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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Confluences — Part 1

I am standing on the southern-most point of Illinois looking out over the churning water that marks the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Native Americans, whose villages and mounds dotted the banks of the rivers, came to the point to camp, fish and fight, say the archeologists. Lewis […]

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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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My favorite place on the river

What is your favorite spot on the Tuckasegee? Mine is Warden’s Falls in Panthertown. My late wife Pam and I use to like to go out on the rocks at the falls and lay in the sun for awhile. I remember a particularly warm day in February a few years […]

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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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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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