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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RCWA End of Year Cheers

We have spent another year together focused on the important and mutual task of protecting and enhancing Richland Creek. Cheers and thank you for being there!  In 2011 we have...

  • Assisted TWRA with collecting winter invertebrate samples on Richland Creek
  • Implemented baseline water quality sampling on 9 locations of Richland Creek
  • Collaborated with Nashville Waterways Recovery Project — assessed 18 stream miles for flood debris removal
  • Held 4 flood recovery clean ups on the Creek — removed 16 tons of debris, engaged 152 volunteers and cleaned up 13.5 acres
  • Fielded numerous environmental concerns and citizens' inquires
  • Conducted 2 water quality training sessions for citizen scientists
  • Completed a targeted dissolved oxygen study with volunteers
  • Advocated for long-term restoration of Richland Creek
  • Filed an Item A Appeal with Board of Zoning to defend Creek from an outdated land use
  • Gave lectures about the work of RCWA, the health of Richland Creek and water resource sustainability
  • Produced a wall poster for the Flow 2011 national conference held in Nashville that focused on RCWA's work with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's flow study on Richland Creek
  • Facilitated a riparian enhancement project at Nashville Big Picture School with Johnson Controls
  • Networked with several environmental groups, community leaders and citizens for stream conservation
  • Filed a Petition with the Chancery Court of Davidson County challenging the Item A Appeal decision
  • Rebuilt the RCWA website
  • Published information to keep stakeholders informed (newsletter, blog and emails)
  • Created a new RCWA brochure, stream monitoring sampling plan and volunteer training manual
  • Held our Annual Gathering — A Watershed is Common Ground
  • Recruited 3 new Board members
  • Grew the RCWA membership
The work of RCWA in 2011 was made possible by the assistance received from:
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
World Wildlife Fund
The Middle Tennessee Community Foundation's Metro Disaster Response Fund
Barge Cauthen
Johnson Controls
Bone McAllester Norton
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Mayor's Office and Metro Government Departments:  Water Services, Public Works, Parks and General Services
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Nashville's Business Community (Messer Construction, Tennessee Contractors Equipment, Blinker-Lite, Dose, Produce Place and Starbucks
Our Members and Volunteers

RCWA is very appreciative of our supportors, members and volunteers and in 2012, more possibilities can become a reality with your help.  Please consider a year-end tax deductible gift to support the work of RCWA... to protect and enhance Richland Creek.  Donate via Paypal or snail mail.  We thank you.

Cheers to all for a great New Year!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

RCWA rebuilt website GOES LIVE

RCWA rebuilt their website — with ICG Link.  We have updated information about our work to improve the health and vitality of Richland Creek and will expand the site as we progress. The "Library," still under construction will provide access to our publications, photographs, videos and maps.  You can still easily donate and join the organization from the "how you can help" page and "check the blog" from the website.  RCWA is grateful to those that help accomplish this long process. Check it out.... and let us know what you think!