Towns County, Georgia: Watershed Highlights 2014

Hiawassee is away out front in water quality technology By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Hiawassee, Ga., Jan. 21, 2015 – Randy Warne is operator of the city’s Water Treatment Plant and its new $679,200 freshwater intake on Lake Chatuge in the main channel of the Hiwassee River. (The name confusion alone attests to the need for cooperative...

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Union County, Georgia: Watershed Highlights 2014

A model small-town venue for produce that’s home grown By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Blairsville, Ga., Jan. 16, 2015 – The Union County Farmer’s Market on Old Smokey Road is another example of what can happen in this watershed when determined leaders have genuine vision, make concrete plans and carry them out. “It’s amazing how much our...

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Baughn leads opposition to fracking in western North Carolina

2014 COUNTY-BY-COUNTY WATERSHED HIGHLIGHTS: CLAY COUNTY, N.C. – Volume 4 By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Hayesville, N.C., Jan. 10, 2015 – Hayesville Mayor Harry Baughn is a happy leprechaun of N.C. politics who has an inner layer of iron. The General Assembly and governor had slammed through to passage the hydraulic fracturing of North...

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Tribe readies energy innovations and solves site-prep

2014 COUNTY-BY-COUNTY WATERSHED HIGHLIGHTS: CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. – Volume 4 By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition Murphy, N.C., Jan. 9, 2015 – The Minneapolis-based design firm Cunningham Group Associates described for me in August 2014 the environmental features coming at the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel near here: Fresh...

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