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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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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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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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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Mountain Heritage Trout Waters

Jackson civic leaders, mostly from Sylva, Dillsboro, & Webster, have been meeting with the purpose of identifying stretches of Scotts Creek & the  Tuckasegee River to classify as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters.  When the project is completed, Dillsboro will be identified as a “Mountain Heritage Trout Town.”  (Same for Sylva […]

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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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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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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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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 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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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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State of the Tuckasegee River Workshop

Watershed experts and citizens gathered to share data and their experiences concerning the health of the Tuckasegee River on Wednesday, August 24, at a one-day workshop. WATR held this informal sharing of information as a stepping stone toward  periodic assessment of the Tuckasegee River system at the watershed scale. According to Roger […]

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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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A Trip to the Falls with Two Names

Photo from “Occoneechee,” published in 1916 The falls as it looks today      It’s a beautiful April morning, and I’m hiking into an area below Glenville dam to see a waterfall on the West Fork of the Tuckasegee River that not many people take the time to see.      The […]

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