2019 Annual Meeting

Lone woman standing on a stage with a microphone in one hand and a sheet of paper in the other.
Jessica Whitmire addressed the assembled partnership membership at the 2019 annual meeting.

French Broad River Partnership 2019 Annual Meeting Agenda

Logo of the French Broad River Partnership

11:00 a.m. – Brief welcome and logistics, acknowledge elected officials and sponsors, Garrett Artz, Gary Peeples)
11:10 a.m. – Presentation by Sierra Nevada about sustainability efforts, Leah Cooper
11:20 a.m. – “Get to Know Your Watershed” game, Jessica Whitmire
11:40 a.m. – Updates on work completed by: Steering Committee, Maria and Garrett; Water Quality, Mary Roderick; Outreach and Education, Andrea Leslie; Business and Recreation, Eric Romaniszyn and Jay Hawthorne
12:30 p.m. – Lunch and Networking 12:30 p.m.

River health and biodiversity

  • 1:20 – Freshwater Mussels—Rachael Hoch, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
  • 1:45 – Bats in the FBR Watershed–Katherine Etchison, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
  • 2:10 – Nature, healthy watershed, and human health — Dr. Michael Weizman, M.D.


  • 2:35 – Group discussion of observations, new knowledge, challenges and inspirations, where does FBRP go from here?
  • 2:50 – Closing comments— Jim Stokely, Wilma Dykeman Legacy

Adjourn—Optional Sierra Nevada brewery tour 3:30 p.m.