News from the River!
TSRA (Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association) had a very busy year in 2013! Four river access sites were built, the Basic River Rescue Clinic was re-instated, Rendezvous was a success, and various schools had increased attendance, Lost Loon Triathlon was a blast…so the organization raised money and had fun doing it. Conservation efforts incorporated a variety of efforts including joining in legal actions to make our waterways cleaner and safer. TSRA is ready to get even more work completed now that we have our new Director of Operations, Jessica Graham, in place for 2014.
Jessica received her A.A.S from Nashville State Community College and attended Western Kentucky State University’s Engineering Program. For the past three years, she has worked for the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA). Jessica originally joined HRWA as part of a temporary Flood Recovery project, helping coordinate 32 flood-recovery projects and 700 volunteers to remove 135 TONS of flood debris from the Harpeth River and its tributaries after the Historic 2010 flood. She then joined HRWA’s permanent team coordinating events, press releases, social media, community outreach and managing HRWA’s website as well as other IT, finance, and administrative needs in and out of the office.
Prior to HRWA, Jessica trained to be a project manager in specialty construction services at Logik, Inc. and has worked for the South Cheatham Advocate Newspaper for nearly a decade as an assistant production manager. She lives in White Bluff, TN with her husband, Larry and their son Daniel and daughter Aerista. They love the outdoors, fishing, camping, and kayaking!
TSRA funding Boy Scout Griffin Bauer, BSA Troop 418 of Brentwood, with his Eagle Scout Project which will build a Kiosk at the Harris St. Bridge Canoe Access at Harpeth River State Park.
Griffin will be working on the project with Gary Patterson, Park Manager and Mr. Paul Sullivan from the Dickson coop. The kiosk will follow the model of the kiosk located at the Gossett tract, shown below. They will be working on this project Saturdays March 29th and April 5th. They NEED VOLUNTEERS. CLICK HERE to sign up!
Griffin attended TSRA’s February board meeting to present his project and to ask for funding. The board voted unanimously to fund his project. The Harris Street Bridge access and TSRA go way back. After the Flood in 2010 TSRA funded the gravel needed to put this access area back together again.
Local resident and Tennessee Scenic Rivers Administrator, Jane Polansky said, “The Flood of 2010 washed out the road providing access to the gravel bar. I contacted Johnny Bell who spoke with Mr. Miller about grading it. Dugger Petty did the work asking only a nominal fee of which TSRA graciously paid. It was an extraordinary display of stewardship on behalf of TSRA and community support on behalf of Johnny Bell, Mr. Miller and Dugger Petty. That’s just how the folks are in Cheatham County and the members of TSRA. They’re just good folks.”
If you would like to know more about Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association please find us on Facebook and visit our website at www.Paddletsra.org . Make sure to check out our River Access Program page while you are there and check out our Interactive Blueway Map! Annual Family memberships are only $25! We offer fun events for everyone and we protect clean water in TN.
TSRA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. WWW.PADDLETSRA.ORG