When: April 22, 2017

Due to the severe weather forcast for Earth Day—April 22, we have canceled this Clean Up. Thanks everyone for pledging to help and we’ll plan another later in the year. Happy Earth Day!

Call for Volunteers  10 AM— 1:00 PM
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Help keep our stream healthy, critters happy and natural areas beautiful. Join the clean up of Richland Creek along the Richland Creek Greenway April 22.

Registration:  Sign in to volunteer at the Wyoming Avenue trailhead  on the Richland Creek Greenway (map below). Participants will collect trash in bags, and leave them along the greenway for RCWA to pick up and transport to area for Metro Public Works. Volunteers are provided with supplies and instructions at registration. Wear your work clothes, sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather This project contributes to Mayor Barry’s Citywide Spring Clean 2017.  See you there!

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Check back, in case we need to reschedule due to weather conditions.

When: February 11, 2017

Call for Volunteers 10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Help eradicate 3 dominant invasive species from riparian buffer: 1.Non-native bush honeysuckle (Lonicera) 2.Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense Lour) 3.Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei Turcz).

McCabePark_biodiversityCropContact us to volunteer, to help make a long-lasting difference for Richland Creek habitats. Please include “project date” in your message.

Pledged volunteers will receive a confirmation. Eradication projects are limited to ten participants for safety purposes. There are many miles of buffer yet to restore at McCabe Park, and more volunteer opportunities in the future. Thanks.

Get a Google map to find parking area at greenway trailhead (Wyoming Avenue N), and a Park & Walk map to project site.site-1-event-map

Please wear digging clothes, work shoes or boots and dress for the current weather conditions. Feel free to bring your own shovel and gloves. Supplies and refreshments will be provided to volunteers. For safety reasons, young children are not recommended to participate with eradication phases, but are welome to join us for tree planting projects.

Check back in case we need to reschedule due to weather conditions.

More about the McCabe Park Restoration Project: The McCabe Park Restoration will take several years to be completed, and we will conduct these projects with minimal impact to widlife. The riparian buffer at McCabe Park teams with all kinds of wildlife (aquatic, sub aquatic, terrestrial), so much care will be taken to minimize disturbance to their homes. First, by leaving a section between each project-site untouched initially, as a safe haven, and by using targeted grazing and hand tools to remove invasive species. We will be planting native species beneficial to wildlife in each eradicated buffer, during Phase 3 on each project site. RCWA will return to restore all the skipped sections of buffer, until all the Richland Creek buffer at McCabe Park is completed (restored). We will also be doing some inventory after sites are completed for plant survival, the discovery of volunteer natives, and to rate the success of our eradicaiton process.

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During eradication projects, Phase 2 restoration, volunteers will cut & treat, or dig up (small) invasive plants. Volunteers then come in to plant native trees in eradicated buffers for Phase 3 of restoration. Volunteer opportunities are either projects for eradication or tree planting (phase 2 or 3). RCWA encourages volunteers to participate in projects according to the activity that best suits their comfort zone.

When: January 28, 2017

Call for Volunteers    10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Help eradicate 3 dominant invasive species from riparian buffer:  1.Non-native bush honeysuckle (Lonicera) 2.Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense Lour) 3.Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei Turcz).

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Restoring biodiversity and resilience to Richland Creek habitats

Contact us to volunteer, help make a long-lasting difference for Richland Creek habitats.

Pledged volunteers receive a confirmation. Eradication projects are limited to ten participants for safety purposes. There are many miles of buffer yet to restore at McCabe Park, and more volunteer opportunities in the future. Thank you.

Here’s a Google map to find parking area at greenway trailhead, Wyoming Avenue N, and a park & walk map to project.site-1-event-map

Please wear digging clothes, work shoes or boots and dress for the current weather conditions.  Feel free to bring your own shovel and gloves. Supplies and refreshments will be provided to volunteers. For safety reasons, young children are not recommended to participate with eradication phases, but are welome to join us for tree planting projects.

Check back in case we need to reschedule due to weather conditions.

More about the McCabe Park Restoration Project: The McCabe Park Restoration will take several years to be completed, and we will conduct these projects with minimal impact to widlife. The riparian buffer at McCabe Park teams with all kinds of wildlife (aquatic, sub aquatic, terrestrial), so much care will be taken to minimize disturbance to their homes. First, by leaving a section between each project-site untouched initially, as a safe haven, and by using targeted grazing and hand tools to remove invasive species. We will be planting native species beneficial to wildlife in each eradicated buffer, during Phase 3 on each project site. RCWA will return to restore all the skipped sections of buffer, until all the Richland Creek buffer at McCabe Park is completed (restored).  We will also be doing some inventory after sites are completed for plant survival, the discovery of volunteer natives, and to rate the success of our eradicaiton process.
20161006_112537RCWA hired Chew Crew to conduct targeted grazing20161006_111923 on project sites (Phase 1), beginning in October 2016. The temporary fence erected for the crew to do thier work  (photo left), leaves quite a visible difference after their work.  The grazing phase improves access and makes work easier and safer for volunteers.  During eradication projects, Phase 2 restoration, volunteers will cut & treat, or dig up (smaller plants) invasive plants.  Volunters come in to plant native trees in the eradicated buffers during Phase 3 of restoration sites. Volunteer opportunities are either for eradication or tree planting (phase 2 or 3 respectively). RCWA encourages volunteers to participate in projects according to the activity that best suits their comfort  zone.

When: September 18, 2016

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When: May 3, 2016

Help #SaveRichlandCreek for the May 3 Big Payback—24-hours giving back where you live. Donations to RCWA can be made here… https://thebigpayback.org/npo/richland-creek-watershed-alliance

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When: March 5, 2016

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MARCH 5, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Get map. England Park, 811 Delray Drive, Nashville 37209.

CONTACT US if you have a group that wants to help, or to let us know you are coming, so we have plenty of supplies on hand. Gloves, supplies, and a pizza lunch provided. Please look for our tent next to the parking area to register for the event.

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Children will need adult supervision.  Join the fun!

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When: February 27, 2016

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL… Thanks volunteers!

Join us February 27, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m at 735 Hite Street in the Nations area to help remove invasive plants and replace with native trees on Richland Creek.  Get map to project site. 

Wear digging clothes, work shoes or boots and dress for the weather. Feel free to bring you own shovel and gloves.  Children need to be accompanied by an adult.  Lunch and supplies will be provided.

Use our volunteer form to let us know you plan to be there.

Contact us with questions, or if you have a group that wants to help.

Sponsors…

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Volunteers for this event will be making a positive, long-lasting change for Richland Creek habitats and its wildlife. Healthy riparian buffers are the single most important component for maintaining a healthy and thriving stream. Trees stabilize the bank and prevent erosion; absorb stormwater and filter-out pollution, control flooding, help to maintain healthy levels of oxygen for fish and aquatic life, and provide food and habitat for other wildlife.

When: November 21, 2015

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

JOIN US10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 733 Hite Street in the Nations neighborhood Nov 21 to help plant trees on Richland Creek.  This is our last tree planting for 2015.

Get a map here…Nov 2013 RCWA tree planting

We need 20 volunteers! We will mostly be planting small specimens, so this event is appropriate for all ages. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Feel free to bring your own shovels and gloves.

Use our volunteer form to let us know you plan to be there Nov 21, so we have plenty of supplies on hand. Wear your digging clothes, work shoes or boots, and dress for current weather conditions. Contact us with questions, or if you have a group that wants to help. Supplies and lunch are provided.

Volunteers for this event will be making a positive, long-lasting change for Richland Creek habitats and its wildlife. Healthy riparian buffers are the single most important component for maintaining a healthy and thriving stream. Trees stabilize the bank and prevent erosion; absorb stormwater and filter-out pollution, control flooding, help to maintain healthy levels of oxygen for fish and aquatic life, and provide food and habitat for other wildlife.

When: November 8, 2015

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

JOIN US… 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at 0 Conway Street in the Nations neighborhood.Nov 2013 RCWA tree planting

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We need 20-hardy volunteers! This tree planting is on a difficult, sloped stream bank, where we will be planting six-foot trees with large, heavy root bulbs.

Use our volunteer form to let us know you plan to be there Nov 8, so we have plenty of supplies on hand.  Wear digging clothes, work shoes or boots, and dress for current weather conditions. Contact us with questions, or if you have a group that wants to help. Supplies and lunch are provided.

Volunteers for this event will be making a positive, long-lasting change for Richland Creek habitats and its wildlife. Healthy riparian buffers are the single most important component for maintaining a healthy and thriving stream. Trees stabilize the bank and prevent erosion; absorb stormwater and filter-out pollution, control flooding, help to maintain healthy levels of oxygen for fish and aquatic life, and provide food and habitat for other wildlife.

When: October 24, 2015

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

10:00AM – 1:00PM, 5500 Winn Avenue in the Nations neighborhood. Get map here…

Use our volunteer form to let us know you plan to be there Oct 24, so we have plenty of supplies on hand.

Wear digging clothes, work shoes or boots, and dress for current weather conditions. Contact us with questions, or if you have a group that wants to help.   Supplies and lunch are provided.

Volunteers for this event will be making a positive, long-lasting change for Richland Creek habitats and its wildlife. Healthy riparian buffers are the single most important component for maintaining a healthy and thriving stream. Trees stabilize the bank and prevent erosion; absorb stormwater and filter-out pollution, control flooding, help to maintain healthy levels of oxygen for fish and aquatic life, and provide food and habitat for other wildlife.

When: September 28, 2015

Water Bird Survey announcementThe Richland Creek Watershed Alliance (RCWA) and Nashville State Community College (NSCC) formed a partnership in 2014 to develop this water bird survey project for Richland Creek. Water birds depend on aquatic habitats, and the Richland Creek ecosystem serves as a home and migratory stop for them. The survey will be a fun experience for volunteers and help bring awareness to the dependency water birds have on Richland Creek habitats. This is the second survey of our pilot study. RCWA plans to conduct similar projects for the future, as part of the RCWA Wildlife Monitoring Initiative.

To register as a survey participant, Contact Us, and we will send you a pledge/waiver to fill out, sign and return to us, by  by September 19, via email (rcwa@comcast.net), or mail (RCWA, P. O. Box 92016 Nashville, TN 37209). If you have a partner, please include their name with the other information on the form back to us. Partners will need to submit a waiver/pledge form also. Each Survey Station needs two volunteers, so if you don’t have a partner we will assign you one.  The survey will be conducted September 28 (Monday) from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m.  The species you are likely to see are seen below. RCWA has seen observed ten of the thirteen species for survey feeding from Richland Creek. April volunteers counted 92 individulas, 11 of the 13 species shown below.  A storm was rolling-in that evening last April that impacts birds’ activity.

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Each participant submitting a signed-form, will then be sent the link to our online Water Bird Survey Training Guide, which you need to study, and includes all the details volunteers need to know for pariticipating.

An accurate account of pledged participants is needed by the September 19 date, so we have enough time to mail participansts the Survey Cards they will use to record observations on. Directions to your  Survey Station, and your partner’s name will be emailed to you.  Join the fun, and make a difference supporting Richland Creek’s beautiful water birds!

 

When: March 28, 2015

Volunteers needed 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 726 Hite Street.

Help get leftover native bare root seedlings planted in the ground, or potted-up for next fall.

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Because weather was a bit uncooperative this winter, we want seedlings to find a home, either in the ground or in pots.  We’ll care for them until time for planting returns.

Come help to dig holes, plant on the bank of Richland Creek, or put young trees and shrubs in pots for planting on the Creek later.  Contact us if you have a group that wants to help, or to let us know you are coming.

Supplies and lunch provided!  Wear your sturdy shoes and dress for weather conditions.  Any seedlings left over in the afternoon will be given-away for planting at your home.

When: February 28, 2015

Join us Feb 28, Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM.

ww5Richland Creek Watershed Alliance and Greenways for Nashville are teaming-up for Nashville’s first Weed Wrangle. Join us to remove invasive species and plant native ones along the Richland Creek Greenway!  We appreciate pre-registration, but don’t let that keep you from making a last-minute decision to help.

Preregister here as a volunteer.  Please bring the signed waiver, download here!

Get online Map to Richland Creek Greenway project site that includes access points and parking.

Questions?  Contact us.

When: February 21, 2015

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Updated! Feb 21 date postponed 

Regional organizers postponed the 50K Tree Day for Feb 21 due to inclement weather and rescheduled it for March 14.  Unfortunately, RCWA hosts its Ninth Annual Creek Clean Up that same day and will not be able to participate this year.

Learn more about Mar 14 50K Tree Day here.

When: February 19, 2015

a Permit requested to dredge in-line pond. Pond diminishes water quality, fish habitat and natural flow.

TDEC  Public Hearing will be held Feb 19 at 6:00 PM, West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike.  Question and answer session at 5:30 PM.

We need your help! Read  our Press Release, or TDEC notices: Permit Request to Dredge or Notice of a Public Hearing.

This is your opportunity to speak up, make change—ask for water quality and fish habitat to improve in a neighborhood stream.   RCWA and neigbbors asked TDEC to hold a Public Hearing that was granted. What is the benefit of this pond? The water quality doesn’t support fish and aquatic life.

The Whitworth Subdivision is requesting a permit to dredge their 3.5 acre in-line pond to remove approximately 3000 cubic-yards of accumulated sediment. Citizens may voice their water quality concern and comment to TDEC officials at the Hearing or write one and hand it in.  Written comments can be submitted to TDEC up until 4:30 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015. .  After considering all public comments, the Division will publish a final permit decision and a notice of determination, which includes the division’s response to comments. Address to send your comments is below.

We would like to see the situation improved and state’s water quality standards for fish and aquatic life be upheld. Currently these standards are not supported. RCWA met with a Whitworth representative in 2011, and again last December suggesting to devise a better, long-term solution together.  Cleaner water and restoring fish habitat is a worthy goal and benefit. The pond was constructed in the Kingfisher Branch, a Richland Creek tributary in the Whitland Neighborhood.  

Dredging is a temporary, messy treatment, not a permanent solution. To protect the liner of the pond, an expensive dredging technique is required ($180K).

SEND COMMENTS TO:  

STATE OF TENNESSEE, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES

Attn: Brian Canada
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 11th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1102
Email: Brian.Canada@TN.GOV
FAX: 615-532-0686

When: February 14, 2015

mOJ6lSQOn Valentine’s Day stop by Richland Park (4601 Charlotte Ave) between 10:00 and 11:30 AM to take home a free tree to plant in your yard.

Thanks to the Tennessee Division of Forestry, Richland Creek Watershed Alliance will have four kinds of native species to give away. Native trees are low maintenence and enhance the environment while improving the biodiversity of our watershed.

Choose a shade trees (Sycamore or Yellow Poplar) or a smaller growing variety that produce berries and birds love (Roughleaf Dogwood or Elderberry).

 

When: November 22, 2014

It’s time for RCWA Riparian Renewal Projects again!

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Healthy riparian buffers are the single most important component for maintaining a healthy and thriving stream.  Trees stabilize the bank and prevent erosion; absorb stormwater and filter-out pollution, control flooding, and provide shade to maintain healthy levels of oxygen for fish and aquatic life.

Use volunteer form to let us know you plan to help, so we have plenty of supplies on hand. Thanks!

November 22, 12:00PM, 803 Lynnwood Blvd, Belle Meade

Volunteer wearing your digging clothes and boots, and dress for current weather conditions. Please let us know if you have a group that wants to help, weekday or weekend.

You will be making a positive and lasting change for Richland Creek water, habitats and wildlife.

When: November 15, 2014

It’s time for RCWA Riparian Renewal Projects again!

Nov 2013 RCWA tree planting

Healthy riparian buffers are the single most important component for maintaining a healthy and thriving stream.  Trees stabilize the bank and prevent erosion; absorb stormwater and filter-out pollution, control flooding, and provide shade to maintain healthy levels of oxygen for fish and aquatic life.

Use volunteer form to let us know you plan to help, so we have plenty of supplies on hand. Thanks!

November 15, 9:30AM-12:30PM, 730 Hite Street, Nations

Volunteer wearing your digging clothes and boots, and dress for current weather conditions. Please let us know if you have a group that wants to help, weekday or weekend.

You will be making a positive and lasting change for Richland Creek water, habitats and wildlife.

When: November 7, 2014

It’s time for RCWA Riparian Renewal Projects again!

Nov 2013 RCWA tree planting

Healthy riparian buffers are the single most important component for maintaining a healthy and thriving stream.  Trees stabilize the bank and prevent erosion; absorb stormwater and filter-out pollution, control flooding, and provide shade to maintain healthy levels of oxygen for fish and aquatic life.

Use volunteer form to let us know you plan to help, so we have plenty of supplies on hand. Thanks!

November 7, 1-4PM  331 54th Ave North, Sylvan Park

November 8 and 15, 9:30AM-12:30PM, 730 Hite Street, Nations

November 22, 12-4PM, 803 Lynnwood Blvd. Belle Meade 

Volunteer wearing your digging clothes and boots, and dress for current weather conditions. Please let us know if you have a group that wants to help, weekday or weekend.

You will be making a positive and lasting change for Richland Creek water, habitats and wildlife.

When: May 6, 2014

The Stream-a-Thon is our 24-hour campaign for the Big Payback to raise much-needed funds to save historic Richland Creek. Your gift will help plant a tree, clean a stream, protect a habitat, bring awareness—preserve a Nashville treasure, Richland Creek.

Hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Big Payback is your chance to easily and securely, give back to your local nonprofits.

For more information, visit our Stream-a-Thon page.

When: March 29, 2014

We need 20 volunteers to help us plant trees on Kingfisher Branch, a tributary of Richland Creek.

Trees along stream banks serve an important role as they help reduce erosion. Please come out and get your hands dirty with us as we do something good for the creek.

When: February 15, 2014

We are planting 200 six-foot trees on a beautiful section of the Creek, rich with wildlife. Don’t miss this one—sure to be fun and rewarding! We need 40 creek-loving volunteers.

Wear your digging attire and boots. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided.

Parking on Fransworth Drive (aka Dunham Springs Road), east of Post Road.

A big deal, a big dig. We hope to see you there!

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