Knox. Currently, the counties MSD hopes to get signed on to an agreement in the Salt River Watershed are: Bullitt andCity of Mt. Washington, City of Shepherdsville, MSD, Oldham Co. Enviro. Authority, Oldham County Fiscal Court

A “conceptual” map of the SEWER PIPELINE (provided by Heitzman on 8/26/2013 to FFEA ) has not been shown by the consultants (STRAND Associates/Mark Sneve) in their prior meetings; eminent domain will likely be encountered. “These plans and map should not be kept from public view”, remarked FFEA Co-President Sheron Lear.

Director Heitzman organized a “workgroup” of elected and appointed officials for CLOSED meetings that KIPDA held. Both Heitzman and KIPDA refused to let FFEA attend the closed meetings. Teena Halbig, Immediate Past President of FFEA said, “These closed meetings have been a lack of transparency by MSD and other agencies/officials while discussing the public’s business.” It seems that while these CLOSED meetings might not be illegal, the cloaked secrecy and closed doors to allow the public to sit in is not in keeping with good government or transparency. 

Peter Bodnar III, Co-President of FFEA said, “It was not disclosed by the consultants, MSD, KIPDA, etc. until the question was asked –that, only ONE-THIRD of Jefferson County will be affected and saddled with the costs. This sprawl initiative will cost us all; there should be accountability where all the financial information is disclosed to the public PRIOR to any formation of a regional commission. Before we  commit to long range billion dollar projects, we need to consider whether or not we want to continue to support and fund large-scale, centralized, energy intensive projects, or move more towards smaller-scale, locally appropriate technologies.”

FFEA’s key concerns

1. This sewer authority would not be under the PSC that would afford the public an opportunity to speak regarding rate increases. Nongovernmental organizations like FFEA or even elected officials cannot speak before the commission or hearing officer (Mr. Heitzman offered to put it in the bylaws that we could - but bylaws can be changed)

2. Use of Eminent Domain likely

 3. No environmental impact studies done or Green Infrastructure requirements made of counties involved in the pipeline BEFORE decisions to build.

 4. 'Home rule' is lost since our Mayor is but one at a table of commissioners and thus only has one vote on this board.

5. No provision to be under state ethics rules and there exists potential for expensive legal entanglements

6. Small cities are far less likely to obtain grant monies since deference is to the regional commission, possibly forcing small cities to join.  Potential for monopoly formation.

7. Need for more transparency (provision for posting monetary figures on a website is only a beginning and not enough transparency).

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Winter is upon us! Below is a link to help you save energy in your home

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"FFEA was able to get MSD to take immediate enforcement action 10-21-14 with MSD immediately issuing fines for construction heavy equipment working in the stream (these photos were shown to MSD)." Regional KY Division of Water (KDOW) Supervisor Charlie Roth emailed the citizen reporting the problems and taking the photos that Roth was out of the office and would check into problems THURSDAY (10-23-14). Roth was notified late MONDAY (10-20-14). Deplorable destruction of this creek has occurred - that ecology can probably never be replaced. However, FFEA is asking for stream bank restoration. HISTORIC BOULDERS on the creek banks should remain. KDOW should also go to the site immediately and issue fines from the state."

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Thanks to everyone that helped make the FFEA booth at the Gaslight Festival a success. It was a beautiful weekend and always a pleasure to participate in this event. Special thanks and welcome aboard to our new members. Check out a couple of pictures from our weekend.

                       

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FFEA is proud to be a "Clean Water Advocate" sponsor for the Oldham County "Amazing Watershed Challenge 2014". This event is focused on Curry's Fork, a tributary to Floyds Fork Creek. Contact Carolyn Cromer, Curry's Fork Watershed Coordinator ccromer@oldhamcountyky.gov or mail her: Oldham County Fiscal Court, 100 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 3, LaGrange, KY 40031. 

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Potentially Harmful algal blooms identified in several Kentucky lakes

Posted on August 1, 2014 by 

Division of Water advises lake visitors to make informed decisions

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have confirmed the presence of potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), or cyanobacteria at levels exceeding recommended safety thresholds at several lakes in Kentucky. These lakes include Guist Creek Lake, Willisburg Lake, Carpenters Lake and Beaver Lake.

This past June, DOW released similar warnings about harmful algal blooms at Barren River Lake, Nolin Reservoir, Green River Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake and Greenbriar Creek Reservoir in Montgomery County. Advisories for all of these lakes and reservoirs are still in effect.

The Department of Public Health, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Parks, and other stakeholders have been informed of these conditions.

These lakes remain open to the public. Visitors should be aware of the potential health issues and take precautions.

The following guidelines are recommended to avoid exposure to HABs:

  • Direct contact with affected water, including swimming, wading, fishing, paddling, diving and water skiing may result in symptoms. It is advisable to avoid contact with water that has unusual color or where blue-green bacteria have been identified, even if the water appears to be clear.
  • People who are prone to respiratory allergies or asthma should avoid areas with harmful algal blooms. Children may be particularly sensitive.
  • If contact has been made with water containing blue-green algae, wash off with fresh water. In some cases, skin irritation will appear after prolonged exposure. If symptoms persist, consult your local health care provider.
  • Fish fillets (not organs) may be consumed after the fillets have been rinsed in clean, non-lake water. It is advisable to wash any parts of your body that have come into contact with the fish.
  • Prevent pets and livestock from coming into contact with HAB-infested waters.

Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that may be hazardous to animals and humans. Symptoms of exposure to harmful algae may include gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; skin and eye irritation; and/or throat irritation or breathing difficulties.

If you are concerned that you have symptoms that are a result of exposure to HABs, please see your doctor and call your local health department.

DOW has been working with a number of agencies to develop an HAB testing protocol for Kentucky lakes as well as public notification procedures when HABs are identified at levels of concern. The protocol will consist of mechanisms to perform monitoring and to issue “advisories” when cell counts exceed 20,000 cells/ml and “cautions” when they exceed 100,000 cells/ml at affected lakes.

Last year, USACE began monitoring USACE-owned lakes in Kentucky for the presence of cyanobacteria. At that time, the USACE identified excessive levels of cyanobacteria in several reservoirs, prompting USACE to issue public warnings to avoid or minimize human and animal contact with algae-infested waters. The DOW subsequently began monitoring several lakes in Kentucky and identified excessive levels of cyanobacteria in several lakes, which similarly prompted the DOW and USACE continue to monitor lakes in Kentucky. The DOW has developed a predictive model for identifying HAB conditions in Kentucky lakes using available satellite data. The DOW and USACE are working collaboratively to calibrate that model so that it may be used to inform the division of all lakes regardless of whether there is water quality data available from the lake.

Better known as blue-green algae, cyanobacteria occurs naturally in the environment. Environmental conditions, including excess phosphorus and nitrogen, sunny conditions, warm temperatures and low-flow or low-water conditions — contribute to the rapid reproduction and spread of the algae in a waterbody. The more typical green algae, which are not harmful to humans or animals, come in many forms and may appear as underwater moss, stringy mats or floating scum.

Cyanobacteria, on the other hand, appear as slicks of opaque, bright-green paint, but closer inspection often reveals the grainy, sawdust-like appearance of individual colonies of bacteria. The color of the algae may also appear as red or brown.

Peter Goodmann, Director of the DOW, said it is important to understand that the issuance of advisories and cautions are intended to educate potential users about the water bodies so that they may make informed decisions.

Public water systems depending on lakes for their raw water source should consider monitoring for the presence of HABs and adjust treatment of the water accordingly. Algal blooms are easily addressed through water treatment techniques, and the water produced from these sources is safe to drink.

The presence of excess nutrients in the waterbody can cause algal blooms. Proper management of nutrients from various sources of stormwater runoff in the watershed and proper treatment of nutrients in wastewater play a key role in managing algal blooms of all kinds. The Division of Water, with other federal and state agency partners and numerous stakeholder groups, is developing a Nutrient Reduction Strategy to address nutrient pollution problems in Kentucky.

For information on harmful algal blooms and updates on the levels at USACE lakes, visit: http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/WaterInformation/HABs.aspx

For more information on safe water recreation, visit: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/bathing/srwe1/en/.

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Important Message for FFEA Members & Supporters

If you received a reloadable Kroger Gift Card from FFEA to help FFEA raise funds, Kroger is eliminating this fundraising program and starting a new fundraising program.  The reloadable Kroger Gift Card program will cease on September 1, 2014.

You will not lose any money on the Kroger Gift Card and will be able to reload and use the card, but FFEA will not receive any fundraising from the card.

Beginning August 1, 2014 all members and supporters of FFEA may visit the Kroger secure website www.kroger.com/communityrewards to enroll their individual Kroger Plus Card to FFEA’s account.  Each time you use your Kroger Plus Card, FFEA will earn funds.  If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card you may visit www.kroger.com and sign up for a Kroger Plus Card.

To be able to enroll your Kroger Plus Card and link it to FFEA’s account you may use FFEA’s NPO number 12265 or you may simply use the search to find FFEA’s.

It is easy to call 1- 800-KROGERS, extension 3 to speak to a person and give your KROGER PLUS Shopping card number. Tell the person you want this for Floyds Fork Environmental Association Community Rewards number NPO #12265. 

I have also placed a pdf file below that has more information

or you may contact

sheronlear@twc.com or rlehlers@me.com

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John Boel's ExposeOn Harrod's Creek

Thanks to WAVE-TV reporter, John Boel, for the expose' on 7-29-14..

Two years later, this same response to the reporter from the state KY Division of Water - that FFEA interprets as "no accountability". This is a deplorable situation and FFEA is seeking action by asking you to contact your U. S. Senator and U.S. Representative - call the main U. S. Capitol Swithcboard Operator to leave a message: 1-202-224-3121 or write a letter. FFEA will continue to seek accountability

Click on the below link for John Boel's WAVE-TV Report

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SIERRA CLUB,CUMBERLAND CHAPTER, WATER COMMITTEE MEETING

September 20, 2014   

12:00 to 1:00:    Lunch -   TBD 

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Metro Council Meetings

Meeting times are subject to change. Agendas are followed at the discretion of the Chair of each Committee. While an item may be listed, it does not mean all items will be acted upon by a committee.

To review all agendas of the committees of the Louisville Metro Council, go to the Metro Council Clerk’s web page at: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroCouncil/Clerk/

All meetings are aired live on Metro TV Insight cable Channel 25. Meetings are also streamlined on the Metro Council’s website. Go to: www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocouncil and click on the “Watch Meetings Online” icon.

For More Information Contact:

Tony Hyatt: 574-4137 / 526-3622

Stephen Haag: 574-1204 / 645-1752

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From Teena Halbig

See page 22 of the Energy & Environment magazine, Land, Air & Water that shows
Teena Halbig and Sheron Lear with
US EPA Regional Administrator who was hired by President Obama
and
Secretary of Energy and Environment Cabinet, Dr. Len Peters
 
It was a surprise to see the photo used of us since there were so many other photos to choose from!
EQC sent the information to be sure we saw the article. 
The photo is shown in color on our FFEA website www.floydsfork.net but we never thought about seeing it in this state magazine. Hey, while you are looking at our website, if you need to pay dues or want to make a donation, we now have PayPal.  Thank you!

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FFEA photos of July 17, 2014 depicting all trees cut (one over 30 inches and several about 12 inches in diameter) and vegetation removed at 200 N. Madison & Shelbyville Road in Middletown next to the Middle Fork of Beargrass Creek where several FFEA members live nearby. MSD discovered no site disturbance permit had been issued and the photos show no black silt fencing in place to keep soil from entering the stream that was later installed. The USACE terms it a "jurisdictional waterbody" while MSD terms it a "ditch.

       

       

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Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act

 

It will soon be 5 years ago that State Representative Joni Jenkins sponsored a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly that was initiated by Floyds Fork Environmental Association (FFEA) termed the ‘Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act’ to have safe drop off boxes in safe places 24 hours a day for left over and unused pills, capsules and caplets.  

 

This bill has continued to be filed each year. It should have been a ‘no brainer’ to get pills out of the reach of others, out of the landfill, emptied down sinks and flushed to end up in our streams.  FFEA’s concerns were for our waterways and public health. I read in 2005 that antibiotics and hormones were being found in 2 other states in waterways; however, I thought testing was not being done in Jefferson County.

 

In 2007, FFEA funded a student science project to test segments in Floyds Fork Creek and Chenoweth Run Creek for a hormone - all stream samples were positive www.floydsfork.net . The KY Division of Water would not test these areas per a letter from the state toxicologist.

 

About a year ago, Indiana had a smart sheriff who initiated drop off boxes for pills!

It was good to read Martha Elson’s Courier article 7-9-14 informing readers that St. Matthews has a public prescription drug drop-off box at its City Hall, a weekday box  downtownJefferson County

 

Sherriff’s Dept. 6th floor (6th & Court Place) during businesshours as well as police boxes in Bullitt,

Oldham, Floyd and Harrison counties.

 

Still, legislators need to pass Representative Jenkins bill so the public will have less hormones, antibiotics and other ‘emerging contaminants of concern’ in our waterways and drinking water. Call now to let your State Senator and State Legislator know you want this bill passed in the 2015 General Assembly.

 

Teena Halbig

President

Floyds Fork Environmental Association

Louisville, KY 40299

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06/19/2014 08:00 PM EDT

In an effort to help residents, neighborhood groups and others understand zoning issues and the planning process for development in Metro Louisville; several Metro Council members are sponsoring workshops with the goal of explaining the many aspects of the zoning process. Two “Planning and Zoning 101” Workshops are set for Tuesday, June 24th and Tuesday, July 8th at the Louisville Urban League. Full Story
 
Note from Teena: The below is the never ending saga of another company wanting to discharge more toxics into the Ohio River where many cities withdraw water to drink and other uses. In this instance, more mercury is the request. Of course, FFEA will oppose this, of course: allowing more mercury to be discharged is not in the best interests of human health or aquatic life forms. GOOD NEWS: Now, the composition of ORSANCO has changed. President Obama appointed THREE new persons to sit on this board. One is Attorney Tom FitzGerald, Director of KY Resources Council - if you were not aware, this appointment is great news since Fitz has long fought to protect the public's health and is quite aware of dangers posed by heavy metals, etc.
Mercury is very dangerous and this request by this company should be denied by ORSANCO.
ORSANCO is supposed to protect the Ohio River but often seeks to allow more pollution when companies ask. It is up to the public and organizations to weigh in to keep this from happening.
 

VALLEY WATER SANITATION COMMISSION

an interstate agency representing: 
Illinois  
· Indiana  · Kentucky  ·  New York ·  Ohio  
· Pennsylvania  ·  Virginia  · West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            

June 19, 2014 | ORSANCO |

  
                  
  
  

Contact: Jason Heath, P.E., BCEE

Technical Programs Manager & Assistant Chief Engineer

ORSANCO

513-231-7719
 
  jheath@orsanco.org 

 

 NOTICE:  The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has received a variance request from FirstEnergy, Pleasants Power Station, Willow Island, WV
 

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) has received a variance request from FirstEnergy Corp., Pleasants Power Station, at Willow Island, WV. The request is in regards to their WV draft NPDES permit to discharge mercury and the Commission's prohibition on mixing zones for bioaccumulative chemicals of concern which becomes effective on October 16, 2015.  Please visit ORSANCO's Pollution Control Standards page to view their application as well as information on the variance review process. The Commission will be undertaking an evaluation of the variance request. 

 

ORSANCO, headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, is an interstate water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.  Member states include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The federal government is also represented. For further information, contact ORSANCO at 513-231-7719, or visit our website at www.orsanco.org.

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ORSANCO 
5735 Kellogg Ave 
Cincinnati, OH 45230
(513) 231-7719
info@orsanco.org 
www.orsanco.org

 

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    See Map of "Sewer Pipeline" with proposed pump stations, part of conceptual main pipeline, etc.

Conceptual MSD Map of "Salt River Potential Sewershed Map"

FLOYDS FORK ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Founded 1991

www.floydsfork.net,  or  

4-10-14

Floyds Fork Environmental Association is a 501 c 3 nonprofit founded in 1991 with the mission to protect, conserve and preserve Floyds Fork Creek and its watershed. The”23rd Annual Floyds Fork Creek Sweep” by canoe, kayak or on foot will be held Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

Another layer of bureaucracy, i.e., the creation of a Sewer Pipeline by forming a Regional Sewer Wastewater Commission— encompassing counties Henry, Spencer, Oldham, Jefferson, Bullitt, Nelson, Meade, Hardin to Ft. Knox, but Spencer and Nelson have already said, “No”.Shelby County has not made a decision. MSD Director Greg Heitzman gave a conceptual map May 28, 2013. This conceptual map (Salt River Potential Sewershed Mp) can be seen on www.floydsfork.net or facebook. However, this proposed sewer pipeline is not shown in Oldham and one half ofJefferson but is sure to affect these heavily populated areas! Each county that joins will have a seat on its board. The “fees” levied by this commission will be in addition to MSD charges and rate increases.

 State legislators denied House Bill 221 for a several years, and then it became known as House Bill 26 where the commission, when formed, can levy annual fees up to 5 % plus costs for capital improvements (sewer lines, sewer plants, etc.). Costs have been 5% cap plus 10% capital costs equaling 15% increases per year for ratepayers inNorthern Kentucky where a Regional Sewer Commission formed 3 years ago. Yes, that adds up to 45% increase! 

 Ratepayers will pay costs for a secretary, treasurer, annual audit, general manager, for each commissioner to attend each meeting, seminars (local or out-of-town) plus expenses. MSD Director Greg Heitzman is meeting with powerful politicians in surrounding counties in hopes of forming a “working group” that are potential contract signees. 

 Our 22 year old organization, Floyds Fork Environmental Association (FFEA), followed the legislation for 4 years and managed some changes.  August 20, 2013, FFEA representatives met with Director Heitzman to point out our concerns:

 1. This sewer authority would not be under the PSC that would afford the public an opportunity to speak regarding rate increases.

2. 'Home rule' is lost since our Mayor is but one at a table of commissioners and thus only has one vote on this board.

3. No provision to be under state ethics rules.

4. Small cities are far less likely to obtain grant monies since deference is to the regional commission, possibly forcing small cities to join.

5. Potential for expensive legal entanglements.

6. Nongovernmental organizations like FFEA or even elected officials cannot speak before the commission or hearing officer (Mr. Heitzman offered to put it in the bylaws that we could - but bylaws can be changed).

7. Eminent Domain issues.

8. Potential for monopoly formation.

9. Need for more transparency (provision for posting monetary figures on a website is only a beginning and not enough transparency).

 While Mayor Fischer may save a small percent and “keep a lid on water bills” with the Louisville Water Company, sewer bills will exponentially escalate like rates did in Northern Kentucky and it will be impossible to keep a lid on them.

 An MSD conceptual map of part of the SEWER PIPELINE route exists (see it at www.floydsfork.net ; however, it leaves out critical portions of its route through heavily populated sections ofJefferson County andOldham. Citizens need to know that local control and efficient management will have a hard time keeping up with this Pipeline train once it leaves the station.

Recently, March 17, 2014, a meeting was held by MSD at KIPDA.  MSD Director Greg Heitzman was the presenter; he showed multiple power point slides. Elected officials from various counties (8 elected officials that included Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts fromBullitt County and Judge/Executive John Black fromOldham County plus 11 wastewater personnel) and a few citizens and FFEA were in the public’s “peanut gallery”.  He wanted these folks to sign up for a “work group” meeting. At the end, I asked how the public would be treated in future meetings like when this work group would meet and if the public could speak at those meetings. Mr. Heitzman said the first work group meeting would not allow any public to sit in the meeting.  He said the next work group meeting would allow the public.  After that, he said he would not allow the public to the next meeting, and then allow the next and so on – like he did when he formed the Louisville Water Company work group. He never commented on the public being allowed to speak or not. I was not allowed to sign up to attend the work group meeting. KIPDA said I could not sign the signup sheet.

All of this is the public’s business and affects the public and every ratepayer not only inJefferson County but many counties. 

The March 2014 MSD Power Point was entitled “Regional Sewer-Wastewater Commission, Salt River Basin, Greg C. Heitzman, Presentation to Salt River Regional Wastewater Providers, KIPDA Office, Louisville, KY March 28, 2014 (although this was given on March 17). The entire power point is available at www.floydsfork.net but the sewer pipeline map was not shown at this time! Mr. Heitzman is targeting the following 5 counties (for now): Oldham,Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin and Meade.

Do you really think each elected Mayor or Judge/Executive of each county will actually sit in the seat at the commission’s board meetings? Or do you think wastewater personnel will sit in these seats to vote on rates and other matters? Or will their deputies fill their seats? 

Fee increases lacks transparency for rate increases because there can and will be additional costs for ratepayers for Capital Infrastructure. This was proven in Northern KY Sanitation District #1 where there was a Regional Sewer Commission formed; then ratepayers paid the 5% cap but then 10% capital infrastructure costs were added to equal 15%. MSD must give pertinent information like this to have transparency! There is a difference in a partial truth and the whole truth – FFEA gives the whole truth.

In one slide that lists his initial meeting (arranged by Senator Dan Seum) at the Homebuilders of Louisville May 13, 2013, there were no environmental organizations represented (Courier reporter’s blog). Only because FFEA requested a meeting are we listed for August 20, 2013.  Also,Spencer County is listed as “not eligible” but Spencer opted out long ago!

Since he has already met with city and county elected officials and key constituents, he planned to hold his first work group April, 2014 but FFEA will not get a notice and I was not allowed to sign the sign up sheet per Mr. Heitzman and refused by KIPDA. Consideration of forming this Sewer Commission will be after a study is completed in 2015.

KIPDA is playing a big role now and will be the Facilitator and will issue the Request for Proposal to develop and request the study that will cost about $100,000 with MSD paying up to $50,000 of this. Other counties will be asked to give $2,500 to $10,000 each. They will also look for small grants, KIPDA, Lincoln Trail ADD, and KY Division of Water for $15,000 each. KIPDA will evaluate proposals and select the consultant.

Finally in November, after all the work is done, the public and see the findings! I see only that a public MEETING – not HEARING will occur. Then in December when all people are interested in family and Christmas, the report will be finalized and released.

 Look for more upsizing of sewer pump stations (some proposed are on the map) and many sewer basins to be dug!

You are encouraged to look at FFEA concerns and see if there is a way you can chime in before Turkey Time and Christmas Time! Example: FFEA worked to get better public speaking at MSD board meetings so you can speak for 5 minutes before the MSD Board if you sign up BEFORE 12:50 but call MSD beforehand 540-6000. Also, let me know if you really believe you will get notices about meetings until the end when decisions/agreements were made in the work group meetings. www.floydsfork.net or FloydsForkCreek@aol.com

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Floyds Fork Enviro. Assn.
  c/o Sheron Lear      PO Box 91041   Louisville, KY. 40291

              (502) 499-5974 floydsfork@cinergymetro.net