Watauga Riverkeeper


Our mission is to protect and restore the communities, water quality, and ecological health of the watershed.

Donna Lisenby, lisenby.donna@gmail.com


  • Took legal action against three coal companies for more than 32,000 violations of the Clean Water Act, resulting in criminal investigations of the coal companies for falsifying records, and potentially totaling more than $1 billion in fines.
  • TVA Coal Ash Spill Response and Investigation-got my first ever warning ticket for criminal trespass on a public waterway!
  • Helped plan and coordinate the largest act of civil disobedience against a dirty new coal plant in US history, with 44 arrests.
  • Helped create The Dirty Lie in partnership with Trustees, Waterkeepers & Staff

Protect Our Waterways

The Watauga River Conservation Partners, which is a chapter of WNCA, received a grant from the Park Foundation that will help fund interpretive signage and native plant landscaping at Watauga Gorge Park. This new park will be the first official and legal access point on the Watauga River Paddle Trail.