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Shady Valley Watershed gets $50,000 grant

Johnson City Press • Updated May 13, 2020 at 7:28 PM

MOUNTAIN CITY — The Shady Valley Watershed District has received a $50,000 grant that will be used to clean laterals or drainage ditches in the ecologically sensitive area.

The awarding of the grant was announced in Nashville this week by Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Blountville, chairman of the House Commerce Committee. The funding is part of the fiscal year 2019-20 budget. Grant dollars will be used to clean the laterals that were installed in the creek in the 1960s to support flood control efforts across Beaver Dam Creek in Northeast Tennessee.

“I have worked with individuals from the state and the watershed district to secure this greatly needed funding for several years,” Hill said. “No one gave up and we finally got it done. Now that this project has the funding needed to move forward, we can focus on improving overall safety for our citizens, while minimizing the threat of future flooding.”

Hill said Shady Valley is known as one of the Southern Appalachian’s most ecologically important areas, according to the Nature Conservancy.

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