Together, Metro Water Services and the Cumberland River Compact partner to provide the only Adopt-A-Stream program in Davidson County. This program is a perfect fit for businesses, schools, neighborhood groups, and more to give back to the community, and our environment.

About the Program

Did you know that Tennessee spends around 11 million dollars in litter pickup each year!? While we see much of that litter in our streets and alongside our roads, a surprising amount ends up in our local waterways and even in our backyards. We know that this makes our streams look bad but it is also hazardous to the wildlife that resides in and depends on these streams.

The Adopt-A-Stream program aims to combat this issue by educating and engaging the community to keep local streams trash-free. The adopting group chooses a local stream segment, no less than .5miles, and agrees to clean that segment at least once per year (preferably twice!) for a period of two years.

What’s the best part? We make it easy for you! We provide your group with everything you need to do a cleanup. That includes trash pickers, garbage bags, gloves and vests (if needed), and trash pickup. We also post a sign with your name on it marking your adoption!

Let’s make this official!

  1. If you’re interested in adopting a stream, contact Nicholle Gerde to get your adoption started. Don’t have a stream in mind? Don’t worry!
  2. Take a look at the map below to see available adoptions or we can work with you to find the best stream for you.
  3. We will mark your adoption with a custom sign for your group.
  4. Make sure to schedule your cleanups with the Cumberland River Compact so we can get you the supplies you need.
  5. Take pictures of your cleanup and tag us!

Twitter – @The_Compact, Instagram – @crcompact



Explore who’s adopted in your community, use the map to find segments available for adoption. Yellow is adopted and Blue is available. (hint: the easiest way to define segments is by cross-streets or landmarks).

Use the contact information above to start your adoption!

Want to Go Beyond Trash Pickup?

Contact the Cumberland River Compact for more information on improving the health of your stream.


Stream Spotlight

Friends of Cooper Creek

Friends of Cooper Creek

"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,...

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