What blithering idiot decided it was a wonderful idea to place a rock quarry within 200 feet of a working dam? Industrial Land Developers, the company responsible for this atrocity, has already incurred the wrath of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation by beginning work on the site despite the absence of state mandated permits.
This proposed quarry is a serious matter for residents of East Nashville, Madison, Old Hickory, and Hendersonville. If this blasting for limestone produces cracks in the TVA dam built some 50 years ago, all these people – and a number of businesses – can expect disruption of essential domestic water services and considerable flooding. – Of course, Industrial Land Developers, a Limited Liability Company, would not be legally responsible. Damage like that is the responsibility of FEMA and such insurance as individual residents can bring to bear.
The Examiner frowns on first person reporting, but this danger to Old Hickory Dam is personal. I, myself, at 70 years of age, remember the lifestyle changes when this dam was built. My grandfather, Joseph Baugh Peay, was then superintendent of the Madison Suburban Utility District, from which I still draw my domestic water supply. The first consideration for my immediate family was that the pebble beach used by the Montague ‘summer camps’ and everybody who could manage to get to the Cumberland River for a soothing swim, would now be under water. More importantly, my grandfather would no longer have to struggle dragging the intake pipe farther and farther out into the river when the summer droughts hit. My father always remembered helping with this chore and sharing the worry that our community would no longer have safe drinking water.
The extensive, beautiful lake formed by the dam at Old Hickory changed lives. Everyone in East Nashville or Madison who could afford to do so moved to Hendersonville, to get some land near the lake. Many bought boats and became involved with the Anchor High Marina. Business boomed in Sumner County, and a whole generation grew up enjoying the lake and its wildlife.
Meanwhile, I grew up and entered the insurance business, where I learned the facts you will find here: Blasting is a nasty business that can crack building foundations, roads, sidewalks, and aging dams. It can be a prime cause of domestic flooding and loss of vital community services, not to mention wildlife habitat.
Remember, a rock quarry can never be used for any other purpose than for some related business. It is an eyesore in any area and reduces surrounding land values. Industrial Land Developers obviously cares nothing about our community. They plan to come in, get their money out, and fade away into the sunset.