News from the Little River Watershed Association
Cleanup Crew
Picture: Alcoa corporation volunteers!
Alcoa Corporation volunteers tackled a section of Pistol Creek near the plant
and as a result of their volunteer spirit, we'll receive a $1500 Action Grant!  Thanks Alcoa!

Little River Fest, 2012
    We'd like to thank everyone who volunteered for Little River Fest on April 28th.  We had over 100 volunteers cleaning up the river from Townsend to River John's Island in Rockford.  Volunteers enjoyed a great day on the river and removed over 2500 pounds of trash, then headed over to River John's for R&R and a meal catered by Full Service Barbecue in Maryville.  

    We'd also like to thank the folks who helped us with this event including the Townsend Heritage Center for letting us set up registration and Chris Lane at the BP Station in Walland for letting us station our roll-off dumpster in Walland!  Waste Management and Tri-County Portables also donated a roll-off dumpster, hauling, and disposal costs.

Thanks to the Blount County Storm Water Department for helping to sponsor our event and to River John for again letting us use the island for our post-event party!  We're looking forward to 2013.



We'd also like to thank volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 888, Tommy Byrd's Heritage High School Volunteers, and the Chota Canoe Club!


Did you Know...

Tossing Bags! 

Photo: Heritage High School Volunteers and Chota Volunteers @ work!

It was great chatting with the gang from Chota.  Chota is offering a Canoe and Kayak school on the Hiwassee in mid June.  See this link for details.Photo: Chota Volunteers with trash


Photo: Registration at the Heritage Center

Other VIPs in Action in April: Did you see the Watershed Dioroma on display at the Blount County Library last month?
Photo: Blount Co Library Display
Juli Rigell, with help from Elenor Ross, Laura Rigell, the Milams, Ellen Rigell, Jackson Shue, and Eli DeSha, created a watershed model for the display case at the Blount Co. library for Earth Month. The detail is amazing!

This is National Drinking Water Week

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Tap water is such an integral part of our daily lives that and we sometimes don’t notice its immeasurable value.
Public Health Protection
In a world where an estimated eight million people die every day from preventable waterborne diseases, people in North America can drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety. Without our modern water systems, diseases such as cholera and dysentery would be a tragic part of our everyday life.
Fire Protection
In the United States and Canada, over 1.5 million house fires occur each year. Simply put, a water system that provides reliable water at a high pressure and volume can be the difference between a manageable fire and an inferno.
Support for the Economy
Tap water is critical to the daily operations of existing businesses and to the vitality of new commercial enterprises and residential developments. From foods and beverages, to toothpastes and perfumes, water is the primary ingredient in hundreds of thousands of every day products. Therefore, the availability of water resources and service has a profound effect on job creation and overall economic prosperity.

Volunteer Working Stream Banks

Volunteer Working Stream Bank

Photo Little River

Beautiful Day for a river float trip!

About Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.


Link to 2011 Drinking water report for Maryville.  
National Drinking Water Week, AWWA Website
National Drinking Water Week, EPA Website

New Resources Posted on Our Website:

Angler's Guide to Tennessee Fishes

Guide to Fishes of Tennessee


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