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Haywood Waterways Recognizes Water Heroes


Every year, Haywood Waterways Association honors several local heroes for their work to protect and improve Haywood County’s rivers, streams, and reservoirs. This year, the Lake Junaluska Assembly received their Partner of the Year Award.

Eric Romaniszyn, the organization’s Executive Director, said, “Partners are critical for our success.

The Assembly has a tremendous record of environmental stewardship and has been a great supporter of Haywood Waterways for many years. ”

The Assembly was recognized for their work to stabilize shorelines and streambanks, restore wetlands, create a Stormwater Management Plan, remove thousands of tons of sediment and trash that would otherwise move downstream into the Pigeon River, and invested heavily in building improvements that increase energy and water efficiency. They are also the home of Haywood Waterway’s Polar Plunge Benefit for Kids in the Creek & Youth Education.

Jack Carlisle, the Assembly’s Director of Public Works, said, “The legacy and the future of Lake Junaluska is dependent upon being good stewards with our area's water resources. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with others in the community to do what we can to enhance the quality of life and the beauty of our surroundings, one project at a time.”

The award was given at Haywood Waterways’ annual membership dinner held at the Lambuth Inn on December 4. Visit for more information about the organization.


Eriz Romaniszyn
Haywood Waterways Association