New Watershed Stories

Watershed UGA among 2017 winners of the Clarke County School District's Impact Awards.

Watershed UGA wins CCSD Impact Award

On June 8th, the Clarke County Board of Education announced the school district's 5th annual Impact Awards for 2017. Watershed UGA was one of four organizations honored by the school system for their ongoing dedication to students this year.

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Poster for the Athens GreenFest Awards 2017

Athens Clarke-County Stormwater Steward Award

Athens Clarke-County Stormwater Announces Watershed UGA for their Annual Stormwater Steward Award.

Each year, the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program presents the Stormwater Steward Award to an organization, business, individual, or community group that has gone above and beyond to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on local waters through a specific project, practice, or event. This year, the awards were announced during the Athens Greenfest Awards in downtown Athens, GA at the Morton Theatre on April, 21st 2017.

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Volunteers help repair trails behind Stroud Elementary

Five Star EPA Grant for Stroud Elementary

Stroud Elementary School was awarded the 5 Star EPA Grant with help from Watershed UGA for use in the Stroud Elementary School Creekside Trail Restoration and Education Project. The project intends to restore a 3/4 mile creek-side trail, 4,500 ft of riparian habitat, and 48 acres of forest to improve water quality and aquatic/terrestrial habitat at Trail Creek. Additionally, with this grant, three outdoor classrooms will be created to provide educational opportunities to Stroud Elementary students and the nearby community. These classrooms will host associated curricula in water quality monitoring and protection, plant and animal life and its interaction with the watershed, the function of wetlands, and educational and career opportunities in the field of environmental protection.  

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H.B. Stroud Elementary Community Problem Solving Team

H.B. Stroud Elementary Community Problem Solving Team travels to Wisconsin

The H.B. Stroud Elementary Community Problem Solving Team traveled to Wisconsin to compete at the International Future Problem Solving Program competition following their First Place win in the state of Georgia. The team was awarded Second Place in the Junior Division at the Wisconsin conference for their amazing work to improve watershed health on their campus. 

Read more about H.B. Stroud Elementary Community Problem Solving Team

Daylighting the Watersheds Contest

Daylighting the Watersheds

Watershed UGA announces winners of Daylighting the Watershed design competition

November 11, 2017

Athens, GA - Watershed UGA, an interdisciplinary initiative to create a culture of sustainability focused on campus waterways, has awarded two teams $1000 for their entries to the Daylighting the Watershed design competition.

Water is integral to our lives, but the problems of local watersheds are often hidden beneath us. In a technical sense, daylighting refers to the process of physically revealing streams that were previously covered.

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Daylighting the Watersheds Contest

Daylighting the Watersheds

Design Competition

Sponsored by Watershed UGA

An exhibition of posters featuring design concepts for projects that raise awareness about streams that flow through the UGA campus. Two projects will be selected by an interdisciplinary jury to receive $1,000 cash prizes.

The competition was open to all UGA students.

Daylighting the Watersheds design competition winners will be announced at the Arts + Environment Roundtable event on Thursday, November 10 at 4 PM in MLC Room 350.

Watershed UGA facilitates the use of our campus as
a living laboratory to advance sustainability and environmental stewardship through teaching, research, service, and university operations. The Daylighting the Watersheds
design competition is generously supported by a grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

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Daylighting the Watershed

Place for listing stories about the Daylighting project.

Daylighting the Watersheds Contest

Daylighting the Watersheds

Watershed UGA announces winners of Daylighting the Watershed design competition

November 11, 2017

Athens, GA - Watershed UGA, an interdisciplinary initiative to create a culture of sustainability focused on campus waterways, has awarded two teams $1000 for their entries to the Daylighting the Watershed design competition.

Water is integral to our lives, but the problems of local watersheds are often hidden beneath us. In a technical sense, daylighting refers to the process of physically revealing streams that were previously covered.

Read more about Daylighting the Watersheds Contest

Volunteers created a human chain to represent the streams hidden beneath the pavement.

Project Watershed Human Daylighting

 If the majority of UGA’s streams are hidden beneath layers of pavement and buildings, how will anyone care about them?

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Daylighting the Watersheds UGA DESIGN COMPETITION

DESIGN COMPETITION

Daylighting the Watersheds

UGA DESIGN COMPETITION

Student teams are invited to participate in the Daylighting the Watersheds design competition to raise awareness about streams that flow through the UGA campus and to support the mission of Watershed UGA by creating a community ethic for the restoration of campus streams. Two projects will be selected to receive prizes of $1,000 each.

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Daylighting Lilly at Harris Commons

Daylighting Lilly Branch

The start of the daylighting project. 

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Watershed UGA pursues NEA Grant

Proposal for Daylighting the Watershed

Daylighting the Watershed is a program designed to utilize the arts to connect and engage the local community with the economic, environmental and social issues surrounding watershed management. 

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Multimedia Contest “Watershed Stories”

Stories of our watershed from around campus.

Watershed Stories Contest

Watershed UGA Multimedia Contest

Winners of the Watershed UGA Multimedia Contest  “Watershed Stories” have been announced!

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What if Lake Herrick Wasn't There?

While strolling one fine evening around Lake Herrick, a thought came into my mind. I asked myself why I always come to this place when I need to refresh myself. There are so many forests and walking trails around, but why do I prefer to be here when I need to relieve my stressed graduate mind?

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The Spring that Brought Athens to the Mountain

The tale is that Daniel Easley sold John Milledge and his committee 633 acres on top of Daniel's mountain for the purpose of building the first land grant college.  One of the things that clinched the deal was a flowing spring near the top that would provide clean, fresh water to the new school.  This spring was used for many years, supplemented by wells as the campus grew.  The city of Athens, created by dividing and selling the northern part of the land into square lots, soon outgrew its wells and began to pump water from the North Oconee River.  The college bought into this system, the spring was piped underground, and a building was put over the source.  But it was not forgotten.  

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Watershed UGA in Action

Check out this Red & Black article on what Watershed UGA is doing to improve campus and local watershed health, and why we are doing it. http://www.redandblack.com/athensnews/watershed-uga-works-to-improve-health-of-athens-waterways/article_a2bd17a2-304a-11e7-b46e-570da251e361.html

Tyra Byers Presents at AASHE

Tyra Byers Presents at AASHE

Tyra Byers, Office of Sustainability and Lauren Mullenbach, graduate student in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Office of Sustainability Intern recently presented on Watershed UGA at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual conference in Minneapolis Minnesota, October 25-28.  

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Georgia Writer's Hall of Fame

Lightning talks featuring Janisse Ray and UGA Students

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sustainability: Preserving our Environmental Heritage

Lightning talks featuring Janisse Ray and UGA Students

1:00 p.m. — Auditorium
Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

In coordination with UGA’s Office of Sustainability, the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame presents a series of lightning talks presented by selected UGA students and 2015 inductee Janisse Ray about the issue of sustainability. Ray is an award-winning environmental writer and activist whose current passion is the issue of sustainability. The 5-6 minute student presentations will focus on their research in relation to Watershed UGA, a town and gown initiative to involve the UGA Campus and the Athens community in restoring our streams. Watershed UGA is transforming our local streams into a living laboratory.

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Jeff Rich: Watershed

Jeff Rich: Watershed

Visual artist Jeff Rich explores the complex intersections of ecology, politics, economics, recreation and the dynamic impacts of contemporary culture on the environment in his work Watershed.

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H.B. Stroud Elementary Community Problem Solving Team

H.B. Stroud Elementary Community Problem Solving Team travels to Wisconsin

The H.B. Stroud Elementary Community Problem Solving Team traveled to Wisconsin to compete at the International Future Problem Solving Program competition following their First Place win in the state of Georgia. The team was awarded Second Place in the Junior Division at the Wisconsin conference for their amazing work to improve watershed health on their campus. 

Read more about H.B. Stroud Elementary Community Problem Solving Team

Volunteers help repair trails behind Stroud Elementary

Five Star EPA Grant for Stroud Elementary

Stroud Elementary School was awarded the 5 Star EPA Grant with help from Watershed UGA for use in the Stroud Elementary School Creekside Trail Restoration and Education Project. The project intends to restore a 3/4 mile creek-side trail, 4,500 ft of riparian habitat, and 48 acres of forest to improve water quality and aquatic/terrestrial habitat at Trail Creek. Additionally, with this grant, three outdoor classrooms will be created to provide educational opportunities to Stroud Elementary students and the nearby community. These classrooms will host associated curricula in water quality monitoring and protection, plant and animal life and its interaction with the watershed, the function of wetlands, and educational and career opportunities in the field of environmental protection.  

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Poster for the Athens GreenFest Awards 2017

Athens Clarke-County Stormwater Steward Award

Athens Clarke-County Stormwater Announces Watershed UGA for their Annual Stormwater Steward Award.

Each year, the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program presents the Stormwater Steward Award to an organization, business, individual, or community group that has gone above and beyond to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on local waters through a specific project, practice, or event. This year, the awards were announced during the Athens Greenfest Awards in downtown Athens, GA at the Morton Theatre on April, 21st 2017.

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Watershed UGA among 2017 winners of the Clarke County School District's Impact Awards.

Watershed UGA wins CCSD Impact Award

On June 8th, the Clarke County Board of Education announced the school district's 5th annual Impact Awards for 2017. Watershed UGA was one of four organizations honored by the school system for their ongoing dedication to students this year.

Read more about Watershed UGA among 2017 winners of the Clarke County School District's Impact Awards.

Rivers Alive 2015

Rivers Alive 2015

On Saturday, October 10th Watershed UGA joined Athens-Clarke County in the annual Rivers Alive trash removal event. This event is part of a larger, statewide campaign to clean and preserve over 70,000 miles of Georgia’s rivers and streams. 

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Paul Matthews Presents at SENCER

Paul Matthews Presents at SENCER

Paul Matthews recently presented the work of Watershed UGA at the SENCER SCI-South Regional Meeting, in Asheville, NC.

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Tanyard Tailgate

Tanyard Tailgate

On Saturday, October 17th, for the Homecoming football game against Missouri, a group of UGA student volunteers educated fans tailgating near Tanyard Creek about efforts to restore the creek. 

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GEOL 1121 cleans up Lilly Branch

GEOL 1121  cleans up  Lilly Branch

On Saturday, March 19th, 5 volunteers from Dr. Marta Patiño-Douce’s GEOL 1121 class came together to clean up litter from the Lilly Branch watershed. The group started near a stormwater outfall where the stream flows under the E07 parking lot on East Campus and worked their way upstream to the Joe Frank Harris Commons area bus stop. The group picked up a total of 14 trash bags full of litter, including pulling out a discarded cooler from the stream! We are thrilled by the work that was done, and we are looking forward to our clean-up of Tanyard Creek on April 19th at 5 pm.

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Dawg Day of Service 2016

Dawg Day of Service 2016

UGA’s campus-wide Dawg Day of Service was held on August 27th. This year’s event attracted the largest number of volunteers yet, with over 500 volunteers putting in more than 1255 hours of service in Athens and the surrounding community. Watershed UGA hosted 49 volunteers at three sites—Lilly Branch, Lake Herrick and Trail Creek Park. At both Lilly Branch, volunteers worked to remove several types of invasive species, including Chinese privet, bush honeysuckle and winter creeper. This effort was a continuation of previous service events held at a site behind the Art school. The cumulative effect of these service events is becoming increasingly evident, with several areas opening up to reveal views of the previously hidden stream.

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Athens Water Festival

Athens Water Festival

On September 10th, Watershed UGA participated in the 7th annual Athens Water Festival in collaboration with EcoReach, which is an environmental education outreach organization run by graduate students in the Odum School of Ecology. The theme for this year’s event was drinking water, so we helped organize an activity designed to help children get to know local stream macroinvertebrates and understand the role they play in keeping our water clean. There were at least 800 people in attendance at this year’s festival!

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Every Drop Counts

Every Drop Counts

Watershed UGA put together a part the exhibit Every Drop Counts: Managing Georgia’s Water Supply, which is being displayed at UGA’s Special Collection library this fall. Our portion of the exhibit focused on the history of and challenged facing campus watersheds, as well as strategies Watershed UGA is using to address these challenges.

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Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

In spring 2016, Mark Johnson, a senior lecturer in journalism at Grady College, taught a special topics graduate class focused on visual storytelling. The goal was to teach visual storytelling through still photos, audio and a multimedia piece. For their multimedia pieces, students focused in on campus watersheds and the work of Watershed UGA.

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Ray C. Anderson

Ray C. Anderson Biography

The story is now legend: the “spear in the chest” epiphany Ray Anderson experienced when he first read Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce, seeking inspiration for a speech to an Interface task force on the company’s environmental vision. Seventeen years and a sea change later, Ray estimated that Interface was more than halfway towards the vision of “Mission Zero™,” in 2011, the journey no one would have imagined for the company or for the petroleum-intensive industry of carpet manufacturing, which has been forever changed by Ray’s vision. Mission Zero is the company’s promise to eliminate any negative impact it may have on the environment, by the year 2020, through the redesign of processes and products, the pioneering of new technologies, and efforts to reduce or eliminate waste and harmful emissions while increasing the use of renewable materials and sources of energy. Ray chronicled that journey in two books, Mid-Course Correction (1998) and Confessions Of A Radical Industrialist (2009). The latter was released in paperback as Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist.

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Tanyard Creek Cleanup

Watershed UGA and the Tanyard Creek Chew Crew need YOUR help!

We need your help engaging tailgaters and cleaning Tanyard Creek on three different occasions in October! 

To become involved in this opportunity, email lem89@uga.edu.

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Watershed UGA at Dawg Day of Service

Watershed UGA kicked-off at UGA’s 2015 Dawg Day of Service

This year, Watershed UGA had three sites at Dawg Day of Service. The first was an invasive species pull and trash clean-up along a section of Lilly Branch.  The second site was at Lake Herrick where volunteers spread pea gravel along trails.  The third site was a trash clean-up along Tanyard Creek. 

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Lilly Branch Cyanotype Mural Project

Lilly Branch Cyanotype Mural Project

In the fall of 2015 art students in the Alternative Photography class (ARST4285/6285 ) spent six weeks engaged with sustainability in the Lilly Branch Watershed of UGA campus.  Utilizing the 19th century photographic process of the Cyanotype, or blue print, the students worked collaboratively to build a mural that maps the flow across campus and the confluence of the social, economic and environmental burdens impacting this waterway.

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SGA gets involved with Watershed UGA

SGA Partners with Watershed UGA

Learn more about UGA's Student Government Association's decision to partner with Watershed UGA.

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Daylighting the Watersheds Contest

Daylighting the Watersheds

Design Competition

Sponsored by Watershed UGA

An exhibition of posters featuring design concepts for projects that raise awareness about streams that flow through the UGA campus. Two projects will be selected by an interdisciplinary jury to receive $1,000 cash prizes.

The competition was open to all UGA students.

Daylighting the Watersheds design competition winners will be announced at the Arts + Environment Roundtable event on Thursday, November 10 at 4 PM in MLC Room 350.

Watershed UGA facilitates the use of our campus as
a living laboratory to advance sustainability and environmental stewardship through teaching, research, service, and university operations. The Daylighting the Watersheds
design competition is generously supported by a grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Read more about Daylighting the Watersheds Contest

Lilly Branch Outfalls

Lilly Branch Outfalls

On February 9, 2016 students from Dr. Brickman's honor biology course ventured out to East Campus, just beyond the Lamar Dodd School of Art to learn how to identify and inspect outfall locations.

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