Month: January 2019

Microplastics in river raise health, environmental concerns

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 has added urgency to recent cleanup efforts. Tennessee Riverkeeper last week organized a cleanup effort …

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Boy Scouts earn Badges at Camp Buck Toms on Watts Bar Lake

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 riding, etc. They went whitewater rafting in the Smokies, visited the Tennessee Aquarium for “Scout Days” …

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Homeowners along TN River concerned about changes in aquatic vegetation management

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 a Tennessee Senator wants something done. Dozens of waterfront homeowners and area fishermen gathered at …

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28th Annual Sandhill Crane Festival Set for January 19-20

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 the festival and many staff members and volunteers will again be contributing their services. The …

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Silver Carp

TWRA encourages fishing of invasive Asian carp

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 and federal agencies in the Ohio River Basin, the TWRA is offering commercial fishermen enrolled …

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Go underwater into the overlooked world of freshwater animals

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 are imperiled or already extinct. That’s why David Herasimtschuk doesn’t just photograph fish for fun; …

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Midwest battles to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes

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 fishing programs, NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports on efforts to keep them out. Read more …

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