Smokies Water Sampling Volunteers Meet Feb. 24

Many more volunteers are needed for the 25th year of water sampling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—a joint effort of Trout Unlimited, the National Park Service and the University of Tennessee. This year’s work begins with a meeting for volunteers at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Everyone who would like to help with this important effort is welcome at the meeting, at Twin Creeks Science Center, Gatlinburg, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A free breakfast will be provided, so IT IS ESSENTIAL TO MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE to ensure that enough food is ordered. To reserve your seat, contact Charlie Chmielewski at or (865) 661-7325. He will provide directions to the science center when volunteers register.

At the meeting, volunteers will hear up-to-date results and predictions, see the 2018 routes, receive training and provide input on scheduling the 2018 samplings. The meeting will be over before noon.

The Acid Deposition Sampling Program “has made a huge difference obtaining data that has contributed to reductions in acid emissions in our air,” Chmielewski says. The program is important because:

• Acid deposition is a serious problem that has destroyed trout habitat in the park.
• Because of data from the program, regional air emissions have significantly improved—but the streams are still in current and longterm danger.
• Measurements must continue, to monitor improvement and to better understand the plant, soil, geology and stream interactions affecting the water.