Put the TREAT back in

RETREAT!

Laurel Ridge Camp &

Conference Center invites

groups of all kinds to use our

beautiful lodging facilities for

your next retreat.  Visit our

website or contact our office to

make a reservation today!

laurelridge.org

Idol's Tire Center

1032 E King St, Boone

since 1990

 

For 25 years setting the

High Country standard

for tires, brakes, timing

belts,minor-major car

repairs and much more...

 

Stop in today, we look 

forward to seeing you. 

 

1032 East King Street,

Boone 828-264-5414

 

Want to learn more about us?

CLICK HERE to visit

our website 

 

Art of Oil

Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegars

 

WE MOVED our Boone store to

Shops@Shadowline (Harris Teeter)

and are also in West Jefferson

(110 N Jefferson Ave.)

 

Try over 60 oils and vinegars &

shop for your holiday parties &

gifts. We carry local art and gifts

from Rustic (915 Main St,

Blowing Rock, 828-295-9033.)

 

B: 828-355-9313; WJ: 336-846-4411

TIME TO SELL YOUR HOME?

Contact your neighborhood realtor

Benjamin Ray, BIC, Client 1st

Top-Producer w/ $50M+ sales

Professional Market Advice

Very Competitive Commissions

Aggressive Marketing Budget

828.773.9499

benjaminjohnray@gmail.com

 

Alleghany Inn

Easy to find, hard to leave!

 

Located in Sparta, just 4 miles

from the New River and 7 miles

from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

Click for more information

or to make a reservation

336.372.2501


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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!