Dear Friends of Richland Creek,
As the Founding Director of Richland Creek Watershed Alliance, it has been an honor to spend the past 13 years focusing on the environmental sustainability of the watershed and providing leadership for long-term restoration and preservation of the Richland Creek ecosystem.
Together we have accomplished many things, including:
- Planting over 2,100 trees along the river to stabilize the riverbanks
- Removing over 51 TONS of litter (and launching our #grabthelitter campaign this past year)
- Resolving a flood plain dispute between St. Thomas and Metropolitan Nashville that changed the ordinance to protect ALL steams
- Conducting numerous long-term studies for irrigation, wildlife, and water quality resulting in more biodiversity as well as better water quality and irrigation usage.
- Intervening in a 2014 oil spill into the Richland Creek to ensure proper clean up
- Helping several neighbors and members of the watershed (like you!) with water related issues
- Creating the WE story (Watershed Education), so that people understand how vital our watersheds are and why protecting them is critical.
- …and much more!
Having led the organization with many of you, the longevity of our mission is near and dear to my heart. As I mentioned in my letter at the end of the year, we have been working together with Harpeth Conservancy to ensure this longevity. As I retire as Director and take a step back from the day to day operations, I am confident that RCWA will continue to move forward to protect Richland Creek, its watershed, and its ecosystem. It is exciting to join forces with a larger organization, so that we can do more together. As a consultant, I will continue to advise and support work both on Richland Creek and throughout the waterways of Tennessee. I’m excited to continue to ensure consistency and attention with all we have worked to protect for these past years.
As I start to enjoy a bit of retirement, I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of those who have supported my journey as we have grown this organization. I could NOT have done it without your kindness and generosity, and we cannot continue to do it without your continued support! You can contact any of the team members at Harpeth Conservancy while I am in vacation. We are excited about continuing to work with you on protecting Richland Creek and all of our rivers in Tennessee.
Warm Regards –
RCWA Founding Director