A table of food and wine at last year’s event. (Photo: Contributed)

Water may be the last thing you think of on a cold winter night, unless you’re attending the sixth annual Save Water, Drink Wine fundraiser for CaribbeanSEA and TenneSEA.

The festive event will feature wine and food, and will take place Feb. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Barn Nursery.

Guests will get to enjoy regional wines, tapas from local restaurants and a silent auction while they learn about waterways that run through the local area.


Tickets can be purchased now for $45 at www.caribbean-sea.org/save or for $50 at the door.

Partnering organizations include the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee River Rescue and local water-quality departments.

Learn more about CaribbeanSEA and TenneSEA here.

Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance, or CaribbeanSEA, is a nonprofit educational and environmental organization with the mission of empowering students to lead their communities to protect and restore the local environment.

Founded and directed by Mary Beth Sutton, the organization works both in the Caribbean and in Tennessee through collaborative watershed projects. CaribbeanSEA’s local affiliate, known as TenneSEA, has long taught area children to care for water through programs such as Kids for Clean Water and Stream Teams.

Mountain Creek is a local watershed that the Red Bank Elementary School Stream Team is currently making a big impact on.

The creek is home to a diverse population of fish and macroinvertebrates. Development in the area and extremes in water levels from rain events have resulted in parts of the stream bank eroding into the creek.

Not content to leave the problem for someone else to solve, Sutton gathered a team of engineers, construction workers and students to fix it. With help from the fifth-grade Red Bank Elementary Stream Team, engineers came up with a plan to stabilize the creek bank. Led by engineers at Propex, the stabilization project was finished in early January.

Over several months, the students observed the problem, brainstormed solutions and observed the work being done. This spring, they will get to help replant native plants along the bank to complete the restoration.

Educational programs provided by TenneSEA make success stories like this possible.