The Red River Watershed
Association is a community-based organization made up of Kentucky and
Tennessee residents. We are all stakeholders in the watershed -
farmers/landowners, homeowners, business people, agency representatives,
local government representatives, concerned parents, environmentalists,
and others - who are dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality and
quantity of water in the creeks and streams that flow into the Red River.
We accomplish this mission through education, by promoting cooperation
with communities, business, and agencies, and encouraging responsible
Initiated by the Cumberland River Compact in 2000, the
RRWA held its first solo meeting in 2001 and was deemed a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization in September 2002. The
RRWA has a part-time Executive Director with 10 years of combined
experience in international business and non-profit management and as an
environmental analyst, researcher and educator. Our
board members, members, volunteer leadership, and supporters are local
city and county staff and officials, government agency staff, concerned
citizens, farmers, business leaders, scientists, engineers, and community
leaders. Our approach involves seeking to understand all perspectives and
working collaboratively with a wide range of interests to yield long
lasting and practical results. Though we are not confrontational in style,
we actively confront problems.
The RRWA holds public meetings and
sponsors special events, including training workshops and water quality
education programs, canoe trips, stream clean-ups, and stream bank
restoration and habitat improvement projects. We are forging positive
relationships with key environmental agencies and community groups and
have a strong partnership with Austin Peay State Universitys Center
for Field Biology.
As a volunteer-based organization, there are many ways to get involved,
either by contributing money or time organizing and participating in our
programs and events.