Invasive Silver Carp are Heading This Way–Can the Ecological and Economic Devastation Be Prevented?

  • April 16, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • UT Arboretum Auditorium

    901 South Illinois Avenue
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
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Description

Presentation by Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council and co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning

Please join us for this educational event to provide the public with information about the invasive silver carp and how it could impact our East Tennessee local waterways, ecosystems and the businesses that depend on these environmental resources. There are currently only four Asian silver carp-free reservoirs on the Upper Tennessee River Basin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be seeking PUBLIC COMMENTS on their recommendations for locations of fish deterrents on the Tennessee River in June 2024. This session will give the public important information on how to participate in the public comment period. Dr. Timothy Joseph will discuss the multiple threats posed by the impending silver carp invasion. Dr. Joseph will review the state’s present plan and explain in detail the only options available to save--Melton Hill, Watts Bar, Tellico, and Ft. Loudoun Lakes.

Dirk Van Hoesen will discuss what specific actions are needed to prevent this invasion from reaching our lakes. He will review WBEFC’s current activities and path forward with local, state, and federal political leaders. Dirk will explain the process for public comments during the open comment period in June, and how critical it is that the public take part and be heard. Recommendations for locations of fish deterrents on the Tennessee River in June 2024. Public comments will be vital for approval of the “first” fish deterrent to be placed at Watts Bar Lock.

Date & Time

Tue, Apr 16, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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UT Arboretum Auditorium

901 South Illinois Avenue
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 UT Arboretum Auditorium
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