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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 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 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!

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 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.

Keeping our lakes healthy, clean and beautiful

 

We'll 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.

 

Providing access for recreation

to our rivers, lakes and streams

 

We’ll 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: www.paddlehiwassee.com.  And we will offer a full schedule of outings and events on waters and trails in all four counties this year!

 

 

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