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Residents Want Richland Creek Water Permit Denied

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by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dozens of neighbors turned out Tuesday night in hopes of swaying the State Department of Environmental Conservation from issuing a water use permit they say is hurting the Richland Creek.

For more than 40 years, Metro Parks and Recreation has used Richland Creek to irrigate the McCabe Golf Course in West Nashville.

Residents who live near the creek, use the golf course, and came out for the public hearing Tuesday, think 40 years is enough.

They say the stream doesn't flow nearly enough anymore, the water is polluted and the fish can't thrive.

The crowd wants the golf course to switch to using all city water. That switch, according to Parks and Rec, would cost $100,000 a year.

Opponents to the irrigation permit said that would equate to an extra dollar per player on the golf course, which is hardly noticeable.

"There's clearly observable negative impact on this creek," said John Summers, a former Metro City Council member. "And there's no hardship or justifications for it. It can be easily solved - probably at less cost than some of the proposals that are being presented."

The director of the Metro Department Parks and Recreation, Tommy Lynch, said he wants the permit, which only lasts five years, to find viable alternatives to using the creek and city water - like storm runoff.

"We think it's something we need to move in an incremental, rational fashion instead of throw it up and stop, and start something new tomorrow," Lynch said.

Written comments can still be submitted until September 24 to TDEC at water.permits@tn.gov 

TDEC said a decision will be made some time after September 24.

Email: twalker@newschannel5.com 

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