Thursday, October 23, 2014

[148] MTSU, other agencies urge public to attend ‘interactive’ water quality event on Oct. 20

Middle Tennessee State University representatives will be among a host of area agencies gathering Oct. 20 in Murfreesboro to educate and engage the public on the importance of protecting the area’s water supply.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Water Resources will host the “interactive” public event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

The event targets people who live in the Stones River Watershed, an area roughly 921 square miles that includes parts of Cannon, Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson counties. The goal of the event is to help those residents connect, share information, develop relationships and collaborate with others making contributions to water quality.

Residents from all of these counties are asked to share the important responsibility of protecting and improving water resources in the watershed.

“Learn more about our local environment where we live, work and play and network with a variety of organizations,” said Cynthia Allen with MTSU’s Stormwater Program. “The event is set up like a fall festival/Earth Day event geared toward education. Over 25 agencies will be in attendance to share ongoing efforts geared towards research, protection efforts and recreation regarding local streams.”

“This event will be a chance for people to see how water quality is being protected in the Stones River Watershed,” said Meredith Benton, regional director of TDEC’s Nashville Field Office. “It will also be an opportunity for people to find out from the people and organizations already contributing to the effort and how they can be involved with keeping the watershed healthy in the future.”

Watersheds are land areas that drain into a particular stream or lake. TDEC officials say a healthy watershed is important because these waters supply drinking water, water for agriculture, habitat for plants and animals as well as recreational opportunities like swimming, fishing and boating.

The following organizations, groups and state agencies will participate in the event:
       TDEC Division of Water Resources
       Stones River Watershed Association
       Cumberland River Compact
       Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation
       Friends of the Greenway
       Discovery Center
       Middle Tennessee State University
       MTSU Stormwater Program
       Motlow State Community College
       Rutherford County
       Stones River National Battlefield
       Metro Nashville
       City of Murfreesboro
       City of Lebanon
       City of Mt. Juliet
       Wilson County
       The Nature Conservancy
       Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program
       Natural Resources Conservation Service 
       Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
       UT Extension
       U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
       Tennessee Department of Transportation 
       Tennessee Department of Agriculture-319 Program
       Tennessee Department of Agriculture - Forestry
       Water City USA
       Tennessee Environmental Council

For more information about this meeting, contact Regan McGahen at 615-532-1175 or

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