Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, November 25th! Since the Gear Closet provides funds for our clean water projects, it’s a great way to save money and help support kids and communities working to protect our water! We appreciate you!!
Come join us in the second special event of our new watershed group, Friends of Red Bank Streams! Learn about the life of the creek as well as why it is posted “do not touch”….and why the critters ignore that! Join our watershed group in finding ways to continue to improve and restore Stringers Branch.
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!
Thanks for the great welcome back! Save Water, Drink Wine was so fabulous this year!!! Many thanks to our SPONSORS and VOLUNTEERS and EVERYONE WHO CAME for making this our best year yet! Our organizing committee went above and beyond to make it a smashing success. Cindy Webster, Patrick Emmanuel and Matt Ryan started things […]
Being in the Caribbean in February is usually a reason for envy, but this time the temperatures in Tennessee felt so springlike, it was actually difficult to leave the States! These first pictures are from Dominica, the Nature Island, where rainforests cover much of the interior and the rainforests of the sea are vibrant and alive….except when they aren’t.. Nearly two years ago, Tropical Storm Erika dumped something like 27 inches of rain on the island in ten hours causing massive flooding and river erosion. That sediment from the rivers is still heading out to the reefs near Coulibistrie, where my friend Izzy showed me the new deltas that have formed and the small, winding, tree covered streams which are now wide river beds devoid of trees. Our plan is to evaluate the reefs and work on stream bank stabilization so maybe, just maybe, we can save these reefs. We will need lots of help.
We also are working with the Dominica Water and Sewerage Authority on reduction of sewage from communal septic tanks which flows into the rivers, potentially impacting human health. Dowasco officials are very keen on implementing pilot projects so communities will know how to address these issues. Can you see the wastewater draining directly into this street drain? The river is just across the road. When we work together with our local partners, real solutions can happen and be sustained so Dominica remains the beautiful Nature Island we all love.
Read more about Save Water, Drink Wine and how it helps our streams in this Mountain Mirror article.
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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