The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia


Join the Watauga River Cleanup Saturday Sept. 25

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 | Posted by Eric Chance | No Comments

Volunteers Kayaking with Trash at last Years Big Sweep

Come out and join us this Saturday (September 25) to help clean up the Watauga River. Starting at 9am groups will be picking up trash from the Watauga River from Foscoe all the way to the Guy Ford Road Bridge, covering a total of nearly 30 miles of stream. Because of extremely low water levels this year, all of the clean up teams will be land based, since there isn’t enough water to float canoes.

Last year 172 volunteers cleaned up 6,000 pounds of trash! This year we hope to get even more junk.

For more pictures and a video from last year’s clean up visit the Watauga Riverkeeper blog.

If you are interested in helping out or want some more information please contact Eric at App Voices ( 828-262-1500) or Wendy at the Agricultural Extension Office ( 828-264-3061).

Boone Town Council hears about Fish Kill and Coal-Tar Sealant Ban Tonight

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 | Posted by Eric Chance | No Comments

Fish Killed by Coal-Tar Based Asphalt Sealant in Hodges Creek this Summer

Please join the Watauga Riverkeeper at the Boone Town Council Meeting this Tuesday (September 21) evening at 7:00 pm to show your support for a ban on coal tar based asphalt sealants. The Watauga Riverkeeper, Donna Lisenby will be giving a presentation to the town council about coal tar based asphalt sealants and why they should be banned and we would love to have lots of people there who support the ban. The meeting will be at the Council Chambers on Blowing Rock Road.

The dangerous toxicity of coal tar based sealants was brought to our attention this summer when sealant was applied in the rain at the BB&T bank on Hwy. 105 in Boone, causing a fish kill in Hodges Creek. For more information and to see a video of the destruction please visit the Riverkeeper Blog.



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