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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

RCWA Drafts Recommendations for Charlotte Ave. Corridor Design Plan

With some stakeholder encouragement and as part of the envisioning process for the Charlotte Avenue Corridor Design Plan process, RCWA has prepared some recommendations. The main objective for these recommendations is to present environmental and community values into the planning process which incorporate community growth and preserve and enhance Richland Creek.

The western boundary of this corridor is Richland Creek, and ironically, the segment of the creek which prompted the formation of RCWA two years ago. The enhancement of this particular segment of Richland Creek provides a unique opportunity to merge environmental and historic values into the sustainable design planning. Take a look at the Draft Recommendations below and offer your opinion to RCWA efforts (, or leave comments here on the blog! To learn more about our watershed, visit the RCWA website.

Richland Creek Preservation
Create James Park; an urban park featuring bird watching and attributing its historic value. Connect park to the planned greenway (Greenways Master Plan).
1) Restore buffer zone along Richland Creek to current development regulations (50 feet) when parcels adjacent to Richland Creek are re-developed
2) Create terraced stream bank utilizing the degrading rock wall and limestone
3) Plant native species
4) Install park benches, trash/ recycle cans, and LED lighting
5) Showcase historic significance of the area as related to Nashville Founder James Robertson

Objectives: Restore regulatory mandates; protect and enhance a water resource; promote bio-diversity; create urban park which serves to tribute the founder’s words (rich-land).
Benefits: preserve a natural resource and historic treasure; improve community living; increase residential land value; encourage economic growth; protect community vitality.

Redevelopment Requests
Utilize sustainable development and environmental procedures which protect and improve the vitality of the water resource, Richland Creek.
1) Perform Environmental Site Assessments and supplementary Phase I & II procedures as part of the codes approval process for property redevelopment
2) Encourage Low Impact Development technologies: pervious parking pavement and environmental design which address non-point source pollution and stormwater control
3) Require erosion and sediment control for parcels adjacent to Richland Creek when re-development occurs, regardless of parcel size (currently, parcels <1 acre a exempt from erosion control requirements)
4) Encourage Green Building Developers with increased green space design plans for retail and residential projects
5) Install LED lighting, trash/recycle cans and covered benches at public transportation areas.
6) Incorporate and protect historic nature of community

Objectives: Restore regulatory mandates; protect a water resource; reduce non point source pollution; and encourage a community for sustainable living.
Benefits: protect a natural resource; reduce NPS pollution and trash entering stream; save tax payer money by investing in up-front risk assessment resolutions for a sustainable future; preserve the historic value for the community.

Transportation Planning
1) Increase parking on Charlotte and slow traffic speed to 30 mph through retail district.
2) Create an alternative-fuel public transit system to encourage commuter rider-ship and consequently reduce pollution and traffic for the corridor; (such as walk/bike lanes, installation of pedestrian cross-walk buttons and modern public trolley system #3)
3) Showcase the original route to Nashville; featuring two public areas and waterways, Richland Creek and Cumberland River

Objectives: encourage pedestrian, bike and public transportation; provide ample parking for retail outlets; community safety; enhance community living and reduce pollution.
Benefits: economic growth; a safe and pedestrian friendly community; reduction of air and water pollution; and reduction in traffic flow (jams) during peak commuting periods.

To offer your own comments go to Metro Planning

Saturday, January 26, 2008

WSMV-TV airs "Metro Launches Adopt A Stream Program"

Thanks to a stakeholder alerting RCWA, below is the posting from the WSMV/NBC website, featuring the Channel 4 news 5pm broadcast last night. The 1.3 tons of trash mentioned below refers to the weight of the debris RCWA removed during the first Earth Day Celebration Project last year. Check out the RCWA website for more photos, information or to become a RCWA member.

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville is surrounded by rivers, creeks and streams but some of that water is used as a dumping ground rather than as a natural resource. In an effort to bring more awareness and preservation to water resources, Metro Water Services has partnered with Metro beautification to launch an adopt a stream program.
In just one day, 1.3 tons of trash was collected at the Richland [Creek] watershed.
"This river can be canoed and there's fish in it in deeper places, but most people think of it as a trash dump. Obviously it would be nice to get people to think about it in terms of something that's beautiful, something that's part of our backyard," said Tommy Pinkston of the Richland [Creek] Watershed Alliance."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Adopt-A-Stream Signs

Join us tomorrow morning at the bridge over Richland Creek on Charlotte Pike to support RCWA efforts for Metro Water Service's Adopt-A-Stream Program. Metro Public Works will install signs on two bridges which cross Richland Creek: Charlotte Pike and Whitebridge road.
RCWA hopes as folks cross these bridges they are reminded of the life below.
Come to the bridge over Richland Creek on Charlotte Pike, next to the Enterprise Car Rental, at 10 am and be in the Metro photo-op too.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What is slag?

A stakeholder contacted RCWA asking if the "contanerzied silt removal from the tank at McCabe golfcourse along the greenway was laced with lead?" Well I cannot answer that question but I can say the large bags were marked "slag." Slag is a common term used for the by-product of smeltering metals. During my Sunday walk I noticed the work and snapped a few photos which reflect how we should not leave our work area.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Waterfowl of Richland Creek

On the RCWA website you may notice some beautiful photographs by Don Sibel. These and other photos from Richland Creek area can be appreciated at his web gallery. They certainly inspire conservation and restoration of the Richland Creek Watershed. These are but a few of the varities of waterbirds that call the area home. Please submit to RCWA any encouraging or concerning photos you may take.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

New RCWA website and blog

RCWA proudly announces the launch of its website Unfortunately, the shorter address ( was already taken but I urge you to save it in your favorites for easy use. Also, announcing the RCWA blog, which accompanies the website and is always accessible via a link on the RCWA homepage. Please check the website and blog from time to time and post your comments, questions, observations, ideas and more here.