More than $236K in grants boost water quality in North Carolina


Roy Harris shows an example of how the French Broad tributary Town Branch received the local name of Nasty Branch September 3, 2020 in Asheville. A project receiving funding from the Pigeon River Fund hopes to improve water quality in Nasty Branch and create an amenity for Erskine Apartments.

Grants are helping almost a dozen local water quality projects — from keeping litter out of the French Broad River to  preventing flooding at Erskine Apartments.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Pigeon River Fund announced more than $236,000 in water quality grants for environmental nonprofits in Buncombe, Haywood and Madison counties, aimed at improving surface water quality, enhancing fish and wildlife habitats, expanding public use and access and increasing awareness. 

Two of those are $28,000 to Asheville GreenWorks’ Trash Trout Program, which installs litter-capturing devices in local waterways, according to CFWNC’s announcement. Funds will also go to recruiting, training, managing and outfitting volunteers of the group’s StreamKeepers Program. 

At RiverLink, a $30,000 grant will help complete the Southside Community Storm water Project, which hopes to rehabilitate a concrete ditch and create an amenity for Erskine Apartments while improving water quality at Town Branch, also referred to as Nasty Branch

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