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Underwater Rainforests of Life: Stories of Southeastern Biodiversity (with. Dr. Anna George, Tennessee Aquarium)

| Biodiversity, Innovations & Solutions

 Summary: The rivers and streams of the southeastern United States feature astounding biodiversity, warranting the nickname of “underwater rainforests” of life. From the colorful tangerine darter to the charismatic river chub and the prehistoric sturgeon, you can find a little bit of everything in our waterways. Yet we also know these species are threatened […]


Climate Change will Require Resilience from the Ground Up

| Climate Change, Community, Innovations & Solutions, Issues

By Cumberland River Compact AmeriCorps Alumni, Morgan Florsheim Climate Change is “baked in”. In the past couple of years, “resilience” has become a real buzzword in the environmental and climate world. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit defines resilience as “the capacity of a community, business, or natural environment to prevent, withstand, respond to, and recover […]


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Climate Change Risk and Resilience in Middle Tennessee (with Dr. Janey Camp)

| Climate Change, Innovations & Solutions, Issues

  Summary: Climate change comes with ample risks to Middle Tennessee, but there is also the opportunity to build resilience in the face of these changes. We know climate change in Middle Tennessee brings more extreme heat and severe storms, which will lead to more frequent and devasting flooding. And we already see these impacts […]


Innovative Stream Restoration in Mansker Creek (with Adam Spiller and Zach Mryncza, KCI Technologies)

| Innovations & Solutions, Issues, Mansker Creek

   The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2021–2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The Decade positions the restoration of ecosystems as a major nature-based solution towards meeting a wide range of global development goals and national priorities. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. The Cumberland […]


Discovering and Preserving our Most Imperiled Aquatic Biodiversity with Conservation Fisheries (ft. J.R. Shute and Pat Rakes)

| Biodiversity

 Summary Childhoods spent exploring creeks, streams, and ponds inspired a lifelong dedication to protect aquatic biodiversity for JR Shute and Pat Rakes. Together they founded Conservation Fisheries a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of aquatic biodiversity in streams and rivers, particularly in the Southeast. In today’s episode of River Talks, JR and Pat […]


What Climate Change Means for Nashville, Tennessee and How You Can Help

| Climate Change, Community, Innovations & Solutions, Issues

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we are facing today in Nashville, Tennessee, and throughout the world. It’s an incredibly complex problem and in order to solve it, we will need everyone to get involved. Over the last few years, Nashvillians have experienced some extreme weather and you might be wondering if that […]