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Dam Removal at Richland Creek – Nashville, TN


For many years, the impoundment behind the Richland Creek Dam provided the adjacent McCabe Golf Course with irrigation. The Cumberland River Compact worked with Metro Nashville Parks, Tennessee Department of the Environment and Conservation, Metro Water Services, the Nature Conservancy on this project to find an alternative. We conducted a feasibility study and then designed a new system to withdraw water for irrigation. The project is in a high visibility area along the Richland Creek Greenway and provided an opportunity for public education.

This was the first dam removal in Davidson County. The practice is becoming more common as a means to promote aquatic organism passage, to alleviate the risks inherent to old and compromised structures and to improve water quality. This project demonstrated that low head urban dam removal projects, with their many constraints, can be completed within a short life cycle, using and adapting techniques that are already established, and with a relatively streamlined permitting process. This project won an award from the American Civil Engineer Council, Tennessee for Engineering Excellence.

PROJECT SPONSORS: Southeast Aquatics Resources Partnership, Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation, Nashville Metro Water Services, The Cumberland River Compact.