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. 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.

Tellico Reservoir Dam

Who is WATeR?

We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit, tax-exempt association incorporated in Tennessee. Our members are dedicated to protecting and improving the environment in and around the Tellico Reservoir Watershed.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is all of the land that catches rain or snow, and drains into a common stream, river, or lake.

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What do we do?

Typical 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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