September Newsletter

 Fall Adopt-A-Stream

When: September 29, 8:30am – 12pm

Where: Meet at 8:15 at 5396 Old Walland Hwy at the picnic tables.

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.


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.


Call the office at 980.2130 or email us at

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!

Save the Date for the next LRWA FUNdraiser

Where: The Market at Washington & High

When: Thursday, November 15, 5pm

Cost: $12

A chance to mingle with friends and enjoy a pulled pork sandwich with southern sides with reduced priced beers. Proceeds will benefit Little River Watershed Association.

Hemlock Treatment Scheduled for October

In early October, the LRWA will treat hemlock trees along the Little River with landowners’ permission. The goal is to save the trees, which are currently threatened by infestation from the hemlock woolly adelgid. The Eastern Hemlock is a tree that provides natural habitat for migrating birds and critical shade for river dwellers. The presence of hemlocks has a direct impact on stream biodiversity.

 AmeriCorps Volunteer Caitlin Hoy Joins LRWA

The Little River Watershed Association is pleased to announce that Caitlin Hoy has joined the organization as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. Originally from Audubon, Pennsylvania, a suburb west of Philadelphia, Hoy attended Gettysburg College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies and biology with a concentration in marine and freshwater ecology, and a minor in music. She then moved to Columbia, South Carolina to continue her education in marine science. After a year of graduate work, she decided to join AmeriCorps, which requires dedicating a year of service to helping community needs. She is excited about joining the Little River Watershed Association in their efforts to educate the community through outreach, volunteer involvement and watershed assessment. “I hope to help the community understand the connection between watershed health and their individual behaviors,” she said.

LRWA Welcomes Four New Board Members

The Little River Watershed Association is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members. Each board member is committed to serving two years with the LRWA as volunteers. “The Little River Watershed Association is run by a committed board with diverse talents to help us carry out our mission,” said Kim Raia, Chair. “Board members are involved in everything that we do, from quarterly Adopt-A-Stream cleanups to grant writing to planning the annual winter fundraiser.”

Jeanie Hilten, resident of Blount County for 26 years, has devoted her work and play to the celebration of nature and its power to enrich human lives. Recent positions have been with Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Discover Life in America’s biodiversity program, and Townsend Visitors Center festivals and special events. Her interest in serving on the Little River Watershed Board is driven by appreciation of the beauty and productivity of our region’s streams and their important contribution to quality of life for people. Recognizing the environmental, economic, and recreational values of clean water, Jeanie is excited about the prospects of the Watershed Association’s role in protecting the Little River now and in the future. Jeanie enjoys bringing people together for adventures in exploration and discovery, and guiding the many and varied skills of those involved toward the goals of stewardship and conservation. Hobbies and interests include gardening, banjo-playing, fiber arts, hiking, canoeing, and travel.

John Lamb was born in Oak Ridge and raised in North Knox County, and has lived in Blount County for the last 17 years where has served as Director of the Blount County Planning Department. He became interested in serving on the Little River Watershed Association Board from work on the Blount County Water Quality Plan and membership in the Little River Water Quality Forum. Other current work includes Board Chair of the Blount County Environmental Health Action Team, and Vice-President of the East Tennessee Quality Growth Board. He is also member of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization Technical Committee, Plan East Tennessee Community Leadership Team, Stock Creek Industrial Park Design Review Committee, and Blount County Solid Waste Authority Board. When not working, he likes cooking, internet surfing, yard sales, science fiction, and classic movies.

Denise Moseley has lived in South Knoxville for most of her life, and has worked at SunTrust Bank as Vice President since 1997. “I am interested in preserving the beauty of East Tennessee and love being outdoors,” said Mosely. “I hope to utilize my financial background and social activities to create an impact for the association both financially and educationally.” In her spare time, Mosely enjoys traveling, gardening and the arts.

Kim Trevathan has resided in Blount County for 17 years. He is a published author and assistant professor of writing at Maryville College, where he’s taught writing for 11 years. “I got interested in the board because I care about the conservation and protection of the Little River, so vital to the spiritual, cultural, and physical health our community,” said Trevathan. “I wanted to get involved in projects that will educate people about the importance of the river and keeping it clean and healthy.” His forthcoming book entitled Liminal Zones: Where Lakes End and Rivers Begin will be published by the University of Tennessee press in 2013, and chronicles a series of upstream quests toward the places where dammed reservoirs give way to the current of the rivers that feed them.

Boy Scout Troop Day on the River

On Sat. Sept. 8, eleven boys from Boy Scout Troop 888 met at Coulter’s Bridge for an array of water monitoring activities provided by LRWA. The purpose was to create an educational STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) experience incorporating environmental, chemical and aquatic sciences and stream flow mathematics. The experience with water monitoring was also important for to offer Scouts exposure to a variety of professionals working in environmental careers.

To begin the slate of activities, the group set out to measure the river flow with a scientists’ toolbox of calculator, meter tape, stopwatches and rubber duckies to time the velocity of the stream. These activities were used as the basis for discussion of implications for bridge design and property development and technology in the chemistry tests.

Next up was a fish survey using seine nets, an activity led by Jon Mollish, LRWA board member and biologist for TVA. The troop was able to observe a good sampling of the 50 species found in Little River such as darters and crayfish, and were surprised to learn that the Little River has colorful fish rivaling those found on salt water coral reefs.

The Scouts then split into groups for a macroinvertebrate survey, using magnifying glasses, tweezers and a macroinvertebrate ID chart. They found larvae of mayflies, stoneflies, water pennies, caddisflies, hellgrammites (dobsonflies), dragonflies, as well as crayfish, whirligig beetles and snails. The boys learned that macroinvertebrates can help assess the quality of the river, since some are very sensitive to pollution. Based on the organisms they collected, including the large number of the most sensitive groups of macroinvertebrates, the boys concluded that the river is very clean.

Finally, the Scouts tested the water ph. The group used a simple test where a chemical indicator was added to the water sample and the resultant color change was compared to a chart. The results varied, but were all in the 7 to 8 range, indicating good water quality. In fact, the water tests all indicated quality of good to excellent that day, which seemed to generally be the case (comparing to TDEC historical data) for the components that were tested.

The troop had faced the day with a forecast of 95 percent chance of rain, but no one was dissuaded. Scout leader, David Wilburn, repeats a saying they have in their troop: “We don’t get rained out, only rained upon.” Fortunately for them, the rain held out until the very end.

 The Little River Watershed Association is a 501C non-profit organization with the mission to protect, preserve, and enhance the Little River and its tributaries through mobilizing public support, building public awareness and promoting best management practices. The key aims of the Association are to promote educational activities that benefit the river and the watershed; to focus attention on efforts to protect the river; to distribute current information to the community; and to assist citizens in taking positive action.

Tel: (865) 980-2180