The Town stormwater program hosts a variety of educational workshops for the public to learn more about stormwater and pollution prevention from area experts. Aside from events developed solely by Town staff, the Town also works in partnership with other public and private entities as members of the Water Quality Forum.
Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show
This is a 3-day, general public education & outreach event hosted by Dogwood Arts. Multiple jurisdictions come together to host a booth and we typically have information about rain gardens, rain barrel distribution, rain barrel making workshops and general information about stormwater and pollution prevention.
Rain Barrel Workshops
The Town is a host location for one of three educational workshops throughout Knox County. During the workshop, participants learn about stormwater and the benefits of rain barrels through a presentation delivered by the Town Stormwater Coordinator and AmeriCorps member. Participants are shown how to build their own rain barrel and leave with all of the parts to complete the project and install at their homes. Visit the event website.
Volunteers for River Rescue, organized by Ijams Nature Center and the Water Quality Forum, spend several hours helping to pick up trash and debris that is clogging and polluting Knoxville’s river and creeks. The community-wide annual event covers 40 different cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and associated creek tributaries. Each year, approximately 1,000 volunteers clean up tons of trash for our local waterways.
EarthFest is a FREE, “zero-waste” event with food, fun and entertainment for the whole family, including your pets! Exhibitors, vendors, a youth area and giveaways focus on environmental topics.
An event all about water and all for kids. This event has organizations from throughout the area including utilities, government entities, non-profits, etc. in one place offering fun and engaging activities and stories for elementary school kids.
Families in the Creek
Families in the Creek is a family event and is free to the public. You will be able to learn about the creek’s aquatic life and what you can to do to help keep our community’s creeks clean through three activities: fish assessment, benthic macroinvertebrate assessment, and stewardship activities.
Rain Barrel Sales
A Water Quality Forum event, the Town provides assistance in distributing ready-to-install rain barrels as part of a truck load sale.Rain barrels have a 50 gallon capacity and are made of recycled plastic here in the USA.
The Knox Area Water Quality Forum in cooperation with the City of Knoxville, Knox County, the Town of Farragut, the City of Oak Ridge and the University of Tennessee 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 on a personal level. Visit the program website.