Smith Mill Creek Watershed

Smith Mill Creek Watershed

Smith Mill Creek Watershed


Completed in April 2017, the Smith Mill Creek 9-element Watershed Plan was funded by Clean Water Management Trust Fund of N.C. and the Pigeon River Fund with the following goals:

  • Understand and document the current status of water quality, flooding and related issues through stakeholder input and direct observation (sampling, fieldwork, etc.).
  • Enhance and expand network of partners focused on watershed and social improvements in the Smith Mill Creek watershed.
  • Identify opportunities to conduct education, community projects, and larger capital projects to improve water quality.
  • Identify needs and steps to implement various opportunities.

In lieu of a static report, Riverlink chose to pursue the preparation of a digital plan that would be comprised of several outreach, mapping and management tools. In digital form, the watershed plan is easily updated and more readily available to the general public and project partners. With a focus on education, the Outreach application (app) is geared towards the general public. Residents can also report water quality issues or post events related to improving the Smith Mill Creek Watershed through the Report SMC and Engage SMC crowdsourcing application. There is also a Proposed Priority Projects app showing the best enhancement opportunities that were identified in the watershed