Month: January 2019

by Bob Epstein Sure, it’s winter, but Watts Bar waterway never freezes. Many residents of Crossville take advantage of this big, deep water in the shadow of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. The Watts Bar Lake reservoir covers 39,000 acres, …

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By Eric Fleischauer Metro Editor Jan 27, 2019 Updated Jan 27, 2019 A cubic meter of Tennessee River water contains about 17,000 tiny plastic particles, and scientists’ increasing concern about the health effects of those microplastics when ingested by humans …

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MLF Bass Pro Tour Names Dayton, Tenn., as Stage 4 TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 25, 2019) -Major League Fishing announced today that Dayton, Tennessee is the fourth destination of the 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour schedule, with its famed big bass …

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Boy Scouts earn Badges at Camp Buck Toms on Watts Bar Lake [… Several Scouts went to Camp Buck Toms on Watts Bar Lake in July where they had the opportunity to earn several of their merit badges in camping, swimming, fire building, horseback …

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Prevention is the best way to keep a water body clean of zebra mussels. ~Sophie Koch What are they? Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are small, freshwater, bivalve shellfish that were likely brought to the U.S. as stowaways in the ballast …

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by Bliss ZechmanThursday, January 3rd 2019 DECATUR, Tenn. — Homeowners along the Tennessee River might be limited in how much they can clean the water near their properties. Bliss Zechman explains why people are upset by the plan and why …

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Friday, January 11, 2019 | 09:50am NASHVILLE — The 2019 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival is set for Jan. 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday) at the Hiwassee Refuge and Birchwood Community Center. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is the primary sponsor for the 28th edition of …

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TWRA encourages fishing of invasive Asian carp As part of an expanded effort to control the growing population of an invasive fish, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has developed an Asian Carp Harvest Incentive Program. Working in conjunction with state …

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ALTHOUGH FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENTS, from creeks to rivers, brim with more than 10,000 species of fish, we may never get the chance to see many of these mysterious creatures as their populations decline. Currently, more than 20 percent of known species …

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Asian carp are invasive fish that grow fast, jump high and have taken over large swaths of the Mississippi watershed. And now, state and federal governments are worried the Great Lakes are next. On everything from electric fences to contracted …

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