World Water Day salute!

Water.  We all require it for life.  We all need CLEAN water and LOTS of it!  Caribbean SEA and TenneSEA work at the grassroots level to empower kids and their communities to get clean water.  The Flint, Michigan water disaster was a wake up call for many to realize that you cannot take your water for granted.  The changing precipitation patterns throughout the Caribbean have led to water scarcity or tremendous flooding events.  Atlanta, Georgia faces water shortages not just because of increases in water use, but also because of changing precipitation patterns.  We CANNOT take our water for granted.

Today, we salute three water champions : Valerie Constantin-Regis, Naomi Abraham Moon, and Randal Hale.

Valerie is a teacher of arts, theater, and Science to kids at Dennery Primary School in St. Lucia.  Her LORAX Club knows all about protecting their water in Dennery and where they should and should NOT get into the rivers or ocean.  She is an amazing, energetic, indomitable spirit who loves her community and all of her kids!  We need more Valerie’s in our world! Thank you for being our community Water Champion!

Randal and Naomi work behind the scenes with SEA to upgrade the website, map our data, create a watershed/ ocean monitoring mobile App, and push me to do important web based stuff I would rather ignore!  Randal is editing our WaterWatch mobile App through Fulcrum.  For his full time job, he does all sorts of GIS work, so he maps our water quality data as well.   Naomi’s work on our website is nothing short of spectacular.  Her vision, creativity and mad tech skills have changed the way the world sees us and it’s incredibly positive!  Even better,  they are the techies that make you laugh and teach you so much along the way. We are so much stronger because of their work and their influence.  Thank you for being our water champions through technology!

Valerie and her boys!

Randy leads a fossil hunt!

Naomi escaped her computer!

 

Sapelo Island Teacher’s Workshop has been funded by VW!

Thanks to VW Chattanooga, the Sapelo Island Teacher’s Workshop run by our wonderful Jim Watson is happening once again! Dates this year are June 8-12 and applications will be available soon. You must attend a meeting with Jim to be eligible to apply. We will let you know when the application meetings are as soon as we set them up!

Protect Mountain Creek Urban Wildlife Sanctuary and Outdoor Education Hot Spot

Giving Tuesday is coming!

Good for business, good for the environment!

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I challenge every business owner to really consider the benefits of stormwater green infrastructure.  You can be like those who argue that they could never afford to implement the new stormwater regulations and that it will be bad for business, or you could really learn about green infrastructure and find out how GREAT it can be for business!

Bill Raines is gaining lots of kudos for being the first to embrace retrofitting his site to incorporate green infrastructure for stormwater treatment.  Although he embraces it fully at this point, it took many years of conversations, calculations, and investigations.  Many times over the past five years, Mr Raines has thrown up his hands and said it just wasn’t going to work.  Most of the engineers we worked with said the same thing.  It took Josh Rogers and Adam Reynolds from the City and County water quality departments to really bring things around to feasible.  His tax reductions have been great motivators for implementing this wetland.  He had extra incentives, including creating a learning lab for students at Skyuka Hall, which is located at his Four Squares site. If SEA hadn’t been there the entire time, bringing new ideas, explaining how things worked, helping with the calculations….it wouldn’t have ever happened.  We were there thanks to the 319 grant funded through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  Our idea in 2009, when the uproar over huge increases in stormwater fees was at its peak, has resulted in lots of education not just for the kids, but for  Mr Raines and me, many engineers, and many developers.  Everyone should now realize that it IS not just possible to install green infrastructure, but it is economically beneficial as well.

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