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Lakewood office reflects communications priority

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:32 AM

Lakewood office reflects communications priorityCommunity outreach is an important component of Clean Water Nashville. Before work starts on every project, CWN identifies neighborhood stakeholders so that all parties are aware of the purpose, impact and work schedule.
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Compact drives water quality education

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:29 AM

Compact drives water quality education Throughout this summer, the Cumberland River Compact is hosting a high-profile series titled Innovations and Solutions. The series focuses on the most pressing environmental, legal and political issues facing our local waterways. Clean Water Nashville Director Ron Taylor was honored to participate in the April launch of the series.
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Cumberland River Compact driving water quality awareness and education

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:30 AM

Cumberland River Compact driving water quality awareness and educationEnvironmental awareness and education is vitally important to the health of the Cumberland River and area creeks and streams. Nashville is fortunate to have community partners such as the Cumberland River Compact dedicated to improving the watershed.

The Cumberland River Compact, a group of citizens and community leaders, created the Cumberland River Center to lead protection of the river against pollution, drought, storm water runoff and other challenges.
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2011 Collection System Structural Defect Repair project completed

Date added: 11-Aug-2015 09:26 AM

2011 Collection System Structural Defect Repair project completedThe 2011 Collection System Structural Defect Repair project involved repair of wastewater infrastructure across an expansive area of the Whites Creek and Richland Creek drainage basins in northwest and west Nashville. The project is the largest so far from a geographic standpoint, spreading across 10 Metro Council districts.

Work included repair to cracked and broken system pipes that had begun to leak and diminish system capacity. The program’s contractors used closed circuit television cameras, extended by cables into the pipe system, to identify deterioration and catalog more than 25 major repairs.
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Compact encourages new engineering for old designs

LONG-TERM QUALITY AND CONSERVATION of Nashville’s waterways demands enhanced stormwater practices and deeper public understanding and awareness. Fortunately in Nashville, numerous organizations are contributing to the conversation and creating momentum.

The Cumberland River Compact recently hosted a high-profile speaker series entitled Innovations and Solutions that focused on the most pressing environmental, legal, and political issues facing our local waterways. The series highlighted policies, regulations, and projects that will improve water quality and stream health.

Rebecca Dohn, Metro Water Services, previewed the upcoming 2016 policy changes that will require all new development projects to capture the first inch of rainfall on their sites. Benefits and incentives for this path are listed on the MWS website.

“This design methodology attempts to mimic a site’s natural hydrology, which helps mitigate the impact of development on our waterways,” said Dohn.

Civil & Environmental Consultants’ Steve Casey, discussed a recent stormwater upgrade project to improve the water quality of Cathy Jo Branch, a small headwater stream flowing through the Nashville Zoo. The project, conducted in collaboration with the Zoo and the Cumberland River Compact, has improved water quality for the stream, removed six acres of invasive plants, and created a new exhibit space of native grass prairie for elk and bison.

Through collaboration, education and action, the Compact’s goal is to ensure clean and abundant water sources that support life, recreation and economic well-being for generations to come. To learn more about the Cumberland River Compact, visit http://cumberlandrivercompact.org/.