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We Oppose the Nutbush Landfill

The Land Use Control Board will meet at the Memphis City Council Chambers at 10am on Dec.13th 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!

In the past year, there has been a heavy push for construction and demolition (C&D) landfills in Memphis.  This is likely a sign of a healthy economy, with house renovations and new construction occurring.  However, the site selection for these C&D landfills has been quite poor. 

The two most 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 the Land Use Control Board and the City Council despite Wolf River Conservancy’s opposition at all of the meetings.  The Municipal Solid Waste Regional Board is next to hear this application, which will send its recommendations to the state level. 

The newest and most pressing application is for a landfill located in the Nutbush neighborhood.  This huge 85-acre site will destroy sensitive wetlands by filling them in to elevate the site above the 100-year floodplain of the Wolf River.  This “planned development” (PD 18-42) will erase the sensitive ecology on site and negatively impact the quality of life for Nutbush neighbors. 

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.  Furthermore, the C&D landfill may impact the recharge of the Memphis Sand Aquifer.  In this area, like others 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.  Finally, this effort seems completely counter to what Shelby County and City of Memphis are striving to accomplish in improving our community's resiliency to flooding as well as its 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. The Wolf River Conservancy opposes both C&D landfills in the 100-year floodplain and will continue to fight for appropriate land uses of the floodplain and wetlands.  We will be  providing a formal letter to the Shelby County Land Use Board outlining our reasons for such opposition.

Posted by Cathy Justis at 2:31 PM