Non-governmental Organizations & Community Groups
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world.
The Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative is an ambitious two-state coalition that works to protect and restore water quality in North America’s most important river for rare and imperiled freshwater animals. We are a diverse group of agencies, research scientists, conservation organizations, and industry leaders.
Conservation Fisheries is dedicated to the preservation of aquatic biodiversity in our streams and rivers. Over nearly 30 years we have developed techniques to propagate more than 65 nongame fish, including some of the most imperiled species in the southeastern United States. Our primary goal is to restore fish populations that have been eliminated because of pollution or habitat destruction.
We celebrate the rich biodiversity of the Southeast through our exhibits and are actively engaged in preserving and restoring that biodiversity through our work in the field. The Aquarium’s research arm, the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, has a focused expertise in restoring freshwater ecosystems and helping people appreciate the need for environmental health in our region.
The Tennessee River Gorge Trust is the perfect example of what can happen when a small group of thoughtful citizens comes together to change their community for the better. The Trust was founded in 1981 —later incorporated in 1986 — as the result of a dinner party at Adele Hampton’s house on Elder Mountain. Chattanooga-area citizens gathered around her coffee table to discuss the worrisome development of the mountains bordering Chattanooga. Right there in the Hampton’s living room, Chattanoogans decided our mountains are worth protecting. Since then, the cooperation of landowners, TVA, the State of Tennessee and the local community has led the Trust to protect more than 17,000 of the 27,000 acres in the Gorge.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. It addresses the most urgent conservation challenges at the largest scale. Today, more of the natural world is at risk than ever before. So this work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever.
The Upper Tennessee River Roundtable is a non-profit organization with an overall interest in improving water quality in the Upper Tennessee River Watershed. Don’t let the name confuse you: the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable is based in Southwest Virginia and covers from the very tip of Virginia, Lee County, toward Wythe County. The Roundtable represents a total of nine counties and two cities. Our major rivers include the Clinch, Holston, and Powell.
Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. Defenders works to protect and restore America’s native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public.
Flint River Conservation Association is a group of dedicated volunteers working to preserve and protect the Flint River watershed in North Alabama. The public are encouraged to join for meetings, programs, special events, river clean ups, and much more.
Haywood Waterways Association, Inc's mission is to maintain and improve surface water quality in the Pigeon River Watershed of Haywood County, North Carolina. They accomplish this through two objectives directed at reducing nonpoint source pollution: 1. Educating and focusing attention on the watershed as a natural, economic and recreational resource to be conserved and enhanced for this and future generations; and 2. Working with public agencies, conservation interests, businesses, community groups, and public and private land owners to implement water quality improvement strategies.
Since 1997, Mainspring Conservation Trust has been dedicated to three core initiatives in the heart of the Southern Blue Ridge: conserve the land, restore the water, and connect the people to these valuable resources. Mainspring delivers its mission through traditional conservation methods like conservation easements, to programs that teach kids about the importance of cool, clear water, to transforming contaminated brownfield sites into green community spaces.
Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the watersheds of the Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices. It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.
The Southeast Watershed Forum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting communities and organizations to better protect their land and water resources through watershed-friendly growth. The Forum strives to be a regional clearinghouse for successful case studies in watershed protection, restoration and management. The Forum builds leadership for watershed protection through education, training, and regional dialogue. The Forum began its work in 1998 in response to a stated need for a regional clearinghouse on watershed information.
An accredited, statewide not-for-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1999, the people of Land Trust for Tennessee are driven to protect public and private land to benefit all Tennesseans now and for generations to come. The Land Trust for Tennessee strives to balance growth by protecting lands for the aesthetic, environmental and economic benefit of Tennessee.
The South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance is made up of citizens interested in advocating for the protection, preservation, conservation and improvement of the watershed.
TennSEA's mission is to empower students to lead their communities to protect and restore their local environment through collaborative watershed projects. Their goal is education leading to positive action for our water.