In partnership with the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, the My Tennessee: Clean Water Starts Here was founded in 2018. The award program recognizes and showcases homeowners and business owners around Chattanooga that implement sustainable and responsible environmental practices on their properties, benefitting not just their lawns but the entire community’s ecosystem.
Creek-friendly yards capture and retain stormwater during rain events, as well as create habitat for native plants and pollinators. The addition of green infrastructure features like rain gardens, rain barrels, and natural buffers provide many benefits to you, your neighbors, and your environment! Sustainable choices in your landscaping practices can keep polluted water out of creeks and streams, reduce the chances of flooding for those downstream, enrich your soil, and provide habitat for native species.