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1 Collaborating for Change

The Compact is proud to collaborate with cities like Nashville, Franklin, Clarksville, Gallatin and more to address urban stormwater issues through programs like Adopt-A-Stream, rain gardens, rain barrels, DePave, and tree plantings. Pollution to urban streams and rivers is lessened when we slow the rain and sink it into the ground before it hits a hard, impervious path to the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

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4 Three million people and thousands of species depend on clean water from the Cumberland River

Learn more about The Basin and The Compact

5 Clean and abundant water.

Our mission is to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through action, education, and collaboration.

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6 Youth & School Programs

Creek Critters

Creek Critters is an interactive, environmental education program for youth, where we bring the creek to you! The goal of our Creek Critters program is to get kids interested in science and in our precious water resources at a young age.

Creek Critters teaches students what lives in their creek and empowers them to take action to protect their environment! The program is aligned to 4th Grade science standards, but can be adapted for other grades. We also offer an extended, 3-day program. This program includes a day of watershed exploration with our stormwater model, a typical Creek Critters day, and a final day where students create a collaborative art piece to share what they learned.

In the Creek Critters program, we arrange to visit a local school (churches or community groups are also welcome to host if interested) and teach 3-4 classes about local waters and aquatic organisms. The program is open to all schools on a first come, first served basis.

7 Urban Water Stewardship

8 Join Our Rain Garden Community

9 HOW TO MAKE A RAIN BARREL

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10 Depaving projects are a cost-effective way to reduce urban water pollution from stormwater runoff.

It removes impervious surface and introduces a new pervious surface that actively absorbs stormwater. By utilizing volunteers, we are able to cut traditional concrete/asphalt removal costs in half.

11 Depaving projects are a cost-effective way to reduce urban water pollution from stormwater runoff.

It removes impervious surface and introduces a new pervious surface that actively absorbs stormwater. By utilizing volunteers, we are able to cut traditional concrete/asphalt removal costs in half.

12 DEPAVE AT GREATER NASHVILLE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

From Parking to Playground
August 2017

The Compact held its first asphalt-removing volunteer event on Saturday, August 26 2017 at Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellevue. With the help of some…

13 DEPAVE AT GREATER NASHVILLE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

From Parking to Playground
August 2017

The Compact held its first asphalt-removing volunteer event on Saturday, August 26 2017 at Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellevue. With the help of some…

Mekayle Houghton

Executive Director

Contact Mekayle with inquiries related to:

  • Environmental concerns of the region

Will Caplenor

Field Operations Supervisor

Contact Will with inquiries related to:

  • Stream Restoration Projects
  • Depave

Nicholle Gerde

Marketing & Communications Manager

Contact Nicholle with inquiries related to:

  • Media & Promotions
  • The Compact’s Website
  • River Friendly Farms

Jed Grubbs

Watershed Planning and Restoration Manager

Contact Jed with inquiries related to:

  • Watershed Planning
  • Compensatory Mitigation
  • Recreation in the Basin
  • GIS and Mapping

Catherine Price

Education and Outreach Manager

Contact Catherine with inquiries related to:

  • Waterfest
  • River Talks
  • K-12 Education Programs

Gray Perry

Clean Streams Initiative Manager

Contact Gray with inquiries related to:

  • Adopt-A-Stream
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Rain Barrels

Chandler Kucera

Root Nashville Program Coordinator

Contact Chandler with inquiries related to:

  • Urban Tree activities
  • Root Nashville
  • Tree Plantings

Meg Morgan

Root Nashville Campaign Manager

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  • Root Nashville

Ross Miller

Streams Coordinator

Contact Ross with inquiries related to:

  • Adopt-A-Stream
  • Rain Gardens

Melinda Melton

Operations & Events Manager

Contact Melinda with inquiries related to:

  • River Center Rentals or Use
  • Dragon boat

Liam Ulasevich

AmeriCorps, Urban Forestry Coordinator

Tyrah Cobb-Davis

AmeriCorps, Urban Forestry Coordinator

Joe Chapman

AmeriCorps, Clean Streams Coordinator

Makinsy Fitzgerald

AmeriCorps, Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

Morgan Florsheim

AmeriCorps, Environmental Education Coordinator

15 Our vision is clean and abundant water.

Three million people and thousands of species depend on clean water from the Cumberland River. Our job is to make sure they get it.

The Cumberland River Basin, one of the top three most biodiverse regions in the world, encompasses cities, farms, schools, factories, and neighborhoods. Our efforts in education, restoration, and outreach all contribute to keeping our water healthy.

We work on root problems of water pollution, both urban and rural. Our goal is to give people the tools to be smart, impactful stewards of their watershed and to constructively partner in policy planning with government agencies.

16 The Incredible Journey

Preferred Grade: 3rd

Students will estimate how much water is on Earth and why we cannot use all of it. Then, they will simulate the movement of water through the water cycle with an interactive activity.

17 The Incredible Journey

Preferred Grade: 3rd

Students will estimate how much water is on Earth and why we cannot use all of it. Then, they will simulate the movement of water through the water cycle with an interactive activity.

18 Creek Critters

Creek Critters is an interactive, environmental education program for youth, where we bring the creek to you! The goal of our Creek Critters program is to get kids interested in science and in our precious water resources at a young age.

Creek Critters

Creek Critters is an interactive, environmental education program for youth, where we bring the creek to you! The goal of our Creek Critters program is to get kids interested in science and in our precious water resources at a young age.

19 2019

Root Nashville plants the first 5,000 trees in a thirty year effort to restore Nashville’s tree canopy.

2018

Launch of Compensatory Mitigation program opens opportunity for large scale stream restoration to restore habitat of imperiled species.

2017

The Cumberland River Compact brings Depaving to Tennessee with volunteers peeling up asphalt and replacing oversized parking lots with gardens.

2016

The Cumberland River Compact and the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, with generous support from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, partner to write a strategic plan for dam removal and then inventory and prioritize dam removals throughout Tennessee.

2015

First year of Waterfest in Cumberland Park - a free, fun science fair with water slides and sno-cones attracts thousands each summer.

2014

River Talks, An Educational Series at the Cumberland River Center is born.

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20 Water way map