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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.

Meet Our Team

Caroline Hutchins

Working Lands Manager

Contact Caroline with inquiries related to:

  • River Friendly Farms
  • Mineland reclamation

Ellen Messerly

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Contact Ellen with inquiries related to:

  • Teacher trainings
  • Curriculum development
  • Community outreach

Mary Frances Moquin

Operations & Events Manager

Contact Mary Frances with inquiries related to:

  • Billing and Payment
  • Account Management
  • General Inquiries
  • Events

Chris Hornsby

Field Operations Supervisor

Contact Chris with inquiries related to:

  • Tree planting on public property
  • Tree watering services

Ky Mundy

Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Ky with inquiries related to:

  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Adopt-A-Stream

Rehgan Pierce

Forestry Program Manager

Contact Rehgan with inquiries related to:

  • Mineland Reclamation
  • KY Flood relief

Erin O’Farrell

Communications Coordinator

Contact Erin with inquiries related to:

  • Social Media
  • Event partnership requests
  • Content collaboration

Nasyr Bey

Education & Outreach Associate

Contact Nasyr with inquiries related to:

  • School programs
  • Youth education

Mekayle Houghton

Executive Director

Contact Mekayle with inquiries related to:

  • Environmental concerns of the region

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

Senior Program Manager

Contact Catherine with inquiries related to:

  • Waterfest
  • River Talks
  • K-12 Education Programs

Gray Perry

Grant Manager

Contact Gray with inquiries related to:

  • Watershed planning
  • Stream restoration

Meg Morgan

Root Nashville Campaign Manager

Contact Meg with inquiries related to:

  • Root Nashville

Joe Chapman

Green Infrastructure Program Manager

Contact Joe with inquiries related to:

  • DePave
  • Rain Gardens
  • Corporate Volunteer Projects

Want to work with us?

Visit our careers page


  • Michelle Scopel
    Board Chair
  • Mark McDonald
    Vice Chair
  • Keith Aulson
  • Jamieson Gray
  • Kim H. Bailey
  • Chris Cannon
  • Kim Carpenter Drake
  • W. Scott Gain
  • Treanor Granbery
  • Anne Walker Harrison
  • Anne Hoos
  • Vena Jones
  • Brooks Matthews
  • Kaaren May
  • Tom Motzny
  • Craig Philip
  • Steve Rammer
  • Art Rebrovick
  • Scott Ringenberg
  • Greg Shiflett
  • Alex Wade
  • Paul Stumb
  • Danny Kingins
  • John Stone
  • Tiffany Wilmont
  • Read Talley (Board Intern)


  • Phil Armor
  • Shirley Caldwell-Patterson
  • George Cate
  • Bill Coble
  • David Duhl
  • Pete Kopcsak
  • Skip Lawrence
  • Courtney Masters
  • Art Newby
  • Paul Sloan

Advisory Board

  • Bill Forrester
  • Paul Davis
  • Cynthia Lee
  • Berdelle Campbell
  • Chad Dorsey
  • Margaret Littman



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


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


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


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.


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


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


The Cumberland River Compact moves into the Bridge Building.


The Cumberland River Compact launches Water for Schools initiative to Nashville Schools that harvests rainwater in 300-gallon cisterns for use in school gardens.


The Rain Garden Manual wins Tennessee Association of Landscape Architect’s highest honor.


The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to promote the reduction of pesticides in conventional farming.


The Compact partners with the Model Forest Policy Program’s southeast pilot case study for climate adaptation planning.


Cumberland River Compact is honored by Metro Park’s Nature Centers for their role in bringing a green roof, solar panels, and geothermal heating and cooling system to the parks nature centers.


The Cumberland River Compact partners with World Wildlife Fund and Coca-Cola Bottling to promote rain barrel use, and offer education about water reuse and conservation. World Wildlife Fund replicates the project internationally.


The Cumberland River Compact hosts the First Annual Dragon Boat Race and River Festival with 35 teams and over 800 paddlers. The Cumberland River Compact receives the TN Governor’s Conservation Stewardship Award for Building Green


The Cumberland River Compact begins its policy work, helping local officials establish buffer ordinances in rapidly developing counties like Robertson and Wilson.


With the Catfish Out of Water City Art Festival, the Cumberland River Compact auctions public sculptures for placement throughout Nashville.


The Cumberland River Compact begins its work inside Nashville with the Mid Cumberland Watershed Association.


The Cumberland River Compact starts the Red River watershed initiative.


The Cumberland River Compact’s Marina Committee develops the Clean Marina program with the Army Corps of Engineers.


The Cumberland River Compact starts the Harpeth River Watershed Initiative funded by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation and the Greater Nashville Regional Council.


The Water Quality Advisory Committee is established. The open committee is composed of scientists, policy makers, and government agencies to discuss and coordinate issues related to water quality in the Cumberland River Basin. The committee would go on to write the Sediment Study that identified sediment as the primary pollutant in the Cumberland River.


The Cumberland River Compact’s Charter is written.