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 they blended?  That will be discussed.  Meanwhile we have objected to “cowboy” gas fracking.  (Is there any other kind?)  With the help of the Mad Batter, over 100 saw the video “Triple Divide” and none of the environmental problems in the film are welcome in NC.

We checked up on erosion prevention at the “big impact” DOT project called R5000 on Rt 107 in Sylva, with noteworthy success.  And SMIE macro-invertebrate sampling is starting this weekend with monitoring at 3 sites in Jackson County, which has inspired a new crop of WCU student helpers.   Yes, there have been accomplishments in Swain, too.

So stay tuned and look for more news soon.

Turbid water flows into the Tuckasegee below the R5000 project, following intense morning rain on 10/7/14.

Turbid water flows into the Tuckasegee below the R5000 project, following intense morning rain on 10/7/14.

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