Andy Hill is the Watauga Riverkeeper, which is coordinated locally via MountainTrue.

This time of year, I’m shopping for holiday gifts. I’ve decided to give the very essence of life, something that we often ignore — clean water. Okay, I can almost hear your eyes rolling. Hang in here with me for a moment; you might end up agreeing with me.

Across the High Country, thousands of creeks and streams drain over 11,000 square miles. What finds its way into our creeks eventually rolls down and across our state providing water for millions of North Carolinians.

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