A well kept secret in Nashville involves the nearly 300 linear miles of streams across Davidson County are federally marked as impaired – almost 80% of those impairments are from “unknown pollutants.” This list has remained virtually unchanged for 8-10 years, even after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sued Nashville for millions of dollars in 2007 over polluted waterways. The entire expanse of the Cumberland River from the Woodland Street Bridge to the Bordeaux Bridge is on this "polluted" list.
The Nashville Clean Water Project believes our city deserves a better effort, and certainly better water. We’re stepping into this conversation as the region’s upstart environmental non-profit armed to provide the necessary information, advocacy and engagements for Middle Tennesseans to influence cleaner water, too.
By providing a full suite of stewardship and volunteer opportunities, we’re improving the public’s understanding of our local rivers, streams, creeks, lakes and our interconnected watersheds. Our programs engage the audience most often ignored — actual citizenry whose activities, actions and neglect are most responsible for the good or poor conditions of our region’s fresh water.
Although focused on Middle Tennessee, our work benefits water and the living organisms, including humans, that depend on it for thousands of miles downstream. Our regional clean water work affects habitats and dependents all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.