where we live, we cross quite a few brooks, creeks, streams, branches,
or ditches as we drive to work each day. Each stream we cross is
part of a massive network of perhaps three million streams that drain to
the rivers and, ultimately, to the sea.
has its own watershed that encompasses all of the land that drains to
the point where we cross it. Collectively, these small watersheds
provide critical natural services that sustain or enrich our daily
lives: they supply our drinking water, critical habitat for plants and
animals, areas of natural beauty, and water bodies for recreation and
relaxation. Small streams are an important element of our local
geography, and confer a strong sense of place to a community. (Center
for Watershed Protection)
restoration involves understanding
uses of a particular watershed and how they are changing;
water quality and stream/lake habitat conditions;
to water quality and stream/lake habitat conditions; and
techniques needed to restore and protect water quality and
stream/lake habitat conditions.
photograph was taken at the place along Old Hwy. 64 where Brasstown Creek flows into the Hiwassee
Brasstown Creek Watershed Restoration Project:
In 1999, the Coalition was awarded $2.1
million by the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (NC
CWMTF) for work in the Brasstown Creek Watershed. Since 1999, the
Coalition and its partners have spent a total of $2.6 million in the
5.5 miles (29,084 linear feet) of stream restored.
45 acres of riparian buffer created and protected
160 acres of critically eroding bare areas revegetated
2,000 acres of pastureland improved
$1.5 million spent locally (materials and grading/clearing
32 landowners involved
Valley River Watershed Restoration Project:
received its first grant for restoration of the Valley River from the NC
CWMTF in 2002. To-date HRWC and its partners have spent nearly $2
million in the watershed for water quality and aquatic habitat
Fish and aquatic insect communities sampled at 24 locations
Detailed inventory of non-point sources of pollution conducted
miles (14,800 linear feet) of stream restored
acres of riparian buffer created and protected
acres of pastureland improved
$525,000 spent locally
HRWC conducts stream restoration work based on a
watershed approach. The Coalition works closely with local staff
of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Soil & Water
Conservation Districts, and private landowners to accomplish its restoration mission.
Strong partnerships are essential for successful watershed restoration
and long-term protection of water quality.
Click here for more about our many partnerships.