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Annual Board Meeting

January 5th, 2015  6-8pm

Rock Climbing:

Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation: Who Needs It Most?

By Tim Marema  of Daily Yonder
Feb. 6, 2016

Print articleThe federal government has about $2.5 billion set aside to reclaim lands damaged by mining. With the coal economy shrinking, a new proposal would attempt to get more of that funding to coal-dependent communities and tie restoration to economic development.

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Rare mussels found in

Emory River

By Morgan Simmons of the Knoxville News Sentinel
May 26, 2011

WARTBURG, Tenn. - Hugh Faust's recent discovery of two endangered mussel species on the upper Emory River might not have happened if his mother hadn't made him clean up his room.
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Why go home when you can stay for the night?  Check out these local campgrounds where you can kick your feet up and relax by a nice hot fire or stay in a cozy cabin.


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Past Events & Announcements

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Saturday, June 25th 10-12:30

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In the News

  Summer Solstice Evening Hike on Cumberland Trail - Friday, June 17

Federal ridgetop mining ban near for Tenn.

By Michael Collins of the Knoxville News Sentinel
Dec. 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — It has taken five years, but the federal government is edging closer toward banning mountaintop coal mining in parts of the Cumberland Mountains.
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3rd Annual Potters Falls Cleanup and Hemlock Treatment Day

April 9th, 2016

The Cumberland Plateau is home to some of the best rock climbing in the Southeastern United States. But why take our word for it? Go explore the many geologic wonders for yourself. 

My River Links

Options for Treating Hemlocks

Guest Speaker:

Ph.D Candidate Elizabeth Benton

April 5th, 2016

Upcoming Events & Announcements


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The Emory River Watershed is home to many great recreational opportunities such as rock climbing, boating, trail running, hiking, mountain biking,  camping and fishing. Use the resources below to plan your next grand adventure!

Hiking/Trail Running:

Recreation in the Watershed

Within the Emory River Watershed, there are many diverse hiking opportunities ranging from very easy strolls on a flat path to bombing down steep and technical hills.  Check out these resources and links to find a trail to suits your experience or pushes your limits.

Annual Board Meeting

January 3rd, 2016  6-8pm

Mountain Laurel Festival

Sponsored by the Morgan County Tourism Alliance

May 21st, 2016

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ERWA will be holding its annual meeting on Tuesday, Jan 3rd at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center in Wartburg, TN. We welcome everyone to join us for a potluck supper, dessert auction, and an educational presentation by Oak Ridge National Lab Researcher, Natalie Griffith. There will also be an update by Mike Sale on our Crooked Fork Creek project. This is a FREE event, and ERWA will provide sandwiches and beverages.

Comments needed in support of treatment option for hemlock tree conservation

By Donna Kridelbaugh of Citizen Science
March 9, 2016

Eastern and Carolina hemlock trees face a severe threat to their long-term survival from the invasive pest known as the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), which has steadily spread throughout the eastern U.S.

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Locals blaze trail in Wartburg

By Joe King of the Morgan County News
March 8, 2016

The Cumberland Trail may have a while to go before it’s completed, but a good deal of work was put into the Morgan County section of it this weekend.
About a dozen volunteers gathered at the foot of Bird Mountain behind the Morgan County Visitor’s Center on Saturday to build a stretch of trail that will link Wartburg to the 11-county project.

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The Emory River Watershed Association is committed to non-confrontational advocacy and education to improve our region's water resources.  We sponsor educational events and river clean-ups, partner with other conservation organizations to help in their missions, and are working to establish a citizen water monitoring program.

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Mountain Biking:

Eye on the Weather

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Emory River Watershed Association