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.
Recreational Access to
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!