VOLUNTEERS REMOVE 18,000 SQFT OF PAVEMENT BORDERING BROWNS CREEK ACROSS FROM NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS
The Depave program takes direct action to address this issue by removing old, unneeded parking lots and other impervious surfaces to improve infiltration and reduce stormwater runoff.
In partnership with Nashville’s Metro Water Services, the Cumberland River Compact depaved a degrading 18,000 square foot parking lot from a parcel directly adjacent to Browns Creek. This creek sits in a heavily urbanized area and is currently impaired for pathogens, phosphorus, nitrogen, habitat alterations, and oil/grease. The parcel, owned by Metro Water Services, sits in a FEMA floodway and cannot be used for future development; now, instead the site is being converted to a large, vegetated space that will absorb stormwater and help reduce the severity of future flooding downstream. The 18,000 square feet of asphalt was removed with the help of over 90 volunteers from the community and from Holy Family Catholic Church. This 4-day effort resulted in the removal of over 147,000 lbs (almost 74 tons!) of asphalt and other impervious surfaces.