Local Environmental Groups Host a Snorkeling Trip on the
Little Tennessee River
On August 14, The Western North Carolina Alliance, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a snorkeling trip on the Little Tennessee River to explore the environment in a new and exciting way!
The legendary Dr. Bill McLarney, local biologist and the Biomonitoring Program Director for the Little Tennessee Watershed Association will lead the trip, sharing his vast knowledge of the ecology of the river, the creatures in the river, and threats to the watershed as we explore this local treasure. Join us for an exciting half day trip, with drinks and snacks to follow. Masks, snorkels, and wetsuits can be provided upon request. Contact Sharon Willard at email@example.com or call 828-369-6402 for more information and to register for the trip.
Who: Western North Carolina Alliance, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association, the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee
What: Snorkel Trip on the Little Tennessee River
When: Saturday, August 14, 2010 from 1 to 4 p.m. Register by Tuesday, August 10.
Where: Franklin, NC; Little Tennessee River
Cost: $5 for current members of any of the three organizations, $10 for nonmembers.
Snorkels, masks, and wetsuits can be provided if needed.
WNCA (www.wnca.org) is a 28-year old grassroots advocacy organization that empowers citizens to be advocates for livable communities and the natural environmental of Western North Carolina. WNCA is the only environmental advocacy group focused exclusively on protecting Western North Carolina’s mountains, forests, and rivers. We have members and active chapters from Cherokee County to Ashe County, and we have secured many important victories in our history, ranging from leading a successful nine year campaign to stop clear-cutting on National Forest lands to launching the Southern Energy and Environment Expo.
The mission of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association is to protect and restore the health of the waters of the Little Tennessee River and its tributaries upstream of the Fontana reservoir through monitoring, education, habitat restoration and citizen action. LTWA is best known for its Biomonitoring Program which has been monitoring the health of the Little Tennessee watershed since 1990 and has involved over 2,000 citizen volunteers in that time. Other core program areas that focus on water quality include streambank restoration activities, stormwater runoff prevention and land use issues. The organization’s water quantity work centers on promoting water conservation and protecting our river from interbasin transfers.
The Franklin-based Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) works to conserve the waters, forests, farms and heritage of the upper Little Tennessee and Hiwassee River valleys which includes all of western North Carolina west of the Balsam Mountains. Since 1999 LTLT has helped conserve over 12,000 acres of land including 35 miles of Little Tennessee River frontage, multiple headwater streams in the Balsam, Cowee and Nantahala Mountains, and a number of family farms including the largest working farm in North Carolina west of Asheville. We strive to protect land that is important for its value as wildlife habitat, productive farmland, recreational area, scenic beauty, or historic significance. Everyone who lives in our project areas benefits from the permanent conservation of these resources.Read the full article