Restoring Streams & Rivers
Why Streams & Rivers?
of Tennessee’s streams and rivers that have been assessed are polluted or their health is impacted, meaning they do not support their classified uses. Less than half have been assessed.
of Tennessee’s streams & rivers are not fit for human recreational use.
of river have public advisories for contaminated fish (as of June 2022).
Streams and rivers are some of the most important natural resources in the state.
Tennessee’s more than 60,000 miles of streams and rivers create habitat for numerous species of fish, mussels, aquatic insects, and much more. They also irrigate cropland and provide drinking water for people and wildlife across the state.
Historically, it was common to channelize streams and rivers or modify the banks and path of the water for agricultural purposes. Today, Tennessee Wildlife Federation is working to restore the natural channels and flow of streams and rivers across the state, which will improve water quality, create healthier ecosystems, and provide numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.
What we do for streams & Rivers
of streams and rivers restored to their natural flow.
of monitoring to measure success and long-term viability of restored wetlands.
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More Habitat Restoration
From songbirds in the trees to blooming native wildflowers to flowing rivers teeming with wildlife, Tennessee is incredibly diverse—but it wasn’t always that way.
The Bass Pro Shops store in Kodak, TN, recently presented Tennessee Wildlife Federation with a check for $6,211 from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund.
As of June 2023, the Federation has enhanced and protected more than 15,000 acres of land across the state and planted more than 500,000 trees.