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E. coli found in park creek


The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen heard issues pertaining to the creek in Campbell Station Park during its regular meeting May 11.

Robert “Bob” Hill, representing the Farragut Stormwater Advisory Committee, told the Board there are a couple of issues the town will have to examine soon concerning the creek in Campbell Station Park.

Hill said the members of the committee met in the park for their February meeting in order to examine the creek conditions as part of preparation of an aquatic buffer landscape plan. The committee determined there was severe erosion in several areas along the creek and that must be addressed prior to developing the landscape plan.

Hill said representatives of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Tennessee Water Resources Research Center agreed to survey the creek and pass the results on to the town for future decisions.

Shari Cox, the town’s representative to the committee, told the FBMA members the North Fork of Turkey Creek has been listed on the 303d list by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for failing quality. She said the creek has a high silt content as well as high levels of E. Coli bacteria.

“The E. Coli levels are off the scale,” she said.

James Loar, an aquatic ecologist with the committee, told the Board that having these kinds of silt and bacteria issues in a stream aren’t unusual or limited to Farragut. Loar couldn’t say, however, whether these high levels of E. Coli could cause problems for the pets and children that occasionally play in the creek in Campbell Station Park. He said his specialty was aquatic ecology, not human health, and deferred questions to TDEC officials.

Hill went on to outline a future action plan for the stormwater committee that includes continued development of a stream bank stabilization plan and landscaping plan for Campbell Station Park, design and implementation of a water quality survey, expanded educational outreach and use of the media to keep the community informed.

In other business, the Board:

• approved an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance to create a new Planned Commercial Development District at the request of Blanchard and Calhoun, the developers of the Kroger facility.

• approved an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance to amend the parking requirements for skating rinks and establish parking requirements for indoor soccer and inline hockey fields.

 

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