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Athens Utilities Water and Sewer Line Crossings

Limestone County, Alabama

On March 13, 2009, TVA issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on a proposal by the city of Athens, Alabama, to construct water and sewer pipelines with 15 crossings of Piney Creek, French Mill Creek, and unnamed tributaries to the Tennessee River at Mile 310.7, Left Bank, Wheeler Reservoir. The pipelines would also cross six wetland areas. The purpose of the project is to provide expanded water and sewer service to residential and commercial developments in the southeastern portion of Limestone County.  In May 2013, the city of Athens proposed a number of modifications to its proposal including a realignment of the sewer pipeline and the installation of two permanent creek crossings. TVA’s approval of the project, as modified, is the subject of a FONSI signed in February 2014.     

Because the proposed action involves the construction of obstructions and discharge of fill material in streams and wetlands, it requires approval by TVA under Section 26a of the TVA Act and by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. USACE has prepared an environmental assessment of the proposed action and TVA was a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA. In accordance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), USACE formally consulted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the potential effects to two endangered species known from the project area. TVA was a party to the ESA consultation and is also subject to the required terms and conditions of the incidental take statement.


The EA and FONSIs are presented below.


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Finding of No Significant Impact (2014) (PDF, 760 kb)

Amendments to the Biological Opinion (2013) (PDF, 880 kb)


Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 125 kb)

Environmental Assessment (PDF, 870 kb)

Appendix A (PDF, 680 kb)
Public Notice 08-25

Appendix B (PDF, 875 kb)
Nationwide Permit For Directional Drill

Appendix C (PDF, 240 kb)
Public Notice Responses

Appendix D (PDF, 425 kb)
Memorandum For Record With Project Photos

Appendix E (PDF, 4.8 mb)
Initial Formal Consultation With Biological Assessment

Appendix F (PDF, 952 kb)
Biological Opinion

Appendix G (PDF, 98 kb)
404(b)(1) Analysis

Appendix H (PDF, 696 kb)
ADEM Water Quality Certification For Nationwide Permits


For more information or a printed copy of the documents, contact:
Stanford E. Davis, Senior NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-632-2915; Fax: 865-632-3451







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