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Adventure Hour At Discovery Trails

Come join us for an adventure.

We are offering guided adventure tours at Monteith Farmstead Park on Saturday mornings at 9am and again at 11am, courtesy of WATR. Each adventure will follow a portion of Scotts Creek, a tributary of the Tuckasegee River. Along the way we will learn how to protect our streams, keep them clean and healthy, and how we can use them as a valuable resource.

WATR Discovery Trail

Explore and Learn

The underlying message is that “The Stream is Alive;” alive with all kinds of plants and animals. During our adventure we will take a visit into the stream and you may be surprised to see what we find there.

So come on down. Don’t forget to wear shoes for water, no flip-flops please. Register here.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Watershed Film Series

Watershed Film Series Wednesday August 22, 2012

WATR is hosting a short film series all about our water. We welcome everyone to join us at the Swain Middle School media center on August 22, 2012 from 7:00-9:00p.m. We will have a community discussion after the films. We would like to give a special thanks to Rob Hawk (Agricultural Extension Service) and Janice Inabinett (WNC Alliance) for their help with the film series.

Protect your stream by “adopting it!”

At our Public Meeting at the end of May, Rick Queen described the NC “Stream Watch” program that is offered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  — So what’s it all about?  The state guys know that it is neighbors who live on or near the creek that know the most about its health simply be seeing the creek every day.   Stream Watchers usually sign up as small teams for certain stretches of creek.  A team commits to two inspections (with trash cleanup) per year, macro invert sampling, and other data collections…all pretty simple, especially with support from WATR.  According to Rick, the obligations are pretty easy but the benefits to the health of our creeks can be enormous.   Questions: Contact Rickat rick_s_queen@yahoo.com or (828) 550-8487.

Rick Queen, “Train Wrecka-Becca” (Back to us. Sorry!), US Fish & Wildlife guy Mark Cantrell, and Craig Green share a lighter moment.

Rich has signed up as Stream Watcher for a mile of Greens Creek.  Sunny Himes and Jane Fitzgerald (of the Jackson County Soil & Water Conservation District Office) have indicated an interest in Stream Watching for Savannah Creek – a creek of great concern  given the high levels of sediment.  WATR member or not, it would be GREAT if you explored being a Stream Watcher for your stream. Go to http://www.ncwater.org/Education_and_Technical_Assistance/Stream_Watch/.
Roger C.

River Cane Chronicles IV: Important Invitation

The WATR River Cane Mapping & Education Project is gearing up for the summer, and WE NEED YOU and other volunteers.   The purposes of the project are

  • to educate ourselves and the public about the ecological and the cultural benefits of native river cane,
  • to snoop around creeks and rivers and locate river cane brakes that we can map, and
  • to work with the landowner to get permission so that artisans can sustainably harvest stalks on his/her property.

So click here to find out the details of the workshop — must RSVP by Friday, May 18,  for a free lunch.  NOW THAT’S AN INCENTIVE!!!

Jim Long strips a stalk of cane as WATR member Judy Knight watches

Board Meetings

Tuesday May 22, 5:30pm at the Bryson City Library. (Directions)
Tuesday June 17, 5:30pm in Sylva.

  • Tuesday September 18, 5:30pm Bryson City —  In June, the board voted to discontinue bimonthly meetings in favor of quarterly meetings

Tuesday November 13, 5:30pm Sylva.

Summer Picnic

Friday June,15.
We are outdoor enthusiasts and what better way to celebrate the great outdoors than having a picnic? Bring your friends, family, and anyone that enjoys the great outdoors. Good food, good friends, and a good community. Location TBA, so stay tuned.

WATR Public Meetings

Monday July 23, 6:45 p.m.

Sylva Public Library is the location of the WATR Mid-Summer Meeting.
We will socialize at 6:45 and discuss issues and have an open dialogue from 7:00 until 8:30p.m. Every man, woman, and child is invited to join the conversation.  With speaker Mark Cantrell.