Friday, October 28, 2016

November Meeting Program

Our guest speaker for the next Foothills meeting on November 10th is David Vinson. David is the Zone Wildlife Biologist working in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Chattooga River and Blue Ridge Ranger Districts. His presentation will be "Forest Service Fisheries Initiatives in Northeast Georgia". Invite a friend to our meeting!

Foothills monthly meeting is Thursday, Nov 10th at the United Community Bank located at 468 W Louise St in Clarksville.
6-6:30p social time 7-8p Program

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chattahoochee River Headwaters Stream Restoration

Below you will find information information regarding a 319 request that will be submitted for this funding cycle on the Upper Chattahoochee. I spoke with Nathan and Dale about trying to replicate some of the 319 work we’ve been doing here in Habersham County. Much of our success can be directly attributed to establishing formal collaborative partners on key projects. In the next few days you’ll be receiving information about how to connect with this project. Please consider joining the effort.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your help!

Steven Patrick
Agriculture & Natural Resources
County Extension Coordinator
University of Georgia Extension
Habersham County, Northeast District
(706) 754-2318

Dale Caldwell
Headwaters Watershed Protection Specialist
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
C: 770-530-3961
Keeping Watch Over Our Waters Since 1994!

Nacoochee Valley, Sautee Nacoochee

Summary and Site Location: In the Appalachian foothills of northeast Georgia, the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River flow through Sautee Nacoochee, an unincorporated community in the eastern central part of White County. Within the Nacoochee Valley and approximately 550 feet downstream of the confluence of Sautee Creek, a 250-foot section of a highly eroded and unstable outer bank of the Chattahoochee River results in heavy sediment pollution, negatively impacting habitat for desirable flora and fauna in a “303(d) listed for biotic impairment (Bio F)” section of the river, which is also located in a “Priority HUC-12 Watershed”. This erosion also causes channel deepening and widening, prohibiting floodplain connection. This disconnection starves the adjacent wetlands of water and exacerbates downstream flooding.
Proposal: Conduct a stream restoration project with the following goals:
·         Improve water quality by eliminating bank erosion and resulting sedimentation, contributing to the possible delisting of an impaired segment of the Chattahoochee River
·         Improve habitat for desirable flora and fauna
·         Reconnect the stream channel with its floodplain in order to reduce further instream channel erosion and downstream flooding, and to preserve adjacent wetlands
·         Restore an aesthetically pleasing landscape to its natural and pre-impacted state
This project will restore 500 linear feet of stream, using Natural Channel Design (versus hard armoring or rip-rap installation). Natural Channel Design techniques use best available science and engineering in order to effectively remedy streambank erosion rather than diverting the problem elsewhere in the channel, a result typically seen when hard armoring banks. This design will incorporate:
·         Appropriate channel dimension (cross-section), pattern (plan view), and profile (bedform)
·         Stable streambanks constructed at a low slope, with appropriate matting and native vegetation
·         In-stream structures (e.g., offset boulder cross vane, boulder cross vane, log vane, log/boulder J-hook, brush toe) to provide bank protection, grade control, streambed diversity, and improved habitat
·         Riffles and pools in the streambed to promote habitat and energy dissipation
·         Off-line pools constructed in portions of the remnant channel, in order to provide riparian habitat and flood storage

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Weekly Fishing Trips

A group of us (4) made a trip to the Nantahala yesterday.... the scenery was amazing. The water was crystal clear and there was plenty. We all caught fish. great trip.... come go with us on our weekly trip. A group also went to Fires Creek today... no reports yet

Check the FISHING OUTING SCHEDULE  for the latest on planned trips.  Also get on the weekly email blast to stay in touch.  Send request to (Parks)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Foothills Landscape Collaboration

This is the topic Jeff Durniak referenced last night at our meeting toward the end...

The U.S. Forest Service is soliciting public input on its proposed Foothills Landscape Collaboration Project. This is your chance, whether in person or online (
to make your wishes known regarding USFS management planning for this large area of your national forest. Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to participate in forest project planning thru the USFS collaborative process. Note the public meeting schedule, which commences on October 13.
Quick link to map and project overview:

Foothils New Chapter Officers for 2017

The Foothills has new officers for the coming year. The last position was filled last night as Bruce Johnson accepted the office of president.

President: Bruce Johnson
Vice President: Jimmy Harris
Sec/Treas: Mike Kovanich

See OFFICERS & CONTACTS page for details....

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Chapter Officers for Foothills Chapter

It was announced at our last meeting that our Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer were willing to stay on another year.  President, Julie and Robert, will be looking to step down after serving our chapter for two years. A BIG thanks for our officers who have served admirably for the past two years.  

We need to elect a new president for 2017 to start immediately.  We are looking for volunteers to serve as president.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Foothills monthly meeting is the Thursday, Oct 13th

Foothills monthly meeting is the Thursday, Oct 13th, at the United Community Bank located at 468 W Louise St in Clarksville.
6-6:30p social time 7-8p Program

Our guest speaker this month will be Jeff Durniak. Jeff has a program, complete with handouts for future reference, on "Early Fall Fly Flinging Tips". Summer is over but we're still in warm weather mode and Jeff's tactics are proven winners. He will also answer any questions you may have concerning the upcoming Delayed Harvest season and whether or not the long hot, dry summer will have an impact on stocking those streams.