Allow for natural growth near waterways.

If you live or work next to a waterway, leave a 35′ to 100′ no mow zone on its banks. Allow natural and native plant growth in this buffer area or plant native trees, bushes, and groundcover. This vegetation can filter pollutants before they reach our waterways and provide other water quality benefits that far exceed those of a mowed lawn.


The resources and organizations below may be able to help you with this mitigation strategy or to learn more. 

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FEDERAL Resources

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund
The Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund is dedicated to restoring native forests to conditions that will improve associated wildlife species and the health of freshwater systems, while advancing strategies to support working forests.

Tags: Aquatic Biology and Biodiversity, Dams, Forests, Grants and Funding, Riparian Buffers

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Emergency Watershed Protection Program
The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was established to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. EWP helps protect lives and property by providing cost share and technical assistance. The program provides funding (up to 75%) to project sponsors for such work as clearing debris from clogged waterways, restoring vegetation, and stabilizing river banks. Each EWP project, excluding flood plain easements, requires a sponsor who applies for the assistance. A sponsor can be any legal subdivision of State or local government. The sponsors determine priorities for emergency assistance while coordinating work with other Federal and local agencies. Application must be received 60 days after event.

Tags: Conservation, Erosion and Siltation, Flooding, Grants and Funding, Riparian Buffers

Wildlife Initiative
The purpose of this Kentucky initiative is to help participants develop fish and wildlife habitat on private agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land and Indian land. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and others to develop or enhance upland, wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat areas on their property. 

Tags: Agricultural BMPs, Wetlands, Riparian Buffers, Financial Assistance, Conservation, Biodiversity


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration

Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration found under Continuing Authorities Program Section 206 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, as amended, authorizes the Corps of Engineers to participate in the planning, engineering, and construction of projects to restore degraded aquatic ecosystem structure, function, and dynamic processes to a less degraded, more natural condition. 

See also: Continuing Authorities Program

Tags: Stream Restoration, Wetlands, Floodplains, Riparian Buffers, Dams, Obstructions, Fish Passage, Biodiversity

Continuing Authorities Program
Congress has given the Corps of Engineers authority to plan, design, and construct small projects for flood risk management, emergency streambank and shoreline protection, ecosystem restoration, and navigation improvements without specific Congressional authorization.

Before the Federal Government can participate in implementing a project, the Nashville District must conduct a two phase study. The first phase is reconnaissance. This phase is used to make a preliminary determination whether there is federal interest in further studying the problem. The reconnaissance phase is completed upon the signing of a Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement by the Nashville District and the cost-share sponsor. By signing the agreement, the second phase can be initiated, called a feasibility study. This study evaluates a wide range of alternatives and recommends the best solution from economic and environmental perspectives.

See also: Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Program, Modification of Existing USACE Projects

Tags: Planning, Restoration, Flooding, Riparian Buffers, Wetlands

Cumberland River and Browns, Richland, Whites Creeks Feasibility Study
As a result of record flooding in May 2010, a reconnaissance report was completed to evaluate water resources issues including flood damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, navigation, water supply, and hydropower within the Cumberland River Basin. A flood risk management feasibility study for Nashville and Davidson County is being conducted.  

Tags: Plans and Reports, Stream Restoration, Flooding, Floodplains, Flood Buyouts

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program to restore historic habitat types, which benefit native fishes and wildlife. Interested landowners in Tennessee andKentucky can receive technical advice and funding to do livestock exclusion fencing/alternate water supply construction, streambank stabilization; restoration of native Vegetation; wetland restoration/enhancement; riparian reforestation; and restoration of in-stream Aquatic Habitats. Projects must benefit Federal Trust Resources (threatened or endangered species, wetlands, migratory birds). Click the appropriate link for TN or KY above for program details for each state. 

Tags: Restoration, Agricultural BMPs, Exclusion Fencing, Alternate Water Supply, Streambank Stabilization, Riparian Reforestation, Wetlands, Stream Restoration, Grants and Funding, Sediment, Nutrients, Pathogens


U.S. Forest Service
National Riparian Vegetation Monitoring Technical Guide
The Forest Service's national riparian vegetation monitoring core protocol. Published in 2014. 

Tags: Riparian Vegetation, Monitoring, Habitat, Stream Buffers, Forests, Technical Resources, Guides

National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center
The focus of the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center is on developing tools and science applications for the more effective management and conservation of watersheds, streams, riparian ecosystems, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems on National Forests and Grasslands. The Center's focus is on environmental flows and water resource management, watershed, stream, riparian, and aquatic habitat restoration, condition, trend, and effectiveness monitoring of watershed, channel, aquatic habitat, and riparian vegetation, technology development, transfer and application, and technical Support and Training.

Tags: Websites, Stream Restoration, Aquatic Biology, Habitat, Monitoring, Assessment, Trends, Riparian Buffers, Models and Tools, Education

Portable Electronic Presentations
A wealth of electronic interactive presentations on key scientific talks covering subjects such as fish passage culvert replacement, aquatic organism passage, watershed management, hydrology and geomorphology, riparian management, and more. 

Tags: Training, Research, Fish Passage, Culverts, Obstructions, Dams, Hydrology, Geomorphology, Riparian Buffers

StreamNotes is an aquatic and riparian systems publication that has the objective of facilitating knowledge transfer from research and development to on-the-ground application, through technical articles, case studies, and news items. Stream related topics include hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, aquatic biology, riparian plant ecology, and climate change.

Tags: Technical Resources, Subscriptions, Publications, Plans and Reports, Hydrology, Climate Change, Aquatic Biology, Riparian Buffers

US Geological Survey
Floods and Flood Plains
This easy-to-understand fact sheet describes why floods occur and discusses the basics about flood-plain designation.

Tags: Education, Floods, Floodplains, Planning, Conservation


U.S. National Park Service
Cumberland Plateau River Prairies
This webpage provides information about a unique riparian vegetation type endemic to the Cumberland Plateau known as a river scour prairie. 

See also: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Website

Tags: Education, Riparian Buffer, River Scout Prairie, Biodiversity



KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Habitat How-To's
The "Habitat How-To" documents below cover some of the more common habitat management practices when developing an overall farm plan. How-To's include guides for shallow water wetlands, streamside management, wildlife water holes, planting trees and shrubs and more. 

Tags: Habitat Management, Education, Guides, Wetlands, Riparian Buffers, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Restoration

Stream Team Program
The Stream Team offer landowners free repairs to eroding and unstable streams and wetlands. The team consists of a group of stream restoration specialists in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Their job is to identify and undertake stream restoration projects statewide. The Stream Team works with private landowners and others to identify stream restoration projects. Projects are funded from the Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Fund held in trust solely for repairing streams and wetlands. No state tax general funds or hunting/fishing license dollars are used. In addition to basic and technical information about this program as well as the states stream mitigation program, this webpage has information for helping landowners see if they may qualify for the program. 

Map of Stream Mitigation Program Staff and Service Areas

Tags: Stream Restoration, Grants and Funding, Mitigation, Sedimentation, Riparian Buffers, Private Land, Maps, Contacts, KY Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program

KY Division of Conservation
State Cost Share Program
The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program and the Kentucky Soil Stewardship Program are financial and technical assistance programs created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky and to implement their agriculture water quality plans. Water related practices eligible for cost share are agriculture and animal waste control facilities; streambank stabilization; animal waste utilization; vegetative filter strips; integrated crop management; pesticide containment; sinkhole protection; pasture and hay land forage quality; heavy use area protection; rotational grazing system establishment; water well protection; forest land and cropland erosion control systems; closure of agriculture waste impoundment; on-farm fallen animal composting; soil health management; precision nutrient management; strip intercropping system; livestock stream crossing and riparian area protection. 

See also: Agriculture Water Quality Plan

Tags: Grants and Funding, Agricultural BMPS, Erosion, Sediment, Nutrients, Stormwater Runoff, Agricultural Runoff, Riparian Buffers, Pesticides, Sinkholes, Groundwater, Forests, Pathogens, Wastewater, Livestock Stream Crossing, Technical Assistance

KY Division of Forestry
Forest Stewardship Program and Landowner Services
The Kentucky Forest Stewardship Program is a free program available to all private forestland owners who own forestland. The Division of Forestry can arrange for a forester, wildlife biologist, other natural resources professional or all of the above to meet with you to help prepare a customized forest stewardship plan based on your goals and objectives for your property. On the forest stewardship program application, you are asked to choose a first and a second priority of management. Choices include both fish and wildlife habitat and forest watershed improvement. If you choose these options resource professionals will meet with you to help you plan for improving the habitat or watershed value of your forest. 

Tags: Technical Assistance, Water Quality, Grants and Funding, Forests, Forestry BMPs, Private Land, Habitat, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Riparian Buffers


TN Department of Agriculture
Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program
TAEP is a cost share program for Tennessee's Agricultural community. Participation allows producers to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency and make a positive economic impact in their communities. Grant funds from the program are also available for community tree planting and are designed to assist cities and towns in maintaining and increasing their tree resource. This includes funding for riparian tree planting on public or private land, as of 2016. 

Tags: Riparian Buffers, Urban Forests, Forestry, Grants and Funding, Trees, Erosion, Stormwater, Nonpoint Source Pollution

TN Division of Forestry
Urban Riparian Buffer Program
To help raise public the awareness of the importance of riparian buffers and to help restore degraded buffers in a target area, the Division of Forestry initiated a pilot program through a grant from the USDA Forest Service to help restore riparian buffers along streams and waterways in 8 priority watersheds located in Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson Counties in middle Tennessee. 

Tags: Urban Forestry, Riparian Buffers, Erosion, Sediment, Bank Stabilization

TN Stormwater Association
TN Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook
This handbook is intended to help those who want to protect our waterways by establishing buffers across our state’s rapidly changing landscape including: Local governments (public works, parks, or stormwater departments); Non-governmental organizations (watershed groups); Community groups (civic groups); and Water-side property owners (homeowners, HOAs). 

Tags: Riparian Buffers, Urban, Water Quality, Stormwater, Education

TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Funds and Projects
Information about current TWRA funds and projects including the Tennessee Aquatic Stream Clean Up and Riparian Tree Grant. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Clean Ups, Riparian Buffers

UT Water Resources Research Center
Tennessee Yardstick Workbook
The 2009 Tennessee Yardstick Workbook shows you how to create attractive and healthy yards by working with Tennessee's environment rather than against it. Topics covered include 'using water efficiently,' 'reducing stormwater runoff and its pollutants,' and 'protecting waters edge.'

Tags: Stormwater, Education, Homeowners, Runoff, Riparian Buffers, Water Conservation, Biodiversity

UT Extension
Improving Stream Channels, Ditches and Lakeshores With Live Staking
A how-to guide for using cuttings from dormant woody vegetation to revegetate bare stream banks. 

Tags: Riparian Buffers, Live Stakes, Tree Plantings, Erosion, Sediment, Water Quality, Runoff

Smart Yards Program
Tennessee Smart Yards is a University of Tennessee-led program that guides and assists Tennessee residents and neighborhood associations on practices they can apply in their yards and common spaces to create healthier living spaces and communities. Courses aim to help homeowners achieve a landscape that reflects their values, desires and needs, while ensuring the protection of our state's waterways. Water related principles of a smart yard include using water efficiently, using fertilizers appropriately, reducing storm water runoff and its pollutants, and potecting water's edge, amongst others. Check out the Smart Yards yardstick for a check list of mitigation activities associate with smart yard principles. 

Tags: Education, Stomwater, Riparian Buffers, Nutrients, Water Quality, Water Conservation, Rain Barrels, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Household Waste, Kitchen Grease, Stormwater, Urban, Wildlife Habitat, Riparian Buffers, Tools

UT Tree Improvement Program
The Program’s research is directed toward improving the production and quality in various forest tree species planted by Tennessee landowners, while protecting the genetic resources of tree species at risk from exotic pests.

Tags: Trees, Forests, Research, Education, Biodiversity, Riparian Buffers



Flood Buyout Maps
Maps showing properties that were purchased and removed through the Hopkinsville Surface and Storm Water South Fork Little River Acquisition Home Buyout Program.

Tags: Maps, Floods, Flooding, Buyouts, Floodplain Managment

Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan (Draft)
This page contains a link to the draft plan and its various attachments. The plan includes a number of sections, including one on floodplain management. 

Tags: Flooding, Plans, Planning, Floodplains, Wetlands, Riparian Buffers, Green Infrastructure

National Flood Insurance Program
Information about the National Flood Insurance Program and it's implications for homeowners in the City of Hopkinsville. 

Tags: Floods, Flooding, Insurance, Floodplains, Maps

Stormwater Management Manual
The 2016 Stormwater Management Manual has been compiled by the City of Franklin to assist planners, developers, contractors and various businesses and industries and the City of Franklin in stormwater pollution prevention and water quality protection. Specific sections of the manual include: 1) Policies & Procedures; 2) Construction Management Practices; 3) Temporary Construction Site Runoff Management Practices; 4) Permanent Erosion Prevention & Sediment Controls; 5) Permanent Stormwater Treatment Controls; 6) Industrial & Commercial Runoff Management Practices; and 7) Other Source Controls. In addition to the manual itself, this page includes aninteractive map of active construction sites, a land-use based water quality calculation tool for developers, the state'surban riparian buffer handbook, information about post construction & maintenance measures, and more.

Tags: Stormwater, Best Practices, Construction, Development, Riparian Buffers, Water Quality, Tools, Land Use, Models, Post-Construction, Erosion, Sediment, Policy, Guides, Regulation, Runoff, Industrial Runoff

Flood Information
This handout has a variety of flood related information for Nashvillians. It includes information about flood warnings, flood insurance, safety, property protection, floodplains, and more. 

Tags: Flooding, Public Safety, Education, Floodplains, Riparian Buffers, Green Infrastructure

Water Quality Buffers
New development and significant redevelopment sites are required to preserve water quality buffers along Metro’s community waters, which include streams, rivers, springs, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Additional information about buffers and buffer requirements is available on this webpage. 

Tags: Riparian Buffers, Regulation, Stormwater

Best Management Practices for Homeowners
Resources for helping homeowners manage stormwater pollution. Resources include: the Homeowners Guide to Cleaner Water; how toCreate a Streamside Buffer25 Ways to Prevent Water WasteHow to Make a Rain GardenHow to Make a Rain BarrelHow to Recycle Used OilOil Recycling LocationsSummertime Tips for Water Quality; a Storm Drain Labeling Fact Sheet and Storm Drain Labeling Request Form; and Grass Clipping Disposal and Fertilizer Usage Information.

Tags: Stormwater, Runoff, Urban, Oil and Grease, Common Household Waste, Education, Sediment, Best Management Practices, Riparian Buffers, Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Storm Drains, Nutrients, Fertilizer, Grass Clippings, Compost, Outreach

Creating a Stream Buffer
A how-to guide for creating a stream buffer, provided by the City of Murfreesboro, including basic information about why buffers are important, recommended buffer plant species, and more. 

Tags: Guides, Riparian Buffers

Stream Quality Improvement Projects
A list of activities and projects funded through Murfreesboro's Stormwater Fee Program. 

See also: Stormwater User Fee

Tags: Street Cleaning, Sewers, Stormwater Fee, Utility, Funding, Riparian Buffers, Pervious Pavement, Best Management Practices, Stormwater Controls

Streamside Buffers
In 2007, Murfreesboro established a Water Quality Protection Area (WQPA) policy and ordinance. This policy requires that any new land development alongside a stream should establish a 35 or 50 foot buffer, depending on the size of the stream. Residences built in or after 2007 and are located next to a stream, the yard is most likely platted with a WQPA. This is a protected area, a no-touch zone with few exceptions. Residents are not allowed to remove vegetation, do earth work or construction, or apply herbicides. More information about buffer regulations are provide on this site. The page also notes that 60' wide buffer instead of a 50' wide buffers are required on stream segments where the watershed area is 640 acres or more. This map depicts the 640-acre drainage points.

Tags: Riparian Buffers, Regulations, Stormwater, Runoff, Education, Maps, Development, Construction, Floodplain



American Rivers
Dam and Obstruction Related Pages and Resources
A variety of dam and dam removal related resources. Titles of related pages include How Dams Damage RiversHow Dams are RemovedMaps of Dams Removed in the USBenefits of Restoring Floodplains, and New dams Won't Solve Water Supply Needs.

Tags: Dams, Dam Removal, Habitat Restoration, Floodplains, Riparian Buffers, Public Supply, Interactive Maps, Education

River Restoration Resource Center
American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to empower federal and state agency staff, engineering design firms and other consultants, and nonprofit organizations (collectively, river restoration practitioners) with the tools, skills, and understanding necessary to restore damaged rivers. Explore our series of videos, fact sheets, and reports to learn more about removing dams, replacing culverts, and restoring floodplains.

Tags: Dams, Dam Removal, Culverts, Floodplains, Media, Stream Restoration

Cumberland River Compact
Climate Resiliency
Proactive actions provide good risk management, avoid costs, and help ensure that during our region’s rapid we maintain the natural components of resiliency- tree canopy, headwater streams with natural floodplains and buffer zones, local food production, and open space for public health, safety, recreation, and quality of life. The Compact is moving the basin toward resilience in collaboration with Climate Solutions University, The Nashville Area MPO, and others using climate resilience education, planning, policies and practices.

Tags: Climate Change, Planning plans, Headwaters, Floodplains, Riparian Buffers, On the Horizon, Forecasts, Public Health, Safety, Resiliency, Sustainable Development

Riparian Buffer Plantings
A riparian buffer is a vegetated area (a “buffer strip”) near a stream, which helps shade and partially protect a stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. It plays a key role in increasing water quality in associated streams, rivers, and lakes.

Tags: Riparian Buffers, Volunteers

Harpeth River Watershed Association
Agricultural Best Management Practices
A list of 10 recommended best management practices for agricultural producers. Included are riparian buffers, no till, rotational grazing, cover crops, keeping cattle away from stream banks, getting soil and manure tests to determine proper application levels, ensure pesticide applicators are properly calibrated, and more. 

Tags: Agricultural Best Management Practices, Nutrients, Pathogens, Pesticides, Cover Crops, Riparian Buffers, Water Quality

Headwaters Restoration
This webpage provides an overview of HWRA efforts to restore the headwaters of the Harpeth using 319 grant funding. Efforts have focused on reducing nonpoint source stormwater pollution with exclusion fences, stabilizing feeding areas, and stabilizing streambanks. 

Tags: Agricultural Best Management Practices, Stormwater, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Exclusion Fencing, Bank Stabilization, Erosion, Sediment, Riparian Buffers, Pathogens, Nutrients

River Restoration and Wildlife Protection Program
The River Restoration & Wildlife Protection program coordinates and implements projects that restore streams, address stream bank erosion, and reduce pollution from runoff in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Example restoration projects are provided on this page including riparian zone restoration, tree planting, bank stabilization, rain gardens, and stream clean-ups. Links on this page provide information on cedar revetments for repairing stream banks, a rain garden and rain barrel page, recent projects and more. 

See also: Headwaters Restoration

Tags: Stream Restoration, Riparian Buffers, Erosion, Sedimentation, Trees, Clean-ups, Rain Gardens, Bank Stabilization, Cedar Revetments

Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Kentucky Aquatic Resource Fund (KARF)
KARF provides a way for multiple agencies and partners to contribute funding and other resources to conserve Kentucky’s best places. KWA’s role in the partnership is to act as the financial steward of the fund. The fund exists to ensure that all ill-effects to aquatic species are adequately addressed, and that real conservation and recovery benefits are provided. KARF supports voluntary land preservation agreements and has funds designated to match other grants or programs that support or match our goals. The fund will support much needed research, surveys, and monitoring of waterways and water quality along with stream and stream/riverbank area management. The funds will also support threatened species propagation and introductions throughout the state and promote habitat restoration and enhancement through the Best Management Practices installation.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Conservation, Threatened and Endangered Species, Aquatic Biology, Research, Surveys, Monitoring, Riparian Buffers, Habitat Restoration, Best Management Practices


Mill Creek Watershed Association
Riparian Buffers
Since 2013, the Mill Creek Watershed Association has planted 1,007 trees along the stream banks, engaging 164 volunteers and completing 359 volunteer hours. More information about this effort is available on this page. 

Tags: Riparian Buffers

The Nature Conservancy - TN
Habitat Conservation Plan - Natural Resources
An overview of the natural resources of the planning area. These pages contain information about: 1)Relevant best management practices and conservation solutions such as riparian buffers, low impact development, and conservation; 2) Relevant area recreational resources; 3) Area forestsstreams and rivers, and caves and karst; 4) Areabiology 5) Covered species in the HCP; 6) Species stressors.

See also: Habitat Conservation Plan

Tags: Conservation, Maps, Best Management Practices, Riparian Buffers, Low Impact Development, Connectivity, Planning, Plans, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Threatened and Endangered Species, Caney Fork Watershed, Obey River Watershed, Maps, Recreation, Forests, Caves and Karst, Pollution, Threats

Richland Creek Watershed Alliance
A list of achievements by the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance. 

Tags: Clean ups, Tree Plantings, Riparian Buffers, Withdrawal

This webpage covers water quality issues Richland Creek is facing. Topics covered include the importance of riparian buffers, flood plains and floodplain development, development generally, nutrients, dams, and the current health status of Richland Creek waterways. 

Tags: Water Quality, Education, Riparian Buffers, Flood Plains, Floodplain Development, Nutrients, Dams

Strategic Plan
An executive summary of Richland Creek's 2013 strategic plan, which outlines the organizations goals to renew riparian corridors, connect fish passage and freshwater channels, and protect ecosystems. 

Tags: Plans, Riparian Buffers, Connectivity, Dam Removal, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity


Stones River Watershed Association
Know Your Watershed
This document contains information about the Stones River Watershed. It includes a map, as well as information about water quality and the importance of native vegetation. 

Tags: Maps, Water Quality, Riparian Buffers, Education

Tennessee Environmental Council
Citizen Action Guide to Watershed Assessment and Restoration (2015)
This 2015 guide provides citizens with steps for putting sound science to work in their watershed. Interested person or organizations can contact TEC at if they would like to schedule a training workshop that covers these materials. Contents include the action guide for watershed assessment and restoration itself as well as the following appendices: Appendix 1 – Watershed Science and MappingAppendix 2 – Stream Assessment FinalAppendix 3 – Guide to Restoration Activities FinalAppendix 3.1 Tennessee Cedar RevetmentsAppendix 3.2 – Guidance for Riparian Buffer plantings TDOF 2014Appendix 3.3 Combined Rain Garden Workshop GuideAppendix 4 – Guidance for EducatorsAppendix 5 – Permits and Reporting Environmental Violations (TDEC)Appendix 6 – Watershed Restoration Plan GuidanceAppendix 7 CWA overviewAppendix 8 – Glossary Final.

Tags: Guides, Education, Stream Restoration, Monitoring, Assessment, Maps, Cedar Revetments, Riparian Buffers, Rain Gardens, Permits, Regulation, Policy, Plan, Plans, Glossary

Watershed Support Center
The Council’s Watershed Support Center takes challenges and turns them into opportunities for Tennessee rivers and streams and waterways and the wildlife and people who enjoy them.  Work includes: Planting trees to reforest the stream banks and planting live stakes to stabilize the soil and help improve water quality; installing rain gardens, rain gardens add beauty to the landscape and reduce flooding by allowing storm water to be absorbed by the plants and infiltrated into the ground; installing revetments (cedar timbers wrapped in coir mat) on to the eroded bank to prevent further deterioration of the stream bank; fish habitat restoration initiatives in the streams. 

Tags: Stream Restoration, Tree Plantings, Riparian Buffers, Live Stakes, Erosion, Sediment, Bank Stabilization, Rain Gardens, Floodplains, Floods, Stormwater, NPS Pollution, Infiltration, Cedar Revetments, Habitat Restoration, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity

TN Scenic Rivers Association
Adopt-a-River Program
River adopters are involved in simple observation of watershed activities, monitoring of invertebrates (instream sentinels of possible pollution), trash cleanups, and streambank stabilization projects.  Adopters enjoy their streams when they're clean, and they work with various entities such as TDEC's Division of Water Pollution Control to improve them when needs arise. This page includes more information, as well as Adopt-a-River Q&A and a link foradopting a river near you.

Tags: Monitoring, Cleanups, Riparian Buffers, Bank Stabilizations, Volunteer, Stream Adoptions