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Morgan Creek, a tributary to the Valley River in
Cherokee County, NC, in March 2015 before restoration.
Installing on-the-ground water quality and
In the watersheds that need it most, we’ll continue working to
reduce sedimentation and restore aquatic habitat. Since 2004,
we’ve removed an estimated 2,500 tons of excess sediment from the
Valley River – that’s about 135 dump truck loads that, prior to our
restoration work, were going into the river every year from eroding
streambanks! We’ll keep working to eradicate non-native
invasive plants from streamside areas
and to plant native trees and shrubs that provide bank
stability, filtration of runoff, and shade.
We’ll continue to provide technical assistance to landowners in the
4-county area. And with new funding from Duke Energy we’ll kick off
a new "Shade Your Stream" program in the fall!
people recognize and address threats to our water resources
Building on new curriculum developed in 2013, we’ll continue to work
with regional partners to develop a local, low-cost sediment and
erosion control training program for local grading contractors
and developers. We’ll also look to expand our
summer youth education program for maximum participation and
continue to participate in conservation field days sponsored by
partner organizations like the Georgia Mountain Research & Education
Center and the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District.
our lakes healthy,
keep working to install practices to reduce nutrients and filter
stormwater runoff, including a project in partnership with the
Hiawassee-Lake Chatuge Rotary Club. We'll continue to host
and support shoreline clean-ups around all of our lakes. And with the help of many dedicated volunteers, we’ll keep
collecting data on E. coli concentrations and water chemistry
in both the Chatuge and Nottely watersheds through our Adopt-A-Stream water
quality monitoring program.
access for recreation
our rivers, lakes and streams
continue implementing public access in the Hiwassee River basin
by assisting the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, TVA and other
partners as they develop new canoe/kayak and fishing access
points in our watershed. We'll also finish building our
new web site for information about public recreational access:
And we will offer a
full schedule of outings and events on waters and
trails in all four counties this year!