Holy Cross

Episcopal Church

Sunday Services at

8:30 and 11 am with

Christian Ed. for all

Ages between Services

122 Skiles Way in

Valle Crucis

off SR 194S

(828) 963-4609

holy_cross@skybest.com

FREE Tax Preparation

 for those eligible 

 

Watauga County Library

 140 Queen St. Boone

Fridays 3-6 and Saturdays 9-12

*Ends Apr.8th*

 

 Call the library at

(828) 264-8784 ext. 2

for more info. and to make

an appointment.

4th Annual

CORKSCREW &

BREW 5K

at Chetola Resort

 

in conjunction with

 SAVOR Blowing Rock

 

Saturday, April 22

9am

(8-8:50am registration)

 

Wine- and Beer-Free

and

Wine- and Beer-Lovers

ft. AMB craft beer

($25 & $35 in advance)

 

Information:

828.295.5535 

Appalachian Brian Estates

Premier senior living community

located in the heart of Boone, NC

 

Private, independent living or

home care aid with numerous

specialty services.

 

Schedule a visit - 828-264-1006

Boone, NC

Winkler Square

114 Clement St.

 

4,885 +/- Sq Ft.

Boone- prime retail/office

space for lease

 

Divide space to suit

Custom upfit options

Parking included

Natural gas available

Partial interior finish $20/sf

 

Available Now

828.262.3488


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That's Why It's Called a Floodplain!
by National Committee for the New River

Latest Update: April 15, 2010


Along the New River this winter, many landowners saw and felt the results of major winter storms and extended periods of sub-freezing temperatures. In many areas, the river froze in layers of thick ice. Simultaneous events of moderating temperatures and heavy rain caused the river to rise and the ice to crack, forming huge ice floes. The rising waters carried the ice floes up onto the floodplain, the natural area for high-water levels to gravitate. You may remember seeing pictures of this phenomenon on Ray's Weather's Photo of the Day this winter. Contrary to popular belief, flooding is a very good thing for the river to do. This winter the floodplains were doing the important work of allowing the water from snow melt, ice melt, and rain to flow up and out of the river banks, dispersing the energy of that tremendous amount of water entering the watershed. Floodplains hold large quantities of water, which slows the flow of water. They allow the sediment carried by the water to settle out on land where it is needed, instead of in the river. Native plants in the floodplain filter pollutants and chemicals from the water, improving water quality for both humans and wildlife. The water held on floodplains also allows the groundwater to recharge, keeping the water in the area to supply streams and wells. In some cases, flood waters and ice damaged the vegetation along the river but the river banks themselves remain mostly unchanged. This is NOT the time to take advantage of cleared banks and start a lawn to the river. The shrubs, grasses, and trees on the river bank are the important riparian buffer that prevents erosion, absorbs pollutants in stormwater runoff, shades the river to keep it cool for fish, and provides food for wildlife, among other things. Landowners should know that while the vegetation itself was sheared off or flattened, the root systems in most cases remain intact. Inaction is the best action as the root mass in the banks will send up new growth this spring for both grasses and wildflowers and the native shrubs. Mother Nature has used this winter weather to remind us of the importance of floodplains and riparian buffers. All of the snow and ice has replenished the water tables and the flooding will provide nutrients and water for spring growth and rebirth. Just sit back and enjoy the show!