Tennessee Valley Authority supports Adopt-A-Stream program

By Haywood Waterways Association | Jan 16, 2014
Photo by: Christine O'Brien Members of the Haywood Community College biology classes Adopt-A-Stream group show off their hard work.

Haywood Waterways Association’s Adopt-A-Stream program received a $500 donation from the Tennessee Valley Authority. The donation will be used to purchase supplies and promote the program throughout Haywood County.

TVA has been a large supporter of clean-water initiatives in Haywood County, particularly in the Richland Creek watershed. They have donated over $100,000 for stream stabilization projects, septic system repairs, greenways, water quality monitoring, public education and planning initiatives.

The Adopt-A-Stream program started in 2009. Today, there are 17 groups dedicated to keeping Haywood County waterways clean and safe for all to enjoy. Since this program started, 432 volunteers have removed over 12 tons of trash from streams, stream banks and adjacent roads.

Storm water runoff is responsible for delivering almost 70 percent of trash to streams. As this rain water flows across parking lots, roofs and other hard surfaces, it picks up trash, chemicals and bacteria and carries them directly to a stream or into a stormdrain. This untreated water can harm wildlife and make the streams unhealthy for recreation and agriculture. Wind is another reason why trash gets in streams. When the wind blows, anything it carries eventually finds a water body.

Everyone can help reduce trash in streams by putting trash in a secure place, not letting it blow around in the backs of trucks, picking up after pets and keeping cars tuned to prevent fluids from leaking.

For more information on the Adopt-A-Stream Program, to become an adopting organization or help an existing group visit www.haywoodwaterways.org/education or email Christine at Christine.haywoodwaterways@gmail.com.

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