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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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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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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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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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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WATR gets $9,500 river cane grant from Cherokee

As clay is to the potter and stone is to the sculptor, river cane is the vital raw material to the Cherokee basket maker. But it’s in short supply. A Cherokee artisans group has provided a grant to WATR to locate cane stands along the river to provide a local supply […]

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WATR gets $9,500 river cane grant from Cherokee

As clay is to the potter and stone is to the sculptor, river cane is the vital raw material to the Cherokee basket maker. But it’s in short supply. A Cherokee artisans group has provided a grant to WATR to locate cane stands along the river to provide a local supply […]

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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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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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