Monday 18 November

Make-A-Difference Service Event 2013

 

SETAC North America and ENVIRON International Corporation  are proud to sponsor this year’s Make-A-Difference Service Event at the Duck River in Milltown, TN. Located right outside of Nashville, the Duck River in Milltown is part of a mussel stocking service project that is headed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), and the Tennessee Nature Conservancy (TNC) and includes ongoing native mussel restoration work in Tennessee which began in 2004. This year’s service project event will involve working with 6 local, public schools in the city of Nashville to provide a total of 30 students the opportunity to restock native mussels into the Duck River. SETAC volunteers will assist in the restocking effort alongside the students, providing the volunteers a chance to mentor these young individuals and share information about their experience in the field of environmental studies. All transportation will be provided by ENVIRON International Corporation. Tools and PPE will be provided by TWRA.

The USFWS has listed 40 mussel species as endangered under provisions of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 in the state of Tennessee. In 1998, the National Native Mussel Conservation Committee was established to reach three primary goals:  1) identify necessary conservation actions, 2) increase education, support, and funding, and 3) foster partnerships to facilitate the restoration of the nation’s mussel fauna and environmental quality of its rivers. The TWRA, USFWS, and TNC are collaborating to drive mussel restocking and conservation efforts across the state. More information about the Tennessee restoration effort can be found here.

In the Case of Inclement Weather

In the event of rain or bad weather, the service project will be held at the Old Hickory Wildlife Management Area in Milltown, TN. In this event, students and SETAC volunteers will work to tag mussels for release at a later date. Students will also receive information about the ecology of the mussels and restocking efforts.

Dress

Please dress appropriately for outdoor restoration activities including long pants, long sleeves, shoes/boots and socks, sunscreen, and a hat. If necessary, bug repellant, PPE, and waders will be provided.  Adjust dress and bring layers to accommodate changes in the weather.

Equipment & Supplies

All tools and restoration equipment will be supplied.

Lunch and Refreshments

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Safety Issues

Please be aware that the restoration site is an active river. You are responsible for your own liability and safety. The site conditions are uneven ground, areas of deep and shallow water, plants with thorns and spines, sun exposure, insects that can bite or sting, animals that can bite or scratch, and dust. The activity may involve strenuous work, walking, lifting and use of sharp tools. Liability waiver forms will be provided and must be signed prior to departure.

Fees

There is no charge to participate in this event. However you must sign up via the meeting registration form. Space is limited.

The Day’s Agenda

9:30am - Meet at rendezvous site at conference center to board bus
10:30am – Arrive on site; Introductions, Project overview, and Safety talk
11:00am - Break into teams, go to work stations, station introduction, begin work
12:00pm – Work break for lunch
12:30pm - Resume Work
1:45pm – Stop work, reflect on day (debrief),clean up, group photo
2:00pm – Depart Site
3:00pm – Drop-off by bus at convention center

ENVIRON International Corporation will also be providing T-shirts for a total of 20 participants, so please sign up to join us for the event as soon as possible!