Today marks the last day of my AmeriCorps year, and what a year it’s been! I’ve been so lucky to work with many amazing volunteers, students, and of course our founding director Monette, as well as the staff of our partner organization Harpeth Conservancy. While this year definitely did not go as planned, I am so impressed with the ability of RCWA, Harpeth, and all of our partners to be flexible in the face of so many unprecedented challenges (a tornado and a global pandemic!). I learned so much about the Richland Creek watershed, as well as water conservation in Middle Tennessee and the amazing work that has been done to protect and preserve one of our most precious resources.
I am especially proud of the work of our student partner groups, both at Nashville State Community College and the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt. This year threw a wrench in all our plans, and I am amazed by the flexibility and maturity that our student groups showed. At Nashville State, we were able to work with Dr. Jessica Rabb to begin a Riparian Renewal project along a Richland Creek tributary on their campus. We also worked with two groups of students at SSMV, and despite their term being cut short due to COVID-19, our senior group made us an amazing PSA about why it’s important to #grabthelitter (check it out here)!
It’s been an incredible year, and I’m so grateful to RCWA and AmeriCorps for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to seeing what is in store for RCWA’s bright future!