Dam Removal and Stream Restoration

In Nashville, it may come as a surprise that a complete picture of the location and number of dams does not even exist. Working with area volunteers, we are walking streams and inventorying dams. In so doing, we’re taking the first steps towards the eventual removal of those dams that are outdated and unnecessarily impacting water quality. With your help we can begin to reconnect our waterways!

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Riparian Buffer Plantings

A riparian buffer is a vegetated area (a “buffer strip”) near a stream, which helps shade and partially protect a stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. It plays a key role in increasing water quality in associated streams, rivers, and lakes. Click link to learn more.

Mansker Creek Watershed Restoration Project

One of the Compact’s newest projects is our Mansker Creek Restoration Project.  This project is supported by the EPA through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and is being conducted in collaboration with the City of Goodlettsville.  The project will be part of a multi-year effort to restore the health of Mansker Creek, which is polluted with sediment, pathogens, and high stormwater volumes.

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Sugartree Creek Restoration Project

The Cumberland River Compact and its partners, Metro Water Services and the Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter are working in Sugartree Creek to establish a model for urban stream mediation. The goal of our project is to implement newly designed EPA software that determines optimum locations for water quality projects and apply this to Sugartree Creek.

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Mill Creek Restoration Project

The Mill Creek Watershed Association was formed in 2009 by a collaboration of organizations with a common goal. MCWA was rejuvinated in 2013 by the Cumberland River Compact with the support of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. Our common goal is to provide education and support for improving and protecting the beautifully unique Mill Creek Watershed.

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