Covenant seeks to move stream in construction

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By The Staff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments regarding the impact of earthwork at the future site of Covenant Health’s new hospital in Midtown.

Covenant Health is applying for permits from the Department of the Army under the Clean Water Act and from TVA.

A public notice said Covenant Health proposes to “relocate approximately 890 linear feet of a perennial stream channel into 722 linear feet of 42-diameter, joint sealed, pipe.”

The location is listed as an unnamed tributary to King Creek, which runs into the Clinch River.

Compensation for the permanent stream impacts would be through payment of $178,000 to the In-Lieu Fee Stream Mitigation Program.

The proposed medical center will be at 2302-2310 Roane State Hwy.

Factors to be considered when issuing a permit include conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural values, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shore erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality and energy needs.

Any comment received will be considered in determining whether to issue a permit and will be used to prepare an environmental assessment and/or an environmental impact statement.

Comments are also used to determine a need for a public hearing and public interest.

The environmental assessment would be prepared before a final decision on issuing the permit.

Based on file research at the Tennessee Division of Archeology, the proposed action “has no potential to affect historic properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.”

“Based on available information, the proposed work will not destroy or endanger any federally listed threatened or endangered species or their critical habitats,” the notice states.

Anyone can request in writing within the comment period for a public hearing.

Written statements received on or before July 21 will become part of the record and considered in the permit issuance.

Comments should be addressed to Nashville District Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch, 3701 Bell Road, Nashville, TN 37214, Attention Lisa Morris.