Richland Creek relocation plans change

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 6:34pm

In advance of a public meeting among federal, state and local officials regarding the future of Richland Creek, the company proposing to move a portion of the creek issued a revised plan.

The new plan includes adding 269 feet of stream to the overall proposed relocation process, according to Dan Rose, vice president and general counsel of the Rogers Group Inc., who are owners and operators of the REOStone facility in west Nashville. The change will have no adverse impact on up-stream flood conditions.

Read Monday's story: Richland Creek relocation brings new flood

A section of Richland Creek near the REOStone quarry was severely damaged during May floods. Company officials said more than 7 billion gallons of water flowed into the massive quarry, the result of a breach of the Richland Creek streambed.

"The Metro Water Services Storm Water Committee and other interested stakeholders asked us to consider slightly modifying our proposed design by adding stream length to the enhancement of the Richland Creek restoration and repair without compromising our No. 1 goal, which is a ‘no-rise’ design in terms of stream elevations upstream during flood events,” Rose said. “We have said all along we wanted the best environmental design possible, so long as it didn't adversely impact in any way our neighbors who live up stream from us.

The meeting to discuss the changes to Richland Creek is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cohn Adult Learning Library, 4805 Park Ave.