Council to push for Green Streets program

Group of eight seeks to push new stormwater management approach

A group of eight Metro Council members filed legislation today to initiate a Green Streets program in Nashville.

Green Streets is a progressive stormwater management program utilizing new natural techniques leading to increased absorption and recirculation of stormwater.

The legislation mandates that Metro Water develop a plan for use of green infrastructure in the Midtown, downtown and East Nashville districts.

Green Streets would be implemented as part of Metro Water’s capital plan.

The legislation – filed by Council members Parker Toler, Emily Evans, Jason Holleman, Mike Jameson, Erik Cole, Megan Barry, Edith Taylor Langster and Keith Durbin – comes at a time when Metro is facing a backlog of stormwater repair orders.

A study conducted earlier this year recommended Metro institute a new stormwater fee to rate payers to fund the necessary projects.

"The Green Street initiative will help manage stormwater so it's less likely to pollute streams or overload sewers. We're hopeful that Metro will take this very positive step for long-term protection of the Cumberland and its tributaries," said Paul Davis, Director Division of Water Pollution Control for TDEC.

According to the Council members who filed the bill, Green Streets reduces pollution and eases the strain on Metro’s sewer system. The program uses green infrastructure techniques like infiltration planters, tree boxes and swales to increase absorption and water flow.

A cost for installing the program is not yet known, although Green Streets technology is less expensive than traditional stormwater repair, according to a press release sent out by the Council members who filed the bill.