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Saturday, May 15, 2010

RCWA Calls for the SWMC to Rescind the Variance Approval

In your own words share your opinion by May 19th on the Stream Buffer Variance approval for the West Nashville Police precinct and crime lab to the SWMC. See how below.

Metro-Nashville Stormwater Management Committee (SWMC)-

Please rescind the March 4th, 2010 approval of the stream buffer variance for the upcoming Metro West Nashville police precinct and crime lab, at 5500 Charlotte Avenue on Richland Creek (Case #201000002).

Please rescind this variance approval because:

· The parcel flooded severely May 2nd 2010 and if the police precinct and crime lab had been there the police would not have been able to respond effectively, any evidence would have been contaminated, police cars would have been swept off by floodwater and the emergency supplies would have been inaccessible.

· The stream buffer needs to be reclaimed and restored to reduce flooding downstream (fatalities occurred in the Nations Neighborhood just downstream from this location May 2010).

· The Metro Water Services regulation and the FEMA determination of a 75 foot buffer and; Mayor Dean’s Executive Order 33 (Green Ribbon Committee Sustainability Report for stream corridors, pages 42-44) should be upheld.

· The water quality and ecological habitat of Richland Creek needs an effective and sustainable riparian area.

· The flood elevation determined for this 1965 development, which was built on ‘in-fill,’ is artificial.

By May 19th, email, write your letter to or call Paula Kee, Stormwater Management Committee Coordinator
800 2nd Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210
Phone: (615) 880-2334 (, to express your opinion and before the next Stormwater Committee Meeting May 20, 2010 at 8 am.

Tell RCWA what you think?

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