Caribbean SEA is celebrating our 5th anniversary this month! It is heartening to think of all the fabulous people and organizations that have made our success possible. It’s a tribute to all of us working together to protect the water environments of the Caribbean….from our first sponsors TVIG, Carilec, Cox Wood Products, Lucelec, and Project AWARE to everyone who works to keep the Caribbean clean…..congrats to everyone! We are all in this together.
Caribbean SEA is now an official St. Lucian company! Our office is based at the Carilec office in Castries and we appreciate their partnership so very much. We needed a local base of operations so that we can work more closely with our island partners and funders. See you in St Lucia!
After participating in Outdoor Chattanooga’s Outdoor Expo and going to the EcoExpo put on by Brewer Media, it is heartening to see such a diverse group of people who understand and are working to improve our environment. Look at the diversity of people involved in clean water…from our groups TenneSEA and Caribbean SEA where students and community volunteers work to raise awareness and improve the quality of our water to Tennessee American Water Company and the Hamilton County Stormwater Department. While speaking with Tim McDonald, the manager of the Stormwater Department (www.hamiltontn.gov/waterquality) , I was amazed that they only began work 5 years ago and received enforcement ability in the last year or so. The majority of polluted streams in Tennessee have either too much sewage (measured by E. coli concentrations) or too much sediment in the water. It is easy to understand why sewage is bad for our water….but dirt? Think of it this way….for creatures trying to survive in the lake or streams, too much dirt is like trying to breathe in a dust storm. They can’t do it. We have done an incredible job cleaning up Chattanooga’s air quality. Let’s now work together and clean up our water….we deserve it!
Caribbean students from St. Lucia, Dominica, Jamaica, and Curacao have all been involved in actively protecting their fresh water resources and therefore, their coral reef habitats! We appreciate everyone who helps guide us and the kids….we can’t do it alone. If we all work together to keep our water clean, there is no doubt in my mind we will succeed! Last week, the Soufriere Marine Management Area project manager guided some of the students through Reef Check. Then they practiced water sampling techniques in Marigot Bay. Thanks to Sonia and Mary for helping out!!
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