Some of Our Past Projects.

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Doe River Fishing Trail

We are working with County and State officials to put in a series of parking lots and access trails along the upper Doe River gorge.  This is a beautiful section of river and we are trying to get more people access to enjoy it.  We have a river cleanup and trail cutting scheduled for late September 2018.

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Rocky Fork Water Quality

OMTU, in partnership with Cherokee Chapter TU, Friends of Rocky Fork, East Tennessee State University, and Rocky Fork State Park, is getting ready to launch a project to monitor water quality in Rocky Fork Creek.  The state park will be building a visitor's center and developing better roads and trails.  This project will be vital to identifying and mitigating impacts to the creek as these activities occur.  We need volunteers willing to commitment to a team to sample water a number of times a year at the park.  No experience is necessary as you will receive training from ETSU faculty.  This will be held in early to mid-October with monitoring beginning in November
 

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Hampton Creek Cattle Crossing

This project consisted of installing a gravel cattle crossing on Hampton Creek to help eliminate some of the mud and settlement that gets into the creek.  OMTU partnered with TWRA and the Nature Conservancy to complete this project.  OMTU received a TU License Plate Grant to help pay for some of this project.

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Blevins Road Handicap Dock

OMTU is partnering with TVA and TWRA to install a handicapped fishing dock on the Watauga River at the Blevins Road boat ramp.  Construction of this dock is scheduled to begin in late fall 2018.

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Briar Creek Culvert (2017)

This year we worked to install a new culvert over Briar Creek (just off Cherokee Road) that will enable native brook trout to move into higher water where the habitat is more suitable to their livelihood.  OMTU is donated $10,000 towards the purchase of the culvert.  We are also provided labor to help rebuild the stream bed  after the culvert was installed.

Hampton Creek

At Hampton Creek we helped to install a barrier to separate the rainbow trout downstream from the brook trout upstream. 

Watauga Bluffs

With this project we installed a public access area on the Quality Trout Fishing section of the Watauga River.  This is currently the only public access on the entire length of the Quality Trout Fishing section.  As follow-p to this project we provide manpower to maintain the parking area and trail and we also clean up trash along this section of the river.

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Buffalo Creek

An Embrace-A-Stream grant of $7,160 was awarded to the Chapter in April 2002 to install stream bank stabilization and habitat improvement on Buffalo Creek. Two hundred feet of affected stream bank, J-hook jetties and armored toe-protection were installed. Trees were planted by the Elizabethton High School Ecology Club under the leadership of Gary Barrigar, Science Teacher. The Club also placed tree shelters to protect them from animal and weed eater damage.

North Indian Creek

An Embrace-A-Stream grant of $7,160 was awarded to the Chapter in April 2002 to install stream bank stabilization and habitat improvement on Buffalo Creek. Two hundred feet of affected stream bank, J-hook jetties and armored toe-protection were installed. Trees were planted by the Elizabethton High School Ecology Club under the leadership of Gary Barrigar, Science Teacher. The Club also placed tree shelters to protect them from animal and weed eater damage.

Hampton Creek

An Embrace-A-Stream grant of $4240 was awarded to the Chapter in March 1997 to restore native brook trout population in this unique state natural area of Roan Mountain.  The funds were used to build a fish passage barrier to separate brook trout and rainbow trout populations.  The second phase of the project was to remove rainbow trout above the barrier and stock brook trout back in the stream.

Laurel Fork Creek

An Embrace-A-Stream grant of $3350 was awarded to the Chapter in May 1994.  The project objectives were: 1) placement of 16 fish habitat improvement structures, 2) sediment traps at trail/creek crossings, 3) permanent road closure to prevent illegal use and damage at stream crossings, 4) tree planting along the banks, 5) population monitoring station maintenance, and 6) population/structure use monitoring.  A sign was placed along the trail in the project area with information about brown trout and the EAS project.  A bulletin board was placed in the campground downstream displaying the Laurel Fork Creek ecosystem and the EAS project.