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Monday, February 28, 2011

63 Volunteers + Enthusiasm = A Cleaner and Safer Richland Creek

In just an hour last Saturday 63 volunteers filled the dumpster but enthusiastically kept working to remove more flood debris at West Park. The debris had to be retrieved from the woodland area along Richland Creek and the photos cannot show how hard volunteers worked to get the debris out, up and across the long distance to staging area.
The dozens of trash receptacles recovered shown below are filled with trash and will be refurbished by Metro Public Works for reuse. A pile of metal will also be recycled and various types of more hazardous materials will be handled accordingly.  Links to more photos showing the volunteer spirit for this challenging endeavor can be seen - by Steve Swartz - Richland Creek Cleanup 2/26/11 and by Mary Agee - Impact Nashville/Richland Creek Cleanup Day 2/26/11.
Debris still remains here but much has been removed.  The area is starting to look like the wildlife setting that it is again!
Kudos to the volunteers, partners and sponsors who helped make this Richland Creek Flood Recovery Project successful!

Nashville Waterways Recovery Project
Partners
 Mayor Dean's Impact Nashville 
 Hands On Nashville
 Metro Water Services
 Cumberland River Compact
 Harpeth River Watershed Association

Sponsors      
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's Metro Disaster Response Fund
Metro Parks
Metro Beautification
Dose Coffee and Tea
Produce Place

Volunteers

Refuse Retreived

More waterway recovery projects are planned for Richland Creek.
RCWA's next project planned will be in the Nations neighborhood March 26th. 
Prior to this clean up date, RCWA will need 2 volunteers with chain saws, another with expertise in operating a bobcat and several more to assist with creating access trails for this clean up project.  
Please contact us if you can help with this preparation asap!

The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance is a recognized 501c3 tax-exempt organization, public charity.
We need and welcome your donation. Please submit online from our website or send your donation to RCWA at P.O. Box 92016 Nashville, TN 37209.  

Green cheers
Monette Rebecca
Executive Director
Richland Creek Watershed Alliance
rcwa@comcast.net
www.richlandcreekwatershedalliance.org

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Volunteers Needed for Richland Creek Flood Recovery at West Park

West Park was assessed by the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance after the May flood and we found a large amount of debris near the stream still remaining.  During a significant rain event this spring, debris could return to the stream and potentially impair stream flow and impact water quality. We need volunteers to help remove the debris out from a wooded area and restore the area along Richland Creek back to a wildlife setting.  

This Richland Creek flood recovery project will not only improve the wildife habitat, water quality and the area's appearance, but brings the community together around stream sustainability issues.  

The debris is dispersed over a 3-5 acre area so volunteers should expect to walk distances to move debris items to staging area for removal.  All volunteer supplies will be provided~ gloves, bags, grabbers, hand sanitizer and refreshments.  Please meet us at our registration table with your empty coffee cup for instructions Saturday morning (February 26th).  
Registration table will be located next to the parking area and athletic fields.   We look forward to seeing you there!  Children will need adult supervision.

Where: West Park, 6105 Morrow Road, Nashville, TN 37209 (Parking available)
When:  Saturday, February 26th, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
What is provided:  Gloves, trash bags, grabbers, hand sanitizer and refreshments
Project Description:  The area is wooded and probably muddy so rubber or other type of boots recommended and probably best to protect your eyes to prevent poking by branches. Please dress for current weather and expect to get dirty.
We Need 75 Volunteers:  We also need some volunteers with wheel barrels to help move the heavier items and others with rakes to get the trash out of the trees or hard to reach places.  If some volunteers wear tall boots or waders creek-trash could also be retrieved but most of the debris is on land.

The work involves removing several kinds of debris (household, woody and construction types) that were deposited here from the May flood, a peak above - woody debris in foreground and background dotted with a variety of debris and trash.

The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance would like to thank Metro Parks and Metro Beautification for providing supplies and trash removal services for this event. We also appreciate our partners in the Nashville Waterways Recovery Project (Impact Nashville, Metro Water, Hands On Nashville, Cumberland River Compact and the Harpeth River Watershed Association). The waterways recovery project was funded by a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's Metro Disaster Response Fund.
With the help of volunteers, together we will make a difference.

To volunteer email rcwa@comcast.net saying "I want to volunteer at the West Park clean up Feb 26th," or just show up.  Thanks from RCWA!
The volunteer opportunity has also been posted on Hands On Nashville's, http://www.hon.org/projects/viewProject.php_mode=calendar&_action=calendar&_clearFlag=course,specialevent and Impact Nashville's http://impactnashville.net/opportunities/270 websites. Thanks HON and Impact Nashville!