A top priority campaign for Tennessee Riverkeeper is to systematically investigate sewage from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the Tennessee River basin. We are aware that there are many significant sewage problems in the watershed.
We have developed a database of all WWTPs and known problems in the watershed, which is a major first step in addressing sewage violations. We have reviewed all wastewater NPDES permit holders’ public documents for self-reported violations (DMRs), inspections by the state or EPA, and enforcement actions. When problem dischargers are found, the Riverkeeper and its legal team develops a plan of addressing the problems. If litigation is required, we develop and implement a litigation strategy.
We have, so far, addressed over 30,720 Clean Water Act violations at the following WWTPs by filing a notice of intent to sue and, where required, following up with a lawsuit. We are now seeing a significant reduction in violations at WWTPs in Alabama and Tennessee which means less sewage is being released into the Tennessee River and its tributaries!
|Program ID||FacilityName||Date||No of Violations|
|AL0021351||Stevenson Wastewater Lagoon||7/2/2015||779|
|TN0061271||Paris Sewage Treatment Plant||3/18/2015||588|
|TN0025470||City of Niota||12/23/2014||625|
|AL0047562||Ider Housing Project WWTP||10/10/2014||1612|
|AL0048402||Crossville Health Care WWTP||8/28/2014||1437|
|TN0020885||Oliver Springs Sewage Treatment Plant||12/2/2013||1088|
|TN0025020||Madisonville Sewage Treatment Plant||10/10/2013||3243|
|TN0054585||Jasper Sewage Treatment Plant||7/9/2013||1987|
|AL0069591||North County WWTP||9/7/2012||318|
|AL0056057||Henagar Industrial Park WWTP||7/23/2012||2876|
|AL0049719||Gunters Landing Lagoon||7/28/2011||1077|
|AL0056626||Arab Gilliam Creek WWTP||11/5/2010||700|
While we have seen a reduction in violations, we are well aware that our mission is not yet accomplished. We are still finding problem facilities and discharge violations and, so, we will continue to monitor sewage dischargers and continue to address the problems we find.Read about our Stop the Sewage Campaign