Due to special circumstances described herein, the HRWC Board of Directors decided to present TWO Holman Water Quality Stewardship Awards in 2017! Many of you know the story, but for those who haven't heard, here is the very brief version. During the 1990s the Ecological Health Rating that TVA once assigned to its reservoirs declined from "Good" to "Poor." A major cause was an excess of nutrients flowing into the lake. These nutrients caused algae concentrations to climb and dissolved oxygen levels at the bottom of the lake to plummet in the summer. After years of monitoring and study, HRWC published the
Lake Chatuge Watershed Action Plan
in 2007, outlining 18 broad objectives for improving water quality and the overall health of the lake and detailing specific recommendations for meeting the objectives.
Ten years later, 56% less phosphorus is entering Lake Chatuge every year and nearly 60% less nitrogen!
Many volunteers have dedicated hundreds of hours, private landowners have voluntarily made improvements on their own properties, and TVA, HRWC and the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources assisted with funding and technical support. However,
the majority of the credit for this effort goes to former Towns County Sole Commissioner, Bill Kendall and the City of Hiawassee led by Mayor, Barbara Mathis. Because of the vast list of accomplishments by both the county and the city that culminated with the installation of nutrient reduction technology at the Hiawassee wastewater treatment plant in 2016, the HRWC board made the unprecedented decision to present two Holman Water Quality Stewardship Awards this year.
The Watershed Gala will be held in the grand ballroom of Brasstown Valley Resort. The evening will begin at 5:30 with a silent auction, raffle and
bar. The plated meal will be served starting at 6:30. After the awards are presented, several select items will be auctioned live by local auctioneer and entertainer, Tim Ryan. Reservations are $45/each or $400 for a reserved table for ten and must be made in advance. Reservations may be secured by mailing a check to HRWC, PO Box 889, Murphy, NC 28906 or by
reserving your place online
Corporate sponsors of the 2017 Watershed Gala include
Tennessee Valley Authority
Brasstown Valley Resort
. We are grateful for their generosity!