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.

Dr Kimberlee Hall

Dr Kimberlee Hall

Join us for a presentation of data collected by Division of Water Quality and WATR.  Meet Dr. Kimberlee Hall, first-year professor in the WNC School of Public Health.  Her specialty is bacteria water pollution, and she is embarking on a new research project in Savannah Creek.

We will also summarize WATR’s plans to assess indicators of water quality, specifically suspended sediments, bacteria, and bio-monitoring by tracking aquatic insects — across the watershed and into Swain County.   We are recruiting volunteers to sample their own neighborhood creeks and to adopt nearby creeks too.  Please join us!


What: Public Meeting: Yuck!  Bacteria in our Creeks

When: Tuesday May 31, socializing at 5:30 pm and meeting from 6:00 to 7:15 pm ***

Where: The Community Room in the Sylva Library

What:  Opportunities to become informed about water quality and to join our Citizen Scientists, with a couple of nice door prizes, too.

More: Contact the WATR office at 828-488-8418 or if you can help with refreshments or want more information. We share wonderful mountain water, let’s work together to clean up polluted hot spots and muddy sections of streams.

  ***Uncertainty in meeting time  — check with website after 5/24*****