Did You Know?
Did you know that over 3,000 miles of streams and waterways are affected by pollution in the Cumberland River Basin? That’s roughly the distance from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon!
No matter where you live in the basin, each and every one of us impacts the health of our waterways. Did we mention you can check the health of your creek on CRC’s iCreek? The good news is that we also have the power to protect and restore the water we depend on.
About the Programs
The Cumberland River Compact offers two programs to get involved in caring for your local waters; the Metro Adopt-A-Stream program (for residents of Davidson County) and the Basin Adopt-A-Stream program (for residents outside of Davidson County). Through these programs, the Cumberland River Compact will connect groups to their local streams and help them to restore and protect those streams. With adoptees across the basin, clean water can become more than just a goal, but a reality.
The Metro Adopt-A-Stream program started in 2007 with the goal of bringing awareness to the importance of our creeks and streams, improving water quality, reducing flood risk, and enhancing safety of the community. The program provides an opportunity for local businesses, civic groups, watershed associations, churches, schools, scouts, etc., to work together or separately to do their part in protecting and enhancing the watershed in which they live or work.
The Cumberland River Compact now facilitates the Metro Adopt-A-Stream program which has over 30 miles of Nashville streams adopted and being cleaned each year!
The success of the Metro Adopt-A-Stream program inspired the Cumberland River Compact to expand the program to the entire Cumberland River Basin, now known as the Cumberland River Compact’s Basin Adopt-A-Stream program. The program works with groups outside of Davidson County to adopt, clean, and improve the quality of their local stream.
Contact us today to learn more and adopt a stream near you!
Agree to adopt and care for a local stream segment, no less than 0.5 miles, for the period of 2 years
Complete one stream stewardship activity per year. The Compact will work with you to determine the best stewardship activity for your group and for your stream. Potential activities include stream cleanups, tree plantings, rain garden installations, depaving events, and more.
Please fill out and return a Stewardship Activity Form at least two weeks in advance of any planned stewardship activity.
Once You’ve Adopted…
- We will create an official web page for your adoption. The page will include information about your stream and watershed, the health status of your stream, and suggested activities to care for your stream.
- Plan your stewardship activity with the Cumberland River Compact.
- Complete a Stewardship Activity Notification Form at least two weeks in advance of any stewardship activity.
- If you live in Davidson County, we will mark your adoption with a custom sign.
Who We Work With
The Cumberland River Compact proudly works with Metro Water Services to facilitate all stream adoptions in Nashville, TN.
"After major flooding in our neighborhood in both 2010 & 2013, a few neighbors got together to see what we could do at a community level to keep flooding to a minimum. Unaware of the “Adopt-A-Stream” program at the time, we relied on our Councilman, Anthony Davis,...read more