'Accolades and Accomplishments'

Six Legs and a Buzz Book Signing and Musical Celebration

Mar 15th, 2016 by News from the Little River

SixLegsandaBuzzPoster2Rikki Hall was an advocate for the Little River. He also was a gifted writer and photographer. His family has published a book of writings and photographs, with proceeds going to Little River Watershed Association. The book is called Six Legs and a Buzz. More about the book signing and music celebration here:




Little River Watershed Association Receives Tennessee Parks and Greenways Connections Award

Nov 16th, 2013 by News from the Little River

The Little River Watershed Association was awarded a $2500 grant through the Tennessee Park and Greenways Connections small grants program to create a Blueways map of the Little River, including areas that are accessible along the Little River to kayakers, canoers and tubers. Sponsored by the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, this grant program helps fund greenway or trail projects connecting nearby communities to or near Tennessee’s beautiful state parks or natural areas.

Since 1999 the Tennessee State Park Connections program has awarded over 191 grants statewide totaling over $300,000. The funding for this 2013 Tennessee Parks and Greenways Connection grant was generously provided by Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. “This funding will help us be able to educate residents and tourists about the Little River’s history, where best to put-in and take-out personal watercraft, and explain how the watershed works and why it is important to protect,” said Kim Raia, board chair for the Little River Watershed Association.

The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation’s mission is to protect Tennessee ‘s natural treasures. They are dedicated to preserving Tennessee’s scenic beauty and rich wildlife by creating an interconnected system of parks, greenways, and wildlife areas from the Mighty Mississippi River to the Great Smoky Mountains. Kathleen Williams, President and Executive Director, realizes that to accomplish such an ambitious goal requires more than just a dedicated Board of Directors and hard-working staff.

“We continually look for ways to maximize oureffectiveness through partnerships and collaborative efforts with others. By giving away smallgrants each year to others, we stimulate big projects that contribute to our mission. Another strategy to accomplish our mission is to purchase and protect scenic properties throughout Tennessee which began in 1998 with protection of 419 acres in Fall Creek Falls State Park, and most recently the protection of 211 acres at Cummins Falls which became Tennessee’s 54th StatePark in May 2012.” Williams added.

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.tenngreen.org.


LRWA Receives Support from Our Community!

Nov 10th, 2013 by News from the Little River


TVA Supports LRWA Stewardship Efforts

On October 5th, 25 people turned out to remove litter from the stretches of river we adopted as part of Blount County’s Adopt-a-Stream Program.  We tackled a 4-mile stretch of Little River in Walland, as well as our newly adopted section of Pistol Creek along the Alcoa Greenway.

TVA joined us to help clean along the Alcoa Greenway and present a $2500 donation to support river stewardship. Thank you TVA!

First Annual Protect & Paddle Makes a Splash 

Proceeds from the first annual Protect & Paddle netted over $2,300 for LRWA.

Mark Hartsoe, along with sponsors River Sports Outfitters, River John’s Island, Saw Works Brewing Co., and The Market at Washington & High all helped pull together a first-ever paddling fundraiser for nearly 130 people on September 8.
The group float lasted about 3 hrs, ending at River John’s island. Participants enjoyed food, libations and music of local band Sunshine Station.

From left to right: Mark Hartsoe (Hartsoe Law Firm), John Mollish (River John’s Island), Will Sherrod (Saw Works Brewing Co.), Kim Raia (LRWA), Mike Adams (The Market), and Laura Jones (River Sports Outfitters).

UT AWRA Fundraiser

The Student Chapter of the American Water Resources Association at the University of Tennessee presented LRWA with a $200 check.  In April, the AWRA hosted a screening of the Robert Redford filmWatershed to benefit three organizations: Legacy Parks Foundation, the Water Quality Forum, and LRWA.


TWRA Grant

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency awarded LRWA $1000 for cleanups and community events.  LRWA will purchase stream waders for cleanups, stream monitoring, and education events.


Stream School for Kids

Aug 28th, 2013 by News from the Little River
On August 24th, Little River Watershed Association held a Stream School for Kids to provide an array of water monitoring activities for our littlest friends of the river. This program was based on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts and incorporated environmental, chemical and aquatic sciences and stream flow mathematics.  The students learned how to measure the river flow, collect fish samples for a fish survey, observe macroinvertebrates, and run chemical tests on water samples.
Students learned that flow is a function of water volume and velocity.  It changes with weather, human interactions and topography, and impacts water quality, organism habitat, sediment transport and dissolved oxygen levels. The students then surveyed fish, an activity led by LRWA board member and TVA biologist Jon Mollish. A good sampling of the 50+ species of fish found in the Little River were observed.  Students then picked up river rocks to collect an array of macroinvertebrates including larvae of mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, dragonflies, water pennies, whirligig beetles and snails. Macroinvertebrates can help assess the quality of the river, since some are very sensitive to pollution.  Based on the organisms collected, including the large number of the most sensitive groups of macroinvertebrates, the student concluded that the river is very clean.


The last activity was testing the chemical composition of the river.  Students first checked the temperature (21 deg C /70 deg F) and discussed how it influences the amount of oxygen in the water, the rate of photosynthesis, and metabolic rates of organisms. They then measured turbidity, which is the relative clarity of water.  An excess of suspended material in the water column (like sediment) causes the water to look murky, and high turbidity levels increase water temperatures, reduces the amount of light penetration and thus photosynthesis, clogs fish gills, and smothers fish and benthic macroinvertebrate habitats. Turbidity levels were low, which is excellent! Then, using a chemical indicator added to water, they found the pH of the water to be 8, indicating good water quality. Lastly, students measured phosphate and nitrate levels.  Phosphate is a key element needed in plant and animal growth, and nitrogen is found in the cells of living things.  These nutrients are essential, but in excess are harmful to our ecosystem.  Both are major ingredients in fertilizers and runoff from farms and lawns can cause excess nutrients in the water. Phosphate is also found in human and animal waste, laundry waste, and cleaning and industrial processes.  The students found low concentrations of both, indicating good water quality. Based on all assessments, we concluded that the water quality of this section of Little River is good!


Thank you to all of our participants! We were joined by about 25 students and adults.  Our students were eager to learn and their adult counterparts were excellent participants as well!