New iCreek, Web Tool Tracks the Health and Status of Local Waterways

Paddling Mill Creek

As of September 10th, Nashvillians will get a peek at a new online tool that will tell them in seconds about the health of their local creek and what they can do to help fix it if it’s unhealthy. The web tool is called iCreek, and it will be unveiled on September 10th at the Cumberland River Compact’s Dragon Boat Festival on the east bank of the Cumberland River at Cumberland Park. Cumberland River Compact staff will be on hand at a table to show visitors how to use iCreek and find out about their neighborhood stream.

Those who participate will have an opportunity to take an online pledge that they will take a recommended action to improve the water quality of their local stream.

“The time to act is now!” says  Executive Director of the Cumberland River Compact Mekayle Houghton.

“Everyone needs to be engaged if we’re going to have clean urban streams. We are so proud to launch iCreek – it provides the relevant, usable information for local action.”

The new iCreek web tool is the product of a collaboration between the Cumberland River Compact and The Nature Conservancy. Jed Grubbs, Program Manager of Water-shed Planning and Restoration, serves in a shared position for both the Compact and the Conservancy. He’s played a key role in developing iCreek and the larger CumberlandRiver Basin.org website that iCreek is part of.

“This project grew out of a need we perceived for people to be better empowered by the wealth of good information that our basin’s government agencies and not-for-profits produce on our local water quality,” says 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.

The launch of iCreek at the Dragon Boat Festival coincides with the launch of Cumberland- RiverBasin.org, the larger website where iCreek resides. CumberlandRiverBasin.org, says Grubbs, “is like a library.” It collects a huge amount of information about the Cumber- land River and its tributaries, and makes it available to whoever might need it—environmentally concerned citizens, families eager to find recreation 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 Cumber- land River Compact hope and 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.