William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
For programs on this page call:
As leaders, our mission is to develop a sustainable culture throughout State Government. We will model this culture in TDEC and assist state agencies in implementing best practices that improve efficiency, reduce environmental impacts, and contribute to fiscally-sound government. Action-based approaches will focus on travel, building and purchasing.
Stormwater management is a hot topic in today’s world. Clean, potable water is becoming more of an issue as the population of the Earth increases. One thing that can be done to protect our drinking water is to handle stormwater properly. Stormwater pollution has become an issue due to primarily the increase in impervious surfaces. Knox County is addressing the problem with an innovative approach. They have created a stormwater remediation park. This park is a learning laboratory for those who want to learn about stormwater management. Through educational measures, they hope to educate future generations on environmentally sound practices for managing stormwater.
This park was built on 15 acres of unbuildable land that was donated to the Legacy Parks Foundation. Once completed, Legacy Parks will donate the park to Knox County. Partial funding for the project came from a grant ($95,400) from the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative. This project has been featured in the local media to bring awareness to the public. The site has a pond, access to Beaver Creek, low-lying wetland areas, and approximately 4,000 feet of trails and boardwalks. The trails and boardwalks surface are constructed using a pervious material and there is interpretative signage about the project. The park will also provide valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife. Some of these habitats are man-made while some are natural. As water enters the site, it is slowed by check dams which give the planted rain gardens an opportunity to filter out sediment, nutrients, metals, and other undesirables.
Wetlands were also constructed to allow the water to be held for a longer period of time. This allows for further filtration of the stormwater, provides the aforementioned wildlife habitat, and helps to recharge aquifers in time of drought conditions. This park is the first of its kind in the area and acts as a living laboratory for all to enjoy.