We want the Ocoee to stay open to paddlers and non-paddlers.

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The Ocoee is at risk because the TVA have not renewed their agreement with the paddling companies. If the TVA do not make the agreement soon then the Ocoee will stop releasing in 2018 (Stone). Considering that the Ocoee is a famous river due to 1996 olympics if it is closed, it will leave people unemployed and unhappy.(Colburn) Many paddling communities want the Ocoee to stay open so that they can paddle. There are many paddlers that are concerned about this topic, because this river is a huge part to their lives and to the economy. Also the paddling companies will go out of business and many people will not have jobs. At the moment the Ocoee is in great shape and is not polluted because of a Chinese electronic company who is taking the silt, (which is a big polluter) to take out expensive minerals to make electronics (Colburn).

Works Cited:

Colburn, Kevin. Personal interview, 28 November 2016

Stone, Stacy. Save the Ocoee. Tennessee Canoe Club, 2016, Chattanooga, Tennessee.  

Humphrey Hill. “Company to pay $50.8M to clean up ocoee contamination. 2016.knoxblogs.com

Stacy Stone and Meryl Stark.”Save the Ocoee.2016.tvccpaddler.com

Colburn, Kevin. TVA ends free Whitewater on the Ocoee. American Whitewater, 2016.            Cullowhee, North Carolina.

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