Cleanwater Nashville

Metro Water Services

Green Infrastructure

Nashville's existing green infrastructure

Metro Water Services offers various incentives encouraging sites to be developed using green infrastructure practices. To learn more about these incentives and for design manuals, training videos, and other resources, please visit Metro Water Services' Low Impact Development page. Below are just some of the examples of existing, documented green infrastructure projects in Nashville. Click on linked items to see a photo of that infrastructure.

 Green roofs ▼
 Water Harvesting ▼
 Bioretention/bioinfiltration areas ▼
 Water quality swales ▼
 Permeable pavement ▼

Metro Water Services developed a Green Infrastructure Master Plan for stormwater

Metro Water Services took the initiative to develop the Green Infrastructure Master Plan for stormwater to reduce, through the use of green infrastructure, urban flooding due to rainfall. The approach taken was low impact, implementing measures designed to capture water before it even enters the combined sewer system, thus relieving pressure on the system. The Green Infrastructure Master Plan also acts as part of Nashville’s ability to meet the challenge of balancing growth and environmental protection, through incorporating Green Infrastructure into both new and redevelopment efforts. Investing in Green Infrastructure offers the opportunity to enhance the existing infrastructure and protect the environment, while simultaneously creating new green jobs, creating demand for green technologies, and revitalizing local neighborhoods.

How is Clean Water Nashville planning for additional Green Infrastructure?

A Green Infrastructure Integration Plan is currently being developed. The goal of the Green Infrastructure Integration Plan is to provide a defensible and realistic plan for the integration of Green Infrastructure as a meaningful component of Nashville's Consent Decree - Long Term Control Plan, building on the previous research and successes of Metro Water Services' Green Infrastructure Master Plan and the Volume 5 - Low Impact Development Manual. The recommended process consists of three steps:

  1. Peer Review
  2. Identification of Potential Projects (read about common green infrastructure practices and their benefits)
  3. Research and Monitoring