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



Marilyn Morete (Hawkey)


865 323-0722

Vice President

Tom Ringenbach


865 458-0915


John Shryock


650 814-9891


Mel Fisher

Tellico Village

865 657-9062

Chris Bridges

Regional Representative

Membership Committee

Joy Tierney


423 884-6004


Marilyn Hawkey

Education Committee

Shay Trembley


865 809-6946

Grants Committee and Outreach

Nadine Mazienis


423 337-8894

Water Quality Improvement

Bill Waldrop


865 458-0506

East Lakeshore Trails

Steve West


865 307-2683

Watershed Clean-up

Bill Webster


865 458-4952

Joy Tierney


Regional Representative

Leigh Lamb

Regional Representative


At Large Representative

Contact Us

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Lakeshore Cleanup

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

Bill Webster is the chairperson.

Phone: 865-458-4952



Steve West

Phone: 865 307-2683


Water Quality

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.

Phone: 865-458-0506



WATeR Address
PO Box 992
Lenoir City, TN 37771