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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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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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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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 […]

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WATR Builders 1: Jack Gruber

WATR volunteers have helped in a variety of ways over the past few years: creek cleanups,                botanical expertise, invasives removal,         office help, trail maintenance,          and  other tasks. A big WATRshed THANK YOU for all their help. In […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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- […]

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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 […]

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Green Friends

Green Friends Many WATR members support other local and state groups who strive to protect our environment and promote social justice.  Please give careful consideration of the following issues and responses and to the organizations that are pushing for reforms. Duke Energy has an approved rate increase of 4.6% to […]

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Stream Buffer Demonstration Trail

On Friday 9/16, the educational signs were installed at our interpretive nature trail in Dillsboro, NC.   If you are in the area, please stop by and take a short walk along the trail.  The trail ends with an ecological riddle that you can probably solve after your first visit. […]

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Why we’re important

    Two articles in the Huffington Post in June report some alarming developments in the state of the oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. In an article on June 20, reporter Travis Donovan summarized the findings of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean. His lead read,” If the […]

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Homeowners win suit over shoddily built roads

Members of the Alarka Creek Properties Homeowners Association have won a $3 million lawsuit over roads that deteriorated in the subdivision. The court accepted the property owners’ claims that the roads were shoddily built on too-steep terrain and that the developer ignored appropriate erosion control measures. Link to article

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Macon board seeks to finish steep-slope work

Macon County’s commissioners want their planning board, if possible, to finish up work on a steep-slope ordinance. This after what Planning Board Chairman Lewis Penland wearily described as a long few weeks, in which members have drawn the ire and criticism of local anti-planning advocates.

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Join the WATR Blog

Would you like to be a guest blogger? Submit your ideas to Bill Lee at BillLee@watrnc.org

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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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