April 2015 E-newsletter

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Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

Volunteers from across the city came together to tackle our litter problem during this year’s “Faith in Action” Memphis Cleanup Campaign during the week of April 18th-26th. Coordinated by Mayor A.C. Wharton’s office and the Memphis City Beautiful Commission, this year’s project was the largest effort so far. The Wolf River Conservancy was pleased to be a partner in this project, coordinating cleanups at Kennedy Park and Epping Way.

Unfortunately, illegal dumping and improper handling of trash and debris continue to be detrimental to our water quality while providing opportunities for an increase in mosquito breeding and other health concerns. Of course, it also detracts from the beauty of our region’s natural landscapes.

Furthermore, our local problem can contribute to a larger global problem. Trash in the Wolf River watershed can migrate to the Wolf River; the Wolf River can carry the trash along to the Mississippi River and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico, thus contributing to the pollution of our oceans, a serious global issue.

It is discouraging to think that some of our fellow citizens choose to violate Shelby County and Tennessee law to avoid disposing of this trash and debris appropriately. Of course, we at the Conservancy are concerned with any illegal dumping in the Wolf River Watershed which includes Shelby and Fayette Counties in Tennessee and Benton County in Mississippi.

If you observe any illegal dumping you can help report the problem by using the following contact information.

     - In Memphis, contact the Mayor’s Citizen Service Center:   901-576-6500.    

     - Shelby County and Fayette County, contact Keep Tennessee Beautiful: 888-862-5326

     - In Mississippi, contact the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality: 601-961-5171     

     - For more information about penalties, etc. for illegal dumping in Tennessee, please click here.

Thanks for your continued support of the Wolf River Conservancy! Please visit to learn more about our mission and work.

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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Upcoming Events

May 2

First Saturday Paddle


May 11

Mike Berkeley: "Build It and They Will Come"- Creating Backyard Habitat



May 12

Drink a Beer, Save a River: Napa Cafe

May 17

Ghost River Eco Trip 

May 23

Plant I.D. Workshop

May 23

Volunteer Clean Up Paddle

May 28

Drink a Beer, Save a River: Whole Foods and Salud Cooking School

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