Little River Watershed Association
The LRWA is dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the Little River Watershed located in Blount County, Tennessee. LRWA is a dynamic organization with a history of accomplishments, broad community support, an active volunteer base, emerging program areas and a diverse and active board of directors. We are committed, energized and ready to accomplish our goals of engaging our citizens to take action on behalf of the river, provide vital education and information to our neighbors, friends and businesses partners, and help our leaders understand the vital importance of protecting this most prized natural resource on which we all depend called Little River.
2012 Accomplishments:· We maintained a 5-mile section of the Little River located in Walland, as part of the national Adopt-A-Stream program. As a result of our regular clean-ups, we have removed over 5000 lbs. of trash and debris from our river corridors.· We hosted the second annual Little River Fest (formerly called Little River Roundup and Earthfest), a day-long river cleanup and afternoon celebration for volunteers at River John’s Island. Over 125 volunteers helped clean up the river on this spring day.
· We coordinated a successful campaign to treat over 20 threatened mature hemlocks growing on the banks of the Little River. These trees were identified as critical aquatic and riparian habitat along the river, but threatened by the invasive insect known as the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.
· We conducted a watershed educational field school for an area Boy Scout troop, in addition to conducting over 60 hours of environmental outreach activities in Blount and Knox Counties.
· We conducted three Little River Watershed 101 events, community-wide programs providing hands- on educational opportunities about Little River.
· We initiated a stream monitoring program in Reed Creek with help from Chota Canoe Club. This program will expand in 2013, with new business and corporate sponsors and will include a youth stream monitoring program in Pistol Creek watershed.
· We hosted our 6th annual Winter Gala at the Clayton Center for the Arts with over 130 in attendance.
· We maintained a Facebook page and a website to help the community stay in touch with our activities, and to provide go-to resources about the Little River.
· We facilitated the Little River Water Quality Forum, a group of stakeholders comprised of 25 agencies and organizations in support of preserving ecological biodiversity by improving water quality of the Little River.
· We participated in Plan East Tennessee, as a representative of the environmental working group visioning environmental stewardship for a 5-county region, including Blount County and the Little River.
· We participated in the 25th annual aquatics survey by Tennessee Valley Association, University of Tennessee, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
· We participated in World Water Monitoring Day in December 2012.
· We conducted almost 100 hours of programs and events in 2012 and interacted with over 13,000 people in our community through our programs and media outlets.
·Our board and volunteers have logged over 3500 hours of watershed-related work this last year, and we’re looking forward to new programs and partnerships in 2013.
How to Support
The LRWA Board of Directors just completed our yearly strategic planning session and would like very much to have your help implementing new programs and events in 2013.
Do you have time or talents you would like to volunteer in 2013? We need your help! Please contact us at [email protected]
Other ways to help…Make a secure donation through Network for Good (www.networkforgood.org) or become a business or artisan sponsor for Little River Fest or our other events.