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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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MWS hosts mobile workshop

In November 2015, Nashville was home to the National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities, and Metro Water Services (MWS) proudly hosted a contingent of the visiting municipal officials for a workshop about the Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program (Program).

The National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities is the nation’s largest annual gathering of mayors and elected officials who represent cities across the United States. MWS conducted a mobile workshop, titled “Clean Water, Healthy Environment,” to showcase Nashville’s Program to address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in order to improve water quality in the Cumberland River and Nashville’s network of streams, creeks, and tributaries.

“Because many cities are facing the need for dedicated, large-scale efforts for water quality improvements, the Clean Water Nashville Program is a good model for city leaders to study. A comprehensive water quality and infrastructure improvement program is a complex, major enterprise. We provided our guests with practical information about the Program - how it was developed and how we are making progress toward the goals of clean water for our community and regulatory compliance,” said Clean Water Nashville Program Director Ron Taylor, P.E.

MWS is several years into the implementation of this Program and shared numerous lessons that could be applicable to other communities regardless of their size or whether the utility is facing regulatory enforcement. The lessons focused on the Program’s implementation, communication efforts, and collaboration with other groups.

Former Metro Councilman Peter Westerholm provided the introduction for the mobile workshop, and Ron Taylor, MWS’s Program Director; Kimberly Martin, Deputy Program Manager from CDM Smith; and Mark Warriner, Construction Manager from Gresham Smith & Partners, provided details about the Clean Water Nashville Program.

Since Nashville’s initiatives to improve water quality are not limited to the work of the Program, Michael Hunt from MWS’s Stormwater Division provided information about stormwater and watershed management work, such as grading permits, illicit discharge investigations, and water quality sampling. Mekayle Houghton, Executive Director of the Cumberland River Compact (CRC), described how the CRC works with MWS to educate and engage community members to make strategic, positive impacts to improve water quality.

The presentations were held at the Cumberland River Compact, and after the presentations, the mobile workshop continued to the sites of two completed projects, the Driftwood Equalization Facility and the Mill Creek Equalization Facility Phase II.