Adopt-A-Steam Clean up — Saturday August 6, 2016

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Join us for our river cleanup along Little River in Walland! The cleanup will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 6 and will last about 3 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.  Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.
We will provide gloves, trash bags and safety vests.
Directions:
Meet at 9:00 am at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).
From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/Post Office.  Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click here for a link to a Google map of the meeting location.
 Email us at snaildarter@litteriverwatershed.org to sign up.  Please check your email before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather.  We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water.  We hope you can join us!
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Pints for a Purpose

Join us on July 28th, 2016 from 5-9 pm at the Little River Trading Company (2408 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy) for a delicious pint from the Sweetwater Brewery! Come out to meet friends, talk about gear, drink beer, grab some grub at the Oishii food truck, and enter your chances to win a pair of Chacos! All profits will help benefit the LRWA. It will be a fun night!

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Stream School for Kids!

Save the Date! Our Stream School for Kids is a free program for kids of all ages and it’s fast approaching. We will have experts in the field of water quality and stream ecology identifying critters and teaching everyone a thing or two about the Little River. These classes fill up fast, so register by sending an e-mail to  snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org with the name, number, age, and t-shirt size of kids who will be participating. No phone calls please!

August 13 is our last Stream School open to the public, and will be held at Whispering River RV Resort. There are two sessions per day (9 a.m. – noon OR 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.), but the afternoon session is currently full.

Bring the whole family, and we’ll see you on the river!

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Six Legs and a Buzz Book Signing and Musical Celebration

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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1960420220850867/

 

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Adopt-a-Stream Clean Up in Walland! Saturday, February 20th; 9 am-12 pm

Adopt-a-Stream Clean Up, Saturday, February 20th; 9 am-12 pm

Saturday, February 20th, 9am-12pm 
Join us for our river cleanup along Little River in Walland! The cleanup will begin at 9:00 am and last about 3 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.  Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.
We will provide gloves, trash bags and safety vests.
Directions:
Meet at 9:00 am at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).
From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/Post Office.  Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click here for a link to a Google map of the meeting location.
Call the office at (865) 980-2130 or email us at snaildarter@litteriverwatershed.org if you have any questions.  Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather.  We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water.  We hope you can join us!
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Adopt-a-Stream Clean Up in Walland! Saturday, December 12th; 9 am-12 pm

Saturday, December 12th, 9am-12pm 
Join us for our river cleanup along Little River in Walland! The cleanup will begin at 9:00 am and last about 3 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.  Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.
We will provide gloves, trash bags and safety vests.
Directions:
Meet at 9:00 am at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).
From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/Post Office.  Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click here for a link to a Google map of the meeting location.
Call the office at (865) 980-2130 or email us at snaildarter@litteriverwatershed.org if you have any questions.  Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather.  We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water.  We hope you can join us!
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Join us for an evening with Bill Landry, Monday October 12

Join us for a very special evening with Bill Landry, telling stories about the Little River and our Smoky Mountains. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at this link.

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Join us for Adopt-A-Stream in Walland

Saturday, August 8th, 9am-12pm 
Join us for our river cleanup along Little River in Walland! The cleanup will begin at 9:00 am and last about 3 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.  Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.
We will provide gloves, trash bags and safety vests.
Directions:
Meet at 9:00 am at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).
From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/Post Office.  Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click here for a link to a Google map of the meeting location.
Call the office at (865) 980-2130 or email us at snaildarter@litteriverwatershed.org if you have any questions.  Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather.  We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water.  We hope you can join us!
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Pints for a Purpose, July 23rd

We’re so excited the folks over at Cycology and Little River Trading Company are hosting a fundraiser to benefit LRWA.  What a great way to spend a summer’s evening!

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3rd Annual Protect and Paddle–Registration is Open

We hope you can join us this year for the third annual “Protect and Paddle” Canoe and Kayak trip.  We will be starting at Perry’s Mill and ending at River John’s Island. P&P is a fundraiser for LRWA sponsored by Hartsoe Law Firm and Blackhorse Brewing Company.

The 3rd Annual PROTECT AND PADDLE CANOE AND KAYAK TRIP  takes place on the Little River in Blount County this September, 13, 2015. The paddle trip starts at Perry’s Mill and ends at River John’s Island. This is a scenic 7.5 mile float trip that takes about three hours in normal river flow. For a $30 registration fee, event sponsors will provide participants with a shuttle trip from River John’s up to Perry’s Mill. The event also includes a Commemorative Beer Cup, music, food and drink available at River John’s at the end of the float trip. Last year we had almost 100 participants so register early!  

Boat Rentals available from River Sports Outfitters for $25.  Boats must be reserved in advance. River Sports will deliver your rental to Perry’s Mill on the event day. Call 865-523-0066 to reserve your boat.   

THIS IS A FUNDRAISER, WITH EVENT PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LITTLE RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION.   

Facebook link is here:https://www.facebook.com/ProtectandPaddle?ref=hl
Please like the page, join the event and invite your friends!

Registration is now open this Active.com link.

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Stream School for Kids with Blount County Parks and Recreation

June 15th-18th  Spring brook Park 
LRWA is teaming up with Blount County Parks and Recreation for a Stream School camp. Stream School is  a  fun way to learn about  stream  health and water quality. This watershed program is based on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts and will incorporate environmental, chemical and aquatic sciences and stream flow mathematics.  We’ll measure river flow, identify macroinvertebrates, and run chemical tests.

Our program would not be possible without the support of these great sponsors.

To register for the 4-day program, visit the Parks and Rec website. Space is limited!

Email caitlin.hoy@littleriverwatershed.org with any questions.

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Ride for the River, June 13th

A fundraiser to benefit Little River Watershed Association in collaboration with Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson!  Hop on your motorcycle
Saturday, June 13 and join Road Captain Tim Rooney for the Ride for the River, a benefit tour for the conservation programs of Little River Watershed Association. In partnership with Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and The Shed, the event will highlight the natural beauty, wildlife, lore and legend of the Little River, from its source in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to where it joins Ft. Loudon Lake.  Motorcyclists will enjoy great riding on scenic country roads, presentations from Park Rangers, demonstrations of fisheries resources, and an evening of terrific music and good times at The Shed. Our spring events would not be possible without the help of our fantastic sponsors!

Sign in begins at 09:00am Saturday, June 13 at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, and the Ride departs at 10:00am, returning to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson at 6:30pm for BBQ and the concert. Donation is $30 per bike pre-registered, and $35 day of event. This includes afternoon snack, programs and demonstrations, t-shirt, and admission to The Shed.  ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE!

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Stream School for Kids with Blount County Parks and Recreation

April 13th, 20th, 27th and May 4th (Rain date May 11th)  Greenbelt Amphitheater 4-5:30PM
FREE!!
LRWA is teaming up with Parks and Rec to bring you a modified Stream School after school series in April!  Stream School is  a  fun way to learn about  stream  health and water quality. This watershed program is based on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts and will incorporate environmental, chemical and aquatic sciences and stream flow mathematics.  We’ll measure river flow, identify macroinvertebrates, and run chemical tests.
To register for the 4-week program, visit the Parks and Rec website. Space is limited!
Email caitlin.hoy@littleriverwatershed.org with any questions.
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Stream School for Kids: August 22nd

Stream School introduces stream science to kids and their parents as they play in the river. The program incorporates environmental, chemical, and aquatic sciences, and stream flow mathematics. Our program would not be possible without the support of these great sponsors.

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Little River Spring Stream Clean Up

Let’s spend the month of April “brushing off” the trash and debris that have collected along our stream banks!  Volunteers who participate on April 25th or who check out a “Clean Up in a Box” during the month of April will receive a T shirt and are entered in a raffle for prizes.  Come by the Pavilion at Maryville Greenbelt Park between 9 and 11 am on April 25th and listen to Pistol Creek Catch of the Day. Then pickup your clean up supplies or drop off your name to enter in the raffle! We’ll have coffee and a light breakfast for early morning volunteers.  Contact Caitlin.Hoy@littleriverwatershed.org to get your cleanup kits in advance.

Click here for our online waiver.

Event Registration:
Maryville Greenbelt Park (201 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy).

Volunteer Check-in from 9-11am
Volunteers will be given trash bags and gloves and will be assigned a designated river location. Boaters are welcome and encouraged to participate in cleaning up of the banks of the Little River from Walland to Coulter’s Bridge and in town along the Maryville and Alcoa Greenways. Little River Watershed Association can provide instruction on put-ins, take outs, and places for volunteers in boats to drop off trash.  To download maps for boats and volunteers in advance see the link here.

This year’s spring events are possible due to our fantastic sponsors.  See the sponsor page here:

Fantastic Sponsors Link

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LRWA Teams Up with Blount Parks and Recreation: Stream School for Kids Starts on April 13th

If you have a youngster interested in water, fish, bugs, or science this is the after school class for you!  This class will fill up so please enroll soon!  Blount County Parks and Recreation Link here:

Register here.

Four classes scheduled each Monday 4:00-5:30 PM beginning Monday April 13th at the Greenbelt Amphitheater.

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Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians–the Definitive Guide to Whitewater Paddling in the Southeast

Happy New Year LRWA friends!  We are thrilled to have the support of local author and whitewater enthusiast Kirk Eddlemon.  Kirk has published a much anticipated book on white water of the Southern Appalachians.  A book signing, with partial proceeds going to LRWA will be held tomorrow evening, January 6th at Barley’s in Knoxville.  See this website for more information!

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Join us for Pint Night–River Sports Outfitters

River Sports Outfitters is hosting a community Pint Night to support Little River Watershed Association!  Can you join us?  See the details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1412813918968371/

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Adopt-a-Stream October 25th

We need volunteers to help us with a scheduled river cleanup Saturday, October 25, 2014!

Details:
We will be focusing primarily on clean-up along the banks of the river, but if you want to clean up by boat we can help with everything but the boat shuttles. The clean-up will begin at 9:00 AM and last about 4 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak on the Little River that day, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.

What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.   Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Directions:
For our Walland adopt-a-stream location:

Meet at 9:00 AM at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).

From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click Here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

For our new adopt-a-stream section along Pistol Creek in Alcoa:

Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot behind Midland Shopping Center (off of Home Ave.).  Click here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

Detailed area maps found here.

Sign-Up:
Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org

Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!

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Volunteer Day with WATE, Channel 6

The volunteers from WATE will join us for a work day on Little River. We will partner with National Park Service staff to remove invasive plants near the Foothills Parkway and Little River. Thanks WATE Volunteers!

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Protect and Paddle October 12, 2014

We hope you can join us this year for the second annual “Protect and Paddle” Canoe and Kayak trip.  We will be starting at Perry’s Mill and ending at River John’s Island. P&P is a fundraiser for LRWA sponsored by Hartsoe Law Firm, River Sports Outfitters, the Market, River John’s Island, and Blackhorse Brewery.

The 2nd Annual Protect and Paddle Canoe and Kayak Trip takes place on the Little River in Blount County this October 12th, 2014. The paddle trip starts at Perry’s Mill and ends at River John’s Island. This is a scenic 7.5 mile float trip that takes about three hours in normal river flow. Event sponsors will provide participants with a shuttle trip from River John’s up to Perry’s Mill. The event also includes an event T-shirt for the first 50 participants, music, food and drink available at River John’s at the end of the float trip. 

Last year we had over 100 participants so register early to ensure an event T-shirt!   Boat Rentals available from River Sports Outfitters for $25.  Boats must be reserved in advance. River Sports will deliver your rental to Perry’s Mill on the event day. Call 865-523-0066 to reserve your boat.   

EVENT PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LITTLE RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION.   

See the Facebook link here.

Registration is $30 and is now open at Active.com

 

Protect and Paddle 2014

Protect and Paddle 2014

 

 

Event details and schedule:

If you reserved a boat from River Sports:

1. Please arrive at River John’s Island between 11:15-12:00 pm. River John’s Island is located at 4134 Cave Mill Rd., Maryville, TN 37804 (865) 982-0793.

http://www.riverjohns.com/map.htm

2. Check in and catch the group shuttle up to Perry’s Mill. The first shuttles will leave at 12:00 p.m.

Note: River Sports will only be bringing boats for people who have called and reserved boats, so make sure you have secured a boat! (865) 523-0066

If you have your own boat:

  1. Drop-off your boat and gear at Perry’s Mill between 10:30-11:30 AM. River Sports staff or LRWA Volunteers will watch boats and gear.
  2. Bring a Personal Floatation Device!
  3. Head to River John’s island to park, check in, and catch the group shuttle.

Please do not arrive at River John’s Island at 12:00 with your boat, or it will delay you paddling with the group!

Map from Perry’s Mill (TWRA Put-in on US 321) to River John’s

Map from Perry’s Mill (Put-in) back to River John’s 

For all Participants:

Please bring the following:

  1. Drivers’ License if you plan to drink beer after the float
  2. Change of clothes for comfort
  3. Lawn chair (optional, but very limited seating on the island)
  4. Sunscreen and a hat (optional)

Remember also to leave your valuables at home or secure in dry bags attached firmly to your boat!

Due to insurance regulations, no dogs will be permitted. Please also note that the event is rain or shine; no refunds for rain, but we will not paddle in the event of lightning or unsafe conditions.

Thank you for your support!

Protect & Paddle organizers and Little River Watershed Association

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Save the Date “Stream School For Kids” – Sept 13th

Back by popular demand! Little River Watershed Association will host a second ‘stream school’ this year on September 13.

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Little River Watershed Association will host Stream School for Kids September 13th. Our program is based on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts and incorporates environmental, chemical and aquatic sciences and stream flow mathematics. The students will learn how to measure the river flow, collect fish samples for a fish survey, observe macroinvertebrates, and run chemical tests on water samples. The program is geared towards kids 4th grade and up, but we welcome younger students interested in learning provided they attend with an adult. Parents and families are encouraged to attend.

  • Pre-registration is required. Please contact caitlin.hoy@littleriverwatershed.org to register.
  • Class limited to 20 students.
  • Please complete the online waiver and bring with you on the 13th.

Event details:

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9am-12pm
  • Location: We will meet at Coulter’s Bridge (located behind Heritage High School, at the intersection of Tuckaleechee Pike, Ellejoy Rd and Old Walland Hwy)
  • Please wear old clothing and water-appropriate footwear. We have some waders available, but you may get wet! We will be getting into the river to complete activities. (Parents will too!!)
  • Knoxville news station WATE will be there recording the activities.  During early October, WATE will broadcast short video clips highlighting Stream School and other LRWA projects to bring awareness to LRWA. You will be required to sign a release.

Check out details from our June 2014 Stream School!

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Pint Night Fundraiser (July 24th) to Benefit Little River Watershed Association

We’re so excited the folks over at Cycology and Little River Trading Company are hosting a fundraiser to benefit LRWA.  What a great way to spend a summer’s evening!

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Little River 101–Annual IBI Survey

You are invited to join TWRA, TDEC, TVA, UT and the Little River Watershed Association in the annual IBI survey, a field survey that gives a broad picture of the health of the Little River. The “Index of Biological Integrity” is conducted yearly to quantitatively assess changes in the composition of biologic communities and to accurately reflect the ecological complexity of river systems.

Friends of the Little River who wants to learn more about the biodiversity of the river by participating in this hands-on survey are invited to rsvp for either of the following sampling dates:

July 8th, 9:15am in Walland – meet at Coulter’s Bridge parking lot.
July 11th, 9:15am in Townsend – meet at the lot just upstream of the handicap parking area next to the river.

These dates may change due to weather conditions.  Please check back for updated information, as rain causes high waters and increases flow, and these conditions are not suitable for IBI sampling.

As a participant you may put on waders and assist the biologists in collecting and identifying fishes and macroinvertibrates, or you may assist from the shore.

Did You Know?

**The main purpose of the IBI project is to collect baseline information on game and non-game fish and macroinvertebrate populations in the region. This baseline data is necessary to update and expand the Tennessee Aquatic Database System (TADS) and aid in the management of fisheries resources in the region.

**The Little River represents an important recreational resource for the state both in consumptive and non-consumptive uses. It supports an active tubing/rafting industry and is an important recreational resource for local residents and tourists alike. It is also the municipal water source of the cities of Alcoa and Maryville.

**Little River provides critical habitat for species of special concern and is home to over 50 species of fish (four listed federally). Additionally, its upper reach supports one of east Tennessee’s better warm water sport fisheries.

**Several rare or endangered species of fish inhabit Little River, and thus, the protection of the watershed is a high priority of managing agencies and local conservation groups.

Please RSVP to snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org if you would like to attend one of these events.  We will limit participation to the first 15 participants at each location.

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Little River Fest 2014, May 3rd

Join us for Little River Fest!

Join us for Little River Fest!

Join us for our biggest yearly cleanup with support for boats and groups working to clean up Little River. After the cleanup return to the pavilion for food and music!  Registered participants also receive an event T-shirt.

Event Registration:
Maryville Greenbelt Park (201 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy). 

Volunteer Check-in from 8-10am
Volunteers will be given trash bags and gloves and will be assigned a designated river location. Boaters are welcome and encouraged to participate in cleaning up of the banks of the Little River from the national park boundary to River John’s Island. Little River Watershed Association can provide instruction on put-ins, take outs, and places for volunteers in boats to drop off trash.  To download maps for boats and volunteers in advance see the link here.

Post-Event Celebration from 12-2pm
We hope our volunteers will return in the afternoon for the festivities. We’ll have food, music, and prizes.

For more information, call Little River Watershed Association at 980-2130, or e-mail snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org.

Groups and boaters can pre-register by calling Little River Watershed Association at (865) 980-2130 or emailing caitlin.hoy@littleriverwatershed.org.  Click here to print and sign the waiver.

This year’s spring events are possible due to our fantastic sponsors.  See the sponsor page here:

Fantastic Sponsors Link

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Ride for the River, June 21st

A fundraiser to benefit Little River Watershed Association in collaboration with Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson!  It’s going to be fun.

Hop on your motorcycle Saturday, June 21 and join Road Captain Tim Rooney on the Ride for the River, a benefit tour for the conservation programs of Little River Watershed Association. In partnership with Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and The Shed, the event will highlight the natural beauty, wildlife, lore and legend of the Little River, from its source in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to where it joins Ft. Loudon Lake.  Motorcyclists will enjoy great riding on scenic country roads, presentations from Park Rangers and historians, demonstrations of fisheries resources, and an evening of terrific music and good times at The Shed.

Sign in begins at 10:30am Saturday, June 21 at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, and the Ride departs at 11:30am, returning to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson at 6:30pm for BBQ supper and the concert. Donation is $30 per bike pre-registered, and $35 day of event. This includes afternoon snack, programs and demonstrations, t-shirt, and admission to The Shed.  ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE!

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Stream School for Kids, June 7th

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Stream School for Kids–A Fun Introduction to Water Quality Science for Kids and Their Parents.

June 7th, 9am-12pm

Little River Watershed Association will host our second Stream School for Kids this June. Our program is based on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts and incorporates environmental, chemical and aquatic sciences and stream flow mathematics.  The students will learn how to measure the river flow, collect fish samples for a fish survey, observe macroinvertebrates, and run chemical tests on water samples.  The program is geared towards kids 4th grade and up, but we welcome younger students interested in learning provided they attend with an adult. Students must bring a signed waiver. Parents and families are encouraged to attend.  Participants will receive a T-shirt and snacks.

Event details:

  • Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9am-12pm
  • Location: We will meet at Coulter’s Bridge (located behind Heritage High School, at the intersection of Tuckaleechee Pike, Ellejoy Rd and Old Walland Hwy)
  • Please wear old clothing and water-appropriate footwear. We have some waders available, but you may get wet! We will be getting into the river to complete activities. (Parents will too!!)
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“An Evening of Warren Zevon for Rikki Hall” Proceeds to Benefit Little River Watershed Association

Enjoy Every Sandwich: An Evening of Warren Zevon for Rikki Hall
March 20, 7 p.m., Scruffy City Hall $5
Proceeds to benefit Little River Watershed Association

Rikki Hall, longtime advocate for the Little River, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last winter. His friends in the music community have pulled together to throw him a tribute concert, and now it is Hall’s wish that the proceeds of this concert benefit the Little River Watershed Association.

Hall’s writing, both through his column at Metro Pulse, as well as through his work with Hellbender Press, garnered the attention of those who might not otherwise think that the Little River and its inhabitants needed protecting. He wrote about a range of subjects, but we will remember him best, and be forever grateful, for the work he did to keep folks in our region informed about the Little River and its threats.

“We are deeply touched that Hall would choose to benefit the Little River Watershed Association,” said Kim Raia, board chair. “It’s quite an honor to be recognized by someone who we admire so greatly. We thank him for all he’s done to help people understand the issues affecting the Little River, and how people can help.”

Though at first his outlook seemed promising, the tumor is now inoperable. We’re asking all our supporters to help us pay a special tribute to this special member of our community. Starting at 7 p.m. on March 20 at Scruffy City Hall, some of Rikki’s musician friends will be playing the songs of Warren Zevon, who is a musician Rikki loves, who also died of an aggressive form of cancer. Shortly before he died, Zevon was asked for some parting advice. His reply: “Enjoy every sandwich.”

As of now, the lineup for the show includes the Tim Lee 3, the Greg Horne Band, Itchy Bruddah (aka, Phil Fuson), the French, and Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet. Lee, Horne, and Hudson K’s Christina Horn will also form a house band of sorts, with which R.B. Morris, Kevin Abernathy, Chris Durman, Sonja Spell, and Daniel Kimbro will sing. More musical guests will be announced soon.

More information to come, but see the facebook event page here:
Enjoy Every Sandwich: an evening of Warren Zevon for Rikki Hall

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Dam Good, Dam Bad? A Discussion on the Little River Dams

Little River Watershed 101: Dam Good, Dam Bad?  A Discussion on the Dams on the Little River

The Little River Watershed Association will host its first Little River Watershed 101 event of the year on Tuesday, Feb 18 at Barley’s Restaurant in Maryville from 6:00-8:00PM. The group is providing the community with an informal chance to listen to a panel discussion about the dams on Little River and their implications.

“We recognize the historical role that small dams have served in commerce and trade; however, in the current era they can be river hazards and can limit the ecological diversity of the river system. We would like to start a conversation about these small dams and their place, and hear what other communities are doing to address these aging structures,” said Kim Raia, LRWA board chair.

The panelists will include experts from both Maryville College and University of Tennessee, Conservation Fisheries, American Rivers, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. The panelists will address the historical significance of these dams and the costs and benefits of dam removal. The event is open to the public, with food available for purchase from the restaurant.

The Little River Watershed 101 began in 2012 as an outreach program designed to increase awareness of and appreciation for the Little River. The purpose of the series is to educate the public about watershed issues and to explain why the Little River Watershed is a unique natural resource worthy of our stewardship. Our quarterly outreach events address why the Little River needs protecting and provide practical steps that everyone can take to conserve this natural resource.
Event Details:

When: Tuesday, Feb 18 6:00-8:00

Where: Barley’s Restaurant, 2nd floor banquet hall, 128 W Broadway Ave‎ Maryville, TN 37801

How: No reservations needed, food available for purchase

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January 18th, Adopt a Stream Cleanup

January 18th Adopt a Stream Cleanup

We need volunteers to help us with a scheduled river cleanup Saturday, January 18, 2014!

Details:
We will be focusing primarily on clean-up along the banks of the river, but if you want to clean up by boat we can help with everything but the boat shuttles. The clean-up will begin at 9:00 AM and last about 4 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak on the Little River that day, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.

What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.   Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Directions:
For our Walland adopt-a-stream location:

Meet at 9:00 AM at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).

From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click HERE for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

For our new adopt-a-stream section along Pistol Creek in Alcoa:

Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot behind Midland Shopping Center (off of Home Ave.).  Click HERE for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

Detailed area maps found HERE.

Sign-Up:
Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org

Please check your email or visit our website or Facebook page before the Clean-Up to see if there are any last minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!

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Adopt A Stream Cleanup Dec 7th

December 7th Adopt a Stream Cleanup

The cleanup has been CANCELLED due to high water. 

 

We need volunteers to help us with a scheduled river cleanup Saturday, December 7, 2013!

Details:
We will be focusing primarily on clean-up along the banks of the river, but if you want to clean up by boat we can help with everything but the boat shuttles. The clean-up will begin at 9:00 AM and last about 4 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak on the Little River that day, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.

What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.   Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Directions:
For our Walland adopt-a-stream location:

Meet at 9:00 AM at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).

From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click Here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

For our new adopt-a-stream section along Pistol Creek in Alcoa:

Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot behind Midland Shopping Center (off of Home Ave.).  Click here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

Detailed area maps found here.

Sign-Up:
Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org

Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!

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LRWA Receives Support from Our Community!

 

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.

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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.

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Stream Monitoring Training, October 17th

Stream Monitoring Program, Information Meeting for Interested Volunteers
October 17th, 5:30pm 
 
The Little River Watershed Association is beginning a new stream monitoring program to gain long-term data that represents the health of the Little River Watershed. This exciting new program is ideal for adults and students (high school and above) interested in collecting scientific data about a valuable resource in our community.

The program will require community volunteers to collect visual, physical, chemical and biological assessments once a month at sampling sites in the watershed along Reed and Pistol Creeks. Groups of three or more will be needed at each site, and sites need to be sampled once a month. Sites can be assessed in about one hour each. The total time commitment will depend on the number of volunteers we have.  All supplies will be provided, including chest waders if necessary. Students under 18 will need to be part of a group with an adult or teacher team leader.

Training will be held on Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. at theLittle River Watershed Association office, 1006 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, inside Blount Historical Museum (next to Probation office)

Interested volunteers should RSVP by Oct. 14 to snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org. Space is limited to 25 people.Attendees will walk down to Brown’s Creek for a test-run. Please dress appropriately, including a pair of shoes to get in the creek.

Why is this program needed?

The Little River originates in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and drains into a 380 square-mile area as it flows 60 miles through the cities of Townsend, Alcoa, and Maryville. The portion of the

Little River within the Park is classified as an Outstanding National Resource Water (ONRW) and an eco-region reference site by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). However, downstream from the Park, the river is impacted by agricultural and development practices, urban runoff, and failing septic tanks. The quality of the river slowly degrades with increasing distance from the Park. Blount County is one of the most rapidly developing counties in Tennessee, increasing demands on our water resources. Of the 640 total stream miles within theLittle River Watershed, TDEC has classified 230 stream miles as impaired, which means that these streams do not support water quality standards. TDEC has also classified 18 miles of the LittleRiver as threatened due to a documented decline in species diversity.

How will the water quality be assessed?

Visual assessment:

Stream characteristics are scored on a scale from 1-10 based on narrative descriptions provided.

Physical assessment:

Stream flow is calculated by measuring the volume (length, width and depth) and dividing by the time it takes an object to travel the length. This will require entering the stream.

Chemical assessment:

LaMotte test kits are used to measure dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, nitrate, phosphate, pH, water temperature, turbidity, and coliform bacteria.

Biological assessment:

Due to the time requirements, this assessment will be completed quarterly, separate from the other assessments. Macroinvertebrates will be collected using nets and buckets, then separated using an identification key and counted.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer monitoring team, we hope you can attend this informative meeting!
LRWA is also looking for other potential sampling sites! If you have a section you’d like us to consider, please contact us!
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Stream School for Kids

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!

 

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Little River Watershed 101 Stream School for Kids – August 24, 2013

Little River Watershed Associations invites our littlest friends of the river to our Stream School for Kids  – a fun way to learn about stream health and water quality!  This program is based on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts and will incorporate environmental, chemical and aquatic sciences and stream flow mathematics.  We’ll learn how to measure the river flow, collect fish samples for a fish survey using seine nets, observe macroinvertebrates to help us understand the quality of the river, and run chemical tests on water samples. We hope you can join us!

Our program is geared towards kids 4th grade and up, but we welcome younger students interested in learning provided they attend with an adult. Students must bring a signed waiver. Parents and families are encouraged to attend.

We’ll meet at Coulter’s Bridge (located behind Heritage High School, at the intersection of Tuckaleechee Pike, Ellejoy Rd and Old Walland Hwy) and enjoy river education from 9am-12pm.

If you have questions, please call the office (865)980-2130. Please RSVP to snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org if you would like to participate.  Space is limited to 30 participants.

*** We will be getting in the water! Be sure to wear old sneakers/water appropriate shoes.

 

Waiver 2013 Stream School

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Adopt-a-Stream River Cleanup, Saturday, October 5th

October 5th Adopt a Stream Cleanup

We need volunteers to help us with a scheduled river cleanup Saturday, October 5, 2013!

Details:
We will be focusing primarily on clean-up along the banks of the river, but if you want to clean up by boat we can help with everything but the boat shuttles. The clean-up will begin at 9:00 AM and last about 4 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak on the Little River that day, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.

What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.   Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Directions:
For our Walland adopt-a-stream location:

Meet at 9:00 AM at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).

From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click Here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

For our new adopt-a-stream section along Pistol Creek in Alcoa:

Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot behind Midland Shopping Center (off of Home Ave.).  Click here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

Detailed area maps found here.

Sign-Up:
Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at
snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org

Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!

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Little River Watershed 101, July 25th and 26th

NOTE:  THESE DATES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO HIGH WATER!!!  Stay tuned for more detail.
You are invited to join TWRA, TDEC, TVA, UT and the Little River Watershed Association in the annual IBI survey, a field survey that gives a broad picture of the health of the Little River. The “Index of Biological Integrity” is conducted yearly to quantitatively assess changes in the composition of biologic communities and to accurately reflect the ecological complexity of river systems.

Friends of the Little River who wants to learn more about the biodiversity of the river by participating in this hands-on survey are invited to rsvp for either of the following sampling dates:

July 25, 9:15am in Walland – meet at Coulter’s Bridge parking lot.
July 26, 9:15am in Townsend – meet at the lot just upstream of the handicap parking area next to the river.

These dates may change due to weather conditions.  Please check back for updated information, as rain causes high waters and increases flow, and these conditions are not suitable for IBI sampling.

As a participant you may put on waders and assist the biologists in collecting and identifying fishes and macroinvertibrates, or you may assist from the shore.

Did You Know?

**The main purpose of the IBI project is to collect baseline information on game and non-game fish and macroinvertebrate populations in the region. This baseline data is necessary to update and expand the Tennessee Aquatic Database System (TADS) and aid in the management of fisheries resources in the region.

**The Little River represents an important recreational resource for the state both in consumptive and non-consumptive uses. It supports an active tubing/rafting industry and is an important recreational resource for local residents and tourists alike. It is also the municipal water source of the cities of Alcoa and Maryville.

**Little River provides critical habitat for species of special concern and is home to over 50 species of fish (four listed federally). Additionally, its upper reach supports one of east Tennessee’s better warm water sport fisheries.

**Several rare or endangered species of fish inhabit Little River, and thus, the protection of the watershed is a high priority of managing agencies and local conservation groups.

Please RSVP to snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org if you would like to attend one of these events.  We will limit participation to the first 15 participants at each location.

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Protect & Paddle the Little River, September 8th

Join us Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 12pm to float the Little River from
Perry’s Mill to River John’s Island. This is a benefit for Little River Watershed Association sponsored by River Sports, Hartsoe Law Firm, The Market in Maryville, Saw Works Brewing Company, and River John’s. Thanks to our sponsors!

We will have food, cold drinks and music (provided by local band Sunshine Station), event T-shirts, and a lot of fun!!! To register go to Active.com. See the Facebook page here.

Please like Protect & Paddle on Facebook, and help us spread the word about this fun event. https://www.facebook.com/ProtectandPaddle

See you on Sept. 8!

Registered Participants:

Thank you for registering for the first annual Protect & Paddle benefiting the Little River Watershed Association. Your ticket will help support programs that protect one of the most diverse rivers in the state of Tennessee!

Here is an important list of reminders and instructions for Sunday

If you reserved a boat from River Sports:

1. Please arrive at River John’s Island between 11:15 and 12:00 p.m. River John’s Island is located at 4134 Cave Mill Rd., Maryville, TN 37804 (865) 982-0793
http://www.riverjohns.com/map.htm
2. Check in and catch the group shuttle up to Perry’s Mill. The first shuttles will leave at 12:00 p.m.

If you have your own boat:

1. Drop off your boat and gear at Perry’s Mill between 10:30–11:30 AM. River Sports staff or LRWA Volunteers will watch boats and gear.
2. Bring a Personal Floatation Device!
3. Head to River John’s Island to park, check in, and catch the group shuttle.

Please do not arrive at River John’s Island at 12:00 with your boat, or it will delay you paddling with the group!

For all participants:

Please bring the following:
1. Driver’s License if you plan to drink beer after the float
2. Change of clothes for comfort
3. Lawn chair (optional, but very limited seating on the island)
4. Sun Screen and a hat (optional)

Remember also to leave your valuables at home or secure in dry bags attached firmly to your boat!

Due to insurance regulations, no dogs will be permitted. Please also note that the event is rain or shine; no refunds for rain, but we will not paddle in the event of lightning or unsafe conditions.

Thank you for your support!

If you have questions, please call 523-0066 or 524-5657.

Map showing River John’s (Take Out and Shuttle Location) and Perry’ Mill (Kayak and Canoe Put in)

 

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VIP Floatilla – June 12th

On June 12, 2013, the Little River Watershed Association hosted a Floatilla for 25 community leaders and guests. The VIP Floatilla began with a hands-on look at the fish and macroinvertebrates.  The presentations were organized by Larry Everett and staff from TDEC, Joyce Coombs and staff from UT Fisheries, and Patrick Rakes and JR Shute from Conservation Fisheries.  After learning about the fish and macroinvertebrates found in Little River, guests were provided a box lunch under the shade trees on River John’s island. Guests then boarded canoes and paddled the lower Little River to the Alcoa Water Treatment Plant where they received a site tour from Dorothy Rader who works at the Alcoa Water Treatment plant.  It was a fun day and a great opportunity to showcase just how special the Little River is!

One attendee commented, “I found the whole experience informative and enjoyable. The demonstrations and talks by the various professionals monitoring and collecting data were interesting and enlightening. I found they set the stage well for provoking thoughts about Little River and the various natural and man-made threats as we subsequently floated on down the river.  Another stated, “I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the Alcoa Water Plant – the presentation was informative and the tour of the actual plant facility fascinated me – the Alcoa Water Plant is an impressive facility and it is obvious the staff takes great pride in maintaining a pristine facility.”

Thank you to our guests and our technical providers!

The VIP floatilla is one of our favorite seasonal events!

 

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Little River Fest, May 4th

Event Poster Designed by Katie Connaster, Maryville College

 

Join us for Little River Fest! This annual event helps raise awareness about the importance of keeping our drinking water and our greenways and blueways clean and safe. Volunteers help with stream cleanup projects and are invited to attend the post-cleanup celebration at the Maryville Greenbelt Park. We provide food, music and fun! All ages are welcome.

Morning Cleanup:

From 8am-10am, volunteers can check-in at the Maryville Greenbelt Park (201 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN, 37801). At check-in, volunteers will be given trash bags and gloves and will be assigned a designated river location in need of your personal TLC.

Boaters are welcome and encouraged to participate in cleaning up of the banks of the Little River from the park boundary to Rockford Community Park. Large groups can pre-register by calling Little RiverWatershed Association at 980-2130. Morning participants will receive a free ticket for the afternoon post-event celebration at Maryville Greenways Park. The LRWA asks that volunteers bring the trash back to Old Walland Highway or Highway 321 Greenbelt Park where feasible so that Blount County can pick the trash up easily and take to the landfill.
Post-Event Celebration:

From 12-2 pm, the Little River Watershed Association will host an appreciation event at Maryville Greenbelt Park. If you volunteered for the morning cleanup, you will receive a ticket to come join us for food, music, and a relaxing late afternoon on the banks of the Pistol Creek listening to local band “Pistol Creek Catch of the Day”. For more information, call Little River Watershed Association at 980-2130, or e-mail us.

Note: In the event of heavy rains or high waters, the event will be canceled. Volunteers must sign this Waiver. Boaters may want to refer to this link.

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Watershed!, the Movie..April 26th

Join us on the 26th to watch the acclaimed film,“Watershed“, which has been screened at the Banff and Red Rock Film film festivals. The showing is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Student AWRA Chapter and will brings awareness to local and global watershed issues.

Part of the proceeds will go to LittleRIver Watershed Association and Legacy Parks.

Location: “Relix” Theatre, 1208 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917

So come to the Relix Theatre on the 26th to show your support for watershed issues!

 

 

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Little River Watershed 101, “Ask an Expert!”

Little River Watershed 101: Ask An Expert

Maryville, Tenn. – The Little River Watershed Association will host its first Little River Watershed 101 event of the year on Thursday, April 25 at the Blount County Library from 6:30-8:30. The group is providing the community with an informal chance to speak with technical experts from a range of state and local government agents and other non-profits with overlapping goals.

“The idea is to get these organizations in one room to answer questions and discuss what they are doing in the areas of conservation, water quality and stream ecology and regional conservation,” said Kim Raia, LRWA board chair.

The groups that will attend include Blount County, Alcoa and Maryville Stormwater Programs, Conservation Fisheries, the National Park Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the University of Tennessee Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, Plan East Tennessee, and the Knoxville Water Quality Forum. The event is free and open to the public.

The Little River Watershed 101 began in 2012 as an outreach program designed to increase awareness and appreciation for the Little River. The purpose of the series is to educate the public about watershed issues and to explain why the Little River Watershed is a unique natural resource worthy of our stewardship. Our quarterly outreach events address why the Little River needs protecting and provides practical steps that everyone can take to conserve this natural resource.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, April 25 6:30-8:30

Where: Blount County Library 508 N Cusick St, Maryville, TN 37804

How: No reservations needed, free to the public

The mission of the Little River Watershed Association is to foster stewardship and conservation of the Little River and its watershed.

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2013 Winter Gala, Clayton Center

The Little River Watershed Association welcomes the community to participate in its annual winter gala on March 9, 5:00-8pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts for food, music and a live and silent auction. Buy Tickets online or call (865) 980-2130. 

 

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Confirmed Gala 2013 and Little River Fest Sponsors

Level I Sponsors

Foothills Endodontics, Dr. Larry Durand

Level II Sponsors 

Out of Eden Garden Centers

Volunteer Veterinarian Hospital


Little River Watershed Board of Directors 
 


Level III Sponsors

Adventures Unlimited
Anderson Rental
Applebee’s
Aubrey’s
Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams

Brown’s Creek Wine & Spirits
Cheeseburgers in Paridise!
Chilhowee Grooming
Chili’s
Chilhowee Veterinary Clinic
Chilhowee Soaring Association

Chilhowee Inn
Clayton Center for the Arts
Merideth Bradford Clebsch
Creekwood Cabin
Coleman Company

Conservation Fisheries
Bob Curnell
Dancing Bear Lodge

Disney World
DK Cumming Paintings 
Dollywood
Larry Durand
Elise Eustace

Eagle Distributing
First Tennessee Bank
FloatTotes.com
The Flower Shop
Friends of the Smokies

Foothills Milling Company
Gracie’s Home Cooking
Great Smoky Mountains Association
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
Gondolier
David Harrill
Jeanie Hilten
Home Depot

Hot Rods
Ihop
Steve Kaufman
Keurig
Kroger John and Thelma Lamb
Little River Trading Company
Marriott Hotels
Maryville College
Tom Maxwell
Murlin’s Music World
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Ocoee Outdoors
Senator Doug Overbey
Overhill Gardens
Peggy Lambert
PetSafe
John Richardson
Ritchie Tractor
Ripley’s Aquarium
Representative Bob Ramsey
River John’s Island
Marion Schlauch
Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Sullivan Photography
Sullivan’s Restaurant
Tennesee Valley Railroad
The Market
Titanic Museum
Titans Football
Kim Trevathan
Trillium Cove Home & Garden
Volunteer Veterinarian Hospital
The Walland Market/BP
Walmart-Alcoa
Carol Ware
Bonnie Waigand
Wilderness in the Smokies
Wonderworks
Alane Wyss

If you would like to help sponsor the Gala and the 2013 Little River Fest please check the sponsorship page here:
 http://www.littleriverwatershed.org/?page_id=2540

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Feb 23rd Adopt a Stream

February 23rd Adopt a Stream Cleanup

The recent floods have uncovered a large amount of debris. We need volunteers to help us with a scheduled river cleanup this Saturday February 23, 2013.

Details:
We will be focusing on clean-up along the banks of the river. The clean-up will begin at 9:00 AM and last about 4 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak on the Little River that day, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.

What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.   Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Directions:
Meet at 9:00 AM at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).

From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click Here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

Sign-Up:
Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at
snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org
Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!

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Love our great greenway system? Attend a meeting on December 6th.

Attend a meeting on December 6th to learn about area greenway plans and to hear about benefits including economic development, improved health and better transportation options. This is also an opportunity to share your thoughts on future trail and greenway connections for the region.

This meeting is sponsored by Plan East Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway Council and the Knoxville Regional TPO and will be held from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Blount County Public Library, Sharon Lawson Room, 508 North Cusick Street, Maryville.

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LITTLE RIVER CLEANUP SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1ST

LITTLE RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION IS ORGANIZING A RIVER CLEANUP. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US WITH A SCHEDULED RIVER CLEANUP ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST.

Details:
We will be focusing on clean-up along the banks of the river. The clean-up will begin at 9:00 AM and last about 3.5 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak on the Little River that day, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route. LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.

What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots. Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along. Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Directions:
Meet at 9:00 at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).
From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right. Click Here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

Sign-Up:
Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at
snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org

Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!

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Beer and Barbecue at The Market at Washington and High

Join us at 6 PM November 15th for beer tasting and barbecue.

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Little River cleanup scheduled for September 29th

Little River Watershed Association is organizing a river cleanup.  We need volunteers to help us with a scheduled river cleanup on Saturday September 29th.


Details:
We will be focusing on clean-up along the banks of the river. The clean-up will begin at 8:30 AM and last about 3.5 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak on the Little River that day, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.

What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.   Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Directions:
Meet at 8:15 at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).

From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click Here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

Sign-Up:
Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at
snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org


Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water.  We hope you can join us!

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Little River Watershed 101, July 10th and 13th

Little River Watershed Association

Juvenile Hellbender

You are invited to join TWRA, TDEC, TVA, UT and the Little River Watershed Association in the 25th annual IBI survey, a field survey that gives a broad picture of the health of the Little River. The “Index of Biological Integrity” is conducted yearly to quantitatively assess changes in the composition of biologic communities and to accurately reflect the ecological complexity of river systems.

Friends of the Little River who wants to learn more about the biodiversity of the river by participating in this hands-on survey are invited to rsvp for either of the following sampling dates:

July 10, 9:30am in Walland — meet at Coulter’s Bridge parking lot.
July 13, 9:30am in Townsend — meet at the lot just upstream of the handicap parking area next to the river.

As a participant you may put on waders and assist the biologists in collecting and identifying fishes and macroinvertibrates, or you may assist from the shore.

Did You Know?

**The main purpose of the IBI project is to collect baseline information on game and non-game fish and macroinvertebrate populations in the region. This baseline data is necessary to update and expand the Tennessee Aquatic Database System (TADS) and aid in the management of fisheries resources in the region.

**The Little River represents an important recreational resource for the state both in consumptive and non-consumptive uses. It supports an active tubing/rafting industry and is an important recreational resource for local residents and tourists alike. It is also the municipal water source of the cities of Alcoa and Maryville.

**Little River provides critical habitat for species of special concern and is home to over 50 species of fish (four listed federally). Additionally, its upper reach supports one of east Tennessee’s better warm water sport fisheries.

**Several rare or endangered species of fish inhabit Little River, and thus, the protection of the watershed is a high priority of managing agencies and local conservation groups.

Please RSVP to snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org if you would like to attend one of these events.  We will limit participation to the first 15 participants at each location.

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Green Building Resources

The Southeast Watershed Forum and University of Georgia recently released a report on Green Building Programs in the Southeast. Many of the programs focus on site design and watershed-friendly development practices, along with water and energy efficient building and community practices. The report is available as a free pdf at

http://www.southeastwaterforum.org/files/pdf/GreenBldgRpt2012.pdf

There will also be a regional webinar on Community Green Building Practices in the Southeast on May 17 from 1-2 p.m. The webinar will feature community leaders from Mecklenburg County, NC; Tallahassee, FL, and Chattanooga, TN discussing their efforts to build more sustainable communities. Visit this link to register.

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PlanET Regional Meeting, April 23rd in Alcoa.

Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) is a regional partnership formed to ask East Tennesseans to help craft the region’s future. A second regional meeting will be held tonight at the Alcoa Service Center.  See the Plan East TN website for more information about the five county project to develop a blueprint for East Tennessee.

Monday April, 23, 2012 6:00 PM
Alcoa Service Center (
map)
http://www.planeasttn.org/

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A Big Thanks To Our 2012 Gala Supporters!

We held our 7th Annual Fundraiser at the Clayton Center for the Arts in early March and we’re pleased to say we met our goal by raising almost $20,000.  This event is our primary fundraiser and the net proceeds allow us to set a course of action for the 2012-2013 year.   Thanks to the businesses, services, artisans and river supporters donating items for our live and silent auction.

See 2012 Gala Program Guide


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Little River Fest, April 28th

The event is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of the Little River’s water quality, and to engage citizens in helping to protect the Little River from degradation. Volunteers are invited to attend the post-cleanup celebration on the banks of the river at River John’s Island in Maryville for food, music and fun. All ages are welcome.

Morning Cleanup:
From 8am-10am, volunteers can check-in at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center (Highway 321 in Townsend). At check-in, volunteers will be given bags and gloves and be assigned a designated river location in need of your personal TLC. Boaters are welcome and encouraged to participate in cleaning up of the banks of the Little River from the park boundary to Rockford Community Park. Large groups and anyone can pre-register by calling Little River Watershed Association at 980-2130. Morning participants will receive a free ticket for the afternoon post-event celebration at River John’s Island. The LRWA asks that volunteers bring the trash back to Old Walland Highway or Highway 321 where possible so that Blount County can pick the trash up easily and take to the landfill.

Post-Event Celebration:
From 4-7pm, the Little River Watershed Association will host an appreciation event at River John’s Island. If you volunteered for the morning cleanup, you will receive a ticket to come join us for barbecue, music, and a relaxing late afternoon on the banks of the little river.

For more information, call Little River Watershed Association at 980-2130, or e-mail snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org

Note: In the event of heavy rains or high waters, the event will be canceled.

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Little River Trading Company Community Day


Come by Little River Trading Co. & CYCOLOGY BICYCLES on Saturday, April 21st. Little River Watershed Association will be participating in the second annual Community Day. If you mention Little River Watershed when you make your purchase, Little River Trading Company will donate 10% of your item price (pre-tax) to us!
LRTC started Community Day to afford local outdoor advocacy groups a chance to get in touch with the people who play outdoors, that’s us!
Come by the store on April 21st and 10% of your designated purchase can go to the Little River Watershed Association.

And, bring your e-waste. E-cycle will be onsite to collect old computers and monitors.

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Volunteer for Adopt-A-Stream March 17, 9am-12:30pm–Postponed! April 28th

As part of LRWA’s ongoing commitment to preserving and protecting the Little River, the organization hosts four river cleanups per year.With the help from volunteers, the cleanups have removed thousands of pounds of garbage from the banks of the Little River!

Meeting place: 5396 Old Walland Hwy (the old location for Eats by the Creek restaurant)
Google Map Meeting Location 

Directions: From Hwy 321 turn left onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, and the meeting location is immediately on the right.

What to bring: For volunteers who are not canoeing, it is recommended to wear long pants, closed-toed shoes or boots. Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves, bring them along. Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Early Sign-Up: Call the office at 980-2130 or e-mail snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org Early sign-up helps us to provide enough materials for all volunteers. Registration and sign-up on the 17th will be handled at the Walland location listed above.

Volunteers for the LRWA will collect garbage along the banks of the Little River in Walland as part of the organization’s Adopt-A-Stream participation. Volunteers may stick to the banks to collect trash or they may canoe and kayak to help collect trash in the river. LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions, and mark trash drop-off locations.

Please check your e-mail or visit our website before the cleanup for any last-minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!

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Little River Watershed Association and Blount County Stormwater Department to Host Residential Stormwater Workshop

The Little River Watershed Association’s new education series entitled Watershed 101 will host the second event for the community entitled Stream Makeover: Practices to Safeguard Little River. Speaker Andrea Ludwig, PhD, Assistant Professor from the Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science, will discuss ways residents can reduce their stormwater footprint around homes and gardens. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 21, 7-8pm in the Blount County Public Library, Dorothy Herron Room A. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Citizens will learn about easy best management practices (or BMPs) around their homes and gardens to help reduce their stormwater footprint. These include using permeable alternatives for walkways and driveways, disconnecting gutter downspout from the storm drain, and protecting the water’s edge with vegetated buffers. Similarly, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are using BMPs to protect the Little River from potential impacts due to agricultural production. They are conducting research on and demonstrating the effective use of constructed wetlands and buffers within the landscape to safeguard our water resources. Learn about the environmental research program at the new dairy research and education facility on Ellejoy Road.

About the Little River Watershed 101 Series:

In addition to providing some of the cleanest drinking water in the state, the Little River is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in the state. There are many ways citizens can help protect aquatic resources and water quality from potential impacts due to urban development and

agricultural land use in watersheds. The Little River Watershed 101 series is focused on the Little River, a unique and threatened resource right here in Blount County. The purpose of the series is to educate the public about what makes up a watershed and why the Little River Watershed is especially valuable to the residents of this area. Quarterly events will address why the Little River needs protecting as well as provide practical steps that everyone can take to help.

The first event in the series was entitled Darters, Damselflies, and Rock Dams. Speakers from The University of Tennessee Fisheries department introduced the aquatic life found in the Little River and explained why the Little River is used as a “reference” watershed, and addressed how the construction of rock dams can cause harm to aquatic life.

About the Little River Watershed Association:

The Little River Watershed Association exists to protect and enhance the Little River and its tributaries through mobilizing public support, building public awareness and recommending best management practices. To accomplish this mission, LRWA performs three roles: advocacy, education and coordination of resources. The LRWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, please visit LittleRiverWatershed.org and Little River Watershed Association on Facebook

About the Blount County Stormwater Department:

The Blount County Stormwater Department is responsible for administration of water quality programs in the unincorporated, urbanized areas of Blount County. The Department is responsible for controlling discharges of pollutants to the public stormwater system. For more information, please visit BlountTn.org/stormwater.asp or call 681-9301.

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2012 Winter Gala!

2012 Winter Gala

Saturday, March 3rd, 5:30-8 pm Clayton Center for the Arts
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You are invited to join us for the fun on March 3rd, 2012 to celebrate the successes of the LRWA and share your stories and network with volunteers, community leaders, donors and other Friends of the LRWA.The evening’s program includes live music, a silent and live auction, time for fun and conversation, heavy hors d’oeuvres and more. This year, we’re excited to hold our event at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

2012 Gala Sponsorship Opportunities

Business Sponsorship: Businesses donating $500.00 will receive 2 complementary GALA tickets and sponsorship listing on the event publications.

Attendees--$75.00/$80.00 Online (1 ticket, entertainment, food, and beverage at the Clayton Center on the evening of March 3rd)

Silent and Live Auction Donations: Businesses and artisans provide a crucial role in our fundraiser by providing donated items and services for our silent and live auctions. Vendors have also contributed food and beverages, event venues and entertainment.
Live and silent auction items help create excitement about our event and increase attendance.

Are you interested in donating something to the 2012 GALA? Please contact our GALA Chair, Stephanie Biddle,
at Stephanie.Biddle@littleriverwatershed.org or call the Little River Watershed office to discuss (865)980-2130.

Donation forms can be mailed to:

Little River Watershed Association
1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804

Or e-mail the contents of the form to:
snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org
Donation of Item or In-kind Service

Please return this completed form no later than February 10, 2012, to insure inclusion in the event program.

Description of Item(s)/Services: We receive higher bids for items that have well detailed descriptions.
Please make sure to add any restrictions, item expiration dates, or other limitations on the use and availability of the item or service.
__________________________________________________________________

How should the donation be acknowledged in the Program? (e.g. “Donated by Jim and Betty Jones, Alcoa, TN.”)
_____________________________________________________________________

Donor’s Valuation of Item (for IRS purposes): $___________________________________

Company or Donor Name: __________________________________________________

Contact Person’s Name: ____________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________ Fax: _____________________________

E-mail:________________________________________________________________

Website: _______________________________________________________________

Additional information we should include: _______________________________________

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Little River Watershed 101 Series Continues

The Little River Watershed Association held the inaugural lecture in its “Little River Watershed 101” Education Series at the Blount County Library on November 16, 2011. Joyce Coombs and Adam Jaeckel from the University of Tennessee Wildlife and Fisheries department jointly presented “Darters, Damselflies, and Rock Dams.” This was the first in a quarterly speaker and outdoor education series focusing on the Little River, a unique resource here in Blount County.

We will host another lecture on February 21st, 2012 at the Maryville Public Library.

Below is a summary of the November presentation, and stay tuned for details on the February event.

“Darters, Damselflies, and Rock Dams”
Darters and Damselflies – Joyce Coombs, Research Associate, University of Tennessee Wildlife and Fisheries Department

Joyce Coombs discussed the aquatic life found in the Little River, as identified, measured, and categorized by the University of Tennessee Fisheries department experts. She explained why the Little River is a reference stream used to compare to other streams of similar origin, size and geology. “It is one of the healthiest streams in East Tennessee, however we are starting to see declines in habitat and species diversity.”

Joyce described how the water quality of the Little River is measured using biological and physical data. The Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) is used as a “score” to assess the health of the river. A score of 60 indicates the healthiest stream ecosystem. In 2010 the Little River near Coulter’s Bridge had a score of 60! In 2011 the score was essentially unchanged at 56. (Ed.: This reflects a healthy ecosytem at that location along the river but does not necessarily reflect the water quality further down stream. It does not mean that the water at Coulter’s Bridge meets EPA Drinking Water standards). She explained how the EPT taxa score is based on the observed population of the pollutant sensitive macroinvertebrate larvae of mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. She showed how physical habitat plays a critical role in a healthy river ecosystem. Elevated sediment loads can adversely affect habitat for the many native species in the Little River. Even the location and size of rocks on the stream bottom are important. The audience was impressed by the number of different fish species present in the river. One attendee was quoted “I am impressed at the beauty of the Tangerine Darter and the Blueside Darter. Who would have thought that right in our own backyard we have such colorful fish rivaling those found on salt water coral reefs? I can’t wait to go snorkeling in the Little River during the next fish spawning season.”

 

Tangerine Darter (found in the Little River)

Joyce showed photographs of other aquatic life found in the river including snapping turtles, salamanders (Hellbender), mussels, and crayfish. The UT Fisheries Department conducts education outreach including: the Teachers Excellence Workshop, Casting for Recovery, and UT Fisheries Techniques Classes.

 Rock Dams – Adam Jaeckel, University of Tennessee, Student – UT Fisheries Major

Adam Jaeckel addressed the recreational activities on the Little River, namely the construction of rock dams by users of the Little River, and how these dams can cause harm to aquatic life. Adam discussed the objectives of the Little River Restoration Project which include returning the river to a more natural state by replacing natural rock formations, eliminating channels resulting from the rock dams, and restoring aquatic habitat. The project also seeks to reduce erosion. Erosion leads to siltation and declines in species diversity in the vicinity of the rock dams. Adam worked with volunteers from the Student Chapter of Wildlife and Fisheries Society in September 2011 to remove rock dams in the Little River restoring riffle habitat for the Tangerine Darter and a host of other native species. Adam discussed how community education such as this was another objective of the restoration project.

The purpose of the Little River Watershed 101 series is to educate the public about watershed dynamics and why the Little River Watershed is especially valuable to the residents of this area.

In addition to providing some of the cleanest drinking water in the state, the Little River is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in the Southeast.

Links to the full presentations are here:
Darters and Damselflies
Rock Dams

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Little River Watershed Association Hosts Fall River Cleanup And Kicks Off Community Watershed Education Series

The Little River Watershed Association is excited to announce two upcoming events that will kick off a quarterly speaker and outdoor education series called “LITTLE RIVER WATERSHED 101”  focusing on the Little River, a unique and threatened resource right here in Blount County.

The purpose of the series is to educate the public about watershed dynamics and why the Little River Watershed is especially valuable to the residents of this area. Topics will also address why the Little River needs protecting as well as provide practical steps that everyone can take to help.

**The first event is the fall Adopt-A-Stream cleanup on Saturday, November 12, 10am-12:30pm. For more details on how to volunteer for this event, see below.
**The first lecture in the Watershed Education 101 series is entitled Darters, Damselflies, and Rock Dams and will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 7-8pm in the Blount County Public Library, Dorothy Herron Room A. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

In addition to providing some of the cleanest drinking water in the state, the Little River is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in the area.  Joyce Coombs, Research Associate and Adam William Jaeckel, Graduate Student in the University of Tennessee Fisheries department will introduce the aquatic life found in the Little River, as identified, measured, and categorized by the University of Tennessee Fisheries experts. They will explain why the Little River is used as a “benchmark” river, one that is so diverse, it is used to measure water quality standards in other areas of our region. The speakers from UT will also address the recreational activities on the Little River, namely the construction of rock dams, and how these dams can cause harm to aquatic life.

To Volunteer for Adopt-A-Stream November 12, 10am-12:30pm

As part of LRWA’s ongoing commitment to preserving and protecting the Little River, the organization hosts four river cleanups per year.With the help from volunteers, the cleanups have removed thousands of pounds of garbage from the banks of the Little River!

Meeting place: 5396 Old Walland Hwy (the old location for Eats by the Creek restaurant)

Directions: From Hwy 321 turn left onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, and the meeting location is immediately on the right.

What to bring: For volunteers who are not canoeing, it is recommended to wear long pants, closed-toed shoes or boots. Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves, bring them along. Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Early Sign-Up: Call the office at 980-2130 or e-mail snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org  Early sign-up helps us to provide enough materials for all volunteers. Registration and sign-up on the 12th will be handled at the Walland location listed above.

Volunteers for the LRWA will collect garbage along the banks of the Little River in Walland as part of the organization’s Adopt-A-Stream participation. Volunteers may stick to the banks to collect trash or they may canoe and kayak to help collect trash in the river. LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions, and mark trash drop-off locations.

Please check your e-mail or visit our website before the cleanup for any last-minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!
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November 16th, “Little River Watershed 101” Series Begins

LRWA is kicking off an educational program, Little River Watershed 101, to increase awareness and appreciation for the Little River. In addition to providing some of the cleanest drinking water in the state, the Little River is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in the area.

The first lecture in the Little River Watershed 101 series, entitled Darters, Damselflies, and Rock Dams, will take place WednesdayNovember 16, 7-8pm in the Blount County Public Library, Dorothy Herron Room A. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Joyce Coombs, Research Associate and Adam William Jaeckel, Graduate Student in the University of Tennessee Fisheries department will discuss aquatic life found in the Little River, as identified, measured, and categorized by the University of Tennessee Fisheries experts. They will explain why the Little River is used as a “benchmark” river, one that is so diverse, it is used to measure water quality standards in other areas of our region. The speakers from UT will also address the recreational activities on the Little River, namely the construction of rock dams, and how these dams can cause harm to aquatic life.

Please join us on November 16th!

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November 12th Adopt a Stream Clean-up

Adopt a Stream, November 12, 10am-12:30pm

As part of LRWA’s ongoing commitment to preserving and protecting the Little River, the organization hosts four river cleanups per year. With the help from volunteers, the cleanups have removed thousands of pounds of garbage from the banks of the Little River!

Volunteers for the LRWA will collect garbage along the banks of the Little River in Walland as part of the organization’s Adopt-A-Stream participation. Volunteers may stick to the banks to collect trash or they may canoe and kayak to help collect trash in the river. LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions, and mark trash drop-off locations.

Meeting place: 5396 Old Walland Hwy (the old location for Eats by the Creek restaurant)

Directions: From Hwy 321 turn left onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, and the meeting location is immediately on the right.

What to bring: For volunteers who are not canoeing, it is recommended to wear long pants, closed-toed shoes or boots. Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves, bring them along. Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Early Sign-Up: Call the office at 980-2130 or e-mail snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org  Early sign-up helps us to provide enough materials for all volunteers. Registration and sign-up on the 12th will be handled at the Walland location listed above.

Please check your e-mail or visit our website before the cleanup for any last-minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water. We hope you can join us!

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Octoberfest and Brewer’s Jam Next Saturday, October 22nd

It’s fall, and there are lots of fun things to do in East Tennessee!

First, LRWA will compete in the bar-b-que cook-off taking place at the Octoberfest celebration in Louisville next Saturday. We’ll have a booth, so come by and enjoy the festivities!

From the website: The Town of Louisville is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Octoberfest at the new Town Hall. Octoberfest hours will be from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase (see link here).

Live Local Bands on Stage
Barbeque Throwdown
Cornhole Tournament
Bass Fishing Tournament
Free Kids Fishing Rodeo
Arts & Crafts Displays
Antique Farm Equipment Demonstrations

So, consider a trip by the Octoberfest to say hello, then head over to Knoxville for the Community Shares Brewer’s Jam!  LRWA is volunteering, as part of our membership in Community Shares.

Community Shares is a nonprofit that promotes workplace giving throughout Tennessee workplaces.  LRWA joined Community Shares last spring, and will recieve a part of the proceeds from fundraisers like this, and through workplace giving campaigns where Community Shares participates.

There are just a few tickets left, so see the website soon if you are interested in attending the Brewer’s Jam.

 

 

 

 

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River Cleanup–Saturday, September 3rd, LRWA Improvement Survey Closing Soon

If you are looking for something to do before kick-off how about coming out to help us with a clean-up!  LRWA does river clean-ups four times a year as part of Blount County’s Adopt-A-Stream program.

We’ll meet tomorrow morning at 8:30, and work ’till around noon.  Directions and further information at this link:
http://www.littleriverwatershed.org/?p=1904

Also, don’t forget to take our improvement survey.  We want your input to help plan future outreach activities.   Take the survey by following this link:
http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CVWMM62NM

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Help Us Improve!

LRWA needs your help in determing how our organization can best work to preserve and protect the resources of the Little River watershed. We are asking our friends and supporters to help us fine tune our mission and enhance our community programs. We greatly appreciate your feedback! Please take 5 minutes to complete this short online survey. Results will be tallied on September 3rd.  Visit this link to begin.

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Little River Cleanup Scheduled for September 3rd

Little River Watershed Association is organizing a river cleanup.  We need volunteers to help us with a scheduled river cleanup on Saturday September 3rd.


Details:
We will be focusing on clean-up along the banks of the river. The clean-up will begin at 8:30 AM and last about 3.5 hours. If you want to canoe or kayak on the Little River that day, we can mark trash drop off locations along the route.  LRWA will not be providing boats or shuttling service, but boaters can check in and pick up trash bags and instructions.

What you need:
It is recommended to wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots.   Gloves will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring them along.  Children under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Directions:
Meet at 8:15 at the picnic area next to the formerly known restaurant “Eats by the Creek” (5396 Old Walland Hwy).

From Hwy 321 turn onto Old Walland Hwy between the volunteer fire station and the Walland Center/ BP/ Post Office. Cross over the Walland Bridge, the meeting location is on the right.  Click Here for a link to a google map of the meeting location.

Sign-Up:
Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at
snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org


Please check your email or visit our website before the Clean-Up for any last minute modifications due to weather. We will cancel the event if there is inclement weather or high water.  We hope you can join us!

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Community TV to spotlight LRWA Upcoming Events

Please tune in to Community TV Tuesday April 12th at 1:15 P.M. to hear an interview conducted by Carolyn Jensen and featuring our LRWA director, Mark Whited.  Channels airing the program are:

Comcast Channel—12
Charter Channel——6
Knology Channel—–6
AT&T U-verse Channel–99

You can also watch the live stream on the web at www.ctvknox.org (same time and date).

Mark will be talking about the Little River, the work of the LRWA, and our upcoming Little River Fest , scheduled for Saturday April 16th.  You can help us spread the word about Little River Fest on Facebook by logging in, signing up, and inviting your friends to attend.  We hope to see you on Saturday and the FACEBOOK event link is here:
Little River Fest on FACEBOOK.

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Community Day at Little River Trading Company

Are you in need of new gear? Are you planning on hiking the Appalachian Trail this summer and need a new tent? Are your boots worn out? Is that backpack too small for your planned camping trip to the Smokies? Has that old climbing rope taken one too many falls?

Then come out this Saturday to the Little River Trading Company and purchase those essential items. Tell the cashier that you want 10% of your purchase to be donated to the Little River Watershed Association.

This Saturday, April 2nd, is the first annual Community Day!

9:00am until 12:00pm

LRTC Community Day

Follow the link below for a Google map to the store.

Little River Trading Company

2408 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville TN 37804

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Plain Talk on Quality Growth

March Conference Addresses Growth in East Tennessee

Where & When:

Plain Talk On Quality Growth:

Tools For Action

March 30-31, 2011

Knoxville Convention Center

Knoxville, TN

Details

Register

East Tennessee Quality Growth Website

Plain Talk On Quality Growth is a conference aimed at enhancing East Tennessean’s quality of life by first achieving Quality Growth created by regional cooperation and local action.

Join Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., Honorary Conference Chairman, and other influential stakeholders from area governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and businesses from the 16 county East Tennessee region to discuss the growth issues facing our communities in building consensus towards common-ground policies and implementing programs to assure Quality Growth.

Click here for full conference details and registration.



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2011 Little River Watershed Association GALA countdown!

The Little River Watershed Association Annual Gala is scheduled for March 12th, 5:30 PM at the Clayton Center!  It’s not too late to purchase tickets through our website or by calling our office at 865 980 2130.

The Clayton Center is going to be a great venue for spending a spring evening in support of the watershed association.  We’re looking forward to fantastic food catered by First Fruits, music by ‘Shafer, Ogle and Lee’, and a live and silent auction conducted by the legendary Bear Stephenson.

Some of the great auction items include outdoor and river adventure tours, Great Smoky Mountain get away trips, outdoor equipment, Tremont packages, nature photography, and much more.  The list of auction items is on our website  at this link: GALA! (Check this link for updated auction items as we get closer to Saturday’s event.)

Remember, our goal next Saturday is to raise $35,000 to support the watershed programs for 2011 and 2012.  To do this, we need your help, so plan on coming out to the Clayton Center!  Help the Little River Watershed Association (LRWA) continue to be the ‘voice of the river’.

Special Offer:  We’re conducting a contest on Facebook to give a way two pairs of GALA tickets ($75.00 value/ticket).  Come on over to our Facebook site and ‘like us’  and while you are there, answer the trivia question correctly for a chance to win!

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Little River Watershed Association Little River Fest Scheduled for April 16th, 2011

This year, we are returning to our river roots and focusing our spring river cleanup on the Townsend portion of Little River.

Morning Cleanup:

  • From 8am-10am we will have a check-in at the Townsend Visitor Center (Highway 321 in Townsend). There you will receive your materials (bags, gloves) and be assigned a designated river location in need of your personal TLC.
  • Boaters are welcomed and encouraged to participate in cleaning up of the banks of the Little River from the park boundary to Rockford Community Park.
  • Large groups can pre-register starting March 21st by calling Little River Watershed Association  at 980-2130.
  • Morning participants will receive a free ticket for the afternoon post-event celebration at River John’s Island
  • We ask that you bring the trash back to Old Walland Highway BP Station where a Waste Container will be provided by Waste Management, INC.   For boaters and others who cannot transport waste by car, leave bagged waste along Old Walland Highway (Little River Road) or Highway 321. We will sweep these sections mid-day and early afternoon.  Boaters traveling to River John’s can drop off what they’ve gathered on the island and we will transport back to the area dumpster.
  • Everyone is welcome, so join us if you can!

Post-Event Celebration:

  • From 4-7 pm Little River Watershed Association will host an appreciation event at River John’s Island.  (Map to Island here).
  • If you volunteered for the morning cleanup, you will receive a ticket to come join us for barbecue, music, and a relaxing late afternoon on the banks of the little river.
  • Live music from local artists Logan Murrell and the Ian Thomas Band!

For more information:

Call Little River Watershed Association at 980-2130, or e-mail snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org

Note:  Rain date will be April 23rd, with post-event celebration taking place at Tremont.

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2011 Little River Watershed Winter Gala March 12 at the Clayton Center!

2011 Little River Watershed Winter Gala

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Clayton Center for the Arts. 5:30

The Little River Watershed Association (LRWA) is the only organized voice of the river. Since its founding, the organization has embarked on important programs to monitor the water quality, host river clean-ups and conduct educational programs for our schools and community.

Please join us on Saturday, March 12, when we celebrate the successes of the Little River Watershed Association with our friends, volunteers, and the generous community leaders and supporters who contribute to the organization by participating in this yearly event.

The annual gala fundraiser is an essential part of our funding, and a chance to recognize the supporters of our organization. The goal for the 2011 Winter Gala on March 12 is to raise $35,000, and we know we can do it with your help!

Tickets are $75/person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by First Fruits Catering in Walland, live music from Shaffer, Ogle and Lee, as well as a silent and live auction conducted by Bear Stephenson, auctioneer extraordinaire. Don’t miss this great time for fun and conversation. Seating is limited to 250 people, so pre-registration is recommended.

You can now purchase tickets online through Network for Good.

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Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Little River Watershed Association office, at
(865) 980-2130.


Here are a just a few of our auction items!

  • Private beer tasting  for 15 at The Market on Washington & High

    Want to impress your friends? They will certainly feel special when you invite them to a private party at The Market for a beer tasting led by Dr. Todd White and Mike Adams. Bring 15 of your friends for a beer tasting and dining experience. You will sample some of the world’s finest craft beers and imports, and enjoy a light supper with plenty of laughter, fun and conversation to go.

  • Matching ‘his and her’ Schwinn Cruisers

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Don’t let the motorcyclists have all the fun! Ride in style with this pair of  26″ Schwinn bicycles — one blue, the other pink. These babies also come with two $25 Wal-Mart gift certficates to purchase helmets.

  • Personal Chef – Mike Blair of The Event Barn, customized gourmet meal

    Wouldn’t it be great to host a sit-down dinner party for up to 8 people without worring about cooking, serving or cleaning?  Well, you can! Mike Blair and his wife, Leslie will cook a gourmet dinner for you and your guests and serve you as you sit and enjoy conversation that you may have missed if you were in the kitchen cooking and serving.

  • Miss Lily’s Townsend Getaway

    It’s time to get out of the city and enjoy a quaint weekend getaway in the mountains with a 2-night stay in a 2-bedroom condo. Wake up and feast with Sunday brunch for 2 at Miss Lily’s Café. Also includes 2 coffee drinks at The Chocolate Bar.

  • Tremont Gift Card $350

    Tremont is a nonprofit residential environmental education center located in the Smokies that operates year-round to provide in-depth experiences of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It offers programs ranging from photography to naturalist certification to backpacking trips. If you love the outdoors, chances are they’ve got something going on that you’d be interested in.
    www.gsmit.org

  • UT Football

    Celebrate your love for the Vols with a UT helmet autographed by Derrick Dooley AND  4 tickets to the season opener on September 3, 2011, UT vs. Montana. Presented by First Tennessee Bank and SunTrust Bank.

  • Private Cades Cove Bus Tour & Brown Bag Lunch

    Enjoy a relaxing private bus tour for 19 people through the most beautiful mountain scenery in the Smokies. Great outing for employees, Scouts, little league, family reunions or weddings.

  • Lost Sea Adventure Outing

    Deep inside a mountain near Sweetwater in East Tennessee is a remarkable body of water known as The Lost Sea, located in beautiful Sweetwater, Tennessee. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as America’s largest underground lake, the Lost Sea is part of an extensive and historic cave system called Craighead Caverns. This outing will provide admission for15 people as well as15  kids meal lunch vouchers at Chili’s. A perfect treat for a birthday, youth group, little league or Scout troop outing!

  • River john’s island, a three day weekday rental and use of 2 canoes

    River John’s River Island is approximately 3 and 1/3 acres in size. The River Island is surrounded by the waters of the Little River with two bridges to access by.   It is the perfect place to set up camp and find peace a whole lot of beauty and fun.  Spend 3 days with your friends and family relaxing, fishing and canoeing on your own private Island.

  • Dock’s and Carriage Ride

    Enjoy a 2-night stay on the river in Townsend at Dock’s Hotel, complete with a carriage ride for four from Cades Cove Stables and a 1-year subscription to Smoky Mountain Living magazine.

  • Keurig Coffee maker with capsules

  • Astral Personal Floatation Device

  • Outdoor and Travel Gear

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  • Alane Wyss Jewelry

    Inspired by the natural world surrounding the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee

  • Regional Photography by Dave Carver, Life Imagery Photos

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  • Fly Fishing Dream

    Remember A River Runs Through It? Well, Brad Pitt had to learn to fly fish, too! The Little River offers some of the best fly fishing in the country, and there’s no better time to pursue your dream. Get outfitted with an Orvis Fly Fishing Vest, Orvis Fly Fishing Sling and a 2-day beginner’s course with the Little River Outfitters, Fly Fishing School.

  • Little River Cabin and Dinner at Dancing Bear Lodge

    Let your worries drift away in the mountain mist. Imagine being able to take a luxurious getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains in rustic luxury with friends or family. Stay in the River Bend Cabin at Dancing Bear Lodge and enjoy fine dining for four.

  • Pigeon Forge Fun–

    Wilderness at the Smokies
    Dollywood Family Fun

  • Private Cades Cove Bus Tour & Brown Bag Lunch

    Enjoy a relaxing private bus tour for 19 people through the most beautiful mountain scenery in the Smokies. Great outing for employees, Scouts, little league, family reunions or weddings.

  • Pet Portrait, – by Robbie Anderson

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You already love your pet, but you can love them even more with this special personalized portrait that will be cherished for a lifetime.

  • Harley Davidson Rentals , Complements Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson

    Say goodbye to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – or at least the maintenance part. Enjoy a weekend riding around the Smokies with a motorcycle rental for 2 Harley Davidsons.

  • Chilhowee Inn 1 Night Stay and Gift Basket

    Gift Basket from Chilhowee Inn. Items include one evening stay with dessert and full breakfast the next day, a Gift Basket from Chilhowee Inn. Items include one evening stay with dessert and full breakfast the next day, a Smoky Mountain Bed & Breakfast Association cookbook with recipes from the 20+ Inns of the smoky mountains, a signature Chilhowee Inn coffee mug, sampler of specialty teas and coffees, and one jar of Smoky Mountain Gold Honey from Walland, TN.

  • Pickin’ & Grinin’

    Want to take your picking or playing to next level? Let Steve Kaufman — a four-time flatpicking champion show you some of his secrets in a private lesson on your new Fender Squire acoustic guitar.

  • Rain Barrel

    Sponsored by Knoxville Water Quality Forum.

  • Dinner and a Show

    Enjoy a concert at the Clayton Center for the Arts. The trio, Chris Brubeck (Bass, Trombone, Piano & Vocals), Joel Brown (Guitar & Vocals), and Peter Madcat Ruth (Harmonica & Vocals), all come from diverse musical backgrounds, yet all of them are experts in cross-pollinating several diverse forms, including blues, rock, folk, and occasionally a bit of jazz.

  • Maryville College All Sports Passes

    Show your Scottie pride with this amazing deal for 4 passes to all of the home regular season games in all sports for the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Great Smoky Mountains Association Gifts

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You already love your pet, but you can love them even more with this special personalized portrait that will be cherished for a lifetime.
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Great Smoky Mountains Institute Annual Scavenger Hunt, March 5th

The Great Smoky Mountains Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for March 5th. Teams can register for $50, with proceeds going to the Institute. The hunt ranges over most of the park, using roads and official trails to access particular areas. Some questions require research to answer. As it is illegal to remove items from the park, one digital camera with a flash memory card will be required per team.

Questions are awarded point values based on level of difficulty. The team with the most points may get prizes, but everybody wins! You can have as many people on your team as you like, provided all fit into one vehicle. What a great way to spend a Saturday in the park!

Registration information can be found here:
http://www.gsmit.org/hunt.html

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21st Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week, Jan 8th-15th

Happy New Year to all Little River Watershed friends.  Even though it’s cold out there, be sure you plan to attend some part of the upcoming Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week.

The event begins this weekend in Pigeon Forge and will feature guided hikes, seminars and workshops of interest to everyone who enjoys living in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Check out the full week of activities here:
http://www.pigeonforge.com/Wilderness_Wildlife_Week/

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November 13th, Volunteer Day at Tremont

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is having their annual Volunteer Work Day on November 13th.

Volunteer Work Day is a standing tradition at Tremont. Volunteers arrive at 8:30 am to help Tremont staff with a number of projects, and are treated to a tasty lunch as thanks for their efforts. This year our projects include mulching pathways and under our Solar Array, cleaning windows and vans, clearing overgrown areas, removing invasive species, and perhaps some painting and sprucing up in the dorm.

Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are welcome. Bring your willingness to work and we’ll make sure you leave with a sense of accomplishment and a full stomach!

If you’d like to join us for Volunteer Work Day, call (865)448-6709 to reserve a spot for lunch.

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Nation’s First Drug Take Back Day Will Protect our Rivers and Streams

On September 25, 2010, the USDEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country.

The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.
This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

• The program is anonymous.
• Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
• Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
• Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
For watershed residents, The Blount County Justice  Center. 940 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville  Tn (map) will be your closest drop off point.

Find other collection site(s) near you
Please check back often as new collection sites will be added daily.

Recent studies are generating a growing concern over pharmaceuticals and other personal care products entering surface and ground water. Pharmaceuticals include chemicals such as over the counter medicines, cosmetics and other personal care products, as well as antibiotics and growth hormones used with livestock.
For more information on how this pollution source maybe impacting our drinking water, see this link.

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park Seeking Trail Volunteers

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to participate in the Adopt-a-Trail (AAT) program, an effort that helps to maintain the Park’s 800-mile trail system. The Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program has integrated volunteerism into many of its Park operations, including trail maintenance, which covers everything from picking up litter to removing treefalls and reporting trail problems to the Park. A mandatory training program is scheduled on Saturday, July 31, in the North Carolina area of the Park for those who are interested in participating in the program.

In order to attend, participants must register by July 26 by email with Christine Hoyer, Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator, or by phoning (828) 497-1949.

Complete details found here:

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/parknews/adopt-a-trail-recruitment.htm

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Contra and Swing Dancing Saturday May 29th

Join us for a Saturday filled with Fun and Dancing

Contraddiction


Saturday May 29th, 2010

at the Maryville College Chilhowee Club

Noon- 9:45pm

Live Music by Fiddlewitch and calling by Hank Morris

$20 individual or $30 couple

Students: Half Price

For more information visit this link to Knoxville Contra Dance.  To download a PDF of the Contraddiction flyer and registration form click HERE.

ContrAddiction

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Join Us at Troutfest this Weekend in Support of Native Brook Trout Restoration in the Little River

Troutfest is a Fly Fishing Exposition and Fundraiser held in Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. Proceeds from this event are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department, Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Endowment or other youth educational conservation projects. The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors this event as a major fundraiser and annual festival. This year they expect the event will be one of the largest venues for fly anglers in the Southeast United States.  Below is a schedule of events & more information is available at Troutfest. We hope to see you there!





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Earth Round-Up this Saturday

Come out and celebrate Earth Day’s 40th anniversary this weekend

Rain or Shine!

We need your help to clean the litter and trash from our rivers,  streams, parks, greenways and roadsides.  The Little River Watershed Association and Keep Blount Beautiful are hosting a county wide clean up on Saturday April 24th from 8am – 2pm.    Register at the Bicentennial Park Pavilion between 8am and 10am.   For a map to the Bicentennial Park Pavilion, Click Here. Morning clean-up volunteers will receive a free meal of hamburgers and hot dogs during the evening event on Maryville College Campus.   If you can’t participate in the morning clean up then join us for an evening festivities on  Maryville College Campus beginning at 5 pm.  For a map to Maryville College Campus, Click Here.

This  event is FREE for everyone!!!

Live music from:

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, Allie Little and Friends , The Outdoor Sisters


*LRWA & KBB Silent Auction from 5:00pm to 7:30pm!
The proceeds from this auction will support the Little River Watershed Association and Keep Blount Beautiful.  Please support our organizations as we work to keep our water and land clean!
*Demonstrations
Workshops will be held during the evening event on Maryville College Campus.
How to Make a Rain Barrel at 6pm
Ways with Waste-How to Recycle in Blount County at 6:30pm
Composting: From Garbage to Garden at 7pm
Space is limited so check at the Information Desk for more information.

*Bicycle Valet
Show your enthusiasm for healthy living and reducing carbon emissions by riding your bike to the evening event at Maryville College.  Boy Scouts will be there to valet your bike throughout the evening.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Due to the forecast of a rainy weekend, the evening festivities have been moved to Cooper Athletic Center on Maryville College campus. For a map Click Here.

For more information please call 980-2130.

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Call for Volunteers

LRWA is Developing a


Volunteer Committee


Our immediate need for volunteers is to help with Earth Round-Up

during the Morning Clean Up and Evening Festivities.


For anyone interested in volunteering with our organization, we have a meeting scheduled for Thursday April 15th, 6:00pm at our office. The meeting will last about 30 minutes. Please RSVP if you’re interested in being a volunteer. If you can not attend this volunteer planning meeting, please let us know and we can accommodate you.


Volunteer positions available during

Earth Round-Up:

Morning Clean Up

– Check-In Tables

– Pick-Up trucks or trailer to collect trash

– Volunteer Coordinators

Evening Festivities on Maryville College Campus

– Set Up and Break Down
– Silent Auction
– LRWA’s Education Booth


Who: Everyone Welcome

What: Volunteer Planning Meeting

When: Thursday April, 15th 6:00-6:30pm

Where: LRWA’s Office

1006 East Lamar Alexander Parkway

Maryville, TN 37804

Our office is located in the County’s Environmental Health Building across the street from Blount Memorial Hospital.  Turn off of Lamar Alexander Parkway onto the road between the Thompson Brown Historical Log Cabin and Mountain National Bank.  Park behind the Log Cabin at the Blount County Historical Museum.  Our office is located just inside the Blount County Historical Museum.

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Earth Round-Up 2010 Morning Cleanup


Saturday April 24th

Check-In:  8-10 am

Location: Bicentennial Park Pavilion

Located beside Blount County Courthouse in Maryville

Pick up trash along the Little River, its tributaries, parks, greenways, school grounds and roadsides throughout Blount County.  We supply bags and gloves upon check-in and coordinate trash collection from clean up sites.

Everyone is welcome; individuals, families, businesses, groups of any size.

Groups can pre-register starting April 1st

Free food for all volunteers at Maryville College from 5-8pm.  Anyone invited to enjoy live music from Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, environmental booths, workshops & demonstrations, Eco-Sculpture exhibits, & a silent auction to support Keep Blount Beautiful & Little River Watershed Association.

To pre-register contact:  Charlene DeSha – Keep Blount Beautiful – 681-4809 or keepblo@earthlink.net

For more information:  Call Little River Watershed Association at 980-2130

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‘Blount Friendly Landscaping’ Spring Workshop Series

The Blount County Soil Conservation District and UT Extension are partnering to offer a series of Homeowner Education Workshops.  These workshops will focus on reducing use of pesticides and fertilizers, using native plants, conserving water, and attracting wildlife to gardens and landscapes.  The workshop dates are March 20th, April 10th, May 1st, and May 16th.  More information on registration and workshop locations found here:

Blount Friendly Landscaping Flyer 3-1-10

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Winter Gala Was a Success!

Last Saturday proved to be a great evening for all involved.  We had many individuals win exciting prizes and receive deals on unique auction items.  In total, we had more than 150 people from our community in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom.  Everyone was wined and dined and treated to as much as excitement as we could fit into one evening.

For our part, this was certainly a fundraising success.  This year has brought on tough economic times, but our loyal supporters have stuck it through and continue to contribute to our organization.  We are greatly appreciative of all donations, no matter how big or small!

Special thanks to Mrs. Kathy Wilbanks, LRWA staff, our fundraising committee, Event Sponsors, and the crew at Aiprot Hilton.  Everyone’s contribution to this ever-growing event is essential to its success.  We could not have done it without you.

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2010 Winter Gala Auction Items Showcase

Our Winter Gala is always sure to showcase a variety of premier auction items.  From several beautiful pieces of local art to getaways for 2-7 days to places from Pigeon Forge to Florida, we have it all!  For the busy working mother, we have a gift certificate for home cleaning services and for the avid animal lovers we have pet grooming.  We also have items, such as a digital picture frame and fine jewelry, that appeal to everyone!

Just a few of our auction items include:

6 weeks of Yoga Classes from Mountain Yoga and Healing

2 Signed & Numbered Robert Tino Prints

Behind the scenes Tour of Tennessee State Capitol with Doug Overbey that includes:  lunch in the Legislative Cafeteria, a gift basket, and a one night Romance package at the Doubletree Hotel

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park 75th Anniversary Rocking Chair is hand made by a 3rd generation craftsman of chairs.  Randy Ogle constructed the rocker of solid maple and it has a hand woven seat.  This extremely limited edition rocker is a reproduction of a rocker made by Aden Carver and housed in the National Park’s historical artifact collection.  Just when it sounds like it couldn’t be anymore priceless, we are also throwing in a GSMNP throw blanket!

We would like to thank some of our donors for their wonderful additions to our auction!

LRWA Announces 2010  Winter Gala

Once a year the Little River Watershed Association plans an evening of music, food, and fun in order to raise the necessary funds to support our mission. We invite the community to join us for an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, live music, as well as a live and silent auction. Auction items include local artisan pieces, mountain getaways for two, antiques, and personalized kayaking and fishing trips plus more!  There will be plenty of great food, everything from tropical fruit and fresh vegetables to hardier servings of hand-carved roast beef.   We truly have something for everyone, and it always promises to be a great night out on the town for our supporters!

The 2010 Winter Gala will be held on March 6, 6:00 P.M. at the Airport Hilton. The cost of a ticket is $75. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check to our office or can be purchased at the door.

If you are interested in being an event host, the cost is $250 for a couple or $125 for a single ticket. Hosts are printed in the event publications and receive acknowledgments the night of.  We are indebted to our hosts who pay a premium ticket price to guarantee a successful fundraiser. If you are interested in being a host, we have to have your R.S.V.P by January 25th in order to secure a place on the printed invitation.

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions feel free to email or call.

snaildarter@littleriverwatershed.org or (865)980-2130

We would like to thank our event sponsors for their generous contributions!  Your support is vital to the success of our Winter Gala.

TWO TWENTY SIX CORPORATION

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Little River Clean-Up This Weekend

We would like to invite our most loyal supporters and volunteers to plan to attend a Little River Clean-Up this Saturday, February 20th, from 10:00 am to 12 noon.  Our organization has adopted a section of the Little River through the Adopt-a-Stream program. We will be removing trash and debris from specific locations along our adopted 5-mile section between the Walland Center and the Sunshine Bridge in Townsend.  Lunch will be provided by the Walland Market & Deli, courtesy of Chris Lane.

This clean-up is a great opportunity to come out and get re-acquainted with the Little River and our organization!

Group will meet on Old Walland Hwy, just past Walland Bridge on right at 10:00 am

Directions:

Take 321 North to Walland
Turn Left onto Old Walland Hwy.
Cross Walland Bridge
Park in gravel lot on right
(site of what used to be Eats by the Creek)

Guidelines:
Wear weather appropriate clothing
Parents must accompany children under 18

If it is raining or snowing heavily, the clean-up will be canceled.

We hope to see you there!!

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‘Peck’s Picks Green’ Environmental Festival

Join LRWA & other groups in our community for the 2nd Annual Peck’s Picks Green Environmental Festival!!  We are excited to be a part of celebrating the relationship between people, the environment, & the community we live in! 

Inspired by Earth Round-Up, members of Peck’s Memorial United Methodist Church decided last year to host a community-based Earth Day. There is no need to wait till next spring to put on your awareness hats & party pants because you can come out and enjoy food, games, children’s activities, & celebration of the earth this weekend. 

There will be on site recycling for:  newspaper, magazines, mixed paper, plastic (#s 1-7), aluminum, & cell phones.  Also, don’t forget to bring in your old mercury thermometers & get a free digital thermometer!

Saturday – October 10 – 11 am-2pm
Pecks Memorial United Methodist Church
2438 Wilkinson Pike
Maryville, TN 37803

Ran or shine we hope to see you there!!

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Rain Date for Blount County Historical Museum’s Classic Car Show

Due to inclement weather, BCHM will move this Saturday’s car show back to next weekend, October 3, 2009.  All other details will remain the same!

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Great Local Events to Support This Weekend!

1st Annual Blount County Historical Museum Benefit Car Show
September 26, 11am – 5pm at the Blount County Historical Museum
Entry Fee:  $20 donation to museum
Our friends next door at the Historical Museum are hosting their First Annual Car Show benefit this weekend. The show will be held in the parking lot of the Museum and includes awards for TOP 20 along with Dash Plaques for all entries.  Classics, Customs, Hot Rods, Trucks, and Motorcycles welcome!
Food and Drinks, Music, Door Prizes and Lots of GAMES for kids of all ages!! While here, stop in and see the museum too.
For more information:  865-454-4256 or
www.blountcountyhistoricalmuseumcarshow.vpweb.com

Old Timer’s Festival, Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Fair, Little River Railroad Museum
September 25th & 26th (all day)
All Throughout Townsend – All Weekend!
Music, Dancing, and Traditional Demonstrations highlighting Appalachian Culture, Food, Local Arts and Crafts

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Lots Happening in Blount County this Weekend!!!

Hello Friends!

The Little River Watershed Association would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of several events and activities worth supporting this weekend!

Tremont Homecoming & Dinner on the Grounds – Celebrating Four Decades of Changing Lives!!
Sunday, September 20th, 5-8 pm.
For more information go to: http://www.gsmit.org/homecoming.html

2009 Sunset Harvest Dinner to benefit the Maryville Farmer’s Market
Saturday, September 19th, Wine Tasting begins @ 5:30 pm.
For more information contact Elise Eustace at (865)-981-8326 or eeustace@foothillsland.org.

John Sevier Days
Sat. & Sun., September 19th & 20th.
The Stock Creek Task Force will have a booth at this event to educate citizens of projects/programs implemented on Stock Creek.  For more information go to:  http://www.ctvknox.org/john-sevier-days-marble-springs

Check out the above links to get details on food, live music, & how to reserve tickets.  Have a great weekend!

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Keep Blount Beautiful in Need of Volunteers!

Keep Blount Beautiful needs your help to prevent Cigarette Litter in Downtown Maryville.   KBB received a Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant to help eliminate butt litter, starting in our beautiful downtown area.   6 new ash receptacles will be set up by this Friday, August 28 for the Friday Night Art Walk and KBB is looking for 24 volunteers to help hand out free pocket ashtrays at the event for one hour. The event runs from 5pm-9pm this Friday.  Volunteers must be 18 years older for this particular program.
Please contact Jillian Atchley at 681-4809, or email intern@keepblountbeautiful.org to volunteer, please specify a time you are interested in.

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Fort Loudon Lake Association is Hosting it’s 3rd Annual “Paddle for Clean Water” event!

The 3rd annual Paddle for Clean Water will be held Saturday from 9am – 3pm in Knoxville.  Paddlers will put in at the Gov. Ned McWherter/Riverside Park at 10am and go to Sequoyah Hills Park.  Evening festivities include live entertainment from the Livid Privies , free food, & booth displays from several water quality groups.  *All paddlers will receive free t-shirts & goodie bags. 

For more information contact:  Suzanne Ankrum or Penny Mitchell at 523-3800 or 850-5803.

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We hope to see you at the Tomato Head Fundraiser!

A reminder to come out for lunch or dinner today, July 9th, at Maryville’s Tomato Head Restaurant.  Have the sandwich of the day in support the Watershed Association.

All proceeds from ‘sandwich of the day’ will go to LRWA.

Get more details from the original post–
http://www.littleriverwatershed.org/?p=706

Thanks for your continued support!

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Retraction – LRWA Will Not Be Participating in June 27th Summer Event

Dear LRWA Supporters,

 Yesterday we issued a website post announcing our participation in the Weston’s Seasons on the River – Summer Event.  Unfortunately, content published in the Maryville Real Estate Times on 6-26-09 was inconsistent with the agreement made between the event hosts and LRWA.  Due to this misunderstanding, LRWA’s liability is greatly increased and we have elected to discontinue our participation in the event.

 At this point, all family-oriented activities before mentioned will continue and we are not discouraging community members from participating in the Summer Event.  We sincerely apologize for the confusion and inconvenience.

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Save the Date – July 9th – Tomato Head Fundraiser

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Join us July 9th at Maryville’s Tomato Head for LRWA’s Specialty Sandwich Day!
From 11am to 9:30pm, or until supplies last, 100% of Specialty Sandwich proceeds will go to the Little River Watershed Association.

Come one, come all – tell your friends – tell your neighbors – tell your coworkers–
Bring families and friends and enjoy some of Blount County’s finest foods while supporting our watershed!  Many thanks to Tomato Head, Scott Partin, & Tommy Bateman for their widespread community support, their dedication to sustainable business practices, and their continued support of LRWA.

Tomato Head Invitation

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Synchronous Fireflies Gearing up in Elkmont

Great Smoky Mountain National Park is gearing up for the yearly firefly display in Elkmont Campground on Little River. The event is popular, and to accommodate crowds a trolley service will provide transportation to the Elkmont area.  The Elkmont entrance road to the Park will be closed to motor vehicles and pedestrian use every night from 5 p.m. until midnight from June 6-14, except to registered campers staying at the Elkmont Campground.

More about firefly ‘logistics’ in the Daily Times here:
Daily Times

More about Synchronous Fireflies at these links:

Park Service Press Release
Osgood File

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Take a Walk Along the River

Townsend Garden Club is sponsoring a “Take a Walk on the River Walk” on Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Snacks and drinks will be served to walkers. A printed trail guide will guide hikers through this scenic river trail.  The Townsend Garden Club established and maintains the Townsend River Walk, located near Nawger Nob. The trail adjoins the bike path, and extends east, following Little River. More information can be found at this link: http://calendar.progressivedesignspecialists.com/Detail.html?eid=72

When: 5/23/2009, 9/5/2009
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Townsend, TN
Townsend River Walk Near Nawger Nob
East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882

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TroutFest!–May 15th, 16th, 17th

Troutfest is a Fly Fishing Exposition and Fundraiser held in Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. All profits earned from this event minus some seed money for next year’s event are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department for brook trout restoration and other fisheries projects in the park. The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is the major fundraiser and sponsor of this annual festival.

In 2009 Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the park has sanctioned Troutfest 2009 as a special 75th event.  See the Troutfest website for more information:
http://www.troutfest.org/index.htm

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Maryville Farmers’ Market Opens May 2nd

The 2009 Maryville Farmers’ Market has it’s seasonal opening on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 9:00 A.M.   The market is located in the heart of downtown Maryville on Church Ave. near CBBC Bank.
See their website for more information.
http://www.maryvillefarmersmarket.com/

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1st Annual Outdoor ECO-Sculpture Exhibition

Outdoor ECO-Sculpture Exhibition
April 18th – 25th
Award Presentation April 24th @ 7pm

Part of the ongoing ‘Earth Round-UP Day’ Festivities, there will be an Exhibition of art in Greenbelt Park (Mainly centered around Pistol Creek Station).  The Eco-Sculpture Exhibition was designed to coordinate with Earth Round-UP and help raise awareness within our community through large-scale environmental installations and sculpture. This event is coordinated by the Maryville Arts Coalition,  a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the aesthetic sensibility of our community through art programs and events. Visit the following website for more detail:

http://maryvilleartwalk.com/web/images/mac_eco_sculpture_prospectus_09.pdf

Take a leisurely stroll through the Greenbelt & view these amazing display of local art that speaks to our need for environmental awareness!

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Louisville Park/Fort Loudon Lake Clean Up Scheduled, Help Needed

For those geographers out there, no Louisville Point is not in the Little River Watershed, but—there is an event scheduled for the 4th of April that needs some river friendly volunteers.  See the info below for how to get involved:

RIVER RESCUE LEADS NEEDED

Keep Blount Beautiful is still in need of leads for two areas of River Rescue: Singleton Boat Ramp on Topside Rd and International Harbor in Friendsville. River Rescue will be held Saturday, April 4th. Check in is located at Louisville Point Park from 9:30am-10am, clean up from 10am-12pm and lunch at Dockside Café starting at 12:30pm. The trash collected will need to be brought back to Louisville Park for a photo-op, so if you have a truck please bring it. No truck, no problem, I have one and we have a couple of volunteers with trucks if needed. Please contact Charlene at 681-4809 or keepblo@earthlink.net if you are available to help.

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