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Buy a $5 Raffle Ticket for a fundraiser for Riverfest!!!  You can purchase tickets at Riverfest or stop by the Watauga County Cooperative Extension. (828) 264-3061

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Giving Change to Make Change!!!  Bare Essentials Natural Market just presented the Watauga River Partners with a check for $705!!!!  1,464 customers “Rounded Up for a Cause” during the month of April!  We are so grateful and appreciative of the support!  This money will be allocated toward riparian plantings within the Watauga Watershed!!!!

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April 28, 2015___________________________

Kindergarteners from Two Rivers Community School learned about frogs, toads, newts and macro invertebrates that in the constructed wetland at the Boone First Presbyterian Church!

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What a great Shade Your Stream Saturday! Wonderful turn out and fantastic weather for a livestake giveaway!!! Thank you to all who came and participated, volunteered, and presented!!

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The Shade Your Streams workshop is sponsored by:

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High Country Invasives Workshop

Join Mountain True’s invasive plant expert and Ecologist Bob Gale on March 26, 2015 from 3:30-5:30pm in Boone to learn from his 10 years of experience on eradicating invasive plants on the farm, in the forest, and your backyard. Invasive exotic plants have a tendency to spread vigorously, and if left unattended can quickly overtake native species and disrupt habitats. During this workshop, participants will get hands–on experience identifying invasive plants, not just by their blooms, but by other features that stand out so you can be certain you have the right plant at any time of the year. Bob will also go over the best methods for eradicating invasive species. This workshop is free, but we request that you call the Watauga County Cooperative Extension at (828) 264-3061 to register, so that we have enough materials for all participants.  The workshop will be located at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd. Boone. Slide1

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Looking for something “Green” to do on the first day of spring this year?  If so, you are in luck!  Register for the Shade Your Streams Livestake Giveaway!!!!

On March 21, 2015 from 10:30 am – 2:00pm, the Watauga County Cooperative Extension and Watauga River Partners are hosting a native plant demonstration and give-away for residents in the High Country.  All are welcome, but must register in order to receive free plants and lunch.   In partnership with the Appalachian Water Project, a joint venture between Wine to Water and Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), workshop participants can walk away with tips on how to care for their stream/river, free native vegetation (live stakes), and a happy belly.

Across Western North Carolina, streambank erosion—and the resulting build-up of sediment in stream channels—is having negative impacts on water quality and habitat for “critters”, including trout that live in the streams.   Live stakes are an effective way to reduce streambank erosion.   At this point you may be wondering, “What is a live stake?”  It is a long hardwood cutting from a native shrub, adapted to moist conditions, planted outdoors without rooting hormones.   In this area, we use silky dogwood, elderberry, ninebark, silky willow, and buttonbush.

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Participants from past workshops getting their hands “wet” installing livestakes!

The event will be held at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center where experts from the New River Conservancy, the Watauga River Partners, and Watauga County Cooperative Extension will share tips on stream care and available programs that can help landowners.  If you are unfamiliar with how to install livestakes, we will demonstrate by planting a 20ft section of Kraut Creek during the day. These woody plants have extensive root systems that stabilize the soil on stream banks during rainfall and high water flow.  The shade produced by the shrubs help maintain the cooler temperatures that our mountain fish and aquatic life need to survive, while the leaves help provide habitat and food for insects and fish. (Leaves fall into the stream, aquatic insects eat and live in the leaves, trout eat the insects) “Shading Your Stream” with vegetation is really important because it acts as a filter to prevent sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria, pathogens, and heavy metals from entering our rivers.

Interested in participating and receiving free plants for your creek bank?  Please call the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center at (828) 264-3061, or email Wendy_Patoprsty@ncsu.edu  The workshop will begin at 10:30 am at 252 Poplar Grove Rd in Boone.

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“Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”

 —- Wendell Berry

Spring 2015 Drug Take-back Days

Help us keep pharmaceutical and control-substance drugs off the streets and out of the rivers! No questions will be asked, and any prescription and over-the-counter medications and medical supplies can be turned in anonymously. For more information, please call the Watauga County Cooperative Extension 828-264-3061.

Saving our kids and rivers from drugs

WATAUGA COUNTY

Saturday, May 16, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Loctations:
  • Food Lion, Boone (Blowing Rock Rd)
  • Food Lion, Deep Gap (HWY 421)
  • Food Lion, Blowing Rock
  • Foscoe Fire Department 

Help Put Toxic Waste In Its Place!!!

Watauga County Household Hazardous Waste Day  May 16, 2015

If you have Household Hazardous Waste you can drop it off at the Watauga County Sanitation Department (336 Landfill Rd. Boone) on October 25th from 9am to 2pm.  Items that will be accepted include: paint, household batteries, household cleaners, pesticides, oils, antifreeze, gasoline, propane tanks, lighter fluid, lab packs, oxidizers, florescent bulbs, and mercury.  If you have any questions please contact the Sanitation Dept. at 828-264-5305.

Sponsored by Watauga County Sanitation Dept, Watauga County Cooperative Extension, NC Department of Agriculture with assistance from the Watauga County Maintenance Department and the Town of Boone.