Millions of gallons of sewer storage could be coming to a park near you
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
When you drive up to the park entrance of the Moccasin Bend National Park, you'll find green grass, white flowers and a beautiful view of the Tennessee River.
"From this place, which will be a trail head, you'll be able to access a network of trails and blue ways to experience Moccasin Bend," said Michael Wurzel, executive director of the friends of Moccasin Bend.
Wurzel is worried the view could soon be hindered by a city sewer storage facility that will go directly across the street.
"We understand this is important environmental concern that needs to be addressed, but we just think it's really important that the city maintain this kind of beautiful aesthetic that the gateway has," he added.
City officials say the storage would alleviate a sanitary sewer overflow on the main line coming into the plant.
Something Waste Resources Director Mike Patrick says is badly needed.
"We need to stop that overflow. That is a primary complaint of our consent decree. So, we don't have any choice. We have got to stop that overflow," Patrick added.
And Wurzel understands that. But, he thinks the city should consider other options before placing a 10 million gallon storage tank across from the national park.
Patrick says there is no other possibility for where the tank can go. "It is in close proximity to some large diameter sewers. That is the best location for this tank," he said.
Patrick says only part of the funding for the storage tank is approved right now. Construction wouldn't begin till 2019.
If approved, the $20 million project would be complete by 2020.