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 Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir


 Visit our website:  www.tellicowater.org.

Our Mission:

WATeR strives to maintain the agricultural, recreational, and commercial value of the Tellico Reservoir and the surrounding watershed in Monroe, Blount and Loudon counties.



Activities Supporting our Mission:

The East Lakeshore Trail National Recreation Trail: (Click here for more information on our website.)

The purpose of the East Lakeshore Trail project is to provide a recreational and educational hiking experience along a portion of the east shoreline of Tellico Lake. It is the product of a successful partnership between WATeR and the Tennessee Valley Authority and has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail. The trail is 30 miles long, has 9 contiguous trails, and is open all year.

Lake Cleanup Event: (Click here for more information on our website.)

The annual Lake Cleanup Event is held in March while water levels are low so the shoreline surrounding the lake is more accessible.  Over 110 tons of trash has been removed from the Tellico Watershed since this annual event began in 2002.

Water Quality: (Click here for more information on our website.)

WATeR has led a significant number of efforts to improve and monitor the water quality of the Tellico Reservoir Watershed. Most noteworthy of these efforts is the effort to improve the effluent from the Madisonville Water treatment plant. The challenge took many years, coordination with government and private agencies, and several court cases resulting in a successful outcome that has had a significant impact on maintaining the water quality of Tellico Reservoir.

WATeR has worked to improve agricultural practices to lessen pollution runoff into the lake. These efforts are on-going. Agricultural runoff pollution is significant in this watershed because much of the watershed is located in rural, agricultural, areas.

Perhaps the most critical and unaddressed problem facing the watershed today is residential pollution runoff from the communities that have been built around Tellico Lake. Residents must be educated in how to avoid runoff and must be encouraged to change their lawn fertilizer methods and to grow boundaries that will lessen the runoff.

Education: (Click here for more information on our website.)

Our goal is simple: Increased public awareness. You can see firsthand the work of the Education Committee by visiting one of the East Lakeshore National Recreation Trail kiosks or through noticing a storm sewer grate warning people of disposing of hazardous substances into our watershed.




We are a 501.C nonprofit organization.
All of our members are volunteers.

Would you like to Get Involved:

We have opportunities in all areas of our activities listed above.

You can contact us at www.tellicowater.org for information on volunteering and how to donate.  We rely on donations from the community for our funding.  Please click on this link for the document to download.

 Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir on TellicoLife

Calendar events for the Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir posted in the TellicoLife Calendar, using the prefix WATeR.

To access this page directly, bookmark: www.tellicolife.org/watershed-association-of-the-tellico-reservoir