Outreach Coordinator: Bryson Scruggs

"Bryson was raised in Lancing, TN, and is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee with her B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Mgmt."


Treasurer: Jim Whaley

"Born 9th generation Tennessean in Maryville, 1948. Graduated Young High School in Knoxville, 1966. Received B.S. in Forestry from UT, 1975. work as a plant propagator in McMinnville for 17 years. Married Becky Jansch and moved to Wartburg, 1995. Presently own and operate Jansch&Whaley Nursery. Also serve  on boards of Farm Bureau, Soil Conservation Service, and Morgan Co. Forestry Development Association."


About Our Organization

The Emory River Watershed Association is a local organization working to improve water quality and increase awareness of water quality in the Emory River Watershed. We are committed to non-confrontational advocacy and education to improve our region's water resources.  We sponsor educational events and river clean-ups, partner with other conservation organizations to help in their missions, and are working to establish a citizen water monitoring program.


The Emory River Watershed Association's Board of Directors is a diverse group of people who live and work in the area and care about the health of the watershed. The Board includes business people, farmers, educators, scientists, and people who work in natural resources management and conservation.

Secretary: Sandra K. Goss
"I have enjoyed the Obed River all my life, beginning in Cumberland County, where she was born and raised.  I am Executive Director of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, which sponsors hikes and other outings, informative presentations, and an informative bi-monthly newsletter.



Secretary: Jimmy Groton

"Works on environmental issues (wetlands, threatened and endangered species management, and exotic species control) with a Knoxville environmental consulting firm. Active for several years with stewardship activities in Morgan County at the Obed Wild and Scenic River, Frozenhead State Park and Natural Area, and Potters Falls. "


Our Team

OUR ORGANIZATION

Kelly Amonett

"Farmer and volunteer.  Kelly resides in Wartburg, and has recently retired after almost 40 years of service with the UT Extension Service in Morgan County.  His interests include good stewardship of the county and area's natural resources.  Kelly also volunteers with many local organizations who's  primary mission is the economic development of Morgan County.


Vice President: Mike Sale


Nominating Committee Chair:      

Jerry Hardin

"Sailor and retired educator. "


David Keyes

" I've owned and enjoyed my piece of the watershed since 1973.  I've been in all 50 states and several foreign countries and there is no 
place more beautiful."


"Dr. Michael J. Sale is the Executive Director of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. He was a distinguished research staff member and manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, from which he retired emeritus in 2008, and now works as an independent consultant, providing technical support on energy, water, and environmental issues to sponsors such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Program."


The Emory River and it's streams are valuable resources and they need your help.

Join us in the mission to restore, maintain, and safeguard the water quality of the Emory River Watershed and it's resources.


Can I really help by joining ERWA?

You bet you can! Volunteer groups such as ERWA are making great strides to preserving creeks and streams all over the country. There are many ways you can become involved. One is to become a member today. By supporting the ERWA with a gift, you help purchase supplies that will in turn be used to protect the Emory River and it's tributaries. You may also choose to become a volunteer monitor. You will then be trained to take some measurements and observations of a stream and play an active part in decisions concerning the water quality in your stream.


Become a member.

Contact us to let us know you're interested and we'll get you going on our next project!

Dues are only $20 per year. Membership fees are used to purchase supplies to help restore and maintain the water quality in the Emory River Watershed.



Our Team

President: David Hennessee

Vice President: Mike Sale

Secretary: Sandra Goss

Secretary: Jimmy Groton

Treasurer: Jim Whaley

Outreach Coordinator: Bryson Scruggs


Board Members:

Kelly Amonett

Gary Darnell

Mitchell Heidel

Jerry Hardin

Jo Hardin

David Keyes

Ed Smith


Association Members:

Dennis Gregg

Ruth Hurst

Cyd E Hamilton

Marta Monroe

Del Scruggs

Debbie Slack

Jacob Smith



President: David Hennessee

"I'm a full-time farmer, retired teacher, and Lancing County Commissioner."


Mitchell Heidel

"I am a retired Career and Technical Education  Director  and Agriculture teacher from Morgan County Schools. I am  now farming on a hay and beef cattle farm with my brother. I also grow tobacco and grow vegetables in a high tunnel greenhouse."


Emory River Watershed Association