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iCreekCumberlandRiver Jed Grubbs, Program Manager of Watershed Planning and Restoration, paddling Mill Creek. © Cumberland River Compact

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iCreek Demystifies the Cumberland River Basin

Mill Creek in Nashville
Mill Creek in Nashville The city of Nashville has many urban streams like Mill Creek, which are tributaries of the Cumberland River. © Jed Grubbs
  • iCreek is a new desktop computer tool that assesses stream health in Nashville
  • iCreek assembles a wealth of information but is easy to use
  • iCreek helps people understand, enjoy and help care for their local streams.
How’s your neighborhood stream doing?

You’re excused if you don’t know. Most people have no idea whether their neighborhood stream is fit or unfit for recreation and supporting aquatic animal life. 

The Nature Conservancy Partnered with the Cumberland River Compact to create a web tool that tells you in seconds about the health of any stream in the 18,000-square-mile Cumberland River basin and what you can do to help improve it. It's called iCreek

Why iCreek Is Needed

Jed Grubbs, Program Manager of Watershed Planning and Restoration, serves in a shared position for both the Compact and the Conservancy. He played a key role in developing iCreek and the larger CumberlandRiverBasin.org website where iCreek can be found.

“This project grew out of a need for people to get access to the wealth of good information that government agencies and not-for-profits produce on local water quality,” said Grubbs. “Often, at the Compact, we’ve been asked by people, ‘How is my local stream doing? What is its water quality? Can I help improve it?’ That information does exist. The challenge for us has been making it more accessible.

“iCreek is a simple, easy-to-use web tool that addresses this challenge,” he added. “Just enter your street address, and iCreek will tell you what’s going on with the health of your local creek, what you can do to help it, and who can help you.”

A Great Resource

The larger site the two organizations created—CumberlandRiverBasin.org—“is like a library,” said Grubbs. Anyone interested can find a huge amount of information from more than 70 agencies and organizations about the Cumberland River and its tributaries. This is a great resource for environmentally concerned citizens, families eager to find recreational opportunities on the river, or public officials who want more data on how their part of the Cumberland River watershed functions.

Ultimately, The Nature Conservancy and the Cumberland River Compact expect that iCreek and CumberlandRiverBasin.org will empower people to connect with the Cumberland River and its streams in new and significant ways, and harness the power of collective action to improve the basin’s water quality. To access iCreek, visit cumberlandriverbasin.org.