Beach Blast 2012!!

Our annual fundraising Beach party is coming up FAST!

What: CaribbeanSEA Beach BLAST
Date: March 9th, 2012
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Place: The Mill, 1601 Gulf Street, Chattanooga, TN
Cost: $50 / person

Say goodbye to winter and hello to the beach!! Our party features a buffet dinner and open bar with special Caribbean food and drinks, plus dancing, limbo, and live and silent auctions! Attire is beach casual but feel free to dress up or down as you desire.. just make sure you can limbo in whatever you choose!  It’s going to be a fun night, so join us and bring your friends along!

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Chattanooga Times Free Press / GetOut Magazine, Signal Wind, Hamilton County Water Quality, Tennessee Aquarium, EPB, Contemporary Portraits, and Leisure Time Dive.

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Water Monitoring Kick-off!!

We had our first water monitoring event last Saturday, Jan. 7th, on Signal Mountain, and it was a big success! It even got written up in nooga.com!

We had a great turnout, with 14 adults and 4 kids, and representation from TDEC, HCWQ, and the Town of Signal all there. Everyone got some hands-on experience with testing water qualities like turbidity and pH and checking for the presence of E. coli bacteria (there was a lot, eww).

All our water monitoring data is currently hosted on our mother site, CaribbeanSEA, and you can sign up to check out kits or get training, download field sheets, and see all the currently submitted data! Check it out!

Water Quality Alphabet Soup

I just uncovered a very helpful presentation from Tim McDonald of the Hamilton County Water Quality division that explains some of the acronyms tossed around in the field of water quality. Do you know what the 4 S’s are in MS4? Or what the difference between SWMP and SWPPP is? What about BMPs and how they relate to TMDLs and MEPs? Take a look through this presentation to get a taste of water quality talk!

http://www.hamiltontn.gov/waterquality/docs/WaterQualityClass.pdf

Welcome!

TenneSEA is an organization focusing on water quality in the Tennessee River Valley and its associated watersheds. Our mission is Awareness into Action, and our projects focus on a combination of education, community outreach, and engineering solutions.

Currently, we are working out of Chattanooga, TN, with our work extending into parts of northern Georgia and Alabama. Check out the projects page to find out more details. Some of our work involves educating local schoolkids about their watershed and getting them involved in its protection. Along those lines, we’re instigating a volunteer water monitoring network. We are also coordinating a sustainable re-design of the parking lot and stormwater management of a local business center.