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WATR Column – Watershed Activities Thoroughly Reviewed

tom_bennetThe following articles were written by retired newsman and HRWC member and volunteer, Tom Bennett of the Martins Creek Community near Murphy. E-mail him at farblumtn07@gmail.com

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The State of the Water 2017

On 1,006 square miles of the Appalachian Mountains in America, where dense forests and their lacy web of bright tributaries drain into federal storage lakes, there is in place a prototype of an essential science. It’s a model for others large and small around the world doing water testing. It’s not-for-profit, serving no pharmaceutical giant. […]

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One North Carolina mountain stream and the American people

Laurel Creek is 3,900 feet above sea level in the Nantahala National Forest in far western North Carolina, and 1,000 feet above any roadway It’s a stream draining an inholding…a word meaning private property that’s completely inside a block of public land It flows into Rockhouse Creek, which itself then feeds the Outstanding Resource Waters […]

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The startling contrasts at Georgia’s Mining Gap: a grand, panoramic view of Lake Chatuge…

The startling contrasts at Georgia’s Mining Gap: a grand, panoramic view of Lake Chatuge enjoyed while standing amidst gross graffiti at 3,420’ By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition TOWNS COUNTY, GA., June 29, 2017 – “Crist is king” “No. 25 innocent” “You really rock my (unintelligible)” “RIP R.T.” THESE DECIDEDLY non-essential bursts […]

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The “State of the Water” in the Hiwassee River watershed

The “State of the Water” in the Hiwassee River watershed in the mountains of north Georgia and western North Carolina A water scientist who is consistently helpful and non-confrontational ‘We work with the developer or the contractor or the farmer to help them meet their goals, while using best management practices to protect water quality’ […]

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Gracious annual ad valorem and fire taxes are in place for a private inholding…

Gracious annual ad valorem and fire taxes are in place for a private inholding high in a western N.C. national forest What’s TOBBLL LLC’s true intent up there? Is it to build and enjoy primitive cabins? Or to do commercial logging for a wood chip mill? By Tom Bennett Special to Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition […]

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Union County, Georgia: Watershed Highlights 2015

Across a watershed, natural commonalities of interest Blairsville, Ga., Feb. 20, 2016 – Living together in a watershed unites people from all over who find they share a desire to protect its beauty and health. Nancy Troxler is a North Carolina Master Gardener who honed further her knowledge of plant science at Georgia’s Experiment Station, […]

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Cherokee County, North Carolina: Watershed Highlights 2015

Little-known tributary of Hiwassee vaults to gaming fame Murphy, N.C., Feb. 19, 2016 – The Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition is the sole entity I know of that’s working on cleaning up the Valley River. Near here along the river’s banks, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opened its Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel […]

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Clay County, North Carolina: Watershed Highlights 2015

New groundswell of support for water quality Hayesville, N.C., Feb. 13, 2016 – The Hiwassee River flows innocently out of the north Georgia highlands and at Chatuge Dam near here, it has its first impoundment (of what will be many) by the Tennessee Valley Authority and so forms Lake Chatuge. This visual stunner on the […]

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Towns County, Georgia: Watershed Highlights 2015

The Mining Gap of 1960’s to become a county park Hiawassee, Ga., Jan. 6, 2016 – Three Murphy, N.C. men made a doomed attempt in 1963 to mine quartzite/silica from the very top of 3,420-foot Bell Mountain here north of this county seat. The mountain towers above Lake Chatuge, the scenic TVA reservoir impounding the […]

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Towns County, Ga. preserves the top of Bell Mountain…

Towns County, Ga. preserves the top of Bell Mountain, scarred by 1960s mining debacle, ‘from any more commercial or private development’ — The 3,420-foot mountain in north Ga. is tourism curiosity for its mining gap — Towers over Lake Chatuge, a scenic TVA lake impounding Hiwassee River — Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition affirmed a ‘keeper […]

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