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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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 […]

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Flood of 2013 has Happened, Part 2.

As prolonged as the rain was, and as intense as the flooding was, this extreme weather event is all over…and the sun is shining.  Now people have the job of picking up the pieces, cleaning up the mud, and getting back to normal.   For some, the damage was extensive – […]

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Flood of 2013 is Happening, Part 1

The Flood of 2013 is happening as I write to you.   The clock on my computer says 12:30 PM on Thursday.  It has rained for 3 days and it is continuing to rain, with a good chance that it will turn to snow later today. My purpose in writing is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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WATR receives funding but less than amount sought

WATR recently learned that its proposed project, “Experiential Environmental Education in Dillsboro, Jackson County,” was accepted, and it will be funded by Resourceful Communities, a program of The Conservation Fund headquartered in Chapel Hill.      The good news is that WATR will receive funding, the challenging news is that we asked […]

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