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2017 TRB Network Meeting Highlights

Each year TRB Network members gather to celebrate successes, share current conservation efforts, and discuss how the Network should collectively move forward to maximize efficacy of conserving and improving aquatic biodiversity in the Tennessee River Basin.

2017 TRB Meeting Award Winners

At the meeting, TVA gave awards to partner groups in two categories: Education/Outreach and Science/Management. A $5,000 cash prize is being donated to each winner’s Environmental Conservation organization of choice.

  • Education/Outreach winner: The Clinch River Valley Initiative, focused on educating kids and adults on aquatic biodiversity and the importance of “Virginia’s Hidden River.”
  • Science/Management winner: The Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition, which works to improve water quality and aquatic life in the Upper Hiwassee River watershed in North Carolina and Georgia.

“These award winners, like those in the past, are well deserving of this recognition,” says Evan Crews, senior manager of Natural Resources Management for TVA. “Their accomplishments represent the dedicated people and organizations that care for—and have had an enormous positive impact on—water resources and the aquatic biodiversity throughout the Tennessee River Basin.”

The Tennessee River Basin Network is a joint effort organized by TVA, with strong support by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Aquarium. Partnership groups include federal agencies and tribal nations, state Agencies and regional partnerships, and non-governmental organizations and local community groups.

From 2014 to 2016, TVA provided $2.6 million and remaining network partners provided an additional $2.5 million to implement protection/improvement measures including purchasing conservation easements, establishing riparian stream buffers, removing aquatic stream barriers, creating in-stream habitat and implementing stream-bank restoration projects.

“We have come so far in these three years with so many great initiatives as a result of this partnership, and more are being planned for the future,” O’Quinn says. “There has been some amazing work by these organizations and individuals to protect, conserve and enhance our unique landscape within the Tennessee River Basin.”

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Robin Goad

Education/Outreach winner Robin Goad and Evan Crews.

Callie Moore

Science Management winner Callie Moore and Evan Crews.

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