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On 7/12/12, UMD Volunteers walking the Knoxville CIty Greenway discovered a source of sediment pollution so large it created a clearly visible plume into the Tennessee River- over 2 miles away.
Located at 35.943575,-83.978319, the unpermitted silt discharge comes from a mismanaged construction site along Sutherland Avenue- flowing into a tributary of Third Creek, which is itself listed on the impaired and threatened water 303(d) list.
More details about the construction site can be found at Knox News
UMD is proud to announce that we have created a new page to house our field data- including water quality spreadsheets, testing and analysis results, photos, recordings and more. Anyone may view and download our data- just credit or attribute 'United Mountain Defense' if you use it. Remember that we're adding new items all the time, and that versions will change over time.
The 7th edition of the Mountain Defender newspaper is hot off the presses and being distributed as we speak. The theme is "Breaking the Chains, Building the Future" and it includes articles about the dirty energy sources of coal, oil and gas, and nuclear; and the work of United Mountain Defense and many other groups across the region to identify and resolve the problems with dirty energy. It also includes original artwork and action steps you can take to help bring about change.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who worked many months to put it together and to all of the groups and individuals who made donations to help create this voice of resistance which is being distributed in 15,000 copies across Appalachia as we speak.
Read it online here at: http://themountaindefender.wordpress.com/yth-edition/
United Mountain Defense welcomes James Kane as our new field director. Mr. Kane has a Masters of Science, Biosystems Engineering Technology; University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mr. Kane was the Range and Training Lands Assessment (RTLA) Coordinator, DPTMS/Range Control, Fort Carson, Colorado.
While in Colorado at his previous employment he planned, implemented, and managed a variety of geospatial surveying, inventory and monitoring projects on Army training lands at Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colorado, including both impacts of resource management on training and training impacts on natural resources. His responsibilities required training and supervising field personnel, interfacing with installation, federal, state, and other agencies as necessary, and the preparation of periodic reports for a variety of audiences, including data summaries and analysis, maps, and status and trends in resource conditions.
We are very excited to have such a well qualified and experienced person working in the field with UMD!