Stream Clean-Up

Youth groups, scouts, churches, schools, firms, and individuals are all welcome to help clean up our streams.

Gloves, bags, and bottled water will be provided. For more information, call Bradly at (615) 355-5701 or send him an email to:

18 years of stream cleanups in Smyrna, Tennessee

The Town of Smyrna now hosts Spring (March – May) and Fall (October and November) stream cleanup campaigns in an effort to remove potential litter from reaching the stream, thus destroying in-stream critter habitat and local aesthetics. When the State of Tennessee became the first ever to have all of its counties (95) to participate in the Great American Cleanup, the Town was one of the leading participants.

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At our first official cleanup event on November 19, 2005, 21 volunteers representing groups such as the Smyrna Rotary Club and its Smyrna High School Interact program, the Stones River Watershed Association, concerned citizens of Rutherford County, two citizens, and one Nissan employee worked along the banks of Stewart Creek and the abandoned Harts Branch stream channel.
635884451755230000On that day, 70 bags of litter, five tires, two couches, one large plastic box, one large piece of metal, and an old dilapidated TV console were permanently removed from the stream banks and properly disposed of by Town of Smyrna staff.

Since this very successful event, 18 consecutive years of stream cleanups in the form of 81 separate events have been completed, including 25 Adopt-A-Stream cleanup events,  2,342 bags of litter, hundreds of pieces of timber, gas cans, play sets, TVs, shopping carts, chairs, deer skeletons, car bumpers, wheels, tires, a sleeping bag, and one large hot tub.

635884451757400000More than 1800 people have served the community as stream cleanup volunteers representing churches, scouting organizations, Rutherford County Young Marines, the Smyrna Rotarians, Stones River Watershed Association members, the staffs of WW&L Vehicle Transport, Bob Parks Realty, Nissan, Bridgestone, U.S. Air Force, and Dempsey, Dilling, and Associates, plus the Rotary Club, Rock Springs Middle School Science Club and sponsor, Motlow College, Smyrna and Stewart Creek High School students, families, and individuals.

In addition, during the past 7 falls, 6 schools participated in 5 different Adopt-A-Stream annual events near their schools, keeping litter from entering our streams.
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This program has been responsible for the cleanup of stream banks due to the flood of 2010.