Crowd Sourcing – Mud in our River! New Blog Series –Message 1

Welcome to WATR’s new endeavor where citizens to heighten awareness and shared outrage to the muddy conditions in our beautiful Tuckasegee River. This blog is connected to the @WATRnc facebook page. There you can post pictures of mud entering the Tuck or a badly eroding garden. To the post add […]

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Big Sweep – October 15

Volunteer teams and individuals are invited to do a rivers-&-roads cleanup as part of the statewide BIG SWEEP.  Activities are organized through the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River. The target streams are Scotts and Savannah Creeks, although some volunteer teams may want to scout and work on creeks and […]

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Traditional Cherokee Fish Harvest — youth workshop on Monday 6/20

HAVE FUN!  BRING A FRIEND! ****As of Saturday, 6/18 there are still a half-dozen openings for kids 9 to 13 years.***** *** Youth workshop is FREE *** ***Call the WATR office at (828) 507-9144 *** What: WATR and our partners are holding this workshop at the stone fishing weir located […]

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Summer: Vance Tyson & Blake Hartshorn join the WATR staff

Vance Tyson, a rising junior at UNC, is interning as the Summer Programs Leader.   Among other things, he is grooming the Discovery Trails.   Vance is a graduate of the Early College over at SCC. His days with the Cherokee Boy Scout troop have provided useful connections. Blake Hartshorn […]

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Volunteer & Paid Intern Opportunities – Summer 2016

We have need of volunteers who help by completing a task or two.   Here is a list prepared mostly for students, especially those in WCU or SCC.  High School kids and plain-old grownups are invited too.   Have one of your buddies help. Opportunities 2016 We have a real […]

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Yuck! Bacteria in Our Creeks – Public Meeting, May 31

Since 2006, tests have shown fluctuating levels of bacteria in Scotts Creek, Savannah Creek, and a section of the Tuckasegee River where these creeks drain.  Some measurements have exceeded the safe limit for recreational use of these streams. Join us for a presentation of data collected by Division of Water […]

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Sign up for: Core Erosion & Sediment Control Training – Tues, March 29

March 17, 2015…… Open invitation to builders with “Boots on the Ground” You are invited to a new Core Erosion and Sediment Control training specifically adapted to mountain conditions. The training is designed for the “boots on the ground” workers, those directly involved in clearing a site for development or […]

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2015 WATR Annual Report lists accomplishments –

The 2015 WATR annual report lists our key accomplishments.  The most remarkable one was the removal of a record 4.25 tons of litter and debris from Jackson and Swain Counties waterways.  We encourage you to explore the report.  We could not have achieved what we did without our WATR volunteers and […]

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What are WATR Working Meetings?

WATR Working Meetings are opportunities for volunteers (and the curious) to gather informally.   :) Plan & orgnaize events and identify volunteers (think Greening Up the Mtns) Discuss issues facing the Association. Fix waders by re-attaching felt soles and water boots, or other handy work. Occasionally, share a pizza and a beverage. Most […]

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Join us: Monteith Farmstead Park Post-Flood Cleanup, Sat. 1/23

If you’re interested in a hands-on project, join us from 10:00-12:00 on Saturday, January 23, when we clean up Scotts Creek and the nature trails in Monteith Park. Water rose over five feet during the Christmas Eve flood, leaving several eroded spots and plenty of debris to pick up. Volunteers […]

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You are invited: “Citizen Monitoring Water Quality”, 1st Q meeting, 1/19

Our first Quarterly Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 19, from 6:00-7:15 pm, in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library.   Come at 5:30 for refreshments and socializing. Our presentation will be: “Monitoring Water Quality in the Tuckasegee River: Litter, Mud, and Bacteria.”  These problems constitute the […]

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Tuckasegee Picnic

  Tuckasegee River Picnic — Postponed to Saturday 7/11 When: Same Time — 6:00 to 8:30 pm Where: Same Place — Darnell Farms Why: Fifteen hours of predicted “scattered thundershowers” is too much.  We will postpone to July 11.   But bring the gang — we have had 2 fun years […]

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Kids in Tuckasegee River Youth Workshop will enjoy first Fish Snorkeling in Oconaluftee

Pay off for members of the Tuckasegee River Youth Workshop — with kids from Cherokee, Smoky Mountain High, and Swain – middle and upper. Fish Snorkeling with WATR! When:   This Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 pm to 3:30 – 4:00 pm   — Where:   St. Francis Church, Cherokee, and the […]

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WATR volunteers and partners pickup garbage along creeks and roads

                      On Saturday April 18, WATR teams split up to attack stream garbage, as our contribution to the Annual WCU Tuck River Cleanup. The Scott Creek team pulled a trailer full of illegally disposed trash.  It came from wrongful dumping […]

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2015 Starts with Winter Clean-Ups

At the end of 2014, Lisa Muscillo, a passionate foe of roadside litter, started a one-person crusade in Jackson City.  WATR joined up with her, and together we scheduled clean-ups working with the Monteith Farm Park team.  Lisa is focused mostly on litter and named her project Operation Fed Up. […]

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Ken Walton, long-time WATR volunteer & staffer, passes

On Tuesday (1/13,2015), Bennedene Walton called and left a message that her husband, Ken Walton, had died at their apartment in Cullowhee.  Bennedene has been living with family in Jacksonville NC since Thanksgiving.  (Oops! In previous messages I said Jacksonville FL – not Jacksonville  NC.  My bad!) Rick Queen, WATR pres., […]

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WATR volunteers fight trash & litter

Sat. Jan. 3, 2015 A stalwart crew met at Monteith Farmstead Park for the monthly clean-up of Scotts Creek, and when that job was done, we tackled a new task. Nick Pallotta, Jennifer Cooper, Roger Clapp, Sae Smyrl, and Lisa Muscillo convened at the Discovery Trails for our monthly creek clean-up that […]

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Summer and Fall — and WATR has been active

Summer 2014 and the focus has been on youth and education.  But there have been plenty of other tasks and accomplishments. In the next few blogs, we will recap the summer and fall.  WATR has worked on a grant project that brings together stream ecology and Cherokee culture.  How are […]

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Fracking Unsuitable for Our Region and Humanity’s Future

The last regional public hearing for “Comments on Mining & Energy Commission Draft Rules” will happen today at 5:00 – 9:00PM at the Ramsey Center at WCU.  The public is invited to publicly comment on the proposed 101 Rules for regulating hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for production of natural shale gas. […]

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WATR’s friend Gary Carden is writing a new play

Gary Carden, a renown regional storyteller, is writing a play about the tragedy that took the lives of convicts forced to dig the train tunnel north and west of Dillsboro in the 19th century.   I met up with Gary on an icy morning about a month ago at Monteith […]

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