Water Quality

"No water, no life. No blue, no green." — Sylvia Earle

1984 map from the Tennessee Natural Heritage Program denoting land cover types of Tennessee River Gorge

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust established a water quality program in 2015 to monitor perennial streams in the Gorge. We partnered with the Tennessee Aquarium and GA Adopt-A-Stream to certify five Trust staff and interns as chemical and macroinvertebrate monitors. We have begun monthly testing for pH levels, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and macroinvertebrates. TRGT will use this information to understand how we impact our water supply and the important role we play in water conservation.

Mariah Prescott, Lead Water Quality Monitor

Mariah is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Michigan State University. She fell in love with the great outdoors while exploring the rugged mountains, slot canyons, and rivers around Flagstaff, Arizona where she lived for 8 years. Mariah, her husband Greg, and their giant dog Frankie settled in Chattanooga in 2011, and can't imagine living anywhere else.

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