WATR’s Annual Business Meeting will be held at the  Jackson County library located in the renovated Jackson County Courthouse on Monday February 27.  We will start with potluck meal at 5:30, followed by the meeting from 6:15 to 7:45.
Our featured speaker will be Susan Sachs, educator for Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Her talk entitled “Does the Mad Hatter liver here?  Mercury in the Great Smoky Mountains and elsewhere in the watershed.”
 Studies have shown significant levels of mercury in the upper elevations of the GSMNP primarily due to coal combustion from upwind power plants and factories.  Elevated levels of mercury have been found in fish taken from Fontana Lake.  Recently EPA has issued new regulations to further limit emissions of mercury and other heavy metals.  So what does that mean for us, our health, and the ecology of our watershed?  Ms Sachs will discuss these issues at our upcoming meeting.