Southeastern Fishes Council
Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes

Middle Tennessee Valley Wood-Chip Mill Industry
Whereas the Southeastern Fishes Council is dedicated to the preservation of southeastern fishes,

Whereas the initiation of a chip mill industry sourcing area in the middle Tennessee Valley has the potential for drastically increasing siltation rates in an area drained by the Mobile Basin and the Tennessee and Cumberland river drainages, and containing numerous fish and other aquatic species considered to be Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern to federal and state endangered species agencies,

Whereas there is adequate biological information to determine that siltation is the single most destructive pollutant to stream ecosystems, with many Midwest fish species already extirpated by this pervasive pollutant,

Whereas information is lacking that would allow prediction of the cumulative negative impact of siltation from multiple, nearly synchronous clearcuts in a watershed.

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Southeastern Fishes Council is opposed to any increase in siltation rates, and particularly to widespread and nearly synchronous increased siltation in a geographical area as large as the sourcing area for a chip-mill industry.