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Author: Nicholle Gerde

Top 3 Impairments to Water Quality in the Basin

Water is ever-changing. And as it changes, so too does it shape and change its environment, our environment. When it comes to understanding the water quality of the Cumberland River basin, there are many factors to consider; from known activities impacting water quality, all the way down to the presence of tiny “bugs” that indicate […]

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Trees Give Hope in 2020

It’s been a hard year: tornado, derecho, pandemic. Yet in the midst of the many and varied losses, trees became a symbol of hope more than ever — a sign of brighter days ahead. Business as Usual 2020 for the Cumberland River Compact began as usual, with trees. During the colder months, the Compact staff […]

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5 Steps to a Sustainable Holiday

According to the Stanford Recycling Center, Americans throw away 25% more trash during the holiday season than any other time of year. This waste contributes to about 1 million extra tons per week! Below are some measures we can take to reduce these numbers and have ourselves a more sustainable holiday season! Wrapping paper While most […]

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STAFF PICKS: ENVIRONMENTAL BOOKS

While there are plenty of ways to get out and connect with nature in person, reading can allow you to connect with the natural world in ways like never before. Below are some of our staff’s favorite picks about the environment that cover stories both fiction and non-fiction. Happy Reading!   Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin […]

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Your Fall At-Home River-Friendly Checklist

  Fall is one of our favorite times of the year. Not only is it the start of tree planting season with Root Nashville, but it’s a great opportunity to set some goals for your spring landscape and set them up for success!  As the first frost draws nearer, your lawn is beginning to slow […]

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How to Build a Rain Garden

Rain Gardens are like a sponge –they soak up water, clean pollutants, and slowly release it back into the ground. What is a Rain Garden and What Does it Do? After rainfall hits the ground, it becomes “runoff” and begins its journey back to a waterway, picking up any harmful chemicals or pollutants on its […]

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