The Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir
The Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir (WATeR) supports policies and projects that protect and improve the environment in and around Tellico Reservoir.
Trails: We maintain 31 miles of the East Lakeshore Trail
Reservoir: We sample the lake periodically for chemical and bacterial contaminates and for phytoplankton effects on clarity.
Watershed: We perform studies of streams and seek grants to remediate problems identified.
Industrial outfalls: We monitor the outfalls for compliance with permits.
Education: We inform the public on the state of the lake, current and future threats.
The association is non-profit and non-partisan. The focus is on issues, policies, and practices that promote clean air, water, and natural habitat so that humans can live, work, and play in harmony with native plants and animals as well as with each other. The association strives to work cooperatively with governmental agencies and private organizations with similar goals and responsibilities for environmental protection and appropriate quality economic growth. Public education and demonstration projects are emphasized to make people aware of environmentally friendly practices that affect the watershed. WATeR strives to involve all stakeholders and to represent everyone interested in preserving and enhancing the environmental quality of the Tellico Reservoir Watershed.
What We Do
TTypical activities include:
Water quality improvement
Building & maintaining hiking and nature trails
How do we do this?
We work cooperatively with State, Federal, and Local government agencies and other organizations with similar interests and responsibilities including:
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Current Board of Directors
Ned Miller,Tom Schemberger, Bob Kutschera, Tom Ringenbach, Bill Waldrop and Bill Webster.
Bill Webster is the chairperson.
George Zola is the chairperson.
Bill Atkinson, Chris Bridges, Fred Evans, Carl Hagen, Jack Hall, Jim Hawkey, Garry Lucas, Russ Newman, Tom Paul, John Rogers, Dick Sawinski, John Shryock, Christine Stevens, Bill Waldrop, Patty Wallace
Bill Waldrop is the chairperson.