Summer Drought Impacts Murf. Tree Restoration Project

Oct 1, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Middle Tennessee farmers aren't the only ones feeling the impact of this summer's heat and drought.

The Tennessee Environmental Council says that about 80 percent of the tree seedlings it planted last year along the Murfreesboro creek that runs parallel to North Rutherford Blvd. have since died.

Dozens of local residents, including a large contingent of students from Middle Tennessee State University, helped the environmental group plant the trees.

Council Director John McFadden says it's important to get the the seedlings replanted.

“That stream is listed on the state polluted streams list. So we’re working to try to get it off there, because it is a part of the drinking water collection system for the Stones River watershed.”

McFadden will be conducting an informational meeting about the project this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Methodist Church on North Rutherford Blvd.

The Tennessee Environmental Council hopes to replant the trees in mid-October.