Town Stormwater Projects
In November 2017, students from Concord Christian School worked under the guidance of AmeriCorps member, Abbie Casey, to remove weeds and plant cover crop seeds in six raised planter beds at the Outdoor Classroom. To see other projects completed at the Outdoor Classroom or to get involved with your own project, visit the Outdoor Classroom page.
In March 2017, a group of volunteers planted 162 bare root tree seedlings between Wentworth Greenway and Little Turkey Creek. The trees will filter pollutants, slow down stormwater runoff, and provide shade to the stream among other things. The tree planting occurred after the removal of nearly 2,000 pounds of invasive plant species from the edge of the stream.
The Town of Farragut has contracted with the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) to identify, locate, and assess the different stormwater structures that are owned by the Town. The project utilizes student interns to canvas several Farragut neighborhoods, map the different assets and assess their condition. The WRRC will compile GIS maps for the Town and a detailed report. Tthis work is mandated by the state, but it will also lead to the development of a stormwater infrastructure improvement plan.
The Town of Farragut Outdoor Classroom and Water Quality Demonstration Space opened in 2014. Since then, numerous community-driven projects have been completed to enhance the space and the knowledge of the participants involved. Completed projects include an edible garden, the building of raised planter beds and picnic tables, engineering research and more. Visit the Outdoor Classroom webpage to learn about other projects completed and how you and/or your group can get involved.
In the spring of 2017, AmeriCorps member, Courtney Alley, reached out to Farragut schools and organizations to identify possible tree planting locations. She identified three locations with the willingness and space to plant a variety of bare root tree seedlings. Thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Town was able to purchase the seedlings and work with members of the community to plant 147 trees.
In the spring of 2017, the Town of Farragut stormwater program held a tree giveaway thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The grant enabled the program to giveaway over 500 bare root tree seedlings to members of the community free of charge. Some species provided were Bald Cypress, Willow Oak, Blackgum, White Oak, Southern Red Oak, and Shumard Oak. Some shrub species were available as well including Buttonbush, Indigobush, Staghorn Sumac and Elderberry. The Town of Farragut has again been awarded the grant for 2018 and hopes to hold another successful tree giveaway.
McFee ParkNot only is McFee Park an exceptional destination for outdoor recreation in the Town of Farragut, it is also home to several contemporary water quality demonstrations.
- permeable pavers in lieu of asphalt
- bioswales and lowered curb instead of traffic islands
These low impact developent (LID) practices combined with abundant landscaping allow for optimal stormwater infiltration and evapotranspiration, which significantly reduces runoff and the potential to transport pollutants off-site.