GOALS and OBJECTIVES of: KNOX COUNTY’S Public Education, Outreach, Involvement and Participation programs:
As a NPDES Phase II MS4 community, Knox County has specific permit requirements relating to public education, outreach, involvement and participation. Knox County must:
Knox County has:
To learn more about or to become involved in our programs, please see the Education/Links on the navigation bar of our home page: knoxcounty.org/stormwater
Knox County participates in or heads the following education/outreach programs:
Adopt-A-Watershed: works with middle and high school students to bring “hands on” experience to the classroom. Recently, this program has been focused on low impact development and restoration efforts.
The Water Quality Forum in cooperation with the City of Knoxville, Knox County, and the Town of Farragut have partnered to form the Adopt-A-Stream Program, a citizen-based monitoring and litter prevention initiative intended to protect the health and serenity of our local waterways and educate our communities on the environmental concerns that impact them every day. Our goals as an organization are to bolster our citizen's capacity to inspire positive environmental and social change through an elevated awareness of water quality issues, training on stream health monitoring, and an intimate involvement in the solution process through cleanups and other means reducing trash in and around our waterways.
Our shared vision is that all of the streams flowing through Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Town of Farragut will be adopted and collectively cared for by citizens, businesses, and organizations in our communities.
Rainy Day Brush-off:
This is an artistic rain barrel competition designed to educate the community about water conservation and polluted stormwater runoff. In conjunction with this program, workshops and rain barrel sale days are coordinated.
Clean, Protect, Restore:
This is a one day community clean-up of local streams and dump sites that will be held on February 28, 2009 at 8-10 different sites around the county.
are daylong on-site field events that include biological assessments, chemical analysis and land-use impact activities
A one day volunteer clean-up day along the Tennessee River
An education day for elementary students at Ijams. Last year we taught over 900 children about water pollution
Knox County is involved in several watershed task forces that would love to have citizen input. The task forces are made up of federal, state, local government representatives, agriculture representatives, watershed groups, university representatives and private citizens. As part of these initiatives, we promote and are implementing low impact development, stormwater retrofits, educational campaigns, monitoring, etc. These watershed initiatives have received federal recognition for the work being done by the members and for the community.
The watershed initiatives are: