Join Us in Opposing the Nutbush Landfill


The Land Use Control Board will meet at City Hall at 10am on Thurs., Mar. 14th, to discuss a proposed landfill in the 100-year floodplain of the Wolf River.  Please consider joining us at the meeting; the Wolf River Conservancy is opposed to constructing the landfill at the proposed location, and a show of public support is important!

In the past year, there has been a heavy push for construction and demolition (C&D) landfills within the city limits of Memphis.  The site selection for these C&D landfills has been quite poor.  Two recent applications have been within the 100-year floodplain of the Wolf River.  Blaylock and Brown are the applicant for both proposed landfills.  Their 8-acre C&D landfill at Shelby Oaks Drive and I-40 was approved by Land Use Control Board, City Council, and the Solid Waste Board despite Wolf River Conservancy’s opposition at all of the meetings.   

In light of how the application process works, it is imperative that the proposed landfill in the Nutbush neighborhood be stopped.  This huge 85-acre site will destroy sensitive wetlands and fill-in and above the 100-year floodplain of the Wolf River.  This “planned development” (PD 18-42) will erase the sensitive ecology on site and negatively affect the quality of life for Nutbush neighbors.  Furthermore, this C&D landfill may impact the recharge of the Memphis Sand Aquifer.  In this area, like other areas this close to the Wolf River, the underlying clay layer that separates the surface water and upper groundwater from the Memphis Sand Aquifer may be missing.  This C&D landfill will eliminate native forest and tree canopy that provides habitat along the Wolf River corridor in addition to softening the noise of I-40 for homeowners.  Finally, this effort seems completely counter to what Shelby County and City of Memphis are striving for.  Millions of dollars are being spent to make our community more resilient to flooding and to increase quality of life.  The Nutbush Landfill will likely degrade quality of life and exacerbate flooding issues.

Our core mission is to protect sensitive lands for the public’s benefit.  Wolf River Conservancy opposes C&D landfills in the 100-year floodplain and will continue to fight for appropriate land uses of the floodplain and wetlands.  Please come down to Memphis City Council Chambers at City Hall at 10am on March 14:



Posted by Cathy Justis at 10:21 AM