Water Quality Forum

CAC AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

In 1995, the Water Quality Forum took a giant leap forward in protecting our local waterways when it made the decision to sponsor a local AmeriCorps team! The Community Action Committee (CAC) had recently established an AmeriCorps Program and was looking for partners to sponsor a team.  And, the Forum was looking for a way to accomplish more. 

The partnership forged between CAC and the Water Quality Forum has truly been win-win for all.   Eight Water Quality Teams including this year's have been guided and supported by Water Quality Forum members and in return each have energetically and creatively helped the Forum to accomplish its mission.  In short, the teams have been and continue to be true to the AmeriCorps' motto, "getting things done" but to this we must add "with spirit and dedication"!


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2002-2003 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

 

Barbara Sparks, Sherrie Harden (left to right, front), Mindy Savage, Caroline Small, Anne Wengronowitz (middle), Nicki Cagle, Kristin Orr

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Adopt-A-Watershed Program

Education

Currently involving 900 students at:

  • Austin East High -- Williams Creek
  • Central High -- First Creek
  • Farragut High -- Turkey Creek
  • Farragut Middle -- Turkey Creek
  • Gibbs High -- Beaver Creek
  • Gresham Middle -- First Creek
  • Halls High -- Beaver Creek
  • Halls Middle -- Beaver Creek
  • Holston Middle -- Love Creek
  • Powell Middle -- Beaver Creek
  • Powell High -- Beaver Creek
  • South Doyle High ...more

 
2001-02 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

Karley Sullivan, Sarah Smith, Abby Brown, Megan Styles (left to right, front),  Mindy Savage, Beth Bennett

 

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Adopt-A-Watershed Program

Education

  • Sixteen schools participated, adopting a total of nine watersheds in Knox Co.
  • Involved 2359 students in program!
  • Members involved about 60% of these students in five or more water quality education activities/field events

Service

  • Involved 698 students in watershed improvement (service projects)
  • Projects included (but definitely weren't limited to) planting 1300 plants, collecting 126 bags of trash and decaling 160 storm drains.

CPR -- County-Wide Creek Clean-up

  • Coordinated 154 volunteers at 8 sites, removing 11.5 tons of ...more

 
2000-01 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

Pete Sokol, Jennifer Landes, Lee Bryant, Kelly Andrews (front, left to right), Andrew Lowe, Janine Kube

 

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Adopt-A-Watershed Program

Education

  • Sixteen schools participated, adopting a total of nine watersheds in Knox Co.
  • Involved 2483 students in program!
  • Members involved about 25% of these students in five or more water quality education activities/field events

Service

  • Involved 836 students in watershed improvement (service projects)
  • Projects included (but definitely weren't limited to) planting 1641 native plants and decaling over 500 storm drains

KUB Green Power

  • Three classes that had been participating in the Adopt-A-Watershed Program created winning Green Power commercials.

CPR -- ...more

 
1999-2000 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

Christy (Harris) Sproles, Rebecca Geiser (front, left to right), Meg Taylor, Martin Stephens, Kristina Kirkland, Eric Ganus, Abby (Griffiths), Blackburn, Jeff DiTanna

 

SELECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Adopt-A-Watershed Program

Education

  • Ten schools and four inner city youth programs participated, adopting a total of nine watersheds in Knox Co.
  • Conducted multiple educational activities with 1,120 students/youth resulting in approximately 9,000 educational contacts.

Service

  • Involved 527 students in watershed improvement (service projects)
  • Projects included creek cleanups, riparian plantings, campus tree plantings, educating the community about watershed health and stormdrain decaling.

Creek Bank Stabilization/Soil Biorestoration Projects

  • In November, conducted emergency stabilization measures to ...more

 
2004-2005 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

The purpose of the CAC AmeriCorps Team is to support the WQF in achieving its mission of protecting, restoring and enhancing our local waterways. Of their many challenges, they assist teachers and students in organizing watershed enhancement projects in 14 middle and high schools, help to coordinate the County-wide creek clean-up, assist with organizing the spring Waterfest, and help WQF partners on watershed specific initiatives.

This year's team includes, from back left to right, Laurie McCullough, Morgan Smith, Anna Bauer, Brenna Fischer; from front left to right, Carolyn Reilly, Andrea Moodhart, the WQT Mascot "Max," and Megan ...more

 
2005-2006 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

Hard to Say Goodbye to a Great AmeriCorps Team

It was a busy year for the 2005-2006 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team. This past service year the team was involved in many community oriented events. Clean, Protect, Restore (CPR), WaterFest, EarthFest, River Rescue, MLK Day March, and Run for Clean Air. The team also offered a helping hand to some of the partners within the Water Quality Forum such as assisting biologists from TDEC and participating in a stream bank restoration project with the Knox County.

Most of the teamís service year was spent in the classrooms of local Knox County middle ...more

 
2006-2007 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

Bis später, boa sorte and mnogo blagodarya! That is good bye in German, good luck in Polish and thank you very much in Bulgarian. There are thousands of ways to say it but it all means the same; a huge thanks goes out to the dedicated Water Quality Team this year for all of hard work, determination and success in local schools and waterways. Seven AmeriCorps members; Amber Koskey, Chris Musson, Leah Memoine, Melissa Ouellette, Jennifer Ziock, Renee Alessi and Mia Akaogi put in many long hours this past year and what a difference they have made. The team involved ...more

 
WQF Welcomes New AmeriCorps Team

The seven new Water Quality Team members have arrived and are looking forward to a great year ahead of them.  They have come from all over the country and seem to have great education and experience in their backgrounds. 

Take a look at each of their profiles:

Shauna Magid is from Indiana and received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University.  She has participated in extensive lab work researching short grass steppe in Colorado.  She served on executive board for the campus chapter of The Wildlife Society and volunteered for the Society for Conservation Biology.

Kevin Ford is from California and ...more

 
2008-09 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

It begins again!! The new members of the AmeriCorps team have arrived and are ready to get started on awakening and educating the community to the importance of improving water quality. The seven team members come with a diverse background and a wealth of knowledge to pass on to others. Their personal objective as a team this year is to:

"To apply our diverse backgrounds to inspiring community members to become better watershed stewards through education and involvement in watershed protection projects; to grow personally and professionally whilst having fun with ...more

 
2009/10 AmeriCorps Water Quality Team

 

The 2009/10 CAC AmeriCorps Water Quality Team would like to let all know how much we are enjoying our year of service and to thank the Knox County Stormwater Program and its Water Quality Forum partners for their ongoing support (and ongoing generous supply of pizzas). To give everyone some insight as to who we are, where we have been, and what we have been aiming to accomplish this year, we have compiled the following collective team resume.

 

Water Quality Team 09-10 Resume

Objective

We will continue the momentum ...more