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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cheers to Neighborly Branch Volunteers

Working to save a forgotten urban stream

On March 2, 2013 sixty volunteers gathered for coffee and to get supplies to help clean up Neighborly Branch, a tributary to Richland Creek.  Sergeant Chick hosted the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance event, West Precinct Community Room and then joined the clean up effort (photo below). Citizens from the watershed and beyond participated on a cold, wet, flurry day and  removed 6.5 tons of debris from 4 different stream areas, finding fun in the experience.  Debris was trucked from 3 locations to a fourth for removal. The beauty of the urban stream was revealed and appreciated.

More work needs done to help this urban stream become healthy again but a neighborly spirit took root and citizens took note of the neglect.  Volunteers came from many neighborhoods throughout the watershed to help, of all ages and backgrounds. Students from Nashville State Community College and boy scouts from Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Great Outdoors University program joined. A mile of stream was cleaned — headwaters, culverts, riparian areas and downstream.

75% of all the debris retrieved was taken for recycling.  Volunteers reported spotting a white milky discharge entering from a smaller branch, cave salamanders running for cover, syringes, tires, all sorts of debris, and what happens when a stream is forgotten.

Tennesee Wildlife Resources Agency
Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund
Metro Public Works
West Police Precinct


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