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Station Camp Creek

ADOPTED BY: Station Camp High School Fishing Team
PROGRAM: Adopt-A-Stream

The blue line in the map below represents the adopted section of Station Camp Creek. The purple boundary in the map below outlines this creek's watershed. When it rains, water that falls within this boundary eventually finds its way to the waterway. The quality of water in the waterway is directly connected to the condition of the land within this purple drainage boundary. 

Any stewardship activities you do within these purple watershed boundaries will improve the condition of your waterway.

Information on this page was compiled using resources from iCreek

Good news! Your section of Station Camp Creek is considered healthy by the State of Tennessee.

In a watershed with increasing development pressure, stewards like you are a valuable resource for your community. The Center for Watershed Protection has found that watershed's with over 10% impervious surface (e.g. parking lots, roads, buildings, etc.) experience water quality impacts. In addition, impervious surfaces cause flooding.

Conversely, forested and vegetated areas of your watershed provide valuable services as "green infrastructure." They filter pollutants and act as a sponge, soaking up rainwater, rather than sending it rushing into your creek, where increased velocity and volume can cause erosion and flooding. Green infrastructure is most beneficial along a waterway's banks (100' or more) and on steep slopes. 


Plant and animal species within your watershed depend on clean water for survival. The work you do to improve water quality in your watershed benefits not only the people in your watershed, but also the many plant and animals that live there, as well. When iNaturalist users observe plants and animals species in your watershed they will display below. You can create your own iNaturalist account to start recording observed species in your adopted stream's watershed.




There are many things you can do to help your creek. We've got some ideas and resources below, but don't be limited to these alone. If you've got questions or ideas for other activities, feel free to call the Cumberland River Compact at 615-837-1151.

Schedule a walk/cleanup.
There's no better way to get to know your creek, than by visiting it in person. Whether your wading, paddling, or walking alongside it, you'll end up with a much better sense of where it's healthy and where it's hurting if you pay it a visit. Consider combining a cleanup with a scouting effort. While your picking up trash, photograph or record the locations of destabilized banks, needed streamside vegetation, invasive species, dams, or other potential water quality concerns. Resources include:

Photo by John Moran

Photo by John Moran

Allow for natural growth near your waterway.
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. Natives require less watering and fertilizer. This vegetation can filter pollutants before they reach our waterways and provide other water quality benefits that far exceed those of a mowed lawn. Resources include:

If you can't do a planting, consider distributing free trees and educational information to the public somewhere in your adopted segment's watershed. Resources include:

This stewardship activity will prevent pollutants from reaching your stream, restore habitat, reduce erosion, and mitigate the impacts of flooding. 

Plant a rain garden.
Rain gardens can filter and infiltrate stormwater that flows across your yard. Plant natives which require less water and fertilizer. Resources include:

This stewardship activity will prevent pollutants from reaching your stream, reduce erosion, and mitigate the impacts of flooding. 

Your adopted segment has its own iNaturalist page! You can visit it here. This page will allow you, others in your group, or anyone within the watershed to observe and record plant and animal species seen in the watershed. It also functions like a social media platform, allowing you to interact with others who are making observations and tell them about your adoption or stewardship efforts.

You can create an account on iNaturalist and email if you'd like to be an admin for your page. This will allow you to better tailor your page to your group.

Each Spring, Nashville and surrounding cities participates in the Nationwide City Nature Challenge. This event is a fun way to obtain species data in your watershed and engage with the larger region within a regional BioBlitz. Contact the Cumberland River Compact if you're interested in participating in the City Nature Challenge. 

Use agricultural best management practices on pastureland.
Excluding farm animals from waterways and providing them with alternative sources of water can prevent these animals from trampling streamside vegetation and defecating in the creek.

This stewardship activity will prevent pollutants from reaching your stream and reduce erosion.

Pick up after your pet.
Pick up after your pet when s/he is on a walk, at the dog park, or in your own backyard. Dispose of this waste in the trash or toilet. Many pet stores and retailers sell biodegradable bags for picking up waste. Some companies in the region offer pet waste removal services. You can also start a pet education campaign in your neighborhood and/or distribute biodegradable pet waste bags. Resources include:

This stewardship activity will prevent pollutants from impacting your stream. 

Photo by Jed Grubbs

Photo by Jed Grubbs

Reduce paved/impervious surfaces.
Impervious or impermeable surfaces, like pavement, contribute significantly to polluted stormwater runoff and alter stream flow habitat. If you've got excess pavement you'd like removed, consider a de-paving project with the Compact. Elsewhere, ensure that your downspouts drain to vegetation, gravel, or rainbarrels, rather than impervious surfaces. If you constructing or repairing your driveway, pervious pavement allows stormwater to infiltrate and filter through the ground. If you can’t do the whole drive, consider making only the portion closest to the street pervious. Resources include: 

This stewardship activity will prevent pollutants from reaching your stream, restore in-stream habitat (by reducing flow velocity), reduce erosion, and mitigate the impacts of flooding. 

Limit fertilizer and pesticide use.
Only use fertilizers and pesticides when it's absolutely necessary. Follow application directions, and use only in recommended amounts according to the needs of your soil. Do not apply before rainfall. And/or consider passing out free soil sampling kits and educational materials somewhere popular or public in the watershed.

This stewardship activity will prevent pollutants from impacting your stream. 

Photo by Jed Grubbs

Photo by Jed Grubbs

Remove unused dams or other human made stream obstructions.
If you have an antiquated or unneeded dam on your property, contact the Cumberland River Compact and/or The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee to discuss the feasibility of removing it. Walk the stream and inventory the location of any dams or obstructions, and let the Compact know so we can add these to our database or potential removal projects. Resources Include:

This stewardship activity will prevent pollutants from building up in your stream, will restore habitat, and will mitigate the impacts of flooding. 

Support public funding of water treatment plants and sewer infrastructure. Report sewer leakages and other water quality concerns. 
Water related infrastructure is expensive and obtaining funding for necessary sewer and water treatment improvements is often a challenge for communities. However, public dollars are critical to our water quality and public health. Support your community's efforts to properly maintain it's water related infrastructure. Resources include: 

This stewardship activity will prevent pollutants from reaching your stream.

Organize with others in your community. Make your voices heard and your votes count.
Participate in community planning efforts and advocate for relevant measures that improve or protect water quality. Write to your elected official or to the media and let them know this is a concern or invite them to speak about the impairment with your home-owners association. When elections come up, vote for candidates who will address the problem and hold them accountable to their promises. Support local watershed / environmental associations. Resources include: 

Spread the word.
Do your neighbors, family, or roommates know about what's going on in your creek? Now that you know how to be an effective steward, enlist the help of others in your neighborhood. Share iCreek or resources within it with your neighbors and encourage them to join the effort to protect your creek.


This adoption is administered by the Cumberland River Compact.