17-Year-Old Builds And Installs Solar Powered Irrigation System

Friday, June 1, 2018

Zainab Muhammad, 17, joined the Southeastern Conservation Corps for a summer of labor intensive trail maintenance projects with a crew of eight others. Zainab had already decided that she would one day study engineering in college. As a senior in high school, Zainab began work on her senior project at Lula Lake Land Trust - a solar powered, pumped irrigation system to water a pollinator garden.

Prior to her experience with the SECC, Zainab had never explored the woods around her home, had never been camping, and had never seen a natural waterfall. It is now her intention to become an environmental engineer when she graduates college. 

Zinab will be installing and launching her solar powered, pumped irrigation system for Lula Lake Land Trust's pollinator garden on June 14.

Review on Lula Lake Land Trust's Conservation Education program: 

A student may be assigned readings by the likes of Thoreau, Bryson, Abbey, or Muir and still not have an appreciation for the need to protect and preserve natural and historic landscapes in their own backyards. It is through an immersive, educational experience that one comes to know and love the land. Experience, among other things, creates perspective and to educate future generations who are environmentally aware is, simply, our collective duty.  These instances are what  LLLT strives to achieve with the Conservation Education Program. Currently, the Conservation Education Program is involved with many education opportunities in the greater Chattanooga area.

The major component of the LLLT’s Conservation Education Program is free environmental education for K-12 students. LLLT is launching a pilot project with SECC for youth stewardship. LLLT is also working with the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy for the Bridges to Brighter Futures program to engage 9th grade students to provide project-based learning experiences. Additionally, LLLT is launching a free adult education program called Conservation Ambassadors to teach the importance of conservation in our everyday lives and how to be a steward of tomorrow.



Waterfowl Season Opens In Georgia On Nov. 17

Tennessee On The Way To A Record Bear Harvest

2018 Muzzleloader Season Opening Weekend Nets Almost 7,700 Deer Harvested


With waterfowl hunting season opening Saturday, Nov. 17, duck and goose hunters across Georgia should find similar wetland conditions to last year, according to experts with the Georgia Department ... (click for more)

Just over halfway through the 2018 black bear hunting season, Tennessee hunters have already harvested 551 black bears since the season opened on September 22. The record of 589 black bears was ... (click for more)

Tennessee deer hunters had a harvest of 7,683 on the opening weekend of muzzleloader season as reports continued to trickle in Monday (Nov. 5). The current harvest number is an increase from ... (click for more)


Outdoors

Waterfowl Season Opens In Georgia On Nov. 17

With waterfowl hunting season opening Saturday, Nov. 17, duck and goose hunters across Georgia should find similar wetland conditions to last year, according to experts with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Last year many of the managed wetlands that provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl on state-operated Wildlife Management ... (click for more)

Tennessee On The Way To A Record Bear Harvest

Just over halfway through the 2018 black bear hunting season, Tennessee hunters have already harvested 551 black bears since the season opened on September 22. The record of 589 black bears was set in 2011. TWRA Black Bear Program Leader Dan Gibbs points towards a spotty acorn crop this year to account for the high harvest. Simply put, the more that bears have to move in search ... (click for more)

Breaking News

City Council Considering Interim Ordinance Curbing Development Of Steep Slopes, Floodplains

The City Council is considering action soon on an interim ordinance curbing development of steep slopes and floodplains. The measure would limit development of slopes of 33 percent grade or more to 20 percent of those steep grades. It would allow no more than 51 percent of a floodplain to be developed. A large number of developers in the audience indicated they are strongly ... (click for more)

Chicago Drug Dealer Who Supplied Large Amount Of Heroin To Chattanooga Contacts Found Guilty By Federal Jury

A Chicago drug dealer who prosecutors said supplied a large amount of heroin to sources in Chattanooga was found guilty by a federal jury in Chattanooga on Tuesday. James Silas, 50, was convicted of conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. Sentencing is set for April 24 at 2 p.m. by Judge Curtis Collier, who presided over the trial. Based on a prior drug ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thanks To First Volunteer Bank

Thank you to the Highway 58 branch of First Volunteer Bank. On behalf of the Ernie Pyle Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, I would like to express our appreciation to the manager and staff of the HIghway 58 Branch of First Volunteer Bank for putting on a Veterans Day lunch in the lobby of your bank on Friday, Nov. 9. It was a cold and rainy day and Army, Marines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s A Racist Thing

Being a child of the South, I’ve marveled at our funny sayings for all of my life. I’ve been at a football game and heard a disgruntled fan in the stands say of his team’s quarterback, “That boy couldn’t play dead in a cowboy movie.” I’ve been at the Sunday supper table and heard, “I’m of a mind each one of his sermons is better than the next.” And I’ve sat in a Saturday morning ... (click for more)