Division of Water Resources

William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11th Floor

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:  The application described below has been submitted for an Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit under The Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977, T.C.A. §69-3-108. In addition, federal permits may be required from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority under §404 of the Clean Water Act and §26a of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, respectively. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act requires that an applicant obtain a water quality certification from the state when a federal permit is required. This notice may cover applications subject to §401.

Pursuant to Rule 0400-40-07-.04 (4) 4., the Commissioner determined that an emergency situation existed, and permit for remedial action has been issued, dated July 17, 2019, prior to this public notice and participation. 

Persons wishing to comment on the permit are invited to submit written comments to the Division. Written comments must be received within thirty days of the date that this notice is posted. Comments will become part of the record. If it is hard for you to read, speak, or understand English, TDEC may be able to provide translation or interpretation services free of charge. Please contact Saul Castillo at 615-532-0462 for more information.  The applicant’s name and permit number should be referenced. Send all written comments to the Division’s address listed above and to the attention of the permit coordinator (indicated below). You may also comment via email to A permit appeal may be filed by any person who participated in the public comment period whose appeal is based on comments given to the Division in writing during the public comment period or in testimony at a formal public hearing. 

The permit application, supporting documentation including detailed plans and maps, and related comments are available at the Division’s address (listed above) for review and/or copying or by visiting the TDEC website at and searching on the Application Number listed below.

Interested persons may also request in writing that the Division hold a public hearing on this application. The request must be filed within the comment period, indicate the interest of the person requesting it, the reason(s) that the hearing is warranted, and the water quality issues being raised. When there is sufficient public interest in water quality issues, the Division shall hold a public hearing in accordance with 0400-40-07-.04(4) (f).

In deciding whether to issue or deny a permit, the Division considers all comments of record and the requirements of applicable federal and state laws. In making this decision, a determination was made regarding the lost value of the resource compared to the value of any proposed mitigation. The Division considered practicable alternatives to the alteration, loss of waters or habitat, diminishment in biological diversity, cumulative or secondary impacts to the water resource, and adverse impacts to unique, high quality, or impaired waters.




APPLICANT   Brentwood United Methodist Church

Attn. Leslie Hotzfeld 

309 Franklin Road

Brentwood, TN 37027

(615) 374-7235 


Unnamed tributary to Little Harpeth River in Brentwood, Williamson County 

Latitude 36.028366, Longitude -86.795212


Brentwood United Methodist Church proposes to install a three-sided box culvert crossing in an unnamed tributary to the Little Harpeth River to a construct a new parking lot. The City of Brentwood requires additional parking to accommodate church expansion. 


Latitude N 36.028366, Longitude W -86.795212


The Little Harpeth River and its tributaries are located within the Harpeth River Watershed. The Harpeth River Watershed is located in Middle Tennessee and includes parts of Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Rutherford and Williamson Counties. The Harpeth River Watershed is approximately 863 square miles and drains to the Cumberland River. To view the location of these impacts and the watershed condition visit and search on the permit number listed in the title of this Public Notice.


In accordance with the Tennessee Antidegradation Statement (Rule 0400-40-03-.06), the Division has made a preliminary determination that the permitted activities resulted in no more than de minimis degradation to water quality or no appreciable permanent loss of resource value.


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