Crowd Sourcing – Mud in our River! New Blog Series –Message 1

Welcome to WATR’s new endeavor where citizens to heighten awareness and shared outrage to the muddy conditions in our beautiful Tuckasegee River. This blog is connected to the @WATRnc facebook page. There you can post pictures of mud entering the Tuck or a badly eroding garden. To the post add […]

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Big Sweep – October 15

Volunteer teams and individuals are invited to do a rivers-&-roads cleanup as part of the statewide BIG SWEEP.  Activities are organized through the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River. The target streams are Scotts and Savannah Creeks, although some volunteer teams may want to scout and work on creeks and […]

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Volunteer & Paid Intern Opportunities – Summer 2016

We have need of volunteers who help by completing a task or two.   Here is a list prepared mostly for students, especially those in WCU or SCC.  High School kids and plain-old grownups are invited too.   Have one of your buddies help. Opportunities 2016 We have a real […]

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Yuck! Bacteria in Our Creeks – Public Meeting, May 31

Since 2006, tests have shown fluctuating levels of bacteria in Scotts Creek, Savannah Creek, and a section of the Tuckasegee River where these creeks drain.  Some measurements have exceeded the safe limit for recreational use of these streams. Join us for a presentation of data collected by Division of Water […]

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Sign up for: Core Erosion & Sediment Control Training – Tues, March 29

March 17, 2015…… Open invitation to builders with “Boots on the Ground” You are invited to a new Core Erosion and Sediment Control training specifically adapted to mountain conditions. The training is designed for the “boots on the ground” workers, those directly involved in clearing a site for development or […]

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2015 WATR Annual Report lists accomplishments –

The 2015 WATR annual report lists our key accomplishments.  The most remarkable one was the removal of a record 4.25 tons of litter and debris from Jackson and Swain Counties waterways.  We encourage you to explore the report.  We could not have achieved what we did without our WATR volunteers and […]

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Join us: Monteith Farmstead Park Post-Flood Cleanup, Sat. 1/23

If you’re interested in a hands-on project, join us from 10:00-12:00 on Saturday, January 23, when we clean up Scotts Creek and the nature trails in Monteith Park. Water rose over five feet during the Christmas Eve flood, leaving several eroded spots and plenty of debris to pick up. Volunteers […]

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You are invited: “Citizen Monitoring Water Quality”, 1st Q meeting, 1/19

Our first Quarterly Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 19, from 6:00-7:15 pm, in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library.   Come at 5:30 for refreshments and socializing. Our presentation will be: “Monitoring Water Quality in the Tuckasegee River: Litter, Mud, and Bacteria.”  These problems constitute the […]

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Kids in Tuckasegee River Youth Workshop will enjoy first Fish Snorkeling in Oconaluftee

Pay off for members of the Tuckasegee River Youth Workshop — with kids from Cherokee, Smoky Mountain High, and Swain – middle and upper. Fish Snorkeling with WATR! When:   This Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 pm to 3:30 – 4:00 pm   — Where:   St. Francis Church, Cherokee, and the […]

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Ken Walton, long-time WATR volunteer & staffer, passes

On Tuesday (1/13,2015), Bennedene Walton called and left a message that her husband, Ken Walton, had died at their apartment in Cullowhee.  Bennedene has been living with family in Jacksonville NC since Thanksgiving.  (Oops! In previous messages I said Jacksonville FL – not Jacksonville  NC.  My bad!) Rick Queen, WATR pres., […]

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WATR: Jackson Conservation Voters push for strong Steep Slope measures

WATR members in Jackson ***Update, due to the snow, the Planning Board Meeting has been postponed one week to Thursday, Feb 20.   I look forward to a great turnout from Jackson Conservation Voters*** Conservation-minded citizens of Jackson County will attend the Jackson Planning Board Meeting on Thursday, Feb 13 20 […]

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Tuckasegee Summer Picnic draws a crowd!

Ken Walton enjoys the FANTASTIC food!
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Upcoming Traditional Cherokee Fish Harvest – Year 4

Partner with Cherokee Youth Council WATR is partnering with the Cherokee Youth Council Three events — WATR volunteers welcome – need help/chaperones Tuesday, 5/7, 6:00 PM at Extension Office on Aquoni Road — Help plan events! – went super well! Monday, 6/10, about 9:00 at Webster Weir (Jim Allman’s Place) — […]

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WCU Annual Tuck Cleanup — Scotts Creek

WCU Annual Tuck Cleanup — Scotts Creek – April 20, 2013  For years, WATR has conducted cleanups on tributaries  to the Tuckasegee River, as part of the Annual WCU Tuck River  Cleanup.  We let the college kids work out of rafts on the main river, while  we fight prickly brush […]

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