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Protecting Water Quality
in the Pigeon River Watershed

since 1998

Take action to help us grow

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25th Anniversary Celebration!!!

BearWaters in Hazelwood / 12 - 4pm

Additional details coming soon...

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Our Programs

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Our Mission

To maintain and improve surface water quality in the Pigeon River Watershed of Haywood County, North Carolina.


We accomplish this through two objectives directed at reducing nonpoint source pollution:

  1. Educating and focusing attention on the watershed as a natural, economic and recreational resource to be conserved and enhanced for this and future generations; and

  2. Working with public agencies, conservation interests, businesses, community groups, and public and private land owners to implement water quality improvement strategies.

Upcoming Events

  • Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail Grand Opening
    Sat, Jun 17
    Canton Rec Park
    Join Haywood Waterways Association and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to learn about the new Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail! Snorkel with a biologist to discover the fish and other wildlife that call the Pigeon River home!
  • Boogerman Trail Hike in the Smokies
    Wed, Jul 19
    Cataloochee Creek Road Ranger Station
    Join Haywood Waterways Association and trip leader Steve Winchester on a hike along the Boogerman Trail in Cataloochee Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 7.4 mile loop trail passes through old growth forests, across streams, and past the historic Palmer house.
  • Trout Race
    Sat, Sep 09
    Join us at this year's Trout Race, taking place at Bearwaters Brewery in Canton. Each trout is made of wood, labeled with a number. This number is tied to each ticket sold and the first several trout that cross the finish line win some amazing prizes! They float downstream between the two bridges.
  • Kids in the Creek
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Sep 11
    Students across the county come together to learn about watershed hydrology, water chemistry, collect fish, collect aquatic bugs, and have a bunch of fun! We are looking for people to help with this program.

Our Partners

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