Stormwater Division Welcomes AmeriCorps Members

September 7, 2017

The City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department and its Stormwater Management Program are welcoming new AmeriCorps members, Danielle Gerlach and Jessica Wykoff, to the team. In partnership with the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC), everyone in the Public Works Department is excited to have AmeriCorps members serving in our community for the third year in a row.

CAC AmeriCorps has been a program within the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee since 1994. CAC AmeriCorps works with many partners in the region. The primary goal of this program is to provide environmental conservation services through hands-on field work, as well as education in many different areas that include water quality, recycling, and other sustainability efforts.

Danielle and Jessica will help teach watershed lessons at Oak Ridge High School and take part in a collaborative rain garden project where Oak Ridge High School students will be analyzing data alongside professionals at the University of Tennessee. They will also be partnering with local organizations, community leaders, and private citizens to hold water quality events and activities, including our second annual rain barrel workshop. They will also be continuing to help permanently map the City’s stormwater infrastructure and to help address environmental concerns in order to reach the permit requirements mandated by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program.

More information on the Stormwater Management Program can be found on our website.