Powder Horn Mountain

If you like noise, crowds of

people, traffic and hubbub,

Powder Horn is probably not for

you. But, if you enjoy peace and

quiet, natural mountain beauty

and wildlife, Powder Horn may

be just the place for you.

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information.

High Country

Timberframe &

Gallery Woodworking

 

Timber Frame Design

Construction Services

 

High Performance Homebuilding 

 

ShopBuilt Panelized Wall

Systems -  a faster & more

efficient way to build

 

Licensed General Contractor 

Visit our Website to learn more

**Grandfather Vineyard 

& Winery** 

Monday, Wed - Saturday 12-6pm

Sunday 1-5pm

Closed Tuesday

$10 dry tasting /$6 sweet tasting 

 

Come enjoy a glass of our award

winning wine while you relax by

the Watauga river!

 

Blue Ridge Traveler

 Lake James, Linville Falls,

Marion, Little Switzerland,

and Old Fort, NC

 

Relax, Explore, & Connect

click for

Fun Finds and Freebies

www.blueridgetravelers.com

Wendy's

 

The 4 for $4 Meal Deal 

Just Got Bigger

 

Junior Bacon Cheeseburger  

or Crispy Chicken BLT

 

1016 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone


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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!