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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Richland Creek restoration project transforming a creek and community



Volunteers from many communities in the watershed joined us to transform a stream side on Richland Creek Saturday — Sylvan Park, Whitland, Nations, Cherokee Park, West Meade, Charlotte Park,  and Whitebridge neighbors planted 47 shrubs and plants. Representatives from Nashville State Comunity College, University School of Nashville and Cub Scout Troop 78 were there, and a couple of Messer Construction employees returned to help with Phase II. Special thanks to Gnome your Home gardener Janelle, who assisted with oreintating RCWA volunteers and planting. Learn more about Gnome at Home on facebook.
The two-phased restoration project engaged 70 community volunteers and introduced 16 native species back to the stream bank.  The sixty plants and trees now there will surely attract more wildlife for visitors to enjoy. Seven shrub species (ninebark, arrowwood, virginia sweetspire, winterberry, inkberry, buttonbush and spicebush) were chosen for their relationship in nature and their adaptation in a riparian landscape, to help rebuild the biological diversity in our urban watershed.
Common benefits from riparian restoration are...
  • Prevents stream bank erosion and excessive sedimentation
  • Improves water quality — intercepts and filtrates pollutants from surface run-off and subsurface flow
  • Enhances wildlife habitat
  • Improves community aesthetics, air quality and heat island effect, and
  • Overtime, contributes a canopy to control stream temperature
Relationships were built for long term sustainability....
This project is funded through Tennessee Environmental Council and Harpeth River Watershed Association with funds from The Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund and the Metro Flood Response Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Loyal Brand Company and Blinker Lite provided provisions, and Mary Agee shared her photographic talents.
Thanks everyone!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

RCWA Celebrates Earth - April 14th

Join us April 14th for Phase II  of our restoration project (get flyer) on Richland Creek. Let us know you are coming and bring a shovel, trowel or your favorite garden tool to add life and beauty to the stream side. Free coffee, t-shirts, refreshments and fun!  Some of what we are planting shown.
This project is funded through Tennessee Environmental Council and Harpeth River Watershed Association with funds from The Dan & Margaret Maddox Chairtable Fund and the Metro Flood Response Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  
Loyal Brand Company donating coffee and Blinker Lite providing portalet. 
Celebrate Earth restoring an urban stream.... Support the work of RCWA

Saturday, March 17, 2012

RCWA Partners for a Clean Up March 15th

Last Thursday Richland Creek Watershed Alliance returned to the area south of West Park to remove more debris this year.  With the help from Hands On Nashville corporate volunteers' (Cummins Filtration), and provisions provided by Metro Public Works, 14 individuals retrieved a dumpster full of debris from Richland Creek's floodzone.  The clean up area was muddy and large (4 ac) but Mike Cain of Harpeth River Watershed Association brought an ATV and trailer to help volunteers bring out mattresses, tires, couches, chairs and many other odd and large items from the difficult work area back to the dumpster.  A thunderstorm broke out preventing us from continuing, but much was still recovered to prevent debris from impeding the free flow of stormwater.  Blinker Lite provided a portalet for the project, and we returned some inventory we found back to them.  A special thanks to local neighbor, Scott Gilliahan for assisting with project logistics.   Thanks everyone!

This project is funded through Tennessee Environmental Council and Harpeth River Watershed Association with funds from The Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund and the Metro Flood Response Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thanks to 27 Volunteers, 13 trees planted for Richland Creek


This project is fundered through Tennessee Environmental Council and Harpeth River Watershed Association with funds from the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund and the Metro Flood Repsonse Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

 Blinker Lite provided a portalet and Loyal Brand Company donated coffee for volunteers.

Thanks to our volunteers, sponsors and funders. 
Richland Creek Watershed Alliance

Friday, February 24, 2012

Volunteer for the RCWA Stream Restoration Project March 3rd

Richland Creek Watershed Alliance is happy to be calling for volunteers to begin a stream restoration project for Richland Creek, Saturday March 3rd.  Phase I of the project involves planting native trees to develop a canopy over the stream.  RCWA wants to transform the area into a creek-friendly environment. Be part of the transformation... and let us know you plan to attend (rcwa@comcast.net).
Stream Restoration helps...
~Prevent erosion
~Maintain a healthy aquatic temperature
~Improve water quality 
~Enhance habitats; and 
~Improve aesthetics, air quality and the heat island effect
This project is funded through Tennessee Environmental Council and Harpeth River Watershed Association with funds from The Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund and the Metro Flood Response Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Project location is 0 Conway street
Directions:  turn onto Morrow Road off of Charlotte Avenue, and then take a left at the stop sign, onto Georgia Avenue.  Project will be to your right, as you cross the bridge over the stream, and parking is along the side streets. 
Email us... rcwa@comcast.net so we have an idea of how many volunteers to expect.  Refreshments and free t-shirts available!
Bring a shovel if you can, good work shoes and dress for the weather.  Registration begins at 8:30 am and we plan to be done by noon.
Pencil-in on your calendar Phase II restoration project date too —April 14th,  when we install native shrubs and plants suited to stream environments and compliment the canopy we installed March 3rd.
Trees in autumn...
JOIN US... TO TRANSFORM THE STREAM SIDE!