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

  • Watershed cleanup

  • Building & maintaining hiking and nature trails

  • Pollution prevention

  • Environmental education

  • Shoreline protection

How do we do this?


We work cooperatively with State, Federal, and Local government agencies and other organizations with similar interests and responsibilities including:

  • TVA

  • TDEC

  • USDA

  • TWRA

  • TRDA

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Current Leaders


David Flanagan


(865) 440-4328

Vice President

Ellen Papera

201 914-1350


Sally Leonhard

301 518 2349


Molly Lenoir May


865 924-9972

Jim Wisneski

Water Quality Liaison

817 734-3354

Membership Committee

Jeff Rauch


(630) 551-5721

Water Quality Improvement

Bill Waldrop


865 458-0506

East Lakeshore Trails

John Shryock


650 814-9891

Watershed Clean-up

Tom Ringenbach


865 458-0915


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Lakeshore Cleanup

Ned Miller,Jeff Rauch, Bob Kutschera, Tom Ringenbach, Bill Waldrop and Bill Webster.

Tom Ringenbach is the chairperson.

Phone: 865-458-0915



John Shyrock

Phone: 650-814-9891


Water Quality

Bill Atkinson,  Chris Bridges,  Carl Hagen,  Jack Hall,  Lloyd Hensley,  Ingrid Jackoway,  Garry Lucas,  Theresa McMahan,  Randy Morse,  Tom Paul,  John Reed,  Dick Sawinski,  John Shryock,   Christine Stevens,  Bill Waldrop,  Dave Warfel, Jim Wisneski

Bill Waldrop is the chairperson.

Phone: 865-458-0506



WATeR Address
PO Box 992
Lenoir City, TN 37771