Waterway Cleanup & Restoration Program

Volunteers needed to help restore Davidson County Waterways!

For questions about volunteering with this program:

Mike Cain
Waterways Volunteer Leader
(615) 476-6579, mike@hon.org

YOU are needed to help make a difference for our environment by supporting our waterways! Be a part of the countywide effort to restore creeks, streams, and rivers to pre-flood conditions or better.

Volunteer to clean up our waterways: The flood of May 2010 deposited tons of manmade and natural debris in our waterways, eroding stream banks and creating choke points capable of triggering floods. Much of this debris still remains. Join Hands On Nashville and its partners the Cumberland River Compact, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Richland Creek Watershed Alliance, and Whites Creek Watershed Alliance in helping remove debris from creeks and streams. These projects are perfect for corporate, faith-based, or community groups. Individuals are also welcome to join. This effort is made possible by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, and Mayor Dean’s Impact Nashville initiative. 
> SIGN UP for upcoming waterway cleanup projects. 

• Winter/Spring Programming - Volunteer to plant trees along riverbanks: Happening now, Hands On Nashville will lead volunteers in restoring our waterways by planting trees along their banks. The water quality and health of our waterways depend on densely vegetated stream banks (the technical name for this is riparian buffer). By planting trees in the riparian zone, water quality will increase locally and for those downstream. This work is made possible through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry's Riparian Buffer Program, and the USDA Forest Service

About the Nashville Waterway Recovery and Restoration Program

Brought together through Nashville’s Long-Term Recovery Plan that was created to mitigate the devastating impact of the May 2010 flood on the community and its waterways, Hands On Nashville partnered with Harpeth River Watershed Association and Mayor Karl Dean’s Impact Nashville service initiative to generate the first-ever comprehensive plan to assess, clean up, and restore Davidson County waterways to their pre-flood condition or better. That plan is the Nashville Waterway Recovery and Restoration Program.

With leadership gifts from Cummins, The Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and The River Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and in partnership with Impact Nashville, Metro Water Services, and four water conservation organizations – Cumberland River Compact, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Richland Creek Watershed Alliance, and Whites Creek Watershed Alliance – all Davidson County waterways have been assessed, and over 65 volunteer projects have been completed between 2010 and 2012. Through these projects, 1,642 volunteers completed over 128,000 hours of service.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made available to HON through the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, an additional 66 waterway cleanup projects will occur in 2013 and 2014.