Water Resource News

TJCOG Water Resources Team takes Asheville by storm at the Water Education Summit 

Posted by Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:30:00 PM Categories: Education

TJCOG Water Resource Team Members Mike Schlegel and Heather Saunders Benson participated in the 2014 Water Education Summit on September 8th - 10th.  The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, and the workshop also included an off-site tour of the extensive sustainability features of the new Sierra Nevada Brewery.  


The plenary sessions were well-designed to engage small group table discussions, and the concurrent sessions covered a wide range of topics.  Mike co-facilitated a well-attended special session for watershed leaders and local stewardship champions as part of the NC Watershed Stewardship Network (WSN).  Mike worked with staff from fellow WSN founding-organizations like WRRI, NC State University, NC DENR, and UNC Institute for the Environment.  


Mike also co-presented with Mark Contorno, Founder of Creeklife.com, a new crowd-funding platform for environmental, outdoor, and place-based projects.  Mike used Creeklife with his daughter and their Y Guides tribe to raise money to install a garbage can along the Upper Neuse Greenway trail.  The Creeklife Team gave all the workshop participants $10 in Creek Cash towards their first Call to Action.  



All-in-all, it was a great event, and TJCOG staff were well engaged.  Kudos to the event staff for a well-organized workshop with high-caliber speakers and good interactive sessions.  


Water Resource Team Completes Great Coharie Creek Stream Assessments 

Posted by Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:50:00 AM

The TJCOG Water Resources Team spent six days in June in northern Sampson County conducting stream assessments on over 60 sites.  Despite some mosquito bites and poison ivy, the field visits went well and local landowners were primarily friendly and welcoming.