May is garden for wildlife month…..and that fits perfectly with our initiatives in Mountain Creek Watershed! We are partnering with the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership (https://chapollinator.org )and Red Bank Elementary with a nice grant from Tennessee American Water Company to create a pollinator flyway down the Mountain Creek valley to the Tennessee River. It is our hope that our flyway will connect to the incredible area protected by the Tennessee River Gorge Trust to create an unimpeded connection to the River Gorge. How? We are working to map and connect all of the parks and wetlands (thanks, Bill Raines!) and native plant gardens in everyone’s back yards (Check out the info from the national wildlife federation: https://www.nwf.org/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create/At-Home ) along with the stream buffer zone corridor. We need everyone’s help! Add native plants and reduce pesticide usage to encourage our pollinators! Let us know if you want to have your gardens as part of the flyway for birds and butterflies and other pollinators. You should also get your yard certified as a creek protecting yard (Check out www.mytn.org)! Let’s have MOUNTAIN CREEK be the first of many protected connectors for our pollinators!
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!
This is the second year that Caribbean SEA’s environmental clubs have participated in science fairs.
Four school clubs submitted a total of seven (7) projects to district science fairs. Three (3) were chosen to compete at the 2016 National Science & Technology Fair which was held 16-18 March and one won the top prize. Read more
We all want to teach kids about clean water…..So what if you put them in charge of actually cleaning it. After investigating the ditches and runoff coming onto their playground, students from Thrasher Elementary School began trying to figure out what they could do to slow that water down and clean it up. they worked with Stantec engineer, Paul Thomas, teacher Heidi Mies, and Mary Beth to devise ideas, from crazy to amazing….to take care of that stormwater and actually create an interesting habitat on their playground. the students drew out ideas that included a rock filter, a pond complete with a pressure sensitive gate to keep water in when needed, a meditation rock, a meandering stream with a waterfall and then lots of space for pretty plants and salamanders and frogs and turtles. After presenting their ideas to their principal, Regina Brock, the students proceeded to vote on the ideas they would most like to be included in their stormwater system. Now the engineer and PTA have their work cut out for them! They have to devise a plan, using the student ideas, that the students will approve!
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