**Grandfather Vineyard 

& Winery** 

Summer- Monday - Sat. 12-6pm

Sunday 1-5pm

Winter- Mon., Wed. - Sat. 12-6pm

Sunday 1-5pm (closed Tuesday)

  Live music during Summer

Come enjoy a glass of our award

winning wine while you relax by

the Watauga river!

The Shoppes at Farmers

661 West King St

Boone, NC 28607

828.264.8801

 

All Agendas and Planners

$5

All Hobo Wallets and Bags

30% Off

All Baggallini Bags

40% Off

Most Christmas Items

75% Off

Turn down Depot St. and

Park behind the

store for Free!

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1. Location-Location-Location!

2.  Education Focus

3. Culture of Entrepreneurship

& Creativity

4. Outstanding Quality of Life

5. Hub of Northwestern NC

 

Watauga County Office of

Economic Development 

Above and Beyond

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Fairview, NC

 

Featuring:

 Online orders of pasture

raised meats and a variety

of other local goods available for

Curbside Pickup at the farm store

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NWS Special Weather Statement (Wythe County)


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!