Tennessee Environmental Council actively engages communities in watershed restoration projects that are vital to quality of life.  Vital because they ensure the sustainability and health of our waterways for decades to come.  The Council’s current project is the Lytle Creek Restoration Project Level 1.

What is the Lytle Creek Restoration Project?

In cooperation with the State of Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the Council aims to restore several thousand linear feet in the Lytle Creek Watershed. What does it mean to restore?  It means to bring Lytle Creek back to its greatest ecological health.  Currently the waterway is polluted, and we are applying sustainable practices to clean it up for the long-term.

What is the Council Doing Currently?

The Council is implementing several restoration techniques that will lead to a healthier Lytle Creek. One simple, impactful method is planting trees, shrubs, and native grasses along the creek bank. This is called riparian planting. We aim to attain 10 feet to 50 feet of riparian buffer zones along degraded areas along the creek and its tributaries.  A vegetative buffer zone between the waterway and the land helps decrease erosion and infiltrate soil content. We can achieve great success through planting rain gardens that serve as drainage basins, reducing run-off problems and flooding. Also bioengineering methods, like cedar revetment installation, help stabilize stream banks. All of these restoration methods lead to less sediment, less pollution, therefore better water quality – making it more swimmable, fishable, and most importantly, drinkable.

Read more about our Watershed Restoration work and priorities here.

What Can You Do to Help?

The Council depends on volunteers from your community to improve Lytle Creek.  We encourage you to sign up on our email list and stay up to date on our work on this project and how you can take part. We are continuing partnerships with local and regional organizations, property owners within the Lytle Creek watershed, and our everyday, environmentally conscious citizens.

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or know a property owner or organization along Lytle Creek, please contact us!

Sam West,

Project Manager (Lytle Creek)

[email protected]



Lytle Creek is within the Stones River Watershed and has its headwaters in Rutherford County, southeast of the City of Murfreesboro, and runs through a section of the City.