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Stock Creek Watershed 319 Grant Final Report 

The Stock Creek watershed, located in South Knox County, is currently on the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) 303d list of impaired streams for high levels of bacteria. According to TDEC, the sources of the impairment are failing septic systems and livestock operations.  On March 1, 2019, the Knox County Stormwater Compliance Department received and started implementing a grant in the Stock Creek Watershed for $115,000 from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s 319(h) grant program. This grant was used to help homeowners and farmers pay for septic repairs and agricultural best management practices (BMPs) to help improve water quality in Stock Creek. Because there were so many failing septic systems in the Stock Creek watershed, Knox County added another $50,000 to help homeowners repair them.  The grant is set up as a cost-share program where the homeowner or landowner pays 25% and the grant pays 75% of the total cost of their project. The grant had a three-year term which ran from March 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022.  During that time, several agricultural BMP projects were completed on three farms, 22 failing septic systems were repaired, and one home was connected to sewer.  Also, many education/outreach events occurred, including a Farmer’s Breakfast, Bonny Kate Fun Night, and John Sevier Days. Newsletters and postcards were sent out, and educational signs were made for the Marble Springs Historic site all in effort to educate the public on the grant and what they can do to help water quality in the Stock Creek watershed. 
 

Watering facility for cattle to reduce the need for them to drink from the creek.
Marble Springs Craft Fair, an outreach event.
It's Fall, Y'all

Fall is here and so many fun things are happening from holidays to fall festivals! 

Here’s a few reminders on keeping our streams clean as the weather changes: 

  • Storm drains can get clogged as leaves fall in, which can pollute our waters and cause flooding in neighborhoods. If you have yard debris, recycle them by composting or taking them to a green waste facility. Don't put them down the storm drain or leave them in gutters!

  • Make sure trash is going in trash cans as you attend festivals or go trick-or-treating with kids. 

  • If you haven’t drained your pool, drain the water slowly into the grass in your yard or by a sewer system. Chlorine from pools can have negative effects on water quality and the wildlife in streams. 
  • With colder weather coming, think about winterizing your rain barrels to keep them from freezing.

 

Don't be like Ben and sweep your leaves into the storm drain! Pick them up and recycle or compost them.
AmeriCorner
Meet our 2022-2023 AmeriCorps Team! Ben (top-left), Kaden (top-right), Brandy (bottom-left), and Parker (bottom-right)

We have four new AmeriCorps members this year. Ben, Parker, and Kaden will all be serving with Knox County EPW in the Stormwater Department. Kaden will also split his time serving with the Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District. Brandy will be serving as the Water Quality Forum AmeriCorp Member. 

Some fun facts about our new members: 

Kaden is from Knoxville, TN and graduated from UTK with a B.S. in Environmental and Soil Sciences and two minors in Watershed and Sustainability. Kaden likes fencing, rock climbing, and any outdoor adventure. 

Ben is from Alexandria, VA and graduated from James Madison University. He majored in ISAT (Integrated Science and Technology) with a double concentration in energy and environment. Ben enjoys mountain biking, playing guitar, and writing music. 

Brandy attended Johnston Community College in North Carolina where she has an Associate's Degree. In the future, she plans to obtain a degree in Environmental Science and minor in Studio Art. In her spare time, she likes trying new restaurants, visiting art galleries, going to state parks and improving her art skills.
  

Parker is from Maryville, TN and graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a B.S. in biology. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and movies.

Our AmeriCorps have gotten to assist with a variety of tasks including bacterial monitoring, visual stream assessments, and GPSing infrastructure. They’ve also gotten to participate in two educational events so far. They helped a local middle school class collect benthic samples and taught 1st graders about watersheds and water quality at the Dogwood 1st grade field trip. They are excited for the upcoming year! 

Upcoming Events!
Poster Contest Award Ceremony

Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District will be hosting a celebration/award ceremony for the participants of the poster contest. Check it out at New Harvest Park on Thursday, November 10th.

 
Water Quality Forum Quarterly Meeting

The next quarterly Water Quality Forum meeting will be held October 27th at 4 p.m.
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205 W. Baxter Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Email: stormwater@knoxcounty.org
Website: https://www.knoxcounty.org/stormwater/
Phone: (865) 215-5540

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