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Installing On-The-Ground Water Quality

and Habitat Improvements


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 projects, was going into the river every year from eroding streambanks! We’ll keep working to eradicate non-native invasive plants from streamside areas throughout the watershed and to plant native trees and shrubs that provide bank stability, filtration of runoff, and shade among other benefits.  We’ll continue to provide technical assistance to landowners in the 4-county area. And with new funding from Duke Energy we’ll also be hosting a series of tree planting workshops early this year!


Helping 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 C.R.E.E.K. Days summer youth education program for maximum participation and keep participating in conservation field days sponsored by partner organizations like the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center and soil and water conservation districts.

Keeping Our Lakes Healthy,

Clean and Beautiful


In partnership with Towns County government, we’ll continue to fix leaking and failing septic systems and work with agricultural landowners on projects to improve pastures and manage waste from livestock operations around Lake Chatuge. We’ll keep working to implement practices to reduce and filter stormwater runoff, including two projects with the City of Hiawassee. With the help of many dedicated volunteers, we’ll keep tabs on bacterial concentrations and water chemistry in both the Chatuge and Nottely watersheds through our Adopt-A-Stream water quality monitoring program. And we’ll continue to host and support shoreline clean-ups around all of our lakes.


Improving Recreational Access to

Our Rivers, Lakes and Streams


In 2014, we’ll complete a plan for improving access to our rivers, lakes and streams. Then we’ll start implementing it by working with other partners like the travel and tourism and economic development authorities, TVA and the US Forest Service to make improvements at locations prioritized in the plan. We’ll also work to secure additional funding for future projects and start laying the groundwork for recruiting outfitters and marketing our area to users of other area rivers.  We’ll also host some more canoe/ kayak trips and hikes along our waterways!



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