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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

New WATR website is almost ready for prime-time. Thank you….

Yes!  Our updated WATR website is almost ready for prime-time.  And a big THANK YOU goes to Ohia, web page designer, and Julie Thorner, WATR board member.  Did you know that Julie is a marketing professional with her own business: Liquid Spark, Inc. (formerly WillowWorks, Inc.)  She’s a great part […]

Read more

WATR goes to WCU for Earth & Wellness Day

  WCU Earth and Wellness Fair WATR enjoyed an afternoon at WCU meeting and chatting with students.  We staffed an information table and made friends.  We watched as kids hula-hooped, took the blood pressure of passerby-s, and discussed environmental themes.  We had to chuckle when we saw students engaged in […]

Read more

WCU Annual Tuck Cleanup, Again — Lower Tuckasegee

WCU Annual Tuck Cleanup — Lower Tuckasegee Cleanup, April 21  For the first time ever, the Annual WCU Tuck River Cleanup (now in its 19th year) has down to the confluence with Fontana Lake. WATR volunteers worked with Wildwater  staff – they supplied guides and rafts — and we removed […]

Read more

It has been a busy spring for WATR –

April is Earthday Month, with many activities especially for students who head into term papers and finals in May.  In ensuing WATR Blogs, we will cover topics like: The 19th Annual WCU Tuck River Cleanup when WATR volunteers picked up trash along Scotts Creek at various sites in Sylva.  The […]

Read more

Notes from Annual Meeting, Feb 26, 2013

WATR Annual Meeting  Thirty souls showed up at the Ginger Lynn Welch Complex on the Qualla Boundary to accomplish association business and to hear Eric Romaniszyn’s rallying presentation. Thanks to Bill Kane, our association bylaws allow for simpler board elections, use of electronic notification instead of snail mail, and adjustments […]

Read more

All About Water: Watershed Film Series #3 Coming November 15th

The theme of this Film night is “It’s Our Water”. This will be our third presentation of environmentally thought-provoking videos in our Watershed Film Series. Instead of one long film, the program includes four snappy videos – (less than 5-8 minutes each) covering issues from litter to bottled water. We […]

Read more

Adventure Hour At Discovery Trails

Come join us for an adventure. We are offering guided adventure tours at Monteith Farmstead Park on Saturday mornings at 9am and again at 11am, courtesy of WATR. Each adventure will follow a portion of Scotts Creek, a tributary of the Tuckasegee River. Along the way we will learn how […]

Read more

Watershed Film Series

Watershed Film Series Wednesday August 22, 2012 WATR is hosting a short film series all about our water. We welcome everyone to join us at the Swain Middle School media center on August 22, 2012 from 7:00-9:00p.m. We will have a community discussion after the films. We would like to give […]

Read more

Protect your stream by “adopting it!”

At our Public Meeting at the end of May, Rick Queen described the NC “Stream Watch” program that is offered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  — So what’s it all about?  The state guys know that it is neighbors who live on or near the creek that know the […]

Read more

River Cane Chronicles IV: Important Invitation

The WATR River Cane Mapping & Education Project is gearing up for the summer, and WE NEED YOU and other volunteers.   The purposes of the project are to educate ourselves and the public about the ecological and the cultural benefits of native river cane, to snoop around creeks and […]

Read more

Board Meetings

Tuesday May 22, 5:30pm at the Bryson City Library. (Directions) Tuesday June 17, 5:30pm in Sylva. Tuesday November 13, 5:30pm Sylva.

Read more

Summer Picnic

Friday June,15. We are outdoor enthusiasts and what better way to celebrate the great outdoors than having a picnic? Bring your friends, family, and anyone that enjoys the great outdoors. Good food, good friends, and a good community. Location TBA, so stay tuned.

Read more

WATR Public Meetings

Monday July 23, 6:45 p.m. Sylva Public Library is the location of the WATR Mid-Summer Meeting. We will socialize at 6:45 and discuss issues and have an open dialogue from 7:00 until 8:30p.m. Everyone is invited to join the conversation.  With speaker Mark Cantrell.

Read more

The Must-See Conservation Film, Thurs. April 19

On Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 – 8:30 PM, there will be a must-see documentary movie at the Smoky Mountain Community Theater (130 Main Street, Bryson City).  It recalls the life of perhaps the most influential U.S. conservationists of the 20th century, Aldo Leopold.  The movie is more than dry […]

Read more

The Tuckasegee Trout Unlimited Team

The Tuckasegee Trouth Unlimited team will be doing more trash clean up in concert with the WCU Annual Tuck Cleanup. The group will be meeting at CJ Harris Boat Launch. Pickup will be done by walking the shoreline, by wading, and by boat. Dress appropriately and bring gloves. The cleanup […]

Read more

River Clean Up Teams

Join up with Duke Energy team to pick up trash along the Tuckasegee River in the section of the former lake behind (the now nonexistent) Dillsboro Dam. This clean up will be on Thursday April 19 from 1-4 P.M. Folks will meet at the new C J Harris Boat Launch- […]

Read more

River Cane Chronicles Part III

Morning comes and with it the question: Did the dye take? Sometimes it doesn’t. But today, Jim Long is in luck. The brown-dyed cane can be seen as soon as he removes the cover. He lifts out the cane and spreads it on the concrete of his driveway. He will […]

Read more

River Cane Chronicles part II

With the cane bundled into the tub, Jim Long fills his cut-off oil drum with water and brings it to a boil with a propane burner. He begins cutting and mixing in walnut roots from a tree that blew down near his home.The walnut will produce deep-brown strips of cane […]

Read more

River Cane Chronicles Part I

To prepare the harvested river cane for dyeing, Jim Long – Cherokee weaver and basketmaker – cuts a six-foot long stalk in half, then expertly wields his knife to peel off strips. He gets an average of six strips for a piece of cane this thick. He then uses his knife […]

Read more

Intro. to The River Cane Chronicles

WATR is working with  the Cherokee tribal Revitalization of Traditional Artisan Resources, aka RTCAR.  The project is called ” WATR River Cane Education & Mapping” and it extends through this summer. River cane is important to WATR’s mission because the shoots prevent stream bank erosion and trap sediments. In short, river cane helps […]

Read more

WATR Annual Business Meeting

WATR’s Annual Business Meeting will be held at the  Jackson County library located in the renovated Jackson County Courthouse on Monday February 27.  We will start with potluck meal at 5:30, followed by the meeting from 6:15 to 7:45. Our featured speaker will be Susan Sachs, educator for Great Smoky […]

Read more

Harvesting Rivercane

Five WATR members traveled with Cherokee artisans to harvest the perfect canes that are suitable for traditional weaving projects: mats and baskets. We joined two Cherokee artisans, Jim Long and Lucille Lossiah, and their six assistants who are learning the craft as we headed down to the Murphy area. At […]

Read more

Candidates for the Board

Bill Kane, WATR Board Member, described the board member nomination process, then opened the floor for nominations.    Newest nominees are: Ken Brown, owner of a construction company and leader of the local Western North Carolina Alliance chapter;   and Jennifer Cooper, interim manager – Service Learning, at WCU.   […]

Read more

Successful January 2012 Planning Meeting

For the first time, WATR staff and members are assembling a list of activities and events for the coming season (as best we can).    With this list, members, new and old, can identify where and how they want to be involved in the coming months.   As importantly, we can […]

Read more

Happy New Year to all of WATR’s members and friends

Year 2011 ended with an impressive list of accomplishments, to be summarized elsewhere. Now I would like to go over our intentions and our plans for the coming year.  With challenging economic times, it is more important than ever that we get volunteer effort and donor assistance in order to […]

Read more

Fall Water Meeting

WATR held its Fall Meeting at a new place: the atrium of the Jackson County Library in the totally remodeled courthouse on Monday 10/7. Roger Clapp reviewed the programs and events of the past summer and described upcoming projects. The association’s biggest accomplishment is the Stream Buffer Demonstration Trails in […]

Read more

Swain High Students search for the endangered Appalachian Elktoe Mussel.

Cold water and the threat of rainfall did not stop the Swain High Environmentally Aware Club from searching for the endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel in theTuckasegeeRiver. On Tuesday, May 17, eleven members of the club traveled upstream of Dillsboro to start their search.  Under the guidance of Gary Peeples, outreachcoordinator […]

Read more