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    1417 Murfreesboro Pike
    P.O. Box 196300
    Nashville, TN 37219
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Waterford Protection Against River Erosion

Preventing erosion on the riverThe Flood of May 1-2, 2010 was an historic 1,000 year flood event that caused severe erosion and created a very unstable condition along the Cumberland River at the Waterford Subdivision. In the weeks and months following the floodwaters, the riverbank continued to fail and erode further threatening the lives and properties of the Waterford homeowners. The Davidson Soil Conservation District with NRCS’s authority to assess damages and to seek funding for recovery measures after natural disasters comes from the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program through the provisions set forth in Section 216 of Public Law 81-516 (33 U.S.C. Section 701b) and Section 403 of Title IV of Public Law 95-334, the Agriculture Credit Act of 1978 as amended. The EWP Program was the authority and source of the construction funding for the Waterford Subdivision Riverbank Stabilization Project. After discussions with Metro Government concerning the programmatic requirements and program benefits, an assistance request letter from Mayor Karl Dean was sent to NRCS on May 21, 2010. The assistance request letter provided NRCS with the authority to request funding for the stabilization project. Environmental and cultural resource assessments and consultations as well as the final design documents were completed and the process of contract.

Preventing erosion on the river

The primary goal of the project has always been to provide stabilization to the nearly 40 foot high earthen riverbank and to provide safety and security to the residents and their property in the Waterford Subdivision along the Cumberland River. A secondary goal of the project was to prevent the loss of local cultural resources by looting as well as their loss due to riverbank collapse both of which were occurring before being covered by the stabilization materials. To achieve the secondary goal, the appropriate consultations were made with the State of Tennessee’s Division of Archaeology, the State Historic Preservation Officer and the responsible Native American tribes. Archaeological monitoring was provided during all ground disturbing construction operations. For many decades to come, the rock riprap stabilization should provide the Waterford homeowners with peace of mind that their homes are protected from the erosive effects of the Cumberland River.

Whites Creek Watershed

Cost Share Practices for Best Management Practices
Tennessee Department of Agriculture

  • Pasture Management
  • Riparrin Buffers
  • Fencing for livestock exclusion
  • Rotational Grazing
  • Stream crossings
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Alternative Watering Systems
A Heavy Use area was constructed on the Allen Williams farm to be used for feeding hay. A watering trough with a heavy use area was installed in a corral system to provide livestock access to water. Cost share for watering facilities was provided through the EQIP program. (Picture taken at Hermitage Farm)

The Hermitage - Home of former President Andrew

Conservation Practices Completed
  • Fencing livestock out of stream
  • Alternative watering system
  • Prescribed grazing
  • Grassed Waterway

Nashville Zoo

Outdoor Classroom Activities at Metro Schools