Learn about watershed health April 22

Nonconnah Creek Watershed

The Tennessee portion of the Nonconnah Creek watershed includes parts of Shelby and Fayette counties and extends into Mississippi. It is approximately 281 square miles (184 square miles in Tennessee) and drains to the Mississippi River.

MEMPHIS — Whether the environment promotes health or sickness, it impacts everyone. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is giving Memphis-area residents a chance to become better informed about protecting watersheds with an interactive April 22 event.

A watershed is a land area that ultimately drains into a particular watercourse or body of water. (Everyone lives in a watershed.) Keeping the local watershed healthy is critical because it affects usage of the water it drains into. This can vary from recreation to drinking water to supporting a healthy fishery. Watersheds do not adhere to manmade boundaries, so residents from various counties share the important responsibility of protecting and improving their water resources in the watershed.

To learn more, area residents are invited to the Nonconnah Creek Watershed Stakeholder Meeting at 5 p.m. April 22 in the TDEC Fisher Arnold office, 9180 Crestwyn Drive, Memphis. Attendees will hear and see what is being done in the watershed to protect and/or improve water quality and learn about needed improvements to keep the watershed healthful.

Several groups will have displays, quick-fire presentations and hands-on exhibits. Participants will be encouraged to talk with individuals, organizations, and local agencies actively involved in the watershed and learn how to become active themselves.

For additional information about this meeting, contact Joellyn Brazile at (901) 371-3025 or via email to joellyn.brazile@tn.gov.