Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, the Catoosa County 4H Club and Georgia Rivers Alive are putting on a volunteer stream cleanup event as part of an effort to improve the South Chickamauga Creek Watershed. The event will start at 10:00 am and last until around 12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 11th. The Ringgold City Park which is located along South Chickamauga Creek will serve as the central location for the event. Rivers Alive T-shirts will be available for at least the first 40 volunteers who sign in. Volunteers will be asked to clean up along the creek on foot. Staff from Limestone Valley will be on hand to talk about South Chickamauga Creek and the fishes and bugs that inhabit it, as well as the importance of good water quality. In addition, Limestone Valley will be sampling fishes and bugs to show a bunch of critters from South Chickamauga Creek to volunteers. The cleanup should be a fun way to assist in helping improve on one of the most cherished places in Ringgold to visit South Chickamauga Creek.
Student volunteers from the Catoosa County 4H Club will be instrumental in making the event a success. Limestone Valley RC&D Council, a nonprofit group dedicated to natural resource conservation and economic development in rural Northwest Georgia, is also especially relevant as they are working on a grant to improve water quality in the South Chickamauga Creek Watershed. Rivers Alive, another partner sponsoring the event, is a statewide outreach program geared toward cleaning up Georgia’s waterways and will be donating the T-shirts. The event along South Chickamauga Creek is one of more than 200 cleanups along streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and oceans that Rivers Alive sponsors each year throughout Georgia. Last year, approximately 28,000 volunteers contributed to these cleanups in and along over 2,000 miles of waterways. It is the hope of both groups that volunteers not only help clean garbage and debris within and along these water bodies, but also get out and appreciate them for their beauty and biodiversity, as well as the recreation opportunities that they offer.
If you are interested in learning more about the stream cleanup event or have a group planning on attending the cleanup, please RSVP the event coordinator Amos Tuck at (770) 316-4115 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are advised to wear pants so they can walk through the woods and warm clothes that they can get wet if possible. Gloves and trash bags will be provided, although bringing your own gloves will help the groups accommodate more volunteers. When possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring waders to the event. If you have suggestions of additional sites along local creeks in need of a cleanup as part of the event or have questions about the event, contact Amos Tuck, who is working on the South Chickamauga Creek grant with Limestone Valley.
Saturday, February 8th at 10:00 am
Limestone Valley RC&D Council is leading a tree planting event to improve the vegetative buffer or riparian zone along Lookout Creek and complement a grant-funded effort to improve the water quality in the Lookout Creek Watershed. Riparian zones along creeks are important for a number of reasons including increased streambank stability and filtration of pollutants, as well as improved water quality.
Along with Limestone Valley RC&D Council, members of Dade County 4-H, Georgia Forestry Commission, and Trenton Tree City will likely assist with the event. 300 white oaks, red oaks, persimmons, and dogwoods will be planted along the creek to improve the stability of the banks of Lookout Creek, as well as the local aesthetics near Sitton’s Mill.
Shovels and a few dibbles, specifically designed to plant trees, will be available for use by volunteers, although volunteers are encouraged to bring their own if possible. The event will surely be cold so volunteers are reminded to dress warm.
If you would like to sign up to plant trees as a volunteer,
please contact Dan Huser of Limestone Valley RC&D Council at (423) 544-9076 or email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013 AT NOON
Wally’s Restaurant, Ringgold Road, East Ridge
The Clean Water Act (CWA), Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Grants,
and their Application within the
South Chickamauga Creek Headwaters
Dan Huser and Joshua Smith
Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council
Watershed Program Managers for South Chickamauga Headwaters Watershed
Clean Water Act Section 319 Grants
Come to learn about some basics of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and EPA CWA Section 319 Grants for nonpoint source pollution reduction, and how they apply to the South Chickamauga Headwaters.
Also come hear the latest watershed and greenway updates.
You are receiving this notice because you have expressed interest in the work of South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance to conserve and enhance the South Chickamauga Creek watershed, its ecology, and its cultural amenities. If you no longer wish to receive these notices, please call (423) 265-5229 or
Saturday April 20th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, Tennessee Valley Canoe and Kayak Club, and Limestone RC&D Council are partnering on a land-based spring cleanup along South Chickamauga Creek on Saturday, April 20th. All Cleanup work is to be done at one’s own risk. This is a great family activity, however, may not be a great activity for small children unless under constant supervision due to the close proximity of the event to the water. Please wear long pants and closed toed footwear. Bring a drink of water and snack if needed. Gloves and litter bags will be provided.
Prizes will be given for the most unique piece of trash and the largest piece of trash recovered.
Please contact Dan Huser of Limestone Valley RC&D Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 544-9076 for directions to the site or for more information…
Limestone Valley has scheduled a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop for 3/23/13 in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. The workshop will include an introduction to the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program, in addition to providing instructions on how to sample for four common water quality parameters (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and conductivity) according to the Adopt-A-Stream sampling protocols. Generally, these workshops are for groups interested in sampling a site once a month for at least a year. If you have an interest in attending the workshop or are planning on it, please contact Dan Huser at (423) 544-9076 or email@example.com for more information or to let us know that you plan on attending. Dan will also be able to provide the location of the meeting and directions.
Wouldn’t you want to sample this stream once a month?
If you have an interest in sitting on the Watershed Advisory Committee for the Salacoa Creek Watershed, our first meeting is scheduled for 3/21/13 in Calhoun at 3 pm. This meeting will focus on the new Clean Water Act Section 319 grant for the watershed and what it is about. In the meetings to follow, the watershed advisory committee will help guide the process of developing a watershed management plan and ensuring the community is on board with the plan. If you have an interest in attending or are planning on it, please contact Dan McBee at (706) 263-4002 or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can have a drink, surveys and an introductory handout, as well as a seat ready for you. Dan will also be able to provide the location of the meeting and directions.