State of the Water

2016_use_impairmentThe State of the Water was initiated in 2012 to provide local government leaders and the public with new information about water quality in rivers, lakes and streams locally. At this free event the executive director discusses water quality concerns and highlights any new data and findings from the past year.

New data from federal and state agencies is presented (when available), along with data collected by HRWC staff in priority watersheds and findings from data collected by volunteers through our extensive Adopt-A-Stream program network. Although the location of the meeting rotates to a different county each year, the information presented is for the entire 4-county area of the upper Hiwassee River watershed.

Our annual meeting is typically held in conjunction with the State of the Water. In this portion of the program, Coalition staff members provide an overview of what we’ve been working on in each program area (Monitor, Restore, Educate, & Connect) and a summary of our future plans. Those in attendance are given the opportunity to provide input into our priorities for the coming year.

The 2018 State of the Water was held on October 30th in Clay County, NC at Hinton Rural Life Center on Lake Chatuge. Slides and handouts from the meeting presentation are available in the Sidebar for viewing or download. Below are photos from the 2016 event in Union County, Georgia.

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