In 2004, with the assistance of Carilec, Lucelec and TVIG, the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance (CaribbeanSEA) was founded to work in Caribbean nations, engaging young people to protect and restore their watersheds. In 2006, we added programming in the Southeastern United States, specifically in the Tennessee Valley, with similar goals: to create communities who take ownership of the waterways in their own backyards. This chapter became known as the Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance (TenneSEA).
Throughout our history, we have collaborated with hundreds of partners to educate thousands of community members about the repercussions their daily actions have on our waterways.
While environmental education is a huge component of what we do, we conduct restoration projects as well. We have orchestrated and installed numerous infrastructure, including a constructed wetlands for sewage treatment, biogas digesters and compost stations for pig waste, and green infrastructure for decreasing damage from stormwater.
In April of 2019, on our 15th anniversary, we made the decision to rebrand to WaterWays, making it easier for people to identify what we do through our name. The logo was designed to show that we as humans are the most crucial component in improving our water, and sometimes that takes getting our hands dirty.
For those of us at WaterWays, it has been a long journey – we are devoted to inspiring individuals and their communities to improve water quality at a local level. We believe that empowerment through environmental education and positive action is the key component to fixing the massive issues we have created for ourselves through the mismanagement of our precious natural resources.
We help people reconnect with their waterways, fostering an understanding that every action, no matter how large or how small, makes a difference.