THANK YOU for participating in our
Waterway Flood Recovery Hotline!
Read below for an update
During the Summer of 2012, The Harpeth River Watershed Association and Hands on Nashville asked Davidson County residents to participate in a countywide assessment of creeks, streams and rivers to identify debris and other damage remaining from the 2010 flood. A Waterway Flood Damage Hotline was launched 06/20/2012 and residents stepped up to the challenge! Thanks to you all, we received a total of 200 tips throughout Davidson County! HRWA assessed every site, documented the findings, and we have collectively worked with Hands On Nashville and the Cumberland River Compact to prioritize all Waterway Flood Recovery sites.
There are a total of 33 unique locations in need of flood debris clean up, ranging from small half-day projects up to large 5+ day projects. We will need a ton of volunteers to assist with all of this flood debris removal! If you, your church, or your office would like to volunteer to help, please contact Anneli TerryNelson at email@example.com and we can set up a project day!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Waterway Flood Recovery Hotline
Residents’ participation will play a critical role in enabling Harpeth River Watershed Association to develop the first-ever comprehensive assessment of Davidson County waterways that will serve as the framework for prioritizing and executing post-flood restoration and improvement work. Debris sites that are volunteer-appropriate will be prioritized and addressed by Hands On Nashville, in partnership with Harpeth River Watershed Association and other watershed stakeholders and community partners.
Here are examples of items that are considered Waterway Flood Recovery materials:
• Construction/household debris – Man-made materials that were distributed by flood waters (parts of houses, barns, and other man-made items like bicycles, lawnmowers, cars, siding, grills, tanks, pallets, etc.)
• Large piles of woody debris – Logs, trees, other natural materials that have accumulated to block or divert water in streams and drainage ways
• Stream bank erosion – Areas of muddy stream banks that are near vertical with no vegetation growing on them
• Loss of streamside woody vegetation – Areas next to streams where most/all trees and shrubs have been removed by flood waters, or where trees have been pushed over or are missing
• Large accumulations of trash – Either found in the waterway or up on the banks and beyond where high water levels have deposited the trash The Cumberland River and large lakes such as Percy Priest will not be included in this effort, as government and nonprofit agencies are specifically addressing these large waterways.
GOAL: 10,000 | 5,000 BY APRIL 1st
TO DATE: 10,000 TREES PLANTED
The Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) has now finished phase II of the Waterway Flood Recovery which has help to address the major problem of eroding river banks and landslides caused by the uprooting of over 10,000 mature trees during the historic May 2010 Flood. This threat posed a risk to safety on the water and riverside property, as well as causing water quality degradation. The trees planted along these bare banks will not only help stabilize the streambank but will reduce the amount of soil that washes into the river with each rain event.
View our Spring 2012 newsletter (page 2) that has full details on Phase II of our Waterway Flood Recovery Project
Phase I of the Waterway Flood Recovery Project was launched in response to the May 2010 flood, working with hundreds of volunteers to remove over 135 tons of household flood debris from in and around the river in 3 counties. Read more about Phase I belowPhase II of the Waterway Flood Recovery Program is generously funded by our donors and two new grants: the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund in 2012 which is supporting the Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative, a collaborative effort with the Tennessee Environmental Council around middle TN, and the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
2010-2011 HRWA Flood clean-up by county: