Boone Watershed Partnership
The Boone Watershed Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with local users, regional, state and federal entities, educators and others to identify and address water resource issues in the Boone Watershed, an area of about 686 square miles lying in Sullivan, Washington, Unicoi, and Carter Counties of Tennessee and Washington County of Virginia.


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Newspaper insert which ran in area newspapers in March, 2008

Boone Watershed Partnership Announces Photo Contest Winners

For Landscape- Color:

First Place: Heron in the Morning Mist by Randy Wykoff
2nd Place: Boone Mist at Lake Village by George Brilmyer
3rd Place: Feather on Boone Lake by Randy Wykoff
Honorable Mention: Frozen Blue Hole Falls by Belinda Bridwell
For Landscape- Black and White:

First Place: Reflection of Power by Michael Taylor

Note:  Due to insufficient entries in this category, only First Place was awarded.
For People and Water- Color:

First Place: Kayaking on Holston River by Rich Reece

Note:  Due to insufficient entries in this category, only First Place was awarded.

For People and Water- Black and White:

Honorable Mention: Creating Memories on Boone Lake by Chris Margotta

Note:  Due to insufficient entries in this category, only Honorable Mention was awarded.

All of the photos will be on display until Saturday, May 3 when they can be picked up from 10 am till 2 pm at the museum.

All contestants are invited to the Opening Night Reception from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Gray Fossil Site Museum, Tuesday April 1.   Prizes will be awarded at that time.   If winners are unable to attend the reception, please contact Joy Stewart at  joylarry@btes.tv to arrange a means to get you your prize.

Boone Watershed Partnership General Meeting Announcement

The public is invited to the next General Meeting of Boone Watershed Partnership, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. at the Gray Fossil Site Museum. This meeting will also serve as the reception for the Boone watershed Partnership Photo Contest Award Winners. Light refreshments will be served.


Boone Watershed Partnership Upcoming Events 2014
BWP Board Meetings May 21, July 16, Sept 17, Nov. 19; 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm TDEC Office, Johnson City
*BWP Photo Contest Awards Reception April 1; 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Meadowlands Convention Center
BWP Photo Display April 1 - May 2 Natural History Museum-Gray Fossile Site
*Brush Creek Clean Up with ETSU and Johnson City April 12; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Meeting Place TBD
Friends of Roan Mountain Spring Naturalist Rally April 25-27

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*Girl Scouts and Chemists Celebrating Earth Day April 26, 1:30 pm Natural History Museum-Gray Fossile Site
*Jacob Francisco Memorial Bike Race and Walk April 26 at 9:00 am -11:00 am ETSU Parking lot behind Knights Restaurant on State of Franklin Rd., Johnson City.
* Boone Lake Assoc. Clean Up April 26; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Bluff City Ramp, Davis Boat Dock, jay's Dock Sonny's Marina, TWRA/11E Devault Bridge, Lakeview Marina, Boone Lake Marina, Rockingham Marina-- Meet at any of these arenas. For more information to to Boone Lake Association
*Carter County Stream Clean-Up May 10, 2014 Covered Bridge Park, Elizabethton, TN
* Drug Awareness Event May 17, 10:00 am TBD
*Blue Plum Festival June 6, 7, 8 Downtown Johnson City

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Boone Lake is a 4600 acre reservoir in Upper East Tennessee near the cities of Bristol TN/VA, Elizabethton TN, and Johnson City, TN. It is part of a series of man-made lakes built and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority for flood control, navigation, and hydro-power generation.picture1

It's location in a  rapidly developing urban area and it's relatively small size make Boone Lake vulnerable to a variety of water quality problems. These include nutrient enrichment,low dissolved oxygen,and limited clarity. Many of Boone's tributaries are impacted by bacteria contamination, siltation, and loss of habitat. There are several major wastewater discharges into the lake in addition to agricultural sources, failing septic tanks, and urban runoff.picture2

The extent and variety of water issues affecting Boone Lake can only be addressed through the combined efforts of  resource management agencies, local governments, and interest groups. The Boone Watershed Partnership was formed to begin the task of pulling together these stakeholders and working toward a community based program of identifying and correcting water quality problems. Our objectives are:

  • Share information on water conditions and issues among resource agencies, water users, and the public.
  • Develop consensus on priorities and actions needed to address regional issues.
  • Marshal resources to carry out needed actions and carry out best management practices.
  • Promote awareness of the importance of water resources to the regional economy and to the quality of life.
  • To learn more about us
    or to make any suggestions or comments
    just drop us an e-mail!

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