is a local, non-governmental, conservation nonprofit organization
whose mission is to facilitate water quality improvements in lakes
and streams throughout the upper Hiwassee River watershed within
Cherokee and Clay counties in NC and Towns and Union counties in
north GA. For more than 10 years HRWC has provided water quality
education, funding for and implementation of voluntary watershed
restoration projects, services in coordinating communication between
various agencies working in our area, watershed planning, and
opportunities for citizens to volunteer. The HRWC leadership
believes that for water resources to truly be protected, citizens
within a watershed must understand and participate in protection and
restoration efforts; however, the organization does not get involved
in legislative or political campaign advocacy.
HRWC currently has four major program areas:
Water Quality Education and
HRWC and its projects are completely supported by membership dues,
donations, local funding, and grants. Annual individual memberships
start at just $25; small business and organizational memberships
start at $100.
Recent Accomplishments (past 3-5 years) include:
Published the Lake Chatuge Watershed
Action Plan following a 4-year study of Lake Chatuge. [HRWC
is currently working to implement plan's management objectives.]
Completed restoration of more than 7.5 miles of stream and river
in the Brasstown Creek and
Valley River watersheds to reduce
bank erosion and failure, and improve aquatic habitat. [HRWC
continues to work with willing landowners to conduct stream
restoration activities in priority watersheds.]
Completed three years of monitoring and comprehensive evaluation
of stream restoration work that was previously conducted in the
Brasstown Creek watershed.
Collected monthly water samples at 20 locations in the
Chatuge and Lake Nottely watersheds.
[HRWC's volunteer monitoring program,
Ani'ama', is ongoing.]
Worked with TVA and Towns County government to install
stormwater best management practices at the Towns County Swim
Beach, pavilion and playground.
Helped coordinate the development of the
Marble Springs Outdoor Education Area in Cherokee County,
NC. [HRWC is still working under a grant from the NC
Section 319 Program to insure that the final design for MSOEA is
completed in 2008.]
Assisted with development of a voluntary incentive program for
developers to use conservation-based development practices.
a weeklong summer water quality camp for rising 6th graders in
north Georgia for two consecutive years.
Provided a lost cost rental program to farmers for a no-till
grain drill. [HRWC's drill can still be rented at a low cost at
Peachtree Farm & Home Supply.]
Logged more than 850 hours of volunteer time annually for the
past three years!
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