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Urban Waters

Empowering Clean Water Solutions in Your Community

Land use determines how much pollution flows into our creeks, streams, and native habitats. This means that decisions like whether to include green infrastructure projects such as trees and green streets in our communities, impact the quality of our neighborhood streams.

Rain gardens, pocket prairies, and tree plantings help to filter and clean stormwater before it flows into waterways. Not only does this protect stream habitat for plants and animals but this green, open space enhances our enjoyment of parks and greenways and keeps the source of our drinking water, the Cumberland River, clean.

Conservation Landscaping

The Compact offers free conservation landscaping consultations for individuals, businesses, and communities. We can help you assess your needs and suggest solutions such as pocket prairies, rain gardens, and more.

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Root Nashville

Root Nashville is a public-private campaign led by Metro Nashville and the Cumberland River Compact to plant 500,000 trees across Davidson County by 2050. Homeowners, apartment complexes, community centers, churches, and individuals can receive free trees from Root Nashville.

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Depaving project


The Compact’s Depave program converts impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, into thriving green spaces that provide habitat, reduce flooding, and improve water quality. Do you know of a site that you’d like to see depaved? The Compact offers free consultations for potential sites.

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Rain barrel next to a home

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels capture rainwater from your roof and provide a reliable water source for plants during summer droughts. The Compact offers rain barrels for purchase periodically throughout the year. Fill out the interest form to be notified of the next sale.

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No Mow Month

Every April, the Cumberland River Compact encourages residents of Davidson County to participate in No Mow Month to let their grass grow tall. Participants receive a No Mow Month sign and enjoy benefits such as creating beneficial habitats for native pollinators, supporting healthy soil, and enhancing water quality.

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