How We Work

The Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative brings together a broad array of stakeholders to address key conservation issues facing the Clinch and Powell rivers.

Structure: CPCRI uses a collaborative decision-making process guided by a balanced Steering Committee and incorporating input from four working groups:IMG_0028

    • Science Team: Conducts studies to address critical knowledge gaps about water quality, pollutants, and the health of river species.
    • Healthy Watersheds Team: Works with the EPA Office of Water to identify the healthiest stream drainages within the Clinch-Powell system so they can become priorities for protection.
    • Conservation and Restoration Team: Collaborates to implement strategic land and water protection and restoration.
    • Outreach Team: Maintains Web site, organizes symposia, and periodically conducts educational events for the public.

Collective Resources: CPCRI draws on the combined skills, expertise, experience and perspectives of our diverse partners to find the best solutions to challenging natural resource issues.

Cooperative Efforts: CPCRI projects involve true cooperation among our many different partners.

Open Participation: CPCRI membership is open to any organization that wants to advance our mission.

Information Exchange: CPCRI’s philosophy holds that sharing information and building consensus are essential. Our partnership strives to establish a common, science-based understanding of key conservation issues.