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 CEC to identify, locate, and assess the different stormwater structures that are owned by the Town. CEC staff will map stormwater infrastructure assets and assess their condition. CEC will compile GIS maps for the Town and a detailed report. This 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.
For many years, the Town of Farragut stormwater program held a tree giveaway thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The grant has enabled the program to give away over 500 bare root tree seedlings to members of the community free of charge. We have provided a wide variety of species including Bald Cypress, Willow Oak, Blackgum, White Oak, Southern Red Oak, and Shumard Oak. Some shrub species have included Buttonbush, Indigobush, Staghorn Sumac and Elderberry. Due to Covid-19 and associated budget restrictions, the Town of Farragut will be unable to hold a tree and shrub giveaway this year.
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.