The Cultural and Natural Resources Committee was launched in 2006 to identify, maintain, and protect those natural historical and cultural resources that form the fabric of Forest Hills.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has listed Richland Creek as polluted. The headwaters, or the very beginning of Richland Creek, belong to Forest Hills.
We need to keep these pollutants out of our drinking water. The best place to start improving water quality is in small headwater streams like those found in Forest Hills. The source of most of the creek's pollution is urban stormwater runoff.
The City is working with the Cumberland River Compact and TDEC to find solutions to the polluted waters of our creek. Our goal as a City is to have certified unpolluted waters in Richland Creek by winter 2018.
The Richland Creek Initiative spent April reviving and restoring the waterway in projects sponsored by the Cultural and Natural Resources Committee and Cumberland River Compact.
April opened with a native plant class educating citizens about the importance of clean water to the City. Eighty residents heard from clean water experts and then shopped for native shrubs, ferns, perennials, and grasses at wholesale prices.
The April 29 Creek Stomp had nearly 20 people including CNR Committee members Linda Kartoz-Doochin and Clay Jackson, Commissioner Henry Trost and his deputy Marguerite Trost.
Several bags of trash were removed from the creek, primarily on Hillsboro Church of Christ land as well as Clay Jackson’s property.