Conservation Updates

October 17, 2015

Save the Ocoee! Click here to read more ~

We’re on the verge of losing recreational releases in the Ocoee River.  The Ocoee is the world’s most popular Class III-IV whitewater river with over 250,000 annual visits for rafting, kayaking, open boating, and other paddlesports.  But unless we take action now, recreational water releases will end in October 2018.

Why this is happening: A 1984 agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority ensures recreational water releases into the Ocoee’s natural river channel, but the agreement ends in 2019.  Unless we act, the last scheduled release for recreation will occur in October 2018. 

May 9, 2012

Settlement over pollution of the Pigeon River

Evergreen Packaging has reached a partial settlement with environmental groups over pollution from the Canton paper mill in the Pigeon River.

Environmental groups had challenged the mill’s pollution permit, claiming that the standards weren’t tight enough. There were two bones of contention: how warm the river gets and the dark color the river takes on due to the mill’s discharges.  LEARN MORE HERE

October 10, 1999

Duck River Dam

In the 1980’s, TSRA worked to hault the construction of the dam being built on the Duck River and helped to have 37 miles protected by the Scenic Rivers Act.

May 11, 1999

Duck River Opportunities Project (DROP)

Duck-River Opportunities Project (DROP) started in 1999 to monitor-&-improve the water quality of the Duck River and its tributaries. Drop was funded by the Duck River Protection Endowment which was created following a court settlement between Dana Corporation and the EPA.  TSRA initially created DROP after John McFadden spoke to TSRA's board of directors in 1999, asking the organization to sponsor his plan to use the fund to improve water quality in the Duck-River watershed.  DROP was to be a collaborative effort between the protection fund, TSRA, and project director John McFadden with Marshall Spencer as TSRA chair for the project. READ ABOUT DROP SUCCESSES